New principal aims to inspire

Newly appointed principal of Trinity Catholic Primary School, Kathryn Pepper, stands at the entrance to her school with two students.

Newly appointed principal of Trinity Catholic Primary School, Mrs Kathryn Pepper, with students.

Becoming the principal of Trinity Catholic Primary School in Narre Warren is a dream come true for Mrs Kathryn Pepper.

Mrs Pepper accepted the acting principal role at Trinity in Term 1, 2020, and said that her appointment as the school’s ongoing principal from the start of Term 4 is the fulfilment of a lifelong ambition.

The daughter of a primary school teacher, Mrs Pepper has worked in Catholic education for 20 years, starting as a classroom teacher and moving into various other roles, including religious education leader, learning adjustment leader and deputy principal.

Mrs Pepper said she is looking forward to upholding the legacy left by the school’s former principal, Mr Simon Dell’Oro.

“Trinity was very fortunate to have Simon as principal for six years. He aimed to ensure all students were provided with access to the best possible education, technology and learning opportunities. Simon also encouraged his staff to become expert leaders of learning and teaching, which I’m sure I will continue.

“My hope for Trinity moving forward is that it continues to be a welcoming, inclusive Catholic community where every child has the opportunity to learn, succeed and encounter the love of God in a safe and nurturing environment.

“I hope to inspire every student and help them develop a love of learning,” she said.

Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Sale, Ms Maria Kirkwood congratulated Mrs Pepper on her appointment, and said that Ms Pepper is well positioned to guide staff and students through their individual learning journeys.

“Kathryn’s approach to education reflects the aspirations of our Catholic communities, to live our faith in service to others and to spread the message of hope in the world.

“I am confident she will draw on her experience to ensure Trinity Catholic Primary School provides an education that develops the whole child,” she said.