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CEO says Farewell to Michael Avery

                           MICHAEL AVERY

                     RETIRED DIRECTOR OF

                     CATHOLIC EDUCATION
                       DIOCESE OF DARWIN

                                2007 - 2017

              ichael Avery was appointed     became  the  platform  for
              as  Director  of  Catholic     continuous  improvement
        MEducation,        Diocese   of      in providing best practices
        Darwin  in 2007  and  is to be       and  outcomes  for  the
        acknowledged  and  commended         development of the whole
        for  his  significant  contribution  to   student.
        Catholic Education in the Northern
        Territory in this key leadership role
        over the last eleven years.          During  this  time   two
                                             excellent state  of  the  art  schools
                                             were  designed  and  constructed,    Michael is commended  for  his
                                                                                  decisiveness  and  clear  vision for
        Michael  arrived  at  an  interesting   namely MacKillop Catholic College,   the Catholic Education Office in its
        time  when  the  five  remote        Palmerston  (2012)  and  Mother      role  as  a  service  organisation  in
        community schools had just been      Teresa  Catholic Primary  School,    setting educational  direction and
        included as  full members  into      Zuccoli due to open on 29 January    offering  strong  pastoral  support,
        the  Catholic Education system       2018.                                that led to the implementation of
        and  termed  Indigenous  Catholic                                         several projects he has initiated in
        Community Schools (ICCS).                                                 the six Key Areas of Towards 2017.
                                             Michael  made    an   invaluable     Examples  are  Growing Our  Own,
                                             contribution to the representation   Catholic Indigenous  Leadership
        Michael immediately forged ahead     of  the  Catholic education  system   Team,  Timor Leste,  Leadership
        with building his relationship with   in  negotiations  and  initiatives   Development  and  many  other
        the  people of  ICCS communities.    with the  Northern  Territory  and   projects  that  are  now set  to
        He commenced  a  series  of          Australian  Governments     and      continue,  develop  and  expand  as
        Discourse  and  Discernment  with    the  National  Catholic Education    the Catholic Education Office sets
        each  of  them  by  sitting in the   Commission,         continuously     out  to  finalise  its  next  five  year
        grass and listening to what these    furthering  developments    and      Strategic Plan 2018-2021.
        communities wanted from Catholic     seeking   the   best    possible
        education.    These  conversations   outcomes.
        extended into layered discussions
        with urban  school  communities,
        which led to the conceptualisation
        of  an  initial  Strategic  Plan. This
        Strategic Plan, Towards 2017, with
        its Vision  and  Mission statement
        (2012)  became  the  cornerstone
        in providing quality  education
        for  young  Territorians  in Catholic
        schools  and  promoting    ‘Faith  in
        their future’.

        The defined goals in Towards 2017
        fell into six Key Areas of: Catholic
        Identity;  Leadership;  Teaching
        and  Learning;  Finance  Facilities
        and  Resources;  Community and
        Culture,  and  Pastoral Care  and
        Wellbeing and  led  to  numerous
        key  initiatives,  amongst  which
        was  the  concept  of  Sharers  of
        the  Vision. These  Key  Areas  and
        their  goals  have  been  actioned
        in  our  schools  through   the
        launch  and  implementation  of                  Dr. Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann (AO) and Mr. Michael Avery
        the  School  Improvement  and                      Presentation from the Catholic Indigenous Leadership Team
        Renewal    Framework,     which

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