Fr John Monaghan
I grew up on the family farm near Stawell and did my seminary training at Corpus Christi College, Clayton. I spent time as a deacon in Maryborough in 1980-81 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1981. Since then I’ve served in parishes of the Catholic diocese of Ballarat including Terang, Hamilton, Mildura and throughout the Mallee.
I commenced my current appointment in January 2016 as parish priest of St Augustine’s parish, Maryborough which also includes Avoca, Dunolly and several smaller towns. Taking over from my predecessor, Fr Ed Moloney, since February 2016 I’ve been the Catholic Church representative on the Highview College Board.
Reverend Canon Heather Blackman
Rector of the Anglican Parish of Maryborough with Avoca and the Anglican Church Representative on the Board.
I grew up in Swan Hill attending Swan Hill Primary School then Swan Hill High School. After which I graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Ballarat CAE. I continued with my Higher Education achieving a Post Graduate Diploma of Education from Latrobe University in Bendigo. I have thirty years of full time teaching experience in Secondary Colleges with the Victorian Education Department, now the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. My passion was educating young people but also have had extensive experience in School Leadership and Management.
After a call to ministry I studied to achieve a Bachelor of Theology, and a Diploma in Anglican Studies. I was appointed Deacon in the Parish of Avon(Stratford) in Gippsland, then at St Arnaud prior to being Priested to become Priest in Charge in the Anglican Parish of St Arnaud, and now Rector of the Anglican Parish of Maryborough with Avoca.
I am passionate about personal growth and development of young people and am happy to serve on the Board of Highview College, in the capacity of a member of one of the four founding Churches. I am committed to supporting the school community, to help with Board matters and to encourage the things of God to be a focus in this community.
I am a current teacher and parent at Highview College and an elected Staff Representative on the Board of Directors since early 2018. I’m passionate about inspiring students and encouraging them to think outside the square and release their creative potential.
I am also involved in various community groups in Maryborough and surrounds, including the Maryborough Theatre Company. I am also involved with and an advocate for the Clunes Makers’ Market and the Clunes Booktown Festival. I enjoy supporting our local community and engaging with people from all walks of life.
I am interested in ensuring the effective Governance of the College and representing the College Staff on the Board. I’m passionate about the success of Highview College and providing a quality education for all students in our care.
Born and bred in Maryborough, I’m passionate about the Central Goldfields and the success of Highview College. I believe in providing a quality education for students across our region, with a focus on strong and mutually authentic relationships with College students, staff, parents/carers and the local community.
I believe in the importance of education as a tool to the future for students and am interested in contributing to the governance of the College to help lay important foundations for students at the College. I am in my second year teaching at Highview. I attended Federation University, completing a Bachelor of Education with majors in English Literature and History. Prior to teaching, I was in retail management with a large supermarket chain with experience in operational and human resource management.
I am an elected staff representative on the College Board of Directors and am enjoying working with the various church groups and community members on the Board, to contribute to the overall success of the College, and our vision moving forward. Particularly, I am passionate about our School Masterplan and future infrastructure developments that will help solidify Highview’s place as an academic school of choice in our region.
I am pleased to be representing the Uniting Church to serve on the Highview Community College board as a member of one of the founding churches.
My Christian faith is of great importance to me and aligns with the college’s mission and values.
I have lived in the Maryborough district since my marriage to John in 1986 and have been employed at the Maryborough District Health Service as a Registered Nurse and Midwife since then.
Our sons; Mark and Simon are both former students of Highview and as a family the school holds fond memories for the ‘wholeness’ of education they received which has benefitted them in adulthood.
I enjoy contributing to our community. I have been the local coordinator of Target/Uniting Care Christmas Appeal for many years and I am president of Save the Children, Maryborough branch. Both these charities have the ongoing involvement of Highview and students.
I aim to be a supportive contributor to the board, focussing on Highview’s future whilst honouring the founders vision.
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