30 November 2010

Latest professional development and research scholarships will benefit the Catholic educational community

Dennis Fahey, Marcellin College, Auckland, Craig McKernan, St Francis Xavier School, Whangarei, Karl Zimmerman, St Anne’s School, Wanganui, and Margaret Coleman, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Sumner, are the latest Catholic school Principals to receive Catholic leadership scholarships, awarded by the New Zealand Catholic Education Office.

The scholarships provide significant financial support for the principals’ professional study and for research they are undertaking which will benefit the Catholic schooling system.

Dennis Fahey will visit a number of New Zealand schools to learn about best practice in developing student self management.  He will then do follow up work with other principals.

Craig McKernan will undertake a number of leadership papers through the Australian Catholic University.  He has a particular interest in leadership styles, and intends to share his learning with principals in the Northland area, and in Auckland.

Karl Zimmerman is undertaking leadership papers through Massey University.  He is proactive in encouraging potential leaders, and is planning to develop research work on Catholic education in New Zealand.

Margaret Coleman plans to explore how the use of professional supervision can further develop the leadership skills of principals in Catholic schools in New Zealand. As well as attending training on professional supervision, she will conduct interviews with a number of principals in New Zealand and Australia to establish the methods they currently use to support their practice.  She hopes to build a network of appropriately qualified supervisors, and promote the uptake of supervision by senior educators..

NZCEO is delighted to be able to support outstanding leadership in Catholic schools through these scholarships.

Patrick J. Lynch