OUR SCHOOLS | Catholic schools' new executive director pops in to meet the kids

Last Thursday, May 9, Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School at CarnesHill was visited by the newly-appointed executive director of SydneyCatholicSchools, TonyFarley.

Mr Farley began his appointment on Easter Monday, taking over the leadership of Sydney Catholic Schools from DrDanWhite, who recently retired after 10 years in the post.

Mr Farley was very impressed on his visit to the school, which included a meeting with the principal, Brother Nicholas Harsas, a walk through the school grounds, visiting several of the classrooms and meeting the students and staff. He said he was impressed by the positive school culture that was so evident to him as soon as he entered the school grounds.

Mr Farley is now in the most senior leadership role in Sydney Catholic Schools and responsible for all the Catholic schools under the Archdiocese of Sydney.

He's the executive director of the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations and brings to his new role more than three decades of experience in human resources and public policy across Catholic, government and union organisations.

He was also on the Sydney Catholic Schools Board for some years.

Sydney Archbishop AnthonyFisher said at the announcement of Mr Farley's appointment in December: "Tony comes to the position with a deep knowledge and understanding of the church and our school systems.

"I'm confident he'll build on the good work of his predecessors and work in collaboration with our schools, wisely using our resources and upholding the mission and identity of Catholic education."

Mr Farley said: "I'm keen to engage with our staff, the union, regulators and governments about how our teachers can spend more time on teaching and less time on administration.

"Strengthening links between our schools and parishes is also a priority and I'm enthused about working with our priests, deacons, school staff, parents and students to make this happen."

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