Brisbane Catholic Primary Principals Association

Tom Fitzsimon Award 2011



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.


2011 Award RecipientRick Sheehan -
Winner of the 2011 Tom Fitzsimon Award

Congratulations Mr Rick Sheehan

Rick has been instrumental in many professional development opportunities for Principals over a number of years. His drive and passion for learning was evidenced in his co-ordinating, planning and managing the series of Learning Links for Principals. He has been involved in Asia Foundation programmes and has presented at a Leading 21st Century Schools session run by Principals’ Australia.

Rick undertook a course of learning about Differentiated Curriculum and shared his knowledge with peers. His professional involvement with BACPPA over many years has seen him support and be involved in many professional development activities both as participant and presenter.

Within the Cluster groups he has shared school-based initiatives and has always welcomed colleagues to visit and discuss such initiatives. He has been involved in a principals’ debriefing group for three years and his wisdom and experience has benefited all other participants.

Rick’s depth and volume of professional reading is astounding and his constant search for new insights and ideas results in him being sought out for membership of working parties, advisory groups and counsel from individual colleagues.

Rick is currently principal of St Agnes School, Mt Gravatt. He is a worthy recipient of the Tom Fitzsimon award and the association congratulates him on his dedication and commitment to principalship in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.

Rick is pictured above with Margaret Fitzsimon, wife of the late Tom Fitzsimon.


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