Following the retirement of Jane Curran, Principal of Brigidine College St Ives, at the conclusion of 2019, the College Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Laetitia (Teash) Richmond to the position of Principal for 2020.
With a career spanning more than thirty years in Catholic education, Teash is highly experienced to lead Brigidine College into the future. She is currently the Principal at Catherine McAuley College, Westmead, a large Years 7 – 12 girls school in the Diocese of Parramatta where her role encompassed ensuring the delivery of a curriculum informed by contemporary educational theory and pedagogy. Teash has extensive experience in diverse leadership roles in schools.
With a strong commitment to her Catholic faith, Ms Richmond is an active member of her Parish. In all of her leadership roles she has ensured that the Catholic tradition and charism of each school is kept alive and evident in the daily life of students and staff.
Teash comes to us with an impressive academic background. In addition to her Bachelor of Education, Teash holds Masters Degrees in Religious Education, Art Education and Arts Administration. She engages in continual professional learning to ensure she can lead her school community with a contemporary understanding of educational priorities and the needs of students and teachers. This has led to her being invited onto the Principal panel at the Learning Reimagined Symposium, to showcase innovation in teaching and learning at her school.
Following the announcement of her appointment Ms Richmond said, “Brigidine College, St Ives is a school infused with the importance of honouring individual strengths and talents and nurturing students to work collaboratively, looking outwards to the world. In the role of Principal, the opportunity to continue to drive forward this strong community and shape the vision for the future of Brigidine is a challenge I am excited and proud to undertake.”
As an insight into her ability to establish valuable community connections for students and staff, Ms Richmond said, “Developing sustainable partnerships with neighbouring Catholic schools, Westmead Hospital complex and Western Sydney University (WSU) has also shaped my work at Westmead.” She said, “Partnerships with WSU have lead to internships based at McAuley for Masters of STEM students to work with students and staff as well as opportunities for staff professional development.”
Ms Richmond was also involved in establishing partnerships with Westmead Hospital and medical complex which provided opportunities for students and staff to engage in real world learning and discourse with experts in the fields of medical science and STEM. Under her principalship students at Catherine McAuley also recently competed as finalists in Florida, USA, in the International Space Design Competition representing Australia.
Ms Richmond said, “The compass point upon which I have based my leadership style is of true service and building authentic relationships within the school community. My busiest and most challenging days are met with a calm, well humoured and professional demeanour. I am committed to advancing opportunities for students through their experiences in holistic education. Within the ministry of Principal, I will be privileged to lead the faith, academic, pastoral and future life of Brigidine College, St. Ives.”
Staff and students look forward to welcoming Ms Richmond to the College in January 2020.