Past Leaders at KRB

Madeleine Sophie Barat

Madeleine Sophie Barat was born on the 12th of December 1779 and is recognised as the founder of the Sacred Heart Society. She developed a network of educational opportunities for young girls so they would learn the Sacred Heart values. These Sacred Heart schools elaborated spreading across the world giving girls education to establish great things in the future. She showed great courage to stand up for what she believed in and make a change. Madeleine Sophie Barat died on May 25th 1865 but is worshiped as the biggest and main leader of the Sacred Heart community.

Sister Anne McGrath

Sister Anne McGrath rscj was first principal of Kincoppal Rose Bay Covenant of the Sacred Heart from 1967 to 1969 and from 1974 to 1990. She showed great leadership during both her times as principal as she was principal when they closed Kincoppal at Elizabeth Bay and brought the students here to form Kincoppal Rose Bay, therefore she took action to expanded the numbers in the school and make the school the best it can be. She was directed a lower level occupation when Kincoppal merged with Rose Bay however as a leader she bounced back and was principal for 16 years when the Rose Bay principal left. Just some of the changes that were made during her time are that she gradually increased the number of teachers who were lay, increase number of overseas students, introduced music as a HSC subject, introduced pastoral care, made RE into an academic subject, re oriented the Hughes centre and developed a social justice and retreat program. Sister Anne McGrath was the last rscj principal at Kincoppal and Rose Bay.

Christopher Faisandier

Christopher Faisandier was the principal of Kincoppal Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart from 1990 to 2005. Many physical changes were made during his time as principal like the Sheldon house boarding school was built in 1998 as well as the Mary Agnes’s O'Neill Library, the Performing Arts Centre, the Science Laboratories and Harbour Terrace was renovated. He started the bowraville sports and recreation camp for indigenous children, the NSW regional tours to promote the school in country areas and he encouraged international tours especially to Asia. Christopher Faisandier also introduced japanese, chinese, photography, studies of religion as an HSC course, the city family scheme and choral music as a priority. He took charge of these changes by hiring someone to be the director of choral music, established director of curriculum and introduced computers into the school modifying technology in the KRB community. This shows that Christopher Faisandier took charge on the development, saw potential and took action for change. The fact that he took a risk to change the school and didn’t just sit back means that he was a strong leader and took action to shape KRB into what it is today.

Hilary Johnston - Croke

Hilary Johnston - Croke was appointed principal of Kincoppal Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart in July 2005. She is very motivational and encouraging of leadership and is a great role model for the KRB community. She took charge in the building of the MTC, renovations boarding house in main building, renovations of boarders dining room and kitchen and creating learning spaces for years 7, 10, 11 and 12 to fulfill the school's potential for the present and future. Hilary Johnston - Croke also expanded the exchange program for students going overseas, introduced the joigny centre, created the Sister Philomene Tiernan rscj centre, increased the number of students and brought the school into the 21st century. Hilary Johnston - Croke has been a fantastic leader for KRB shaping it in what it is today physically and spiritually.

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