Brisbane Catholic Primary Principals Association

Tom Fitzsimon Award 2018



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.  The award will be presented each year at the BACPPA AGM. A perpetual record of recipients of the award will be recorded on this website.

Stephen Montgomery - Winner of the 2018 Tom Fitzsimon Award

PICTURED:  Stephen Montgomery, Mrs Margaret Fitzsimon, Pam Betts (Executive Director, Brisbane Catholic Education Office),

The Tom Fitzsimon award was this year presented to Stephen Montgomery, Principal of Guardian Angels School, Ashmore. Stephen 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. 

Steve is an outstanding principal, a quiet achiever – humble, modest, respectful, non-judgemental and faith filled. He encourages and celebrates growth in others. He is dedicated to mentoring and building positive partnerships with peers. Proud to be associated with Catholic Education, Steve has had a long connection with Brisbane Catholic Education and has been Principal of

  • St John’s Northgate
  • St Columba’s Wilston
  • All Saints Albany Creek
  • St Augustine’s Currumbin
  • Guardian Angels, Ashmore.

Steve has been active in promoting, enhancing and supporting the role of principal as a past President of BACPPA and an ongoing member of QACPPA and BACPPA.

Steve prioritises his own professional learning and sees this as a great platform for establishing and growing his personal and professional network of peers. A supporter of sabbaticals before they were formally introduced, Steve used his family holidays to strengthen his connection to Catholic Education and his faith – trekking to IONA off the coast of Scotland and Glendalough in Ireland. More recently Steve followed the footsteps of St James, walking the Camino de Santiago and fulfilling a lifelong dream by participating in the Pilgrimage to The Holy Land this year. Steve is up to date with current BCE initiatives and he listens and learns from all so his school, staff and students are always moving forward. 

Steve is a person of great integrity and professionalism and connects with colleagues in meaningful ways. As a mentor, Steve is a gentle but wise colleague with a listening ear and the calm voice of reason. His ability to build rapport and relational trust ensures that the relationship between the mentor and mentee has great traction, communication, respect and mutual growth. Steve has a strong ability to create a safe space for growth to occur, supporting and facilitating problem solving.

Steve is a great leader, colleague, mentor and friend. He encourages and celebrates growth in other and sees these exchanges as opportunity for learning and growth for himself. Steve’s contribution to his colleagues’ personal well-being and professional growth within BCE is appreciated by many.

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