New Principal for Redfern Jarjum College

'He will promote, embody and uphold the Ignatian spirit in all aspects of college life, and work closely and with sensitivity with all members of the college community', said College Board Chair John Allen.

Mr Matthew Smith has been announced as the next Principal of Redfern Jarjum College, the Jesuit primary school for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Sydney.

In an announcement letter sent out on 23 July, Redfern Jarjum College Board Chair John Allen said Mr Smith will build on the work of his predecessor, Frances McCarthy.

‘In doing so, Matthew will promote, embody and uphold the Ignatian spirit in all aspects of college life, and work closely and with sensitivity with all members of the college community.’

Mr Smith is currently the Head of Regis Campus (years five and six) at St Ignatius’ College Riverview. He has worked at that school since 2007, taking on various roles including Head of Professional Learning and Year Seven Coordinator. He has worked closely with the First Nations students who board at the school, as well as their families.

He also worked previously at Terra Sancta College (now St John Paul II Catholic College), where he was a member of the Aboriginal Students and Community Engagement Team.

‘It is evident that Matthew will bring a wonderful breadth of knowledge, experience and energy to the position and will ensure that the college continues to provide our students with positive, challenging and rewarding school experiences’, said Mr Allen.

Mr Smith will take up his new position on 3 September.

For more on Redfern Jarjum College, visit www.rjc.nsw.edu.au.

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