Brisbane Catholic Primary Principals Association

Tom Fitzsimon Award Nominees for 2009



The Tom Fitzsimon Award is a peer-nominated professional learning award sponsored by BACPPA, which recognises a strong commitment to professional learning in the fields of leadership and education made by a leader in one of our Catholic schools.  The award consists of a professional reading grant.  Recipients of the award will be profiled on the Association website, where a perpetual record of recipients will be recorded. This award will be presented each year at the BACPPA AGM.

Anne McKenny with Mrs Margaret Fitzsimon

Anne McKenny -
Winner of the 2009 Tom Fitzsimon Award

Anne is the Principal of St Paul’s School Woodridge. Anne has been the driving energy behind a lengthy initiative which sees the School develop strong, practical and sustaining community partnerships. Anne was nominated by a colleague principal, and I will read from the citation “Anne has researched, undertaken professional learning and then implemented programs in the area of community partnerships and community links. She has shared her learnings on community partnerships and community schooling and supported staff, parents, neighbouring communities and parents, with their own learnings. She has read, travelled and participated in a variety of learnings in this area and shared with teachers, other principals and other schools the model of community partnerships that is established within the St Paul’s community.

Anne has written herself that “At St Paul’s we aim to develop and promote school based and community-linked opportunities that are accessible to all members of the school community. These opportunities provide professional support and pastoral care that build partnerships and cater to individual and collective needs. We value the knowledge and experience of our families and community members. We encourage our families and community members to use the resources available in the school and provide input into the learning of the students. St Paul's School aims to develop and nurture strong relationships with our community. Our community is rich in cultural assets and resources. We aim to build shared, sustainable community of difference by communication, developing relationships, sharing resources and collaborating on the development of our school and local community."

Full service schooling has been successfully achieved by Anne and her team at St Paul’s and her model has been readily shared by her for all to learn from. Please join with me in congratulating our first Tom Fitzsimon award nominee, Anne McKenny.


Judith-Anne Seery- Nominee

Over the past two years Judith Seery has been the National Convenor of the 2009 APPA National Conference Committee. This significant role has seen her convene a team to prepare, plan and support the Australian Primary Principal’s Association Conference being held on the Gold Coast this September. Judith has immersed herself in the planning and preparation with professionalism, wisdom and commitment, liaising with International speakers, delegates and Conference management. Throughout all of this Judith has remain committed to having the conference focus on the child and supporting Principals in an ever  changing and demanding learning and teaching environment. Her work in convening the conference has seen her research and investigate a wide Range of educational contemporary issues and consider how best to meld these into a four day teaching and learning experience for School leaders. Judith has communicated extensively with Principals across the nation in her efforts to encourage Principals from all sectors; Government, Independent and Catholic, to learn together in September.

As a Principal committed to her own leadership learning and the learning and professional practice of her colleagues, Judith has complemented this role as Conference convenor with her work as Pastoral and Spirituality support person on the executive of BACPPA. Judith has developed, planned and implemented retreats, liturgies and reflections on a wide range of themes and topics and has supported her colleagues in Catholic education with a sense of purpose and consideration. Judith coordinates the pastoral support of Principals through her role on BACPPA. In commending Judith Anne Seery as a Tom Fitzsimon award nominee for 2009 we acknowledge not just her commitment to her own professional learning but her equally tenacious commitment to Principals learning across the nation.


Presentation of the Tom Fitzsimon Award

Presentation of the Tom Fitzsimon Award

2009 Tom Fitzsimon Award Nominees
Anne McKenny and Judith-Anne Seery
with Mrs Margaret Fitzsimon
2009 Tom Fitzsimon Award Winner
Anne McKenny receives her Award from
Mr Derek MacLean, BACPPA President


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