Head of College Announcement

It gives us great pleasure to share with you the news that Mr Michael Newman has been appointed as the Head of Marist College Ashgrove commencing in January 2021 after the retirement of current Headmaster Mr Peter McLoughlin.

Michael is an experienced, and highly successful Catholic educator and leader. Currently, Michael holds the position of Executive Principal with the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office, and since 2010 has been Principal of St Mary’s College, Toowoomba. Prior to that Michael was Principal of St John’s School, Roma and Dean of Community and Mission at St Joseph’s College, Nudgee. Michael was a Marist Brother for seventeen years serving communities and schools in Burdekin, Hunters Hill in Sydney and Lismore. Michael is now married to Lauren and they have three young children.

Michael holds a Master of Educational Leadership and a Graduate Diploma in Religious Education from the Australian Catholic University as well as a Bachelor of Economics and Diploma of Education from Macquarie University.

As a school student, Michael boarded at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill, before entering the Marist Novitiate where he received significant formation in Marist life. He has made the pilgrimage to the home built by Saint Marcellin for the early Brothers, Notre Dame L’Hermitage in France, and completed a leadership program for experienced Principals at Harvard University in Boston. In 2018 Michael was awarded the inaugural “Excellence in Leadership Award” by the Diocese of Toowoomba and in 2019, received a Fellowship Award from the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL). Michael’s personal faith and proven excellence as a contemporary educational leader is clear and provides a firm foundation to undertake the role as the next Head of Marist College Ashgrove.

We look forward to welcoming Michael and his family to the Marist College Ashgrove community. Let us continue to ask for God’s blessing and guidance for the life and work of the Marist College Ashgrove community and may Saint Marcellin pray for us always.