PAUL Finneran has been appointed the new principal of Assumption College Kilmore, commencing term one 2024.

Mr Finneran is currently the principal of St Paul’s College Greystanes – a year seven to 12 boys’ school in Sydney governed by the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.

Prior to this appointment, Mr Finneran has been in various senior positions at Catholic schools in Victoria and New South Wales, including as deputy principal of Academy of Mary Immaculate Fitzroy, assistant principal at De La Salle College Revesby Heights, and campus director of Trinity Catholic College Auburn.

He was also year 12 coordinator at MacKillop Catholic Regional College Werribee, year 11 and 12 coordinator at Christian Brothers’ High School Lewisham, English coordinator at Mount St Joseph Milperra, and as a teacher at St Patrick’s Marist College Dundas and Xavier High School in Albury.

Mr Finneran has a Master of Educational Leadership, a Master of Religious Education, and a Bachelor of Education from Australian Catholic University.

National director of Marist Schools Australia Frank Molloy said Mr Finneran’s past experience showed his passion for education.

“Paul’s significant contributions across nine schools over the past 30 years have been consistently characterised by a passion for success for all students in their learning outcomes, in the context of a holistic Christ-centred, Catholic education,” he said.

“Foremost among Paul’s many achievements, is the ability to strategically lead effective school improvement, whilst building strong relationships with students, parents and staff.

“In welcoming Paul to this significant leadership position, the contribution of Kate Fogarty to Assumption College over the past nine years is acknowledged again with deep appreciation.

“Kate’s continued service, influence, commitment and significant leadership in Catholic education in Australia will prosper as the new executive director for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Sandhurst.”

Marist Schools Australia, under the leadership of regional director Darren McGregor, conducted the principal selection process involving consultation with college community members, a national advertising campaign and a series of interviews.

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