Educator takes top award

Peter-Turner-Sydney-Catholic-SchoolsPeter Turner embodies what Catholic education is about turning a bunch of paddocks and chicken sheds into a first-class Catholic college in Sydney’s south west is just one of the highlights of Peter Turner’s career in what he says is a most noble profession.

The former director of schools for the Diocese of Wollongong received the 2021 Br Kelvin Canavan FMS Catholic School Leadership Award. The prestigious award recognises teachers who have moved into education administration in New South Wales.

Educated at Marist College, Kogarah, Mr Turner still contributes to Marist schools as a member of the Marist National Schools Council. Mr Turner said a highlight of his career was his seven years as the founding principal of Freeman Catholic College, Bonnyrigg Heights, followed by the same role at Aquinas College, Menai.

“The opportunity to start something from scratch is a wonderful privilege to be given,” he told The Catholic Weekly. “Also, working with wonderful people, great men and women who worked so hard for the young people we were given to care for and to educate.

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