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Meet the Principal, Emily Perry

Welcome to St Patrick’s School, Mitchell. We are a vibrant Catholic community that partners with families to ensure that every child experiences success with their learning.

I took up my role as principal in 2020 after working as an Assistant Principal: Religious Education and classroom teacher here at St Patrick’s. Before that, I was a middle leader at a school in Clifton and taught in Cunnamulla. I grew up in rural and remote Catholic communities myself and now choose to live and work in them.

It is my belief that every student is capable of learning and I believe that every student has a right to learn.

Success looks different for every child and it is our job as educators to discover how each student learns best and then support and champion them to exceed their potential.

As the principal, I lead a professional team of expert teachers who are committed to quality teaching practice and are committed to progressing their own learning journey. We have a clear vision of where we are headed with our students and this ensures continued growth for all in our learning community.

I support and mentor our teachers to live and breathe effective teaching strategies. We are deliberate about what we teach, how we teach and make this visible to our students.

At St Patrick’s, we set high expectations for ourselves as well as our students. All our staff have a shared belief that as a team we can positively influence student outcomes.

I enjoy working with individual students, especially those who need personalised support, the most fulfilling part of my day is when I witness their success and sharing in those 'ah ha' moments.

Our school is part of the Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools network. This benefits our students as we can access learning specialists and a multitude of resources to ensure every need is met. We support students in their transition to high school and link to St John’s in Roma and Toowoomba high schools.

We know that partnering with parents is crucial to student success and we acknowledge parents as the first educators of their children. We value the knowledge they have of their child and we work together to develop their academic, social and emotional skills for life.

As a school community, you will find our teachers, staff, parents, students and parishioners friendly and welcoming. We pack a lot of learning power into our classrooms, extra-curricular activities and social events - it’s a fantastic community to be a part of.

I invite you to come and visit our school. Please get in touch or drop in and I look forward to meeting you personally.

Emily Perry