Foundation Principal earns The Archbishop’s Award for Leadership


​Holy Spirit College Fitzgibbon Principal Stephan le Roux and students.

Tasked with the responsibility of pioneering a new Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) school from the ground up, Holy Spirit College Fitzgibbon Foundation Principal Stephan le Roux is an example of a high achiever. 

Stephan was recently awarded The Archbishop’s Award for Leadership at the BCE Excellence Awards on Wednesday 23 August 2023 for his ability to create a school which embodies the essence of a Catholic education.  
Holy Spirit College Deputy Principal Andrew McEwan nominated Stephan for the award to recognise his dedication throughout every facet of the College’s development.  
“From the building process, designing our College’s distinct red blazer, enrolling students, to employing an expert team at the College, Stephan was involved in every step,” he says. 
“Stephan has worked hard to craft a College community that is the school of choice on Brisbane’s northside for parents hoping to send their child to a co-educational Catholic school.” 
BCE’s Senior Leader - School Progress and Performance Catherine Thompson says Stephan has achieved so much in less than two years. 
Stephan’s active engagement within the neighbouring Catholic primary school communities has been truly valued, especially in cultivating the confidence of prospective parents, filling a void in this community where a co-educational schooling choice was previously absent,” she says. 
Stephan says receiving The Archbishop’s Award for Leadership was the honour of his career. 
“As a Principal, you don’t always get the opportunity to be a Foundation Principal, and it’s been very exciting to lead a new school where each successive year seems to eclipse the last,” he says. 
“It was always my dream to be an educator, and I am very humbled to make my students and College community proud.”  
In 2022, with the support of BCE, Stephan submitted an application to the Building Grant Authority, aiming to secure funding for two new buildings at Holy Spirit College. 
At the end of last year, the College received the news of their successful application, another testament to Stephan’s leadership, embodying the essence of a high achiever. 
Set to open at the College in 2024, the two new buildings will showcase advanced facilities, including a new library, two science labs, two art classrooms, two design technology rooms, a project development room, plus eight general learning areas.  
With these additional spaces now available, the College plans to use its current buildings to create two dedicated music rooms, one drama, and four musical practice rooms in 2024. 

Holy Spirit College Fitzgibbon is one of 146 BCE schools across South East Queensland, offering high-quality Catholic education where students can Belong, Achieve, and Grow. Find a BCE school near you:  

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