Pioneering principal receives Br John Taylor Award


Xavier College Llandilo principal Tricia Maidens and Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP
Xavier College Llandilo principal Tricia Maidens receives the Brother John Taylor Award 2009 from Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP.

Tricia Maidens, principal of Xavier College, Llandilo was presented with the Brother John Taylor Award 2009 in a ceremony held at the college on Friday 30 July.

The award is granted annually in honour of Brother John Taylor cfc who was the executive director of the Catholic Education Commission NSW, from 1984 until his death in 1993. It is awarded to an individual who makes a significant contribution to Catholic education in NSW. Awardees are judged to have made an outstanding contribution to their education field which has benefited the Catholic education community generally and, through their work, facilitated the work of others in their professional role, and strengthened the ethos of Catholic education.

Tricia has been a teacher and a pioneering Catholic school principal for more than 30 years and is a recent past chair of the Association of Catholic School Principals. Tricia is the foundation principal of Xavier College where she has been actively involved in all aspects of building the infrastructure, student body and community of the college. Tricia has demonstrated that she is a significant leader in her community, bringing out the best in all of the college’s students. At the same time, she has exerted strong influence and leadership among her fellowprincipals across NSW.

'Leadership is about hope and forgiveness'

In his address, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP said that as chairman of the CEC NSW and as Bishop of Parramatta, he was delighted to present the award to such a worthy recipient who has spent most of her professional life in the Diocese of Parramatta.

“Australians translate the virtue of justice as ‘fairness’ or ‘a fair go’. Tricia’s commitment to social justice characterises her personal and professional life,” Bishop Anthony said. “Not that social justice is the only virtue. There are other important values, such as faith and hope, courage and constraint, and Tricia has emphasised these too.

“Tricia has said leadership is about hope and forgiveness. It is about touching the future,” said Bishop Anthony. “Everyone in Catholic education and everyone in ministry in the Church could meditate and act upon that sentiment. Tricia, I congratulate you on an award richly deserved!”

Tricia said she was honoured to receive the prestigious award.

“Throughout my 40 years of teaching, 25 of which I have been privileged to be in the Parramatta Diocese I have been playing to a wonderful audience, with an inspirational script and a simply amazing stage crew,” said Tricia.

“To be standing in front of this assembled audience today of our leading pastor and supportive clergy, renowned educational administrators and leaders, highly regarded community members, fellow principals and teachers, students, parents and my own family is indeed a special moment in time for me.

“To be recognised in the presentation of the Br John Taylor Award, an award which honours the memory and significant contribution of an outstanding educational leader of such high intellect and genuine warmth only adds to this moment in a unique way,” she said.

Eligibility for the award is restricted to people currently engaged in Catholic education in NSW and ACT, including Catholic Schools, Diocesan Catholic Schools Authorities and the Australian Catholic University. A selection committee convened by Bishop Anthony, chairman of the Catholic Education Commission, reviews nominations and determines the successful nominee based upon the nomination forms and the supporting material provided.

As part of the award Tricia received a grant of $5,000 towards professional development, an inscribed medallion and ceremonial acknowledgement. She joins past winners such as Michael Addicoat, Brother Michael Flanagan fms, Brother Jude Butcher cfc and Peter Turner.

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