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Sandhurst Catholic Early Childhood Education & Care Limited (SCECE&C) was incorporated on the first of January 2021 and a Board of Directors was established.
The Board has responsibility for early childhood education and care in the Sandhurst Diocese.

Sandhurst Catholic Early Childhood Education & Care Ltd
(SCECE&C Ltd) 
Board of Directors

 

COBBLEDICK-Julie.JPGCHAIR - Mrs Julie Cobbledick 

For the past thirty- seven years Julie has been involved with Catholic Education in the Sandhurst Diocese. With experience teaching in rural and regional schools, sixteen years a Principal of St Brendan’s Primary School in Shepparton, and the past eight years as a Consultant for Catholic Education Sandhurst, she brings a wealth of experience to her role.

During her career, Julie has engaged in extensive work in leadership, having recently overseen the development of a Leadership Framework and the development of a systemic approach to Principal Induction. As a member of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Working Party for Languages, Julie has overseen the Languages Strategy for all schools within Catholic Education Sandhurst for the past seven years.

 In 2018 Julie completed The Authentic Leader Program at the Harvard Business School in Boston USA and in 2019 she commenced a new role as Consultant to System Initiatives. Her work included the development of a Framework for Small Schools, as well as research and
development in the area of Early Childhood Education & Care for the system.

An industry professional with extensive experience in the areas of leadership and project management, Julie is now working as an Independent Consultant, providing expert advice on leadership, strategic planning, organisational structure, project work and culture management. 

 

 JENKINS-Cathy-715x1000.jpgDEPUTY CHAIR - Ms Cathy Jenkins

Cathy Jenkins has degrees in Arts, theology and post-graduate qualifications in leadership. She has a professional background in publishing, education and system leadership in both the Catholic education and diocesan offices and is a Director of Mercy Education.

In October 2019 Cathy joined Catholic Education Sandhurst as Assistant to the Director: Leadership development, having come from leading the Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation for the Archdiocese of Melbourne. In her Melbourne role she co-ordinated the Plenary Council 2020 process for the Archdiocese of Melbourne. She was a member of one of the Plenary Writing groups and has been called as a delegate to attend the Plenary Council sessions for the Diocese of Sandhurst.

Cathy is currently the Executive Director: Mission Leadership at Mercy Health.

 

COWLING-Patricia.JPGDIRECTOR - Mrs Patricia Cowling

Patricia Cowling has thirty years’ experience as a Catholic educator including twenty years as a Principal. These experiences over 20 years covered leadership in educational settings from Early Learning through to Year 12, co-educational and single sex schooling, single campus and multi campus structures, day and boarding school offerings and responsibility for complex strategic planning, master planning, resourcing and forward financial forecasting.

She has worked at Catholic Education Melbourne as an Educational Consultant/Regional Leadership Consultant from 2017 to 2019 and remains a member of the Schools Review Team. Her work in educational consulting involves strategic planning, school review and leadership support across schools, school systems and organisations across Victoria. Patricia was previously Deputy Chair of the Sandhurst Catholic Education Council for four years and has fulfilled other consultancy roles for Catholic Education Sandhurst.

Patricia has served as a Director of Siena College Camberwell Board and is a current member of the Baumgart Clark Architects Advisory Board and the Principal’s Advisory Committee for Warawa College Healesville. She is a member of the AICD and a National Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leadership.  

 

DIRECTOR - Dr Daniel WhiteWHITE-Daniel.JPG

Dr Dan White has recently retired as the Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools after a decade of service. He is also the former Director of Catholic Education Hobart, has served in various senior educational leadership roles and was a Catholic Primary School Principal for nine years in Sydney.

Dr White is an author who has written extensively in the areas of religious identity, collaborative leadership and system-wide governance and decision-making. Dr White is the co-author of seven educational resource books focusing particularly on higher order learning and thinking strategies. Dr White is a Fellow of both the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and recently, was awarded ‘The Phyllis Evans Medal’ as the Teachers’ Guild of NSW ‘Distinguished Educator’ in 2019.

Dr White was formerly a board member of Catholic Network Australia, a member of the Senate of the Australian Catholic University, and a member of the Board of Governors for the University of Notre Dame Australia. Dr White has served on the National Catholic Education Commission for six years and is currently providing consultancy and professional learning support for school communities and educational systems across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr Daniel White was awarded an Order of the Medal of Australia in 2022 for service to Catholic Education.

 

Fr-Andrew-Fewings.jpgDIRECTOR - Fr Andrew Fewings

Following his ordination in the Diocese of Sandhurst in 1980, Rev Fr Andrew Fewings served as Assistant Priest Parish Priest at Beechworth, Myrtleford, Bendigo and Shepparton South. He was also Administrator in Wangaratta South in 1997 and Nagambie from 2004 to 2008. 

