2021 Catholic Education Awards Announced

21 May 2021

Educators and students from across Gippsland and Melbourne’s south-eastern fringe have been recognised for their dedication, with Diocese of Sale Catholic Education awards.

Spirit of Catholic Education Award winners 2021 - Lindsay Sant, Timothy Newcomb, Brett Van Berkel and Christopher Roga, with Maria Kirkwood and Bishop Greg Bennet

Spirit of Catholic Education Award winners 2021 - Lindsay Sant, Timothy Newcomb, Brett Van Berkel and Christopher Roga, with Maria Kirkwood and Bishop Greg Bennet

Spirit of Catholic Education Awards

Inspiring Faith

The Spirit of Catholic Education Award for Inspiring Faith is awarded for a significant contribution to the development of students’ faith lives.

Award recipients

  • Mr Christopher Roga - Lavalla Catholic College, Traralgon

  • Mr Lindsay Sant - St Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield


Inspiring Learning

The Spirit of Catholic Education Award for Inspiring Learning is awarded for a significant contribution to student learning.

Award recipients

  • Mr Timothy Newcomb - St Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield

  • Mr Brett Van Berkel - Lavalla Catholic College, Traralgon

Service Awards

Service Awards are presented to staff members who have provided at least 25 years of service to Catholic Education in Australia.

Award recipients

  • Ms Margaret Anthony - St Peter’s College, Cranbourne

  • Mr Christopher Black - St Peter’s College, Cranbourne

  • Mr Jim Constantinou - St Peter’s College, Cranbourne

  • Mrs Sharon Gardiner - Marist-Sion College, Warragul

  • Mr Kierin Murphy - Marist-Sion College, Warragul

  • Mrs Radha Nadan - St Peter’s College, Cranbourne

  • Mr Jason Slattery - St Mary’s Primary School, Maffra

  • Mrs Pauline Whelan - St Thomas the Apostle, Cranbourne East

  • Mrs Carmel Kuizenga - St Patrick’s Primary School, Stratford


Daniel Ahern Bursary

The Daniel Ahern Bursary provides financial support for non-teaching staff training to become qualified educators.

Bursary recipients

  • Mr Alasdair O’Brien - St Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield

  • Ms Jaqueline Early - St Kieran’s Primary School, Moe

Elizabeth Hunt Scholarship

The Elizabeth Hunt Scholarship provides support to students undertaking a Bachelor of Education or a Bachelor of Teaching at Australian Catholic University.

Scholarship recipient

  • Ms Ashley Beley - St Peter’s College, Cranbourne

Ashley Beley holds a glass trophy. She is standing with Bishop Greg Bennet and Ms Maria Kirkwood in front of a purple background.

Bishop Greg Bennet, Ms Ashley Beley, and Ms Maria Kirkwood

Gabriella Stipkovic is smiling, wearing school uniform and holding a framed certificate

Fr James Wall Bursary - Leadership Achievement Award

Each year, seven students across Australia are selected to receive the Father James Wall Bursary. The bursary recognises the achievements of Catholic secondary school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership and service to others. The recipients each receive $4,000 from the Catholic Development Fund to assist with school fees and other expenses incurred while undertaking studies in Years 11 and 12.

Scholarship recipient

  • Miss Gabriella Stipkovic - St Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield