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5th November 2020

Foundation Principal Announced for Catherine McAuley College Mackay

The Foundation Principal of Mackay's new Catholic Secondary school, Catherine McAuley College, has been announced.

Director of Catholic Education - Diocese of Rockhampton Leesa Jeffcoat AM said Mr James (Jim) Ford, current Principal of Mercy College, Mackay, will lead the new college taking up his role at the beginning of the 2021 school year.

"On behalf of Bishop Michael McCarthy - Bishop of Rockhampton, I am delighted to advise the Catholic School Community in Mackay of Jim's appointment as Foundation Principal in this next exciting milestone in the formation and development of Catherine McAuley College," Miss Jeffcoat said.

"Jim is a highly respected educator and leader who has forged strong links with colleagues, the Parish and the wider Mackay community. He brings tot he role a depth of experience in leadership and a commitment to creating a contemporary learning environment founded on Gospel values and the principles of life long learning for all," Miss Jeffcoat said.

"There will be extensive preparation and planning prior to welcoming students and families tot he college in 2022 and Jim will work closely with Catholic Education and the College Steering Committee over the next 12 months to ensure all is in readiness," Miss Jeffcoat said.

Miss Jeffcoat said there had been strong interest around enrolment for Catherine McAuley College for its commencement in the year 2022 and well beyond. 

"This is an exciting new chapter for Catholic Education, and we are delighted to be able to respond to the needs of parents and families in the Mackay and wider community," Miss Jeffcoat said. 

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