2012 Report on Presentation Schools and National Presentation Principals Group


The National Presentation Principals Group (NPPG) comprises the Principals of the six order-owned secondary Presentation schools in Australia – St Rita’s and St Ursula’s Colleges in Queensland; St Mary’s College in Tasmania; Star or the Sea College and Presentation College Windsor in Victoria; and Iona Presentation College in WA. The formation of such a group was first mooted back in 2007, leading to more focussed discussions between the Principals and representatives of the Presentation Sisters in 2010.  Following the National Presentation Schools Staff Conference in WA in 2011, the Principals determined to move the group to a more structured footing with the appointment of a part-time Executive Secretary.

In September 2011, five of the Principals, accompanied by Sr Maria Lazzaro pbvm, undertook a pilgrimage to major Presentation sites in Ireland. This experience, with the support and encouragement of the Presentation Society, encouraged the NPPG to continue its development.

The underlying purpose of the NPPG is to foster and invigorate the charism of the Presentation Sisters and the inspiration of Nano Nagle in all Presentation schools – order-owned or heritage.

Heritage schools are those schools which in the past were established or administered by the Presentation Sisters, but which are now administered by parish, diocese or other religious congregations.

The NPPG supports a number of initiatives to strengthen the bonds of understanding between all schools in the Presentation family – from national conferences (School Staff Conferences and Student Leadership Conferences) to a growing role in the development and sharing of resources for use in schools.

The NPPG appointed Mary Ciccarelli as the Executive Secretary for 2012. Mary commenced in this role in February and is based at Iona Presentation College, Western Australia.

New Executive Secretary to the National Presentation Principals Group (NPPG)

Mary Ciccarelli – appointed part-time Executive Secretary from February 2012. Educated by the Loreto Sisters; previously teacher and Deputy Principal in Catholic secondary schools; a number of senior roles at the University of Notre Dame Australia (including Registrar; Dean of Students; Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences); established consultancy; served as Executive Officer of Catholic Secondary Principals Association of WA and then of Catholic Secondary Principals Australia (CaSPA).