Our Advisory Council membership is highly representative of the College community. The Council establishes policy, strategies and direction for the College, as distinct from management and the day to day operations of the College. The Advisory Council meets monthly, and holds an Annual Seminar. Currently there is one sub-committee of the Council: Finance/Planning Committee. People from the College and wider community who feel they can offer something to the College are invited to contact the Principal's PA concerning the Advisory Council or committee membership.

Principal's PA

Adele Watt
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 5226 8119


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Mrs Joanne Van Slageren
Mrs Joanne Van Slageren

Executive Member / Advisory Council Member

This is my third year as a St Joseph’s Advisory Council Member and I am delighted to be continuing to work with the AC. I have one son at St Joseph’s, currently at University. I also have a daughter at University. My husband Tim is an Old Collegian of St Joseph’s and I am a past student of Sacred Heart College. As such, I feel I have had long connections with St Joseph’s.
I am employed at the City of Greater Geelong as City Development Manager and have worked in the Planning and Building industry for many years. I have a strong commitment to Geelong and ensuring its on-going prosperity. Our family cannot speak highly enough of St Joseph’s as a welcoming and inclusive school. I feel honoured to be part of the Council of such a wonderful school and am looking forward to working with the other Council members again this year to strive for excellence.

Mr Tony Paatsch
Mr Tony Paatsch

Principal & Executive Officer of Advisory Council

My teaching career has been spent in large Catholic boys’ schools including De La Salle College, Malvern and Mazenod College, Mulgrave. In 2000 I was appointed Deputy Principal at St Joseph’s College Geelong, a position I held for nine years until my appointment as Principal at St Bernard’s College Essendon in 2009. During this period I remained connected to the St Joseph’s with my wife Louise serving as a Board member for four years and our son William graduating in 2016. Our daughters; Gabrielle and Georgette graduated from Sacred Heart College during this time.
My teaching background is in Religious Education, Physical Education and Science and I spent many years coaching adult and schoolboy football teams. I have Masters Degrees in Education and Theology and will complete an Executive Masters of Business Administration in 2017. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with this Board that I know provides such professional, supportive and committed leadership to the learning community of St Joseph’s College.

Mr Barry Knight
Mr Barry Knight

Advisory Council Member

I am proud to continue as an executive member of the St Joseph’s College Advisory Council. I am married to Katrina and live in Newtown and we have had two boys graduate from SJC – Avery in 2018 and Cade in 2020. Our daughter Paris is in Year 9 at Sacred Heart College. I work at Incitec Pivot as the Health, Safety, Environment and Community Manager. I am a graduate of the Leaders for Geelong Program which is coordinated by the Committee for Geelong, and provided me a terrific insight into Geelong as well as providing access to outstanding leaders in the region. I am President of the St Joseph’s Cricket Club and in my spare time, I enjoy a good book, a nice meal and spending time with my family. I enjoy being part of the Advisory Council so as to contribute to the College community and influence the governance of the College for current and future students.

Mr Chris Hickey
Mr Chris Hickey

Advisory Council Member

I am a Professor in Health and Physical Education at Deakin University, where my research focuses on the interacting themes of education, identity and equity. This work has a particular focus on the changing nature of youth experiences at the beginning of the 21st century, and the ways in which these experiences are both governed by others and regulated by the ‘self’. Conceptually this work draws on sociological and educational theory and is rooted in the application of qualitative methodologies. Across this work, I have produced over 80 publications including books, book chapters, journal articles, research reports and conference papers. This track record comprises a mix of high quality, sole-authored, joint and multi-authored papers published in highly regarded international and national journals

Mr Barny Lee
Mr Barney Lee

Advisory Council Member

I am honored and very much looking forward to joining the SJC Board. Over the past 26 years I have worked in various program and policy management roles for the federal government. My family recently re-located to Geelong so that I could take up a position with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and I am now working as a Senior Executive in this organisation. I have completed a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Canberra) and more recently a Masters of Business Administration (University of New England). I am married with two sons who both attend SJC in Years 8 & 9. I look forward to being able to contribute in a meaningful way to the broader St Joseph's community.

Mrs Andrea Kelly
Mrs Andrea Kelly

Advisory Council Member

I am delighted to join the St. Joseph’s College Board in 2019. My husband Ambrose and I have three children: Lachlan in Year 11 at St. Joseph’s College, Rosie in Grade 5 and William in Grade 1 at Nazareth Catholic Primary School. My son has benefited significantly from the education provided at St Joseph’s College and I would like to assist the College community by becoming a Board member. I have previously worked as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University. I currently work part-time in our accounting firm, Kelly and Associates and also as a casual academic at Deakin University. I am also a member of the St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Primary School, Steering Committee and a parishioner at Nazareth Catholic Church, Grovedale. I love spending time with and cooking for my family, extended family and friends. I welcome this opportunity to assist the school community and hope that I can make a contribution to St Joseph’s College.

