Newly appointed Principal of St Columban’s Mayfield

St Columban’s Primary School, Mayfield has welcomed a new beginning this year with the appointment of Danielle Reed as principal.

With over 15 years of experience in education, Danielle brings her passion, enthusiasm and expertise to her new role, with the motivation to promote change and build a strong sense of community.                                 

Throughout her education, Danielle was always inspired by those around her, especially the strong female role models who were only young teachers at the time.

“I had some wonderful teachers in my life who inspired me to strive to achieve academically and who taught me that women should have a voice and educate themselves to make their opinions and ideas matter in the world,” she said.

During her years as an educator, Danielle has learnt many lessons from the students she has taught.

“Every child has a story – their enthusiasm and curiosity is contagious and they have so much to offer the world.

“I’ve learnt that their gifts are as individual as they are and when you take the time to get to know them, you find out things you never imagined about their interests, passions and personalities.”

As the former Assistant Principal of St Columban’s, Danielle is excited to continue working with the dedicated staff on the initiatives they have been working towards for the past couple of years including Positive Education, Gifted Education, Positive Behaviour for Learning, Digital literacy and Creative and Critical Thinking.

“We have a wonderful team who work hard together to create opportunities for the students and I’m looking forward to working with them on this.”

In her new role, Danielle hopes to increase awareness of St Columban’s in the community and continue to maintain its reputation as a holistic learning environment.

“I hope to be a welcoming presence to our community and have them feel they can approach me – not only when there is a problem but also when they have an idea or opinion about something.

“I believe resilience, respect for others, empathy and faith are so important to being a global citizen and we support these areas of growth alongside the child’s parents, so well in Catholic schools.”

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Gabrielle Sutherland

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