First Nations Culture Helping BCE Leaders Prioritise Wellbeing



​Leadership Staff across Brisbane Catholic Education recently enjoyed a three-day Principal Wellbeing Program, which put BCE's Strategic Plan wellbeing priority in action.

A small group of leaders took time out to reflect on leadership through guided discussions, facilitated by Uncle Paul Callaghan and the Gone Bush Adventures team. The group connected with each other and nature, exploring Lamington National Park with scenic bushwalks, scaling rocks and admiring the beautiful waterfalls.

Wellbeing was explored through the lens of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island philosophy and spirituality, with immersive workshops led by Ngutana-Lui Cultural Tutors Marlon Riley and Brian Whap.

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“It was a true gift," says St Agatha's Clayfield Principal Anne-Marie Maw.

“I've never been an outdoors person so when I was invited to take part in this program, I wasn't sure if it was for me. However, it ended up being the most incredible experience, unlike anything I have experienced.

“I honestly believe BCE's Principal Wellbeing Program should be part of a leader's wellbeing plan in their first three years."

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Over the three days, BCE Leaders were offered a unique opportunity to not only engage in professional development but self-development, coming away strengthened and renewed.

There is no doubt it has been a stressful and unpredictable past year in the education industry, with disruptions due to COVID, flooding and teacher shortages. That's why it is so important for leaders to prioritise wellbeing.

“I congratulate these leaders for role modelling self-care which is essential to sustain servant leadership in our schools," says BCE Organisational Development Lead Tammy McCartney.

“I am proud to work for an organisation that actively prioritises well-being for our school principals."


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