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Cardijn appointment announced


After 10 years at the helm of Sacred Heart College (SHC), Steve Byrne will leave at the end of the year to take up the position of principal at Cardijn College in 2023.

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Announcing the appointment, Catholic Education SA director Neil McGoran said Mr Byrne had been instrumental in amalgamating the middle and senior schools at SHC, and played a pivotal role that saw Marymount College become the third campus of the college.

Prior to this role, Mr Byrne was principal of St Michael’s College where he led the move to co-education in the secondary years.

Under his leadership, St Michael’s and SHC experienced excellent academic outcomes and sporting achievements and enrolment demand continues to be high, Dr McGoran said.

“Steve is a highly regarded and experienced Catholic leader with a deep personal faith and understanding of the Marist tradition,” he added.

“He brings a demonstrated commitment and enthusiasm for ensuring excellence in teaching and learning to this leadership role at Cardijn.”

Patrick Harmer has accepted the role of acting principal of Cardijn College for Terms 3 and 4, following the retirement of Dr Paul Rijken.

In a letter to the school community, Marist Schools Australia national director Frank Malloy said Mr Byrne was taking on his new position at a time when Cardijn College was poised to grow further in enrolments and learning opportunities.

“Steve’s proven capacity as a highly effective and visionary Marist leader has been abundantly evident throughout his 10 years as Principal of Sacred Heart College,” Dr Malloy said.

“Steve has led a decade of change and innovation (at SHC) with great skill, wisdom, and inspiration.

“His practical and grounded example as a person of deep faith is appreciated and acknowledged.”

The recruitment process for SHC’s principal position began last month.


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