Box Hill's newest catholic college has appointed a new captain

PRINCIPLES: Santa Sophia Catholic College's new principal Mark De Vries wants to craft a personal and experiential learning environment for students. Picture: Geoff Jones
PRINCIPLES: Santa Sophia Catholic College's new principal Mark De Vries wants to craft a personal and experiential learning environment for students. Picture: Geoff Jones

BOX Hill’s highly anticipated Catholic college has ticked off another milestone with the appointment of a new captain to the helm. 

Santa Sophia Catholic College’s new principal Mark De Vries already has 30 years experience in the education industry. 

He said he hopes the new college will incorporate the evolving nature of education and learning delivery.

“Education has changed so much, particularly the way children learn,” Mr De Vries said.

“I have an imperative as a leader to give the children the skills that they will use in their future workplaces. We will make a conscious effort to prepare the children for the future.”

Santa Sophia Catholic College Box Hill will accommodate 2000 learners when the Terry Road campus is officially completed.

It will offer early learning, kindergarten to year 12, out of school hours care, a learning needs hub and post school pathways with tertiary and business partners.

The college will temporarily call St John Paul II Catholic College in Schofields home.

It is anticipated the college will move to its permanent home in Box Hill in 2020.

The new college will focus on personal and collaborative learning, and using technology as a facilitator.

“I’m starting with a blank canvas, so I can structure the school the way I think it should be,” Mr De Vries said. 

“I’m looking forward to it and see it as an opportunity. I think not to establish a school with contemporary learning would be a disservice.”

Already 30 students have enrolled out of a targeted 60 for the 2018 year 7 class. Mr De Vries said he wanted to create an experiential learning environment for students that equips them with skills beyond the schoolyard.

“Schools need to hone problem solving, critical thinking, presentation, digital and financial literacy, community and collaboration,” Mr De Vries said.

“Our cycle is masterclass, collaboration and presenting their learning to an audience. It’s about creating a meaningful and richer experience for the students.”

The school will bring the number of schools in the Diocese of Parramatta to 80. 

  • Details: parra.catholic.edu.au/catholic-learning-community-box-hill.