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Executive Team

Mr. Rhett Bowden

Principal

Mr. Rhett Bowden

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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

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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

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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.

Ms Kara Handberg

Acting Head Of Senior School

Ms Kara Handberg

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Kara is originally from Darwin and has been a member of the O’Loughlin Catholic College community since 2015. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Graduate Diploma of Education in secondary schooling. Kara is a classically trained ballerina and company dancer with NT Dance Company. She has been a senior Year Level Coordinator for the past five years, and currently teaches Science and Dance at the College.

Kara works together with Homeroom teachers, Year Level Coordinators, Indigenous Education workers, the Inclusion Support team, and the Head of Middle School to support the wellbeing and pastoral care needs of our students. She is a passionate educator who is dedicated to creating and maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment.

In addition, Kara works closely with the Director of Teaching and Learning and Careers Practitioner. She values the importance of tracking academic concerns across the middle and senior school. This is to identify early intervention strategies, support, and alternative pathways to successfully complete Year 11 and 12.

Kara looks forward to continuing her role at the College and working with families to foster the social, emotional, spiritual, and academic aspects of school life.

Mrs Miranda Colquhoun

Acting Head Of Middle School

Mrs Miranda Colquhoun

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Miranda has been a member of the O’Loughlin Catholic College community since 2003 and was appointed to the Acting Head of Middle School position during Term 2.

She began her teaching career in Tasmania and has worked in a number of schools across Australia, holding positions in both middle and senior leadership in both pastoral care and teaching and learning. Miranda’s previous roles in the school have included Year Level Coordinator, Health and Physical Education Coordinator and Sports Coordinator.

Miranda works closely with Year Level Coordinators and Homeroom teachers to develop a Pastoral Care Program that provides a holistic learning environment for each individual student. She will continue to support the work the College has started with the Resilience Project strengthening these relationships both inside and outside of the classroom. Miranda will also continue to develop connections with Headspace NT, Restorative Practices, Parent TV and the Learning Bar, Tell Them From Me® and more.

Miranda is passionate about student wellbeing and will work closely with students and families to ensure we are providing them with the skills to be successful in their Middle Years and transitioning to their Senior Schooling.