St Catherine’s Singleton welcomes new principal

Niamh Marzol, the recently appointed principal of St Catherine’s Catholic College, Singleton shares her aspirations and hopes for the future of the College.

With over 26 years of experience in education, Niamh brings to this role a strong passion and enthusiasm to lead the Dioceses’ only Kindergarten to Year 12 school.

Niamh was always inspired to pursue a career in education as she found herself being a teacher on many levels for her younger siblings. 

“My first practicum with Kindergarten cemented my decision and I haven’t looked back. I love my job and seeing students fulfil their potential,” said Niamh.

“Schools are very important places in society and are community builders. Teaching gives you the opportunity to really make a difference and that can be very rewarding.”

Niamh acknowledges the important role students play in shaping one’s experience as an educator and how her experiences continue to inspire her to provide wonderful opportunities for all students to reach their full potential.

“Children teach you lessons. Learning can come from overcoming difficulty and adversity and I have taught children with disabilities and learning difficulties who have shown great courage, tenacity and grit in their learning journey.

“This has given me greater humility and a stronger drive to provide opportunities for all students, whatever that may be.”

Niamh firmly believes a student’s education is most important and creating a sense of belonging and purpose is vital before learning can take place.

“Students need to know that their teachers are there to help them and guide them through their learning journey and no matter what challenges they face the teacher will never give up on them.

“My passion for infants and primary is now developing into a passion for secondary and I am excited to see students through their entire school journey.

“I am excited to work on the school improvement agenda and ensuring that contemporary pedagogy is embedded into every lesson. I want students to achieve high standards and results which will open up opportunities for them in their future endeavours.

“I want to inspire and challenge students to be global citizens and have a world perspective and a drive to make a difference.”

With her new appointment, Niamh hopes to achieve a stable and sustainable growth in enrolments and develop a school environment where the motto of Harmony, Faith and Integrity is visible.

“I hope to create a community where wellbeing and achievement are priorities and excellence in every endeavour is expected and celebrated.”

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Gabrielle Sutherland is a Marketing & Communications Officer for the Catholic Schools Office and a regular contributor to and Aurora.