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New St Paul’s principal announced


Edmund Rice Education Australia has announced the appointment of Patrick Harmer as the next principal of St Paul’s College, Gilles Plains, commencing in January.

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Mr Harmer is currently the deputy principal at Cardijn College, Noarlunga, where he is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership across three campuses.

Cardijn College has a current enrolment of approximately 2200 students from Reception to Year 12. Mr Harmer has had experience in managing the Registered Training Organisation component of the college. He has also held positions as acting principal, assistant principal Wellbeing and head of Middle School at Cardijn. Prior to this he was employed at Nazareth College in middle leadership and acting senior leadership roles.

Mr Harmer is currently studying a Master of Business Administration and holds a Master of Educational Leadership. He has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Catholic Education as well as double degree in Applied Science and he is a graduate of the Company Director’s Course.

EREA CEO Chris Woolley said Patrick impressed the selection panel with his commitment to Catholic mission and inclusion.

“He is a man of faith and lifelong learner,” Mr Woolley said.

In his application, Mr Harmer said the St Paul’s community was rich in history and hd achieved so much throughout its first 65 years.

“The College has a unique way of engaging with its diverse community and providing liberating educational opportunities for young people,” Mr Harmer said.

“As principal I would authentically acknowledge the rich past, understand the present and enable an exciting future.”

Mr Woolley thanked Paul Belton for his exceptional leadership of St Paul’s College over the past 10 years, describing him as a “strong relational leader who has led this community with compassion, dedication, and foresight”.

“He has left a great legacy for those who follow him and for the many students that he has supported in over 40 years of service to Catholic education.”

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