Community & Business

17 February, 2023

New principals take the lead

DEDICATED and passionate about catholic education, Simon Vaughan has filled the seat as principal at St Stephen’s Catholic College with plans to fulfil the values of the college

By Ellie Fink

PHOTO SUPPLIED: Mr Simon Vaughan
PHOTO SUPPLIED: Mr Simon Vaughan

Taking over the role from Kerry Manders, Mr Vaughan will be acting as principal for the next six months with hopes to take on the long-term role when the position goes out in March.

Being deputy principal at the school for the past four years and teaching for the past 21 years, he is passionate about being a strong and collaborative leader to his students and staff.

“I am surrounded by a really good team and having that good team makes decision making a lot easier,” he said.

“Being at the college for the past five years I know the processes and expectations and being the deputy principal has allowed me to have some insight into what a principal role looks like, making the transition a lot easier.”

Mr Vaughan is passionate about delivering opportunities for his school in the time he is principal, with a variety of pro-jects already underway.

“We have a huge range of things going on from a master plan perspective including a new admin refurbish and then after that it will be full steam ahead in terms of our innova-tion centre – we have architects working on it at the moment,” he said.

“(The innovation centre) will be primarily around STEM and STEAM – STEAM being the same as STEM except the ‘A’ is the agricultural aspect.

“Obviously (centres) don’t get built in six months but hopefully being a part of that and getting the ball rolling will be really good.”


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