On behalf of the St Joseph’s College Advisory Board, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Catherine Livingston as College Principal, commencing on 18 January 2016 to replace Mr Vincent Feeney after his 16 years of outstanding leadership of the College.

College Advisory Board members unanimously accepted the recommendation of the selection panel that Cathy be appointed having been ratified by Archbishop Hart.

Cathy is a person of great faith and strong commitment to engaging, relevant Catholic education for young people. She brings 28 years of experience working in a number of Catholic colleges, with 20 years spent working in boys’ education. For the past seven years she has undertaken the role of Deputy Principal at Parade College, with particular interest in staff development, professional standards, school improvement, Catholic identity and community partnerships.

Her background as a highly regarded teacher of Religious Education, Science, Physics and Mathematics as well as her extensive leadership experience in the areas of curriculum development and student wellbeing, position her well to continue to build on the excellent learning programs and pathways offered at St Joseph’s College that are focussed on nurturing the talents and abilities of boys and young men.

Cathy’s academic qualifications are extensive and include Master of Arts (Theology), Master of Education, Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), Graduate Diploma in Social Science (Student Guidance and Welfare), Graduate Diploma in Education (Administration), Certificate in Developmental Child Psychiatry and a Certificate in Performance (Life Coaching), providing her with a rich background of knowledge to bring to her work. Her commitment to ongoing learning and development, for herself and others, can be seen in her doctoral studies, her extensive engagement over the years as a member of the Executive of the Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools Deputy Principals Association and as Chair of the Board of Management, Edmund Rice Centre – Amberley.

The St Joseph’s College Advisory Board would like to extend its sincere thanks and appreciation to Mr John Fazzino for his valuable work as Acting Principal in 2015 and to members of the College Executive who have taken on extended responsibilities during Mr Feeney’s secondment to St Francis Xavier College. The Board is confident that the work of this talented leadership group will continue to provide coherent, innovative leadership to the College in collaboration with Cathy as the new Principal.

The Board extends its welcome and congratulations to Ms Livingston on her appointment as Principal of St Joseph’s College, Ferntree Gully.

Father Alan Fox
Chairperson College Board
Parish Priest St John The Baptist, Ferntree Gully