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Executive Team

Mr. Rhett Bowden


Mr. Rhett Bowden

Mr Bowden commenced his principalship at O’Loughlin Catholic College in 2017.

He has a wealth of experience in education both in the Northern Territory and Southern States.  He commenced teaching at O'Loughlin Catholic College in 2004, after holding positions at Ivanhoe Grammar and Camberwell Grammar in Melbourne, and Wesley College in Perth.  He has been a Senior leader at O'Loughlin, coordinating and driving improvements and developments across all areas of the school since 2004.  He is very proud of how the College has grown to become well respected for delivering quality education for our community.

Giving children the best possible opportunity for a well-rounded education is a high priority for Mr Bowden and he is keen to ensure the children of O’Loughlin Catholic College are given every opportunity to develop their talents and to develop a keen sense of service as participating members of their society.

He is excited to continue into 2021.

Mr. Stephen Versteegh

Deputy Principal

Mr. Stephen Versteegh

Stephen was appointed Deputy Principal at O’Loughlin Catholic College in 2019.

Stephen began his teaching career at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, Alice Springs, and has taught at Marist College North Shore in Sydney and St John’s Catholic College Darwin. He has held both Senior and Middle leadership roles in pastoral care and teaching and learning.

Stephen is passionate about providing quality Catholic education to all students and believes that students are at the centre of all that we do as a College. The ethos of Catholic education is a focus on the whole person, valuing and nurturing the inherent gifts of all, a fundamental aspect of Stephen’s educational philosophy.

Mr Matthew Bourke

Assistant Principal - Religious Education

Mr Matthew Bourke

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Matthew Bourke has been a member of the O'Loughlin Catholic College community since 2008. Prior to this he and his wife Cathy arrived in the Territory to teach at St Joseph's Katherine, later moving to Darwin to teach at Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School in 2006. Their family grew over these years with four children being born in the NT. Nominated by others from the Diocese of Darwin, Matt, Cathy and their children had the privilege of attending the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia as delegates for the Australian Catholic Bishops's Conference in 2015.

All these experiences have solidified a deep love for the people and places of the Territory, as well as for the Catholic community throughout Australia and the world. This sense of family extends particularly to the O'Loughlin community as Matt has journeyed with hundreds of students and their families as a teacher and leader over more than a decade.

Matt believes that the needs of each individual student are at the heart of everything we do in Catholic Education - this includes not only their academic and pastoral needs but most importantly their spiritual welfare. His desire is that each student, staff member and their families experience the love of Jesus in their lives so that they can proclaim this to others with faith, hope and love.

Ms Siobhan Shaikh

Director Of Teaching & Learning

Ms Siobhan Shaikh

Siobhan was appointed as Director of Teaching and Learning at O'Loughlin Catholic College in 2021. She began her teaching career as a Secondary English teacher in the North of England before moving to Darwin in 2011. Immediately prior to joining the College, Siobhan supported schools across the Northern Territory in her role as Education Officer for Catholic Education Northern Territory (CENT). Before this she worked as Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Head of Faculty at the Essington International School, Darwin.

Siobhan is passionate about ensuring both educators and learners are empowered to reach their potential. This is underpinned by her faith and belief that every child and teacher should be treated with respect, dignity and compassion. Her experience in data-driven decision making and strategic planning, ensures her leadership in the area of teaching and learning yields successful outcomes for all students.

Mr Nicholas Jack

Head Of Senior School

Mr Nicholas Jack

Nicholas came to O'Loughlin in 2018 as Acting Deputy Principal. He has had extensive experience in a number of educational sectors including Catholic, independent and government schools in Victoria, the Northern Territory and the United Kingdom. Over his career, spanning twenty years, he has been dedicated to providing students with opportunities to achieve their best. He is committed to working with colleagues to create a supportive and rewarding learning environment’s at both primary and secondary levels.

Nicholas has held management positions across a variety of faculties including Health and Physical Education, Music and Art. He has also led whole school extra-curricular activities as Director of Musical Productions, and overseen choir, band and instrumental programs. Nicholas’ musical background has provided him considerable music industry experience in performance, production and managing commercial music sales.

Nicholas understands that to fully engage students, a school curriculum and timetable needs to provide the opportunity for learners to experience and excel in creative and physical learning environments, as well as the spiritual and academic. To support a thriving wider school community, he encourages school based performance, competition and wider learning outside as well as inside of the usual normal school hours. Nicholas is currently completing his Masters of Education with Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.

He completed both his Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education specialising in Music and Humanities, at Charles Darwin University. He also holds a Certificate IV (VET) qualification in Teaching and Assessment.  He is currently the Vice President of the Northern Territory School Boys Rugby Union.

Miss Catherine Hives

Head Of Middle School

Miss Catherine Hives

Catherine commenced her time at the College in 2010, after previously completing one of her teaching practicals the year before. After a long drive up from Country Victoria to start her teaching career in the Northern Territory, she now calls this place home.

Throughout her years at the College, Catherine has taught Science, Religious Education, Religious Education - Youth Ministry and Mathematics; and led the College’s Social Action Group. Having previously taken on leadership roles such as Year Seven and Year Ten Team Leaders, she has since been the Head of Middle School from 2016.

As the Head of Middle School, Catherine is passionate about working with students throughout their middle years. Quoting: “These years can be such a roller-coaster of highs and lows, and is such a crucial time in their developmental stages of life. And it is then our number one priority that we support each individual student pastorally and academically to ensure we provide them with a successful transition into our Middle School and to prepare them for their Senior School years at our College.”

She works closely with the Homeroom teachers, Year Level Coordinators, and the Head of Senior School regarding student wellbeing and Pastoral Care. As well as running various events throughout the year such as the Year 6 Open Day and Information Evening, Year 6 and 7 Orientation days, and mental health awareness events.

Over her years as the Head of Middle School, Catherine has seen lots of growth in the College with areas such as connections and partnership with the Resilience Project, headspace NT, Restorative Practices, Parent TV and the Learning Bar, Tell Them From Me® and more. All with a focus on developing students as a whole person, and journeying with them through their time of adolescence. 

Catherine is excited for the years ahead and looks forward to continuing to work together with families, watching students grow into young adults.