Dear Marist Community,

Deputy Principal appointments by Dr Frank Malloy, National Director Marist Schools Australia

With the continued growth of the College under the strong leadership of Mr Darren McGregor, in order to best meet the needs of this flourishing Marist community, three Deputy Principal positions were created and advertised. Over the past few months, an exhaustive selection process has been undertaken, ably led by the Marist Schools Australia Regional Director, Ms
Julie Ryan, College Principal, Mr McGregor, members of the Marist Schools Australia Regional Council and College Advisory Council.

I am delighted to announce the appointment of:

Giselle Talbot – Deputy Principal: Community
Carolyn Hamilton – Deputy Principal: Learning
Michael Flaherty – Deputy Principal: Learning Enabler

Giselle Talbot holds a Masters degree in Student Wellbeing from The University of Melbourne, a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Religious Education from the Australian Catholic University, and a Bachelor of Education from Ballarat University. Giselle has been at Marist since it began.  Giselle’s distinguished career in Catholic education spans 25 years. During this time Giselle has been Head of Faculty at Salesian College, Sunbury and St Columba’s College, Essendon, Deputy
Principal at Catholic College Bendigo and in 2019 has been Deputy Principal at Marist College Bendigo. In all of these roles Giselle’s work has been characterised by high professional standards and leadership grounded in a continuous example of excellence as a Catholic educator.

Carolyn Hamilton has a Bachelor of Education from Victoria College, and a Masters of Instructional Leadership from The University of Melbourne. Carolyn is well known in Bendigo, having spent the past 25 years in a variety of roles first at Catholic College Bendigo and then at Marist College Bendigo. Carolyn is widely regarded for her creative and highly competent leadership of learning. At faculty level, Carolyn led the Mathematics Department at Catholic College Bendigo. At a senior whole school level, Carolyn was appointed Curriculum Leader at Catholic College Bendigo. In 2016, Carolyn became Deputy Principal at Marist College Bendigo and has recently acted in the role of Principal during Mr McGregor’s period of long service leave. Carolyn has also been with Marist since the beginning.

Michael Flaherty is currently the Deputy Principal at Catholic Regional College Sydenham. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Adelaide, a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education from the University of Divinity, and a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Masters of Education from The University of Melbourne.  Michael has demonstrated highly successful leadership in a variety of roles. In addition to his current role Michael has been Curriculum Coordinator, Leader of Teaching and Improvement and Learning Leader of the Arts at Emmanuel College, Altona North. Michael is also a certified Teacher and Trainer in the internationally renowned “New Tech Project Based Learning” methodology, which has well documented success in a variety of learning contexts across the world and a basis for the original learning model at Marist.

In making this announcement I wish to thank the following people for their time and careful work as members of the selection panel:

Ms Julie Ryan, Marist Schools Australia Regional Director
Mr Darren McGregor, Principal, Marist College Bendigo
Mr Denis Higgins, Chair, College Advisory Council
Ms Kath Dillon, Deputy Director CEO Sandhurst
Ms Lisa Fogliani, Deputy Principal, Newman College, Perth 

I trust the wonderful community of Marist College Bendigo will join in congratulating these three exceptional Catholic educators on their appointments to these senior leadership positions.


Business Manager appointment

In recent weeks we have been working through the process for the appointment of a new Business Manager for Marist College Bendigo. I was joined on the selection panel by:

Mr Peter White , Chair of our College Finance Subcommittee of our Advisory Council
Ms Sharon O’Neill, Acting Business Manager
Ms Kath Corbett, Business Services Manager, Marist Schools Australia.

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Brett Burdeu as our new Business Manager.  Brett will bring to this role a good blend of experience in the areas of education and finance. Brett is currently the Business Manager at Moama Grammar. Before his current appointment Brett has worked in Corporate Finance for Deloitte, KPMG and as a financial analyst for Ford. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.  Mr Brett Burdeu will join us in Term Four. Until Brett arrives we are fortunate to have Ms Sharon O’Neill continue as our Business Manager.