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Principal selected for new Catholic college at Coomera

Foundation Principal Paul Begg will oversee preparations for the opening of
St Joseph’s College at Coomera

EXPERIENCED educational leader Paul Begg has been named as the Foundation Principal of the new St Joseph’s College at Coomera, which will open at the start of 2019.

Currently head of the secondary campus at Southern Cross Catholic College at Scarborough – one of the largest schools in Queensland – Mr Begg will take up his new job in April, to oversee preparations for the new college’s opening, and to enrol students and select staff.

Mr Begg said he was excited and honoured to have been selected to serve St Mary's Parish and the broader community of the northern Gold Coast as Foundation Principal of St Joseph's College.

“My vision and energy will be focused on the establishment and growth of a school and community centred on academic and personal excellence where justice, inclusion and service are visible,” he said.

“I intend to embrace the challenge of leadership in a way that will see the college staff shape a community of strength and gentleness, respectful of the dignity of all, where knowledge, service and the formation of strong character in our young people is central to each child’s and family’s journey. 

“It’s my hope that St Joseph’s College will flourish into a learning community where young people are encouraged to deliver their best in all things and where their Josephite character – embodied by St Mary of the Cross MacKillop – is witnessed in the ways they interact with each other and the society they will lead,” Mr Begg said.

The incoming principal said parents can expect a school of vibrant and challenging learning environments, designed to shape young people and respond dynamically to a world in constant change.

“We will develop a vision and formation plan for our students that sees them graduate as resilient, flexible and ready to lead; young people who know and can apply the values of their faith to the interactions and relationships of their life. 

“I am excited to bring my leadership experience in complex and challenging settings – ranging from multi campus P-12 schools to large boarding schools – to the Coomera community and play my role in creating new traditions.

“St Joseph's students will be challenged to become creative, critical and independent thinkers, who answer the call of Christ through loving, compassionate, challenging action and have a strong educational foundation to allow them to be the difference they want to see in the world,” he said.

Whilst construction takes place on the 10-hectare Kerkin Road South campus, Mr Begg will be based in the college’s enrolment office, to open at Pimpama Junction shopping centre in April.

St Joseph’s College will open in January 2019 with students in Prep to Year 3, and Year 7.

The first Year 12 students will graduate in 2024.


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