Our Principal

Our Principal

Mrs Michelle Carroll

MEd, BEd, GradDipHlth, MACEL, AFAIM


An outstanding leader

Mrs Michelle Carroll is the Principal of St Catherine’s School. With a great passion for, and academic interest in, adolescent wellbeing, her focus is centred on creating and delivering an educational environment where girls’ individual strengths can flourish, and where girls are empowered to grow into confident, capable and healthy young women.

“My educational philosophy is based on the belief that young women will emerge from their school years with a strong sense of values, which are underpinned by integrity, wisdom, persistence and empathy,” says Mrs Carroll. “By creating a rich learning environment, which focuses strongly on the development and nurturing of the whole person, my vision is that students must believe in their potential to achieve anything to which they may aspire, approaching adulthood as confident and resilient women. I believe developing a culture within a school that integrates a critical awareness, a social conscience and quality relationships is pivotal to strengthening a student’s sense of purpose in the world.” This educational philosophy is an ideal fit with the St Catherine’s School ethos and our current and future students are fortunate to have the benefit of such an outstanding leader.

Mrs Carroll has an admirable background in girls’ education within Australia and internationally. Prior to commencing at St Catherine’s, Mrs Carroll was Deputy Principal at St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, Brisbane, where she worked extensively to develop the curriculum that attributed to St Margaret's academic success. She also has comprehensive leadership and administration experience in schools with large boarding communities and extensive co-curricular and global exchange programs. Mrs Carroll has spent the majority of her career in girls’ education with wide experience in teaching and administration from a range of schools, including Loreto College in Brisbane, Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School and Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School. She has also taught for two years at the Japanese International Secondary School in Singapore.

Mrs Carroll grew up in Ballarat and has a Masters of Education Studies from the University of Queensland. She is delighted to be back in her home state of Victoria and is committed to honouring St Catherine’s past traditions, building strong relationships within the St Catherine’s community and continuing its fine academic success.