I feel very honoured and privileged to be the new Principal of St Anthony’s - a community driven school with warm heart and welcoming staff, students and families from all around the world.
With Parish relationships and Catholic values the cornerstones that our School was built on, we acknowledge the progress and innovative leadership that has occurred over the years which is the real legacy to our current and future students.
St Anthony’s is rapidly embracing a dynamic blended learning program of explicit teaching in innovative spaces with an exciting design and digital technologies curriculum. It is an holistic approach which extends beyond Literacy and Numeracy and addresses the Victorian Curriculum Capabilities (Personal and Social Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Capability and Intercultural Capability). St Anthony’s designs learning pathways using the Victorian Curriculum and a range of pedagogical principles and practices to suit our learners. This is an area which is of particular interest to me as I completed my Masters in this field.
I have been working in Catholic Primary Education for over 25 years in the Archdiocese of Melbourne with a vast array of leadership roles and experiences along the way. I am the mother of a young child myself and I understand the journey that families take through the primary years. It is a rewarding journey and one that we all wish to complete happily and successfully with our children.
I chose St Anthony’s for its innovative structure and learning spaces which invite learners into the future by focusing on the skills of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, problem solving and creativity. I was also drawn to the rich community relationships and partnerships that exist in abundance. It is within this environment that children are supported and truly flourish. I see a school where education is embraced; from Playgroup to the Early Learning Centre (new in 2018), through the Primary Years and even extending to the many Adult Education Classes offered here. It truly is a unique educational campus.
Over the years a great deal of effort has been put into choosing the right people to join the St Anthony’s staff. The right people have been purposely sought out. People who have strong interpersonal skills and who relate easily to the children, parents and to each other. People who are professional and always seeking new learning. As a result, we have an expert staff team who work extremely well together and who are committed to our school vision of High Expectations.
What an exciting time we have ahead of us. I genuinely believe that we are the most unique and comprehensive education choice in the area. Given our reasonable all-inclusive fees, there is no doubt that the wide range of programs and opportunities that we offer, along with top class facilities and highly educated and dedicated teaching staff, truly sets us apart from the rest.
I look forward to welcoming you into our St Anthony’s community.
Mrs. Patrika Rowley
DipT, PGDipIntvntLit, BEd, MEd