Principal John Crowley to take up position at St Kevin’s College

February 19, 2020

Please read the following statement, see below, released earlier today, from Edmund Rice Education Australia executive director Wayne Tinsey:


19 February 2020

Dear Parents and Staff,

I write today with significant news about the leadership of St Patrick’s College. In light of the announcement of the resignation of Mr Stephen Russell as Principal of St Kevin’s College earlier today, I have invited Mr John Crowley to take up the position of Acting Principal of St Kevin’s College for the remainder of 2020. I thank John for graciously accepting this invitation.

Principal John Crowley.

John Crowley is an experienced educator, highly regarded in the educational and broader community for his leadership. He is well known as a trusted advocate for victims and survivors of abuse and he was a significant contributor to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. John has our full confidence and will be strongly supported in his work of both responding to the challenges that have recently been raised for the St Kevin’s College community and ensuring that the academic, wellbeing and spiritual care of the students remain a priority.

In making this decision, I am very conscious of the impact of this development on the St Patrick’s College community. After consultation with John, I have appointed Mr Stephen Hill to the position of Acting Principal for the remainder of 2020.

Stephen is well known to all members of the College community in his current role as Deputy Principal; as you are aware, Stephen was also Acting Co-principal of the College while John fulfilled the role of Acting Regional Director for EREA. I thank Stephen for his willingness to support the College by taking on the significant role of Acting Principal once again. Stephen will be well supported in this work by the National Director (School Engagement), Dr Adam Taylor and the EREA Regional Director, Mr Diarmuid O’Riordan.

St Patrick’s College is blessed to have a hard working and dedicated staff who will continue to support the educational needs of all students in a highly professional and pastoral manner. I remain confident in their capacity to ensure the ongoing success of the College in the Edmund Rice education it offers to its young men.

If you have any questions in relation to my letter, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Diarmuid O’Riordan at

With my best wishes,

Wayne Tinsey
Executive Director