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Look at how we are growing!http://www.stjosephscoomera.qld.edu.au/news/Pages/Look-at-how-we-are-growing!.aspxLook at how we are growing!<p>​​​​​​Tuesday July 30th will mark 6 months until we welcome our foundation students on their first day. But will the buildings, landscaping, oval and staff be ready? If we look at the progress in the first 3 months of our building it is all on track to be a fantastic​ start to the 2019 school year.<br></p><p>​​<br>​</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read 388f9946-8ae1-4050-a36d-f01b9a6533af" id="div_388f9946-8ae1-4050-a36d-f01b9a6533af" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_388f9946-8ae1-4050-a36d-f01b9a6533af" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div><p><br> </p>
Meet our College Identity and Mission Leader Mr. Danny McCormickhttp://www.stjosephscoomera.qld.edu.au/news/Pages/Meet-our-College-Identity-and-Mission-Leader-Mr.-Danny-McCormick.aspxMeet our College Identity and Mission Leader Mr. Danny McCormick<p>​<span style="color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;">​​​We welcome to the Leadership Team of St Joseph’s Coomera Mr Daniel McCormick who will take up the position of Assistant Principal Religious Education and Identity (APRE) in Term 4 of this year.</span></p><p style="color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:6px;">Danny was born and raised in Brisbane and completed his undergraduate studies at the Australian Catholic University. As an early career teacher he worked in Western Australia and taught in the Pilbara Region and Perth.</p><p style="color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:6px;">He has taught in Catholic schools in Metropolitan and Regional a<span class="text_exposed_show" style="font-family:inherit;display:inline;">reas in Australia and England and has been an APRE for 15 years, most recently at Assisi Catholic College and has a deep interest and understanding of indigenous culture.</span></p><div class="text_exposed_show" style="color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;display:inline;"><p style="font-family:inherit;margin-bottom:6px;">In his role Danny will have as a focus the creation and embedding of faith, mission and identity in the College. In this it is his challenge and joy to help our students grow and develop as authentic people, who journey with and toward their God.</p><p style="font-family:inherit;margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:6px;">Danny is committed to bringing the charism of St Mary McKillop and the Josephites to our St Joseph’s community developing children who have a commitment and passion for making a difference in the world, ensuring we are people of action who will “never walk past someone in need without doing something about it.” He is committed to creating opportunities and challenges for the development of the spiritual and moral capacities of all and in so doing generate young people who are transformational in the way they lead society on graduation , in essence to be young people with a willingness to witness life with “their head, heart and hands” (BCE, 2018).</p><p style="font-family:inherit;margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:6px;">Through Danny’s leadership our Students, through the Religious Education Curriculum, Student Formation program, Spirituality Days and Retreats learn about Catholic Social Teachings and ways that they can engage with social justice issues and action. They use the head, heart and hands approach to follow in the footsteps of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and act with compassion towards those who are in most need.</p><p style="font-family:inherit;margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:6px;">Danny has studied in Jerusalem, Rome, Broome, Perth and Brisbane. He holds Masters Degrees in Theological Studies; Religious Education and Educational Leadership as well as his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He is a welcome and valuable addition to our school.<br></p></div><p>In Danny's words . . . . <br></p><p><strong><em>The importance and purpose of faith development for Catholic Schools, our children, parents and community</em></strong><em></em><br></p><p><em>Pope John Paul II stated that “Faith is not certainty but questioning, not clarity but a leap in the dark…".  When we look at the importance and purpose of faith development we are looking at helping our students to grow and develop as authentic people, who journey with and towards their God.  This is a journey of hope, and as Pope Francis states:</em></p><p><strong> </strong><em>Young people should love, believe and follow their dreams, never despairing because Jesus is always with them</em></p><p> <em>St Joseph's culture and identity is derived from the charism of St Mary MacKillop as part of its Catholic Christian character.  We are called to be a real and living expression of the Church's pastoral mission in the world.</em></p><p> <em>Our faith development makes a statement what is important and valued in our community and can be found in both our formal and informal curriculum.  We are committed to make a difference in the world through both our actions and our witness.</em></p><p> <em>People of commitment are called, through their Christian vocation, to make a difference in the world. They have a shared vision; they give living witness to their vocation and demonstrate a willingness to make things happen. In short, commitment involves the whole person; head, heart and hands (BCE, 2018).</em></p><p> <em>In seeking to make a difference in the world, people of commitment empower others, engaging with them in a dialogue of life, action, ideas and religious experience. A dialogue of life commands people of commitment to share in the joys, sorrows, hopes and aspirations of all people but particularly those most in need. A dialogue of action involves collaborating with others in social justice and human liberation. A dialogue of ideas entails deepening our understanding of how we might embody spiritual values and religious understandings in the service of others. Finally, a dialogue of religious experience seeks to share spiritual riches with others through prayer and deepened understanding (BCE, 2018).