The inaugural principal has been appointed for Port Pirie Diocese's new $19.5 million Catholic secondary college, set to open in Renmark in 2022. Source: Catholic Education South Australia.
Nathan Hayes will lead the St Francis of Assisi College that will cater for up to 360 students from years 7 to 12.
Mr Hayes will play an instrumental role in the development and establishment of the college which will provide a secondary Catholic education option for all students across the Riverland region.
Mr Hayes brings extensive regional Catholic education experience, having taught at St Mark’s College, Port Pirie, followed by leadership roles at St Joseph’s School, Port Lincoln, and Tenison Woods College, Mount Gambier.
In recent years, Mr Hayes has worked as a leadership and education consultant, working with school leaders and systems around Australia to develop positive cultures, leadership, and school improvement.
Catholic Education Diocese of Port Pirie director Nichii Mardon said Mr Hayes’ “deep faith commitment, extensive career in Catholic education, and high level interpersonal and professional qualities, skills and knowledge” will enable him to successfully lead the new school.
Mr Hayes said he looked forward to getting to know and understand the Riverland community. He said he will be committed to looking at ways the college can develop partnerships with local government and industry to provide opportunities for students to pursue their learning and employment journey in the local region.
Founding Principal appointed for new Riverland College (Catholic Education South Australia)