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Maree Simpson


Personal message
Being an educational leader is the most profound expression of my faith. My role is deeply connected to my moral purpose of ensuring that all children come to know and love Jesus and have the opportunity to reach their full potential, flourish, and contribute positively to society and our world.  

Areas of responsibility
The principal is responsible for modelling the Catholic faith in action and for leading the school community to live out its vision and mission focussed on quality faith, educational and wellbeing experiences for all students. The principal is responsible for the effective leadership, management and strategic direction of the school.

Professional Experience
Maree has been the Senior Assistant Principal at St Charles Catholic School Ryde and Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School Gladesville for 9 years. In  her  role as Assistant Principal, Maree guided  staff in their own development, to challenge their pedagogy and understand data more effectively to target intervention and promote student growth. She has transformed professional learning to embrace collaboration and build a culture of collective efficacy. Prior to this she has held numerous leadership positions and has been an innovative and passionate classroom teacher in different communities across the Parramatta and Sydney Diocese. 

Maree has worked for both  AITSL and NESA to reflect and provide feedback on policies and more recently appraised NESA-recognised Primary Teaching Specialisation University Courses. Maree is the First Primary Accredited Lead Teacher in Sydney Catholic Schools and mentors teachers going for Higher Levels of Accreditation. 


  • Master of Educational Leadership (ACU)
  • Bachelor of Education (ACU)
  • Accredited Lead Teacher (NESA)

Professional interests
I am passionate about working with, supporting and challenging key school leaders, teachers and support staff to provide the best possible Catholic Education for every student in every classroom.

I am committed to teacher and student growth and will work tirelessly and creatively  to ensure that all individual staff members, students and parents collaborate together to create a culture of lifelong learners and excellence.