</em></p><p> <em>St Joseph's is a community of commitment with a passion for making a difference in the world by providing opportunities for the development of the spiritual and moral capacities of all. Our commitment implies an ongoing conversion in which we seek to make a difference in the world. Conversion of heart is a true gift of God. We support this work of conversion when our staff teach and encourage prayer, worship and reflection and when we evangelise through proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and action in our daily life.</em></p><p> <em>St Joseph's Staff explore and deepen their understanding of what it means to give witness to their vocation and ministry of teaching in a Catholic school and identify and respond to social justice issues in the local community. </em></p><p> <em>Our Students, through the Religious Education Curriculum, Spirituality Days and Retreats learn about Catholic Social Teachings and ways that they can be used to engage with social justice issues. They use the head, heart and hands approach to follow in the footsteps of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and act with compassion towards those who are in most need.​</em></p><p><br> </p>
Meet our new Primary Learning Leader Mrs Tanya Fowkehttp://www.stjosephscoomera.qld.edu.au/news/Pages/Meet-our-new-Primary-Learning-Leader-Mrs-Tanya-Fowke.aspxMeet our new Primary Learning Leader Mrs Tanya Fowke<p><strong>​​​</strong><span style="color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><strong>Our latest Staff Member is Ms Tanya Fowke, who has been appointed as our Primary Learning Leader. Tanya's role will shape teaching practice and curriculum delivery in</strong></span><span style="color:#1d2129;font-family:helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;"><strong> the Primary Years.</strong></span></p><p>Tanya is an experienced, passionate ​and committed Educator. She fosters quality education for all children by valuing the work of teachers and leadership teams to maximize educational outcomes.  The child is at the centre of learning and continued student engagement and improvement in learning is a priority. Tanya has a strong commitment to quality education for all students and being at the cutting edge of educational trends. It is a priority to enhance teacher capacity and effectiveness, and ensure high expectations for the engagement, learning progress and achievement of each student. She will also lead and coordinate curriculum implementation and development of pedagogy and assessment skills. As a Primary Learning Leader, Tanya will work to support teachers to deliver improved educational outcomes for students consistent with Brisbane Catholic Education. She is thrilled to be a founding member of the leadership team at St Joseph's and is humbled to contribute to the success of all our students. </p><p>Tanya has more than 20 years teaching experience, working overseas, in local Gold Coast public schools and in NSW, in private, government and Catholic systems. She has held positions of Lead Pedagogical Coach in Literacy and Numeracy in several Queensland Government Schools, Support Teacher Literacy and Numeracy in Rockhampton, Teaching and Learning Advisor in Malaysia and Singapore, Head of Department at Varsity College and recently the Leader of Pedagogy in a Catholic School in NSW. <br></p><p>She is currently embarking on her Masters of Education with an Action Research through Southern Cross University. Her Action Research will investigate ways to enhance our students writing ability.​<br></p><p><br> </p>
Principal selected for new Catholic college at Coomerahttp://www.stjosephscoomera.qld.edu.au/news/Pages/principalannounced.aspxPrincipal selected for new Catholic college at Coomera<p>​​Experienced educational leader Paul Begg has been named as the Foundation Principal of the new St Joseph’s College at Coomera, which will open at the start of 2019.<br><br>Currently head of the secondary campus at Southern Cross Catholic College at Scarborough – one of the largest schools in Queensland – Mr Begg will take up his new job in April, to oversee preparations for the new college’s opening, and to enrol students and select staff.<br><br>Mr Begg said he was excited and honoured to have been selected to serve St Mary's Parish and the broader community of the northern Gold Coast as Foundation Principal of St Joseph's College. <br><br>“My vision and energy will be focused on the establishment and growth of a school and community centred on academic and personal excellence where justice, inclusion and service are visible,” he said. <br><br>“I intend to embrace the challenge of leadership in a way that will see the college staff shape a community of strength and gentleness, respectful of the dignity of all, where knowledge, service and the formation of strong character in our young people is central to each child’s and family’s journey. <br><br>“It’s my hope that St Joseph’s College will flourish into a learning community where young people are encouraged to deliver their best in all things and where their Josephite character – embodied by St Mary of the Cross MacKillop – is witnessed in the ways they interact with each other and the society they will lead,” Mr Begg said. <br><br>The incoming Principal said parents can expect a school of vibrant and challenging learning environments, designed to shape young people and respond dynamically to a world in constant change. <br><br>“We will develop a vision and formation plan for our students that sees them graduate as resilient, flexible and ready to lead; young people who know and can apply the values of their faith to the interactions and relationships of their life. <br><br>“I am excited to bring my leadership experience in complex and challenging settings – ranging from multi campus P-12 schools to large boarding schools – to the Coomera community and play my role in creating new traditions.<br><br>“St Joseph's students will be challenged to become creative, critical and independent thinkers, who answer the call of Christ through loving, compassionate, challenging action and have a strong educational foundation to allow them to be the difference they want to see in the world,” he said.<br><br> </p>