Mrs Shona Casey - Eland
Mrs Shona Casey - Eland

Advisory Council Member

I have a strong commitment to the development of young people. I have worked in management professional with 25 years’ experience in the sport and recreation industry. I currently work as CEO of YMCA Geelong Inc & Geelong & District YMCA Youth Services.
I am currently on the board as a director at YMCA Estore.
I am married to Mark Eland and have two children, Jordi who is in Year 9 at SJC and Charlie, aged 11 years.

Mr Mark Appleford
Mr Mark Appleford

Advisory Council Member

This is my first year joining the SJC board, and I am excited by the opportunity. I was a past student at St Joseph’s College, attending from 1971 to 1981. My wife Michelle and I have two sons attending the school now, Joshua, who commenced at the school in 2016, and Lachlan, who commenced this year. We also have two daughters, Emily, who is completing VCE at Sacred Heart this year, and Jessica, who’s off to University this year studying Para medicine. I work as a Facilities Manager at the Geelong Football Club and have also been on the board of a local charity, Gateways Support Services for a little over ten years. I enjoy coaching cricket during the summer, and this year have been involved in both the boys’ and girls’ programs at St Joseph’s Cricket Club.

Mrs Anna Sullivan

Advisory Council Member

I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. I attended a Catholic girls school, Baradene College, and graduated from Auckland University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Laws. I started working as a solicitor in Melbourne in 2004 before relocating to Mildura for 10 years where I practiced Family Law. I now live in Torquay with my husband and three sons Jack, Patrick and Henry. We are loving our sea change and I particularly enjoy running the trails along the beautiful coastline. I currently work for the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing in Child Protection. My family and I have been warmly welcomed into the St Therese Primary School and St Joseph’s College communities. I look forward to building new friendships and networks through my community role on the College Advisory Board.

Mr Paul Clohesy
Mr Paul Clohesy
Advisory Council Member

Advisory Council Member

My name is Paul Clohesy. I grew up in the southeast suburbs of Melbourne. I completed my secondary school education at Salesian College in Chadstone before studying a Bachelor of Arts then a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education at ACU. After graduating as a teacher, I spent 18 months working and living in the UK. I have taught in a number of schools including 7 years as Deputy Principal at St Joseph’s. I am currently working at Trinity College in Colac. I have one son currently attending St Joseph’s, a daughter at Sacred Heart, another daughter at Clairvaux and a son in the workforce. My wife, Julie, is also a teacher. I am looking forward to being involved in the School Advisory Council and hope I can make a contribution to St Joseph’s College, a school that I feel a deep connection to.

Mr Mark Kennedy
Mr Mark Kennedy

Deputy Principal / Advisory Council Member

I grew up on a farm near Skipton and I was schooled at St Patrick’s College Ballarat. I graduated from Australian Catholic University Aquinas, in 2001 and commenced teaching at St Thomas More Primary School. I lived in Cairns for eleven years where I spent time as a Year Level Coordinator, Assistant Principal Religious Education and as the Deputy Principal of St Andrew’s Catholic College. I am a diverse teacher/leader and I have had experience leading all levels of school from Prep to Year 12. I have loved my five years at St Joseph’s and I feel privileged to have the role as Deputy Principal. I am married to Renee and we have three daughters, Evelyn (6), Annie(4), Matilda (2) and expecting another baby any day. I am keen to continue to throw myself into the St Joseph’s community and make a healthy contribution in all aspects of the College.

Ms Lisa Pope

Deputy Principal/ Advisory Council Member

I grew up in the small town of Cobden in the Western District, and attended Catholic Regional College in Camperdown. I completed a Bachelor of Science at Deakin University, and a Graduate Diploma in Education as well as, Graduate Diploma in Religious Education. This enabled me to secure a position at a Rural Catholic School called McAuley College, Doobebetic. After four years of working at the College, I moved to Mercy Regional College to teach Science. During this time I completed a Graduate Diploma in Career Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership. I was appointed the Deputy Principal of Teaching and Learning at Mercy Regional College after fulfilling a number of leadership roles. After a couple of years, I then moved to Emmanuel College Warrnambool, as Deputy Principal where I served in this role for nine years. I have two children, a son and daughter, who are both studying at University and have embraced the opportunity to work at St Joseph’s College and be part of a great learning community.

Mrs Adele Watt
Mrs Adele Wilson

Principal's PA / Advisory Council Secretary

I grew up on a farm near Balmoral, in the Western District. I went to a Catholic boarding school in Hamilton. I graduated from the University of Ballarat in 1999. I have been involved at SJC for the past 4 years in Administration, Events Coordination and Principal’s PA. My background is as a secondary English & Health teacher. I live in Newtown and I am a mother to 2 wonderful boys, Darcy and Hugo.
I am excited to continue my role as PA to Tony Paatsch, Principal of St Joseph’s College. I enjoy working closely with the community in this role.
I have many friends with sons who attend the school. I appreciate all the amazing work and hours behind the scenes that go into creating a fabulous school that is, St Joseph's.

Annual Report to the School Community 2020

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