David Johns BEd, MEdLead, MTh, GradDipAdolHlth
David Johns, who took up the position of Principal in 2021, brought more than 30 years’ experience across diverse teaching and leadership positions throughout Australia and the United Kingdom.
With degrees that include a Master of Educational Leadership, a Master of Theology and a Graduate Diploma of Adolescent Health, David believes that a schools’ success relies on challenging students and staff to achieve potential within a safe environment which is relevant to regional concerns as well that of the wider world of work.
He brings to the College a vision of Catholic education that is inclusive, social justice focussed and explicit in its expectations and how it is to be seen by others within the wider society.
David believes that Catholic education involves embracing all who we encounter with empathy, love, and a validation of their lived experience. He said it is about acknowledging fears and frailties and accepting that through a community of believers we have the capability to realise the best of ourselves and of humanity.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - MISSION
Geoff Melville BRurScEd, MEd, GCertRE
Geoff Melville took up the position of Assistant Principal, Learning and Teaching, in 2021 and was appointed as Assistant Principal - Mission, in January 2023.
Geoff, whose most recent appointment was as Deputy Head of St Stanislaus’ College, Bathurst, holds a Bachelor of Rural Science Education, a Master of Educational Administration and a Graduate Certificate of Catholic Education.
He believes his teaching experience in regional Catholic education has demonstrated the importance of the partnership between staff, students and their families in order to achieve learning and teaching outcomes.
It is with pleasure that the St Paul’s College community welcomes Ms Kate Fullbrook as our new Assistant Principal - Learning and Teaching.
Kate joins us from St Mary’s Cathedral College, Sydney where she held the position of Leader of Diverse Learning. Kate has also worked for Sydney Catholic Schools as an Education Officer and prior to this had a very successful career leading teaching teams in a variety of schools in the United Kingdom. With over twenty years of teaching experience including English, Drama, Religious Education and History, Kate brings a breadth of skills with significant strength in the areas of Inclusion and Vocational Education.
Kate was a Higher School Certificate graduate from St Paul’s in 1998 and has close links to the Kempsey community, with family still living in the region. Kate is excited to return to the Macleay and will be joined by her husband and two daughters.
The College is very fortunate to have such a skilled educator join our teaching community. She will be an enormous asset to the school and our regional community.
On behalf of the College, we warmly welcome Kate to St Paul’s!