During the coming weeks, the Toowoomba Catholic Schools’ Long Service Awards will recognise staff throughout the diocese who have achieved a significant tenure within the organisation.

Two staff members of Toowoomba’s St Mary’s College are celebrating 40 years of service this year. Alwyn Rix has been teaching in Catholic education for the past 40 years, 36 of which he has been at St Mary’s. Aside from the many leadership positions he has held, he has also made significant contributions to the school community through the organisation and participation in many social events and excursions. Four other staff at St Mary’s College will receive Long Service Awards this week. Phillip Cutler for 35 years, Brian Steer for 30 years, Michael Newman for 30 years and Frank Strachotta for 20 years.

St Saviour’s Primary School has three staff members who are being recognised with a Long Service Award. Judy Smith, Assistant Principal: Religious Education (APRE) celebrates 35 years, Principal, Madonna Sleba celebrates 30 years of service and Shelley Murphy will receive an award for 20 years of service.

Brian Cantwell is celebrating 25 years teaching at St Joseph’s College. He is currently working as middle leader of Design Technology. Scott Edwards and Jaye Singleton are also being acknowledged for 20 years’ service; both having worked at St Joseph’s College for the entire duration. Nicole Davies is another teacher who is celebrating 40 years with Catholic Education, having spent the past 30 years at St Joseph’s College, Toowoomba. She is currently the middle leader for science, with a particular passion for biology.

Catholic Education Week provides a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge staff members who, through their significant length of service, have made important contributions not only to specific school communities, but who are role-modelling the spirit of the catholic education philosophy. The awards will be presented throughout the week at each school’s Catholic Education Week celebrations.

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