Leadership and Governance

Experienced Governance

Parent and community representation on all of our governance bodies brings a wealth of relevant experience and a unique yet essential perspective that enhances the governance of Nazareth Catholic Community. 

Our Governing Council is responsible for the governance and to further the vision of Nazareth Catholic Community. 

This includes supporting the leadership team in strategic planning and guiding the direction of Nazareth, nurturing the religious, educational and community dimensions and to develop genuine partnerships between NCC, families, the wider community and the local parishes. The Council is also responsible for the management of the Community’s financial and administrative affairs including compliance with all its legal obligations.

Our Stewardship Committee oversees and reports to the Governing Council on issues relating to the financial and administrative affairs of Nazareth. 

The Faith and Education Committee oversees and reports to Governing Council on the religious, educational and community dimensions of Nazareth.

As members of Nazareth Catholic Community, we each have something to contribute. If for you, the work of the Governing Council or its committees is the ‘best fit’ for the skills and experience you have to offer, it is an opportunity well worth considering.

Annual Community Meeting

The Nazareth Annual Community Meeting (ACM) will be held at 7.00pm on Wednesday 11 March 2020 in the Catherine Community Centre at the Findon Campus. All members of the Nazareth Catholic Community are warmly invited to attend.

The meeting will include:

  • 2019 Annual Report
  • 2019 Finance Report
  • Elections

If you would like to contribute to the governance of Nazareth Catholic Community, we are now calling for nominations for positions on the Faith and Education and Stewardship Standing Committees. More information here

Councils and Committees

Governing Council




Faith & Education


Mr John Mula, Chair
Ms Ann Bliss
Fr Peter Zwaans
Dr Vin Thomas
Mr Dale West
Ms Sara Ucci
Mrs Jenny Papps
Mr Peter Bierer
Dr Pauline Hill
Mr Darren Bailey
Mrs Victoria Richardson
Ms Mel Scherwitzel
Mrs Jane Fox (Secretary)

Mr Dale West, Chair
Mr Darren Bailey
Ms Ann Bliss
Mr Jeff Sochacki
Mr Con Babaniotis
Mr Peter Cavallaro
Mr Paul Harwood
Mr Simon Watkins
Ms Fiona Margrie
Ms Emma Fowler

Dr Pauline Hill, Chair
Mr Michael Honey
Ms Ann Bliss
Mrs Narita Perrotta
Mrs Elizabeth Goble
Mr Christian Leonardi
Ms Kelly Blandford
Ms Angela Cavallaro
Ms Juliana Martino
Ms Natasha Walc
Ms Rebecca Donnon


Strong Leadership

The Leadership Team at Nazareth is committed to ensuring ongoing integrative leadership of Nazareth Catholic Community that is forward-thinking, innovative and open-minded. The Team leads a progressive approach to education, care and community development and its membership bring a diverse yet complementary range of skills, experiences and perspectives to this work. 

Nazareth Leadership Team

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Ann Bliss  


"At Nazareth Catholic Community, we aspire to live out our vision to create a Catholic community of welcome connecting faith, family and education every day.The Nazareth community is a family – and like any family, it provides an experience of love, faith and learning where relationships are formed and nurtured, where family life is valued and nourished and where learning is life long and life giving. Most importantly, Nazareth is lived experience of Church where everyone is welcome, every person matters and everyone belongs - from the young families in our playgroups to our Wise Owls and everyone in between!"

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Mel Scherwitzel 

R-12 Principal 
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Jeff Sochacki 

Head of Campus (7-12) 

“From the outside, our facilities look impressive.  What goes on inside is just as remarkable.  Nazareth is a welcoming, inclusive community that produces respectful, driven and hardworking individuals.  By enrolling at Nazareth, you are providing your child the opportunity to learn to lead and manage themselves, but also understand that they can influence and help others.”

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Michael Honey 

Head of Campus (R-6) 

“Nazareth continues to surprise me.  Unlike other schools, Nazareth is much bigger in more ways than one.  It’s a community and you can’t understate the importance of that.  It’s not just about having an R-12 framework – it’s about interacting with the community, it's social justice, it’s living out your Faith in a way that is not possible at other schools.  When you enrol at Nazareth, you’re not just enrolling in a school; you’re enrolling into a rich and rewarding community.  You’re enrolling in a community that is good and wholesome and is committed to producing the best citizens of a brave, new and challenging world”.

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Natasha Walc 

Early Years Director 

"Being a member of Nazareth Catholic Community is a privilege. Nazareth encompasses all that guides my life; faith, family and education. A community that welcomes and nurtures each and every member to live their life to the fullest, grow and engage in the quest for common good is something all passionate educators want to be a part of. I am thrilled to be welcoming the youngest members to the Nazareth Community every day. We work in partnership with families ensuring each and every child reaches their full potential, within Nazareth Catholic Community."

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Juliana Martino 

Community Development Leader 

"To witness the continued emphasis on and development of a dynamically interconnected community, outstanding learning facilities and multiple services and support mechanisms beyond a school framework has been remarkable. Beyond this, for me personally, the creation and thriving nature of our community as family has been significant.  As a family we work together holding true to our faith and what’s important in growing together. We invite, listen, share, nurture, encourage and most of all support each other at all times. Within Nazareth Catholic Community everyone matters!"

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Darren Bailey 

Business Services Manager 
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Joe Hicks 

Assistant to the Principal - Religious Identity & Mission (R-12) 

"I feel so fortunate to be in a role of Religious Leadership at Nazareth Catholic College as our Catholic faith and spirituality are essential to the life of the Community. There are so many ways each day that students can connect with and express faith within the College and wider community.

Whether it be through our Religious Education Curriculum, vibrant liturgies and masses, retreat and reflection experiences, or being involved in the many Social Justice and Ministry opportunities, we provide for the spiritual growth of students and young adults, as well as nurturing their developing morality and decision making.

Our community brings to life the Catholic tradition that has been passed onto us and uses the inspiration of our five patrons to guide us into a dynamic future where our community aims to give witness in faith and be of service to others.

Furthermore, the College has a strong link to the local parishes as well as the dynamic services of our Youth Minister. In this way, we connect students to the many programs of the Parish and the Sacramental Programs."

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Sr Theresa Swiggs 

Pastoral Coordinator 

"Everything that happens at Nazareth is worthwhile, precious and rewarding.  I love my work at Nazareth as Pastoral Coordinator/Chaplain.  The opportunities to support all our different groups, to reach out in new and different ways have been numerous.  The commitment of all to forge new friendships and create community has been overwhelmingly successful.

We, at Nazareth, are so fortunate to have such dedication displayed in so many ways.  Nazareth is like home for us.  As we move into the future with confidence, I am excited about the proposed and new developments that still await us.  Our community has already achieved so much and I am thrilled to be part of it.  The future lies before us.  You, too, can be part of our future dreams.”