I am a past parent of Highview College where all four of my children attended during their secondary schooling.
I joined the Board in 2010, initially as the P&FA representative. When my youngest daughter completed her studies at Highview (in 2012) I continued serving on the Board as the Church of Christ representative.
During 2013 I was appointed Deputy Chair and in June 2017 I was elected Chair.
My family has had a continuous involvement with Highview since our eldest child commenced studying here in 1996.
My long standing and deep involvement in Highview is principally due to the school’s foundation by the Brigidine Order, having myself attended Brigidine secondary schools in Melbourne and Geelong.
I am a strong believer of educational choice within this community, and will always advocate to maintain both the Christian foundation and the accessible nature of Highview, through strategically focusing on the curriculum offered.
My focus is currently on developing a constitution which reflects modern governance practices while at the same time recognising Highview’s history, so that the school is well positioned to tackle the challenges and grasp the opportunities of the future.
I am a Parent Representative, and was elected at the May 2017 AGM. I am currently employed as a Senior Business Specialist in a large telecommunications company. I bring to the Board a wide range of business and management experience in areas such as workforce planning and management, process and performance improvement, project management as well a range of IT related skills.
My interest in being on the Board is to ensure the ongoing success of Highview College, as a first choice school for its surrounding communities. I believe that to achieve this the Board needs to measure the direction and performance of the school and provide strategic direction to its senior leadership. This will ensure that Highview's continued success is our common goal.
Until the end of October 2017, I am a parent of a student at Highview, after that I remain as a passionate advocate for the continued development of a school of choice for Maryborough and district students. I have thirty years of experience as a teacher, leader of curriculum and special education. I completed an administration university course, which included governance and inspired me to apply for Board membership. My interest in the Board is in making our historically significant, ecumenical school a great school, offering quality education that sets students up for making the most of their future options and choices, whatever that may be.
I have lived in Maryborough for over 30 years, having moved from Melbourne to start my first job as a Dietitian at the Maryborough District Health Service in 1984. I retired from MDHS in 2014, and now work in private practice at the Nightingale Clinic, as an Accredited Practising Dietitian and a Diabetes Educator.
Highview College is a unique school, as it is the first ecumenical school in the southern hemisphere. My late mother-in-law, Mrs Elaine Dellavedova, was one of the founding members of the Christian Community College, as it was originally called, so I have an historical link with Highview College and therefore, I am keen to support the College and facilitate advancement for future generations.
As education is very important to me, I am committed in supporting and promoting Highview College as the school of choice for our local and district community. Being part of the Highview College Board has been a steep learning curve for me, as there are many stakeholders to work with. I am on the executive and governance subcommittees, so I have embraced the challenge and look forward to positively contributing to a high quality educational system at Highview College in Maryborough.
Fr John Monaghan
I grew up on the family farm near Stawell and did my seminary training at Corpus Christi College, Clayton. I spent time as a deacon in Maryborough in 1980-81 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1981. Since then I’ve served in parishes of the Catholic diocese of Ballarat including Terang, Hamilton, Mildura and throughout the Mallee.
I commenced my current appointment in January 2016 as parish priest of St Augustine’s parish, Maryborough which also includes Avoca, Dunolly and several smaller towns. Taking over from my predecessor, Fr Ed Moloney, since February 2016 I’ve been the Catholic Church representative on the Highview College Board.
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