AFTER a decade spent imparting wisdom on the many students of St Mary's College, principal Michael Newman has made the decision to move onto new pastures, and leave the school community.

Mr Newman was treated to a surprise farewell on Friday evening where he was thanked for his 10 years of service with the school, and for his tireless work improving the lives of both staff and students who walked through the doors of St Mary's.

 

 

Guest speakers included Toowoomba Catholic Schools executive director Dr Pat Coughlan, college board member Matt Boyd, P & F committee member Katrina Thom, Samantha Parle, and college captains Alastair Doljanin and Dhairy Shah.

Dr Coghlan said the contribution Mr Newman had made to Catholic education was unmatched, and invaluable.

 

FAREWELL AND THANKS: St Mary's principal Michael Newman was farewelled by staff and students.
FAREWELL AND THANKS: St Mary's principal Michael Newman was farewelled by staff and students.

 

"After 17 years in the diocese, including seven as principal of St John's College, Roma, Michael leaves a reputation as an outstanding leader and educator," he said.

"His sphere of influence extends well beyond his local community to colleagues within the system and across the State.

"Michael, his wife Lauren and their three children have been wonderful ambassadors for Catholic education and faith leaders within the diocese.

"We will miss them very much and wish them well in the next chapter about to unfold."

 

 

During the ceremony, Mr Newman was presented with a painting of the college campus.

Mr Newman will be taking on his new role as headmaster at Marist College, Ashgrove in 2021.

Originally published as Toowoomba principal farewelled after 10 years of service



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