An Interview With Tom Gourlay

Profile TOMIn this interview Jonathan Doyle interviews dynamic young Religious Education Coordinator Tom Gourlay. Listen in as Tom and Jonathan explore a range of important issues in faith and education.


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An Interview with Tom Gourlay

What is your current role?

Head of Religious Education Department

What do you spend most of your time doing in this role? Tell us about your work/vocation?

Aside from my teaching my own classes I spend a lot of time generating and finding resources for my staff, who are scattered around the school in various departments – There are no full-time Religious Education teachers here, so it is often not the first priority for teachers. Resourcing and guiding my staff is probably the biggest job for me right now.

My staff are very capable, but time, our greatest resource, is also our most scarce.
I also spend a lot of time find tuning programs and assessments.

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An Interview With Marie-Therese Gibson

catholic teachingIn this podcast Jonathan Doyle interview Principal Marie Therese Gibson who is Principal of a girl’s school in Sydney. Marie-Therese explores some key issues in Catholic education, faith and impacting young women that are bound to make a difference in your home or school.


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An Interview with Marie-Therese Gibson

What is your current role?

Principal of Tangara School for Girls

What do you spend most of your time doing in this role? Tell us about your work/vocation?

“As the Principal of a Girls School which is under the Pared Foundation I am working constantly with staff, parents and students. I also tutor so I have my own tutees. This gives me some real hands-on time with the girls and with their parents. I teach Philosophy to Year 12: Philosophical Anthropology- or as we sometimes call it: the Study of Human Nature.

I realise that to do my job well I need to put God in first place so prayer and the Sacraments-daily Mass and weekly confession- give me the strength to do what I do. As I am working with God’s children I need to be in tune with him so that I do what he wants me to do. (more…)

Interview with Andy Mullins

Andy MullinsThis week Jonathan Doyle interviews Andy Mullins, Principal of Wollemi College in Western Sydney. Andy has had a long career in Catholic education and has a huge heart for young people, for families, the role of parents and for the great adventure of Catholic education. Listen in as Andy and Jonathan explore some of the key issues in Catholic education and some great strategies for parents, teachers and whole school communities.

Should Catholic Schools Put Students In Their Place?

A few weeks ago I appeared on a national television program to debate the issue of pornography’s impact upon young people. I knew the program well enough and to be honest every alarm bell within me was going off. The agenda was clear and the outcome decided long before the cameras were rolling. That said, I was possessed of the belief that Catholics need to be active in the public square and one friend even said that she believed, “…I had a civic duty to do the show!”
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