A Message from the Principal 

From early foundations almost 130 years ago, Christian Brothers’ High School, Lewisham has maintained an unwavering reputation for its commitment to educating the young men of Sydney, to build maximum capacity for academic achievement whilst maintaining high standards of expectation in their conduct, respect for self and others, engagement in learning and sport and participation in co-curricular offerings.

As a School in the Edmund Rice Tradition, we draw our role modelling from the Person of Jesus as lived out in the example of Blessed Edmund Rice. Our Touchstones of Gospel Spirituality, Inclusive Community, Justice and Spirituality and Liberating Education govern our decision making to ensure that we remain an authentically faith-based community to embrace difference, accept challenge and develop resilience through courageous, critical thought and action.

Navigating and discerning the 21st Century educational landscape thus far, we emerge once more as leaders in contemporary pedagogy and holistic education of boys. We do all we can so that year to year, Graduates of our School are empowered with skills needed for individual success, to then contribute positively to our fast-changing world throughout their lives.

I invite you to discover the myriad of opportunities which await your Son at Christian Brothers’ Lewisham, where we ‘focus on the boy to grow the man’. This ethos has served us well thus far and one of which I am most proud.

Leadership Team

Principal – Dr Michael Blowes

In reflecting on his appointment as Principal for 2021 Dr Blowes reflected – 

“CBHS Lewisham enjoys such a distinguished history of service and excellence centred on the holistic education of young men. I feel very privileged to be part of the next chapter of this great school. I look forward to getting to experience the rich fabric of school life and working with a staff who enjoys an excellent reputation. I am also excited to build strong connections with students, parents, the school board and ex-students as together with the staff we take this proud school forward.”

Acting Deputy Principal – Mr Mark Woodbury

The Deputy Principal is a member of the School Leadership Team, directly responsible to the Principal and works in partnership with the School Leadership Team in providing quality Catholic education for the students of the School. The appointment of a person to this position within CBHS Lewisham is made by Edmund Rice Education Australia in consultation with the school.

The Deputy Principal is to assist the Principal in the overall leadership and management of the school. The Deputy Principal is to assume the role of “Acting Principal” at those times when the Principal is off the school premises. The Deputy Principal, together with the Principal, is responsible for the religious and educational leadership of the school as well as its overall direction in order to provide for effective care and education of the students through facilitation of their spiritual, social, academic and personal development within the resource and funding constraints of the school.

This leadership and direction will be consistent with the vision of Edmund Rice Education Australia; Christian Brothers’ Leadership Team; Catholic teachings, principles and values; current understanding of the process of team building, delegation and development of personnel; knowledge of curriculum planning, development, program implementation and evaluation processes.

AP Identity – Mr Dan Valencic

In his role as Assistant Principal – Identity, Dan is responsible for promoting and developing the identity of the School as a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition. This is achieved through the initiation and facilitation of liturgical, spiritual and formation experiences for students, staff and families as well as supporting Justice and Peace initiatives and the Religious Education Key Learning Area.

Dan joined our community in 2014 as the Religious Education Coordinator and has 25 years of teaching experience in various EREA and LaSallian schools across Sydney. His leadership experience is centred in curriculum; including Visual Arts Coordinator, CAPA Coordinator and as REC at Oakhill College, Castle Hill, before starting at CBHS Lewisham and being appointed AP Identity in 2019.  He complements this experience with a Bachelor of Education from the Australian Catholic University in Visual Arts / Religious Education and is currently exploring the Master of Education Leadership course at the ACU.

AP Pastoral – Mr Chris Kidd

In his role of Assistant Principal – Pastoral Care, Chris is responsible for the wellbeing and behaviour of all of CBHS secondary students. He works closely with, and oversees, the Pastoral Team which consists of eight House Pastoral Coordinators and the School Counselling Team. The aim of Chris and the Pastoral Team is to ensure that CBHS provides an environment where all students are known, valued and cared for, and where the staff and students operate within the framework of right and respectful relationships.

Chris has worked with students in different sporting and educational settings for two decades and has been a staff member of CBHS since 2009. He was appointed to the role of Assistant Principal – Pastoral Care in 2019. He complements this experience with his academic record which includes a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts from Australian Catholic University, and a Masters of Education specialising in Educational Wellbeing, from Southern Cross University.

AP Pedagogy and Innovation – Mr Keith Page

In his role as Assistant Principal Pedagogy and Innovation, Keith is responsible for the provision of a quality Catholic education to the students at the School. Keith works with the teaching staff, the KLA Coordinator team, the Diverse Learning Centre and the Waterford Learning Centre to ensure that all students are provided with an education that challenges them at their own level of ability.

Keith joined the School in 2015 as the KLA Coordinator responsible for leading teaching and learning in History and Geography. Working in the Assistant Principal – Pedagogy and Innovation role since 2018, Keith complements his leadership experience with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Teaching from the University of Sydney, in addition to a Master of Education (Leadership) from Charles Sturt University.

AP Culture and Organisation – Mr Michael Behayi

In his role as Assistant Principal Organisation and Culture, Michael is responsible for the effective management of the school from a planning and operational perspective. He is responsible for the daily administration and organization of the school. His responsibilities include the pastoral communication amongst staff, students and the school community. Michael oversees the development and implementation of the school timetable. He works closely with the casual relief staff of the school, engaging in forward planning and identifying staffing needs in order to facilitate a more positive school community.

Michael complements his leadership experience with a sound academic record including a Bachelor of Engineering with honours from Sydney University; an Associate Diploma in Applied Science and a Diploma of Teaching from UNSW. He has extensive experience as a Mechanical Engineer providing a valuable perspective on industry in boy’s education. He has extensive experience as a Year Coordinator, a subject Coordinator (Mathematics) as well as Administration Coordinator.

Business Manager – Mr Darren Perry

In his role as Business Manager Darren is responsible for the effective management of School Operations from a business perspective by implementing and running projects to continually evolve CBHS Lewisham. His role assists in the formulation of strategic initiatives for the school, conducting feasibility studies and preparing impact scenarios of proposed changes from a financial perspective.

Darren has extensive experience in Accountancy having previously held the role of Accountant for the National Disability Service, and before that as Management Accountant and Assistant Accountant in a variety of industries and institutions since 2011. Darren complements his experience with sound qualifications being a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and having completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Business Law) from the University of Wollongong.

AP Primary – Mr Chris Cohen, Ms Daniela Ferrone and Mr Michael Winchester

The Assistant Principal – Primary is a member of the School Leadership Team, directly responsible to the Principal and works in partnership with the School Leadership Team in providing quality Catholic education for the students of the School. The position of Assistant to the Principal (Primary) is a position of special and senior responsibility within the school. The Assistant to the Principal (Primary) is a special teacher who demonstrates strong support for the vision and ministry of Catholic Education and assists the Principal in facilitating the Christian Brothers’ and the Church’s mission in this Edmund Rice school. The Principal of CBHS Lewisham is responsible for the appointment of a person to this special position.

The Assistant Principal – Primary is to assist the Principal in the overall coordination and management of the Primary section of the school community.