New education chief to set new direction

Debra Sayce (The eRecord/Jamie O’Brien)

Catholic Education Western Australia’s new chief says she is keen and ready to hit the ground running with a new strategic direction when she formally begins in the role next year. Source: The eRecord.

Debra Sayce says she is looking forward to building on and strengthening the values that Catholic education has presented over the many years in WA.

Perth Auxiliary Bishop Donald Sproxton officially announced her appointment as executive director last month. She has been acting executive director for 12 months and will commence her new position on January 1.

“I’m coming into the role with my eyes open, knowing that I am working with incredibly talented and faithful people,” Dr Sayce said.

“The bishops are very collaborative and supportive,” she said. “They want to work with you and they offer great support.”

Bishop Sproxton expressed his confidence in Dr Sayce.

“With a strong commitment to her Catholic faith, Debra is an active member of her parish,” Bishop Sproxton said.

“Her commitment to the mission of the Church is also represented by her membership of the Australian Catholic Disability Council, Plenary Council 2020 Executive Council and Caritas.”

CEWA’s new strategic direction, which will be launched later this year for implementation between 2019 and 2021, will focus on four priority areas.

“My role is to ensure that Catholic education enacts the four focus areas we are planning to launch ... providing effective, contemporary pedagogy and mission-inspired practice and outreach; pastoral communities of wellbeing and safety for students and staff; providing an affordable and accessible environment with a strong Catholic context; and, most importantly, helping our schools to be Christ-centred and student-focused,” she said.

Dr Sayce said CEWA supports the “whole process of education, formation and learning, endeavouring to be Christ-centred communities in a secular world”.

“The world needs Catholic education”.


New Catholic Education Executive Director – ‘The world needs Catholic education’ (The eRecord

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