Honours for Parramatta education leader Christine Howe

17 June 2021
Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Deputy Executive Director Christine Howe. Image: Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta/Supplied


Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Deputy Executive Director Christine Howe has been recognised in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours, receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to secondary education.

Christine was honoured and excited to receive news of the achievement this long weekend.

My whole career has been devoted to Catholic education,” Christine said. “This recognition of my work in providing excellent learning opportunities for students in Western Sydney means a lot. To share my love of learning with these young people has been a real honour. It’s all about opening doors to support the next generation in making their contribution. I’ve had the privilege to work with amazing educators too.”

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Executive Director Greg Whitby celebrated the news with reflection on Christine’s outstanding leadership.

“Christine Howe has been committed to shaping the future of learning and challenging the status quo in education for more than 35 years,” Greg said. “This Award recognises Christine as an expert educator as well as her extraordinary commitment to the young people of Western Sydney, particularly those who experience disadvantage. It is testament to the transformational change that she has led across our system of 80 schools.”

In 2014, Christine became Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s Director of  Performance, responsible for the direction and performance of over 40 schools across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains, and in 2021, was named Deputy Executive Director.

Christine’s career in secondary teaching commenced in 1984 when she began work at Parramatta Marist High School. Shortly after commencing her teaching career, Christine progressed into a new role as the school’s Director of Studies, a position she held until 1994 when she was appointed as Deputy Principal of Rosebank College, a co-educational secondary school in Sydney’s inner-west.

Christine’s qualities as a leader were acknowledged early in her career, culminating in her appointment as Campus Principal of Terra Sancta College in January 1998, a position which she held until being appointed as Principal of Caroline Chisholm College Glenmore Park in 2001, where she remained for over a decade, graduating over 1,000 students.

A brilliant mathematician, Christine excelled throughout her early studies, completing a Masters of Education at the Australian Catholic University, as well as a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of New South Wales where she received the coveted RJ Webster Prize for the best undergraduate thesis.

With thanks to Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.


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