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St Joseph’s foundation Principal Shelley Ryan has almost a quarter of a century of experience in rural and regional Catholic schools.

Shelley Ryan comes to St Joseph’s following a role as acting Principal of two country schools on the edge of Ballarat. Her first tasks will be overseeing construction of St Joseph’s as well as the even bigger task of building the school community.

In establishing a vision for St Joseph’s, Shelley will look to build a school that actions courage, service, kindness and respect.

When it comes to recruiting teachers for the school Shelley said she will be looking for courageous teachers who really see their students and enable them to reach their fullest potential, without limitation.

In her personal time Shelley loves spending time with her husband Patrick and their four teenage children on their farm, taking care of their alpacas and sheep. She also enjoys camping, reading, cooking (and eating!), laughing at a good joke and listening to stories. And also supporting her beloved Geelong Cats!

Shelley Ryan – Principal

“I will be encouraging our students to be change agents in our community to make a real difference. Together with staff and families we will build a Catholic school culture where everyone feels included, valued and accepted.”

“I see this as an opportunity for St Joseph’s to be a school that pursues the highest levels of learning for all students, promotes problem solving, creativity and critical thinking so that our students are prepared to tackle the challenges of the future.”

 “Our teachers will be genuine and authentic people who will work collaboratively to build their own capacity as well as share in their knowledge, so that our teachers, parents and students will grow and flourish in a stimulating and innovative learning environment.”

“The planned stunning new school facilities, which in time will have beautiful and stimulating gardens and interactive outdoor spaces. These spaces will invite students to enter an environment of beauty, wonder, curiosity and challenge to construct and problem solve.”

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