Meet the new Principals at Brisbane Catholic Education

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Shaping young minds and in doing so, the future of all of us, three Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) Principals are settling into the school year at their new schools.

Inspired by their staff, students, and broader school community, they share their passion for the schools they will lead in 2023 and beyond.

We meet these three leaders to find out more about their intentions for the year ahead.


Principal Lagi Aukusitino

Star of the Sea Primary School, Cleveland

Principal Lagi Aukusitino from Star of the Sea Primary School Cleveland

Principal Lagi Aukusitino from Star of the Sea Primary School, Cleveland

Lagi Aukusitino believes being a school Principal was her destiny.

The new leader at Star of the Sea Primary School Cleveland has moved from Acting Principal to Principal in 2023. And couldn’t be happier about it.

“Family is everything to me, and this school community is part of my family now,” she says.

In her second role as Principal, the first being at Mary Immaculate Primary School Annerley, Lagi wants to “continue the great work we have been doing at Star of the Sea.”

“Last year students and teachers created a catchphrase with a focus on learning called ‘going beyond the C’,” she says.

“It is all about challenging ourselves and reaching our full potential as learners and teachers.

“I’m looking forward to living out this motto this school year.”

Principal Catherine Connors

St Finbarr’s School, Ashgrove

Principal Catherine Connors from Brisbane Catholic Education

Principal Catherine Connors from St Finbarr’s School, Ashgrove, standing outside St Finbarr’s, Ireland.

Not many Principals would say going to work felt like a vacation. But for educator Catherine Connors, this is how passionately she feels about her job.

After landing the position of Principal of St Finbarr’s Primary School Ashgrove, Catherine and her family headed off on a trip to Cork, Ireland. On her travels she visited St Finbarr’s Cathedral. Here she learnt more about the history and presence of a great teacher and leader who inspired her new school community.

With a passion for exploration, Catherine Connors is excited for her new adventure, which began on the first day of Term 1.

“I’ve been so excited to start the term and immerse myself into my new school community.

“I’m looking forward to learning what is important to teachers, students, and parents at St Finbarr’s. To developing new partnerships, and I am excited to
co-create a path forward for our school.”

Principal Sam Anderson

St Teresa’s Catholic College, Noosaville

Principal Sam Anderson at St Theresa's College, Noosa with the school captains

Principal Sam Anderson at St Theresa’s College, Noosa with the school captains

The Noosaville community welcomed back a favourite staff member this year. As Sam Anderson returned to St Teresa’s College as Principal.

Sam had previously worked at the College as Acting Assistant Principal of Curriculum and says, “the appointment to Principal feels meant to be.”

“For me, this is like going back home,” he says.

“I am enjoying reconnecting with the Marist charism and making a difference to my students and College community. I am also excited to influence the direction of the school and be part of an already strong and established team.”

When speaking about his passion for education he says, “every child has natural next steps.”

“As a leader I am very interactive with my students. I can’t wait to work with each student individually, connect with them, and stretch them in their learning.”

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music.

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