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Appointment of new Assistant Principal to    St Mary’s.

Dear Parents/Carers

Peter Antcliff, who has given outstanding service to our community as Assistant Principal for the past 7 years, has recently been appointed Foundation Assistant Principal of Catherine McAuley College, Medowie, effective from the 2020 school year. Today, Mr Brian Lacey, Assistant Director of Schools, attended a special briefing of staff to announce that Mrs Cathy O'Gorman has been appointed to replace Peter. Cathy is currently the Assistant Principal (Acting) at St Paul's Catholic College, Booragul. 

Cathy's professional qualifications and background in teaching and educational leadership demonstrate the strength of her suitability for the position. Cathy completed her Bachelor of Education (secondary) from the University of Canberra and has a Certificate in Religious Education from the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese. In 2018 Cathy completed a Master of Educational Leadership from Australian Catholic University (ACU). In the same year Cathy was awarded a leadership award from ACU and the Australian College of Educational Leaders (ACEL) for her studies. In 2007 Cathy received a Monsignor Coolahan Award for Excellence in Teaching in our Diocese.

Cathy has over sixteen years of leadership experience and service from her current role as Assistant Principal to Leader of Pedagogy and as a Studies Coordinator. Cathy is an experienced teacher of Stage 4 through to Stage 6 and until recently was a Senior HSC Marker with the NSW Education Standards Authority,

Cathy, like Peter, is an exemplary educator with a deep love of children, learning and leadership. She is a passionate Drama teacher and promoter of the Creative and Performing Arts. Her Drama students have consistently achieved to the highest standards of excellence in the High School Certificate.

It will be a pleasure to welcome Cathy into our community and I know you will join with me in congratulating Cathy on her appointment and offering her our prayerful support as she prepares to serve the members of our community as Assistant Principal from 2020.

Yours faithfully

Larry Keating
On behalf of St Mary's Catholic College, Gateshead