In 2003, Father Andrew became Parish Priest of St John’s Euroa, followed by St Joseph’s Benalla in 2008. In 2012 he was appointed Parish Priest of St Therese’s, Kennington where he was ordained a Priest 32 years earlier. In 2020 Fr Andrew celebrated the fortieth anniversary of his ordination.

During the period between 1983 and 1989, Father Andrew served as Chaplain to the Bendigo Hospital, BHHA, Catholic College Bendigo, YCW and Bendigo College of Advanced Education, now known as La Trobe University.

Father Andrew is an experienced Board member having served on a number of Boards and committees over many years, including the Sandhurst Council of Priests, Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Religious Education Committee, Sandhurst School Education Board and various School Boards. He is the current President of the Assisi Kindergarten Committee of Management.

 

GREENALL-Alastair-667x1000.jpgDIRECTOR - Mr Alastair Greenall

Alastair Greenall has been employed by the Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst as a Project Manager since 2017.  He provides project management advice and support for a range of Diocesan and Parish activities, including property development, maintenance, sales and acquisitions, planning matters and systems improvement.. Alastair has been an active member of the committee that was established in 2018 to investigate the options for the potential provision of Catholic Early Learning Centres, and the subsequent advisory group to further develop the Diocese’s involvement in this space. 

Prior to his current role, Alastair was the Director of Hospital Redevelopment at St John of God Bendigo Hospital for ten years.  The last five years at the hospital were focussed on successfully overseeing the $34M major redevelopment and expansion project, from an approved feasibility study for funding through to occupation.  Before St John of God, Alastair managed a number of projects at Bendigo Health including replacement of the complete finance and supply software solution, and establishment of a single-entry-point system for all sub-acute referrals. 

Following completion of a Bachelor of Business, Alastair commenced his career in the finance and administration departments of local government; two regional and two metropolitan Councils.  He has also completed a Graduate Diploma of Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). 

 

 DIRECTOR - Narelle-Williams-SCECEC.pngMs Narelle Williams

Narelle Williams has a degree in Early Childhood Education and graduate qualifications in Vocational Education and Training and Leadership. She has a professional background in Community Services and Not for Profits organisations, Early Years and Adult Education and as group facilitator and trainer, she also has over 30 years’ experience in leadership roles and working with children, parents, and families.

Narelle is currently the Manger of Mental Health, Wellbeing and Early Years for CatholicCare Victoria and previously to this appointment was the Manager of Family and Relationship Services CatholicCare Sandhurst.

 

  

Cathleen-Farrelly-SCECEC-Ltd-2.jpgDIRECTOR - Ms Cathleen Farrelly

Cathleen Farrelly holds a Bachelor of  Education along with a Masters (Wales) and PhD (Monash) in Education focussed on school curriculum. With over thirty years experience as a university academic in teacher education, as well as secondary teaching experience, she has had extensive experience in  curriculum development, teaching and research. Cathleen was a member of a research team which received over $1m in Australian Research Council Funding to explore student learning and wellbeing in rural open-planned school settings. She co-authored academic books detailing this research and published in leading international and Australian journals. 

Cathleen lectured in the field of student health and wellbeing education and was instrumental in initiating, developing and later coordinating a unique health and physical education degree which had student wellbeing as its focus. As a teacher, she co-authored the first VCE  textbooks for Health and Human Development and served on the study design review panels. Moving in a new direction, yet continuing her interest in student wellbeing, Cathleen began as a Careers Practitioner at Catherine McAuley College in 2022. 

 

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Ms Carla Jeffrey - Executive Staff                   Mr John Meneely - Secretary

 

‘Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning’
- Fred Rogers

We acknowledge and pay respect to the original and ongoing custodians of the land upon which our kindergartens are situated.  We commit to actively working alongside First Nations people for healing, reconciliation and justice. The Catholic education faith community is inclusive and acknowledges that we are all made in the image and likeness of God and we are created in love. People of all faiths, genders, sexualities, abilities and cultures are therefore respected equally in the Sandhurst Catholic Early Childhood Education & Care community.  We acknowledge the pain and suffering of all who have been hurt in body, mind and spirit by those who have betrayed the trust placed in them. May we all stand tall, stand firm, grounded in truth, together as one. 

Assisi Kindergarten Strathfieldsaye

Located on the School grounds of St Francis of the Fields Primary School in Strathfieldsaye.

Director: Alison Knowles

46a Blucher Street

STRATHFIELDSAYE VIC 3551

P: 03 5439 3833

E: assisi.kin@kindergarten.vic.gov.au

W: www.assisikindergarten.weebly.com

St Mel’s Kindergarten Shepparton

Located on the School grounds of St Mel’s Primary School in Shepparton.

Director: Miriam Stewart

200 Archer Street

SHEPPARTON VIC 3630

P: 03 5821 9982

E: kinder@smshepparton.catholic.edu.au

W: stmelskindergarten.weebly.com