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The Principal, Mr Michael Connolly

The St Columban’s College, Caboolture Principal, Mr Michael Connolly has stated his vision for the college in 2019.

Mr Connolly talked about the skills students need to acquire before graduating into a changing world of the future.

“…in today’s society, we need to turn out young people who are not only well educated, but also have a social conscience, because in the years to come, that is what Australia is going to need..,” Mr Connolly said in the video above.

“It is about teaching students how to learn and how to gain those skills throughout.”

Further, Mr Connolly emphasised the focus the college puts on high quality and equipped staff.

“I’ve actually employed a couple of well-known professionals that are going to work with each and every one of our teaching staff to ensure what we’re delivering in our classrooms is engaging, is relevant, and is going to help students in their learning in the future years,” Mr Connolly said.

“We wouldn’t get a better teaching staff anywhere in Queensland or Australia – and the facilities here are second to none.”

Mr Connolly and his wife are actively involved in the local community and express a view that being involved helps the region to flourish.

“Myself and my wife are also members of the Burpengary Progress Association because we want our area to flourish,” Mr Connolly explained.

“I’ve now got another 1,200 (St Columban’s College, Caboolture) students behind me to help make our community, the Moreton Bay region a really flourishing place with their help, their service, and their commitment to being involved in many different things around the area.”

St Columban’s College, Caboolture is currently taking enrolment applications, for further information and to make an enquiry, go to EveryStudentEverySuccess.com.

Video transcript:

Hello ladies and gentlemen. My name is Mike Connolly, principal of St Columban’s College. I’m really excited to be here at St Columban’s. I was here many years ago, and I’m now back in a different capacity as principal.

A little bit about myself, I’ve had about 32 years educational experience, and probably 25 of that leadership experience. Myself and my wife are also members of the Burpengary Progress Society because we want our area to flourish. I’ve now got another 1,200 students behind me to help make our community, the Moreton Bay region a really flourishing place with their help, their service, and their commitment to being involved in many different things around the area.

So, I am keen to come in and lead this community to bigger and brighter things. And I think the capacity’s here to do that. Our young people are sensational. Our teachers, we wouldn’t get a better teaching staff anywhere in Queensland or Australia. And the facilities here are second to none.

If you ever want to come in and look at our facilities, they are world class. We have a huge arts programme, we have our Academy of Music Excellence. We also have our Academy of Sports Excellence. But I’m really passionate about student learning, so my expectations of everyone, my teaching staff, my office staff, and the students are high expectations. We do have high expectations and I want you to see us in the community, our school, out there doing great things for the community.

We are an Edmund Rice school. And in that Edmund Rice school we talk about compassion and liberation and service to all. And I suppose that will be my big mantra over the time. Your son and daughter will get a great education, but at the same time, they’ll also have a big heart because I think in moving forward in today’s society, we need to turn out young people who are not only well educated, but also have a social conscience, because in the years to come, that is what Australia is going to need, and support for all of our community is key. And that’s what I want to bring to this community and bring to our young people.

Some of our big projects for this year, the one big project that we do is mentoring teachers at the college so your sons and daughters get the very best teaching and the very best input from their teachers.

I’ve actually employed a couple of professionals, well-known professionals that are going to work with each and every one of our teaching staff to ensure what we’re delivering in our classrooms is engaging, is relevant, and is going to help students in their learning in the future years. So, school is about learning. It’s not about just OPs and it’s not about just scores. It is about teaching students how to learn and how to gain those skills throughout. And I think St Columban’s offers a lot of variety of activities, particularly in an exciting activity that we’ve got.

We’ve actually formed up a partnership, an aerospace partnership. And we’ve got a memorandum of understanding with Brisbane Airport and the Aviation School. But we’ve also got a memorandum of understanding with Qantas.
So, what this means for young people in our school is many, many jobs in many different fields and encompassing all students of different academic abilities.

So, we’re really excited about this and it’s something that will flow through. And I’ll talk a little bit more about this as the year goes on. But I can assure you, if you send your child here, they will get the very best education. They will get some great role models, and we will actually put ourselves out there in our community as those people you can be really proud of.

I’ve sent all of my children here, and I’m very happy with where they’ve gone in their life, and I hear many, many stories day in, day out of St Columban’s students being well-equipped to do many other things. Many of the things they couldn’t do if they just went to a very rigid high school.

I think the diversity, the differentiation, the focus on every student as an individual and every student, every success is the real heart of this college. And that is the extra. That is what you’re not going to get at every other high school.

Here, you’re going to get that holistic development. You are going to get the full person developed. And so, we’re not only turning out educated people, but we’re turning out educated people with a heart, with a conscience, and with a mind on the future.

I’m really keen on community and I’ve lived in the community for many, many years. And I’m very passionate about Kilcoy, Woodford, Elimbah, Burpengary, Morayfield, Bribie, right down to Rothwell, North Lakes. That is our population of students here, and I’m very keen for you to become involved.

And as a principal, you will see me at many of those places because I want to be there. I’m very passionate about this area. I’m very passionate about making Moreton Bay the very best it can be.

I think as a college, we’ve contributed a lot to that, and you will see us contributing a lot more. So, I’m hoping to see each and every one of you out there. But as I said, there is an invite to come in at any stage. This is your school as well as our school. You are most welcome, and I’d love you to come in at any stage to have a chat.

And if you’re looking at enrolling your son or daughter, please come and have a look. You’re not obliged to do anything, but I’m sure once you’ve come in, you’ve had a look, you’ve talked to our friendly staff and our enrolments person, Caroline, who is going to be the first point of call, and Evie, my personal assistant, you will want your son and daughter to come to this place.

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