Brisbane Catholic Primary Principals Association

Tom Fitzsimon Award 2010



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.


Mr John Parkinson, 2010 recipient of the Tom Fitzsimon AwardJohn Parkinson -
Winner of the 2010 Tom Fitzsimon Award

Congratulations to John Parkinson, Principal of St Flannan’s, Zillmere, who is the 2010 recipient of the Tom Fitzsimon Award.  John is pictured here with Mrs Margaret Fitzsimon who presented the award at a ceremony in the Guineas Room at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Monday 30 August, 2010.

John was nominated by fellow principal, Anne McKenny.  

John Parkinson has an impressive record of proactively making a difference to the well being and education of all members of the school community – first and foremost students, all staff members , parents and carers.  He achieves this through a deep and profound commitment to professional learning and has a unique knack of translating latest research and theory into accessible and practical strategies that work. John enjoys a great depth and breadth to professional reading and is adept at synthesising relevant research across a number of disciplines and applying this learning in authentic contexts by developing tools, techniques and ready to use documents and plans.  Furthermore the impact of this learning is effectively shared with colleagues, students and parents who in turn can articulate and adopt new ways for doing things. He is fully inclusive of all members of the school community in collaboratively developing  his current school, St Flannan’s, as a learning community.

For many years, John has shared his professional learning with colleagues – he has developed and presented professional learning workshops at a school and system level – eg.  integrating Religious Education and The Arts, Approaches to Literacy, and Behaviour Learning.  In the last 12 months John has developed a School Behaviour Support Plan that has been adopted as an exemplary model within Brisbane Catholic Education.

He has recently travelled interstate to further develop his knowledge of the successful application of The Games Factory philosophy and practices within his current school community and is currently inviting other school community members to visit, discuss and learn from successes at St Flannan’s.

John is to be congratulated for his dedication and commitment to being a reflective and practical learner, effective teacher and inspirational leader of learning.


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