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We welcome a much-loved Principal to Lisieux

We’re very excited to announce that, Susan Ryan, a much-loved and experienced Principal, will be heading up our new school.

“We’re delighted to announce that Susan Ryan has been appointed as the foundation Principal of Torquay’s newest Catholic Parish Primary School. She has shown us throughout the selection process that she is a woman of experience, with a unique creative spirit and passion for fostering a community within the school,” Parish Priest, Father Linh Tran said.

Susan comes to Lisieux with a wealth of experience in Catholic education. Her current role is as Principal at Mount Carmel College, a P-10 Catholic school in Hobart, Tasmania.

Susan was born and bred in Geelong and raised her family in the area before relocating to Tasmania in 2009. As well as coming “home” to live close to their young adult children and extended family, Susan is “excited and energised to have the opportunity to begin a new school and to establish a shared vision from scratch.” As a big Cats fan, she is also looking forward to supporting her team in person.

The Principal position will commence in Term 3 this year, ahead of the opening of the school in Term 1, 2018.

Susan Ryan

Her first task will be to build a high-calibre teaching staff. “I want a team who understands the importance of creating positive relationships with students, who are outstanding role models, who recognise that they are blessed to have the best job in the world, and who have energy in abundance.” Susan Ryan, future Principal of Lisieux Catholic Primary School, Torquay.

“Our task as Catholic schools is to be the living model of Jesus Christ. Being Catholic means being inclusive, compassionate, loving and filled with hope. In Catholic schools, we aim to create the conditions for young people to flourish by supporting their spiritual growth along side their academic, social, emotional and physical growth.

I believe in creating conditions for young people to identify and apply their own strengths, to practice mindfulness, to build skills in resilience and to take supported risks. These are all vital in supporting our young people to lead healthy and productive lives.” Susan Ryan, future Principal of Lisieux Catholic Primary School, Torquay.

Susan is also a keen cook, enjoys photography and taking beach walks with their dog, Poppy. She is looking forward to working in Torquay. “Our physical setting will reflect our local coastal environment and is designed to support collaborative learning. It will be innovative, open and welcoming. We have the opportunity to be creative in our interpretation of the Australian curriculum and we will ensure that our students are at the centre of all our decisions.”

Enrolment enquiries for the new school are currently being received via St Therese on 5261 4246 and architectural images can be viewed on the school website:

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