Amy Byrnes

Position Deputy Principal - Academic
Organisation St Patrick’s College Townsville
Location QLD

Amy is the Deputy Principal – Academic at St Patrick’s College Townsville. Prior to this appointment, she held the position of Director of Studies at the College from 2016. It was her success in this role that lead to Amy’s appointment to the newly established position of Deputy Principal - Academic from 2020. St Patrick’s College Townsville has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years following a re-branding which has allowed the development of this new role. As part of this growth, Amy has initiated significant change within the College in not only an expansion of curriculum offerings, but newly developed school specific subjects and further breadth and depth in the academic realm. As a direct result of these changes, the College has experienced noteworthy improvements in academic results including NAPLAN, Overall Position (OP) and Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) achievement rates, allowing students to achieve their individual goals on personalised pathways.

With a key focus on curriculum, Amy has lead the change within the College as Queensland has progressed to the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) System implemented from Year 11, 2019. This has included new and changing demands of an updated system including the Australian Tertiary and Admission Rank (ATAR), new syllabus documents and implementation of External Examinations. Furthermore, this has included communication with key stakeholders within the College including staff, parents and students to ensure that they understand the impact of such changes. It also included significant planning which began in 2018 in preparation for the new system.

Most recently, Amy has taken on the role of Lead Confirmer for Legal Studies through the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) to support the implementation of the new QCE system. She has also been involved through presentations including as a Workshop Presenter at the Queensland Catholic Education Commission – Queensland Catholic Schools New QCE Assessment Forum in March 2020 with her workshop “The New QCE System – Our Journey So Far”. Amy was also a panel member at the Independent Schools Queensland – ISQ Senior School Forum in May 2019. The presentations have a strong focus on the changes that have occurred in Queensland as part of the implementation of the new system, with a particular emphasis on St Patrick’s College Townsville. Prior to the implementation of the new system, she was also a member of the QCAA Townsville District Panel for Study of Religion (2017 to 2019) and Legal Studies (2010 to 2018).

The position of Deputy Principal – Academic from 2020 has included Amy leading the College in innovation, developing academic processes, improvements and initiatives within the College. She continues to monitor academic tracking of students with a focus on each individual and the specific pathway they have chosen for their future endeavors. Amy oversees student academic support through the mentorship program provided to all students in Year 11 and 12. She is committed to delivering an educational program that engages students and prepares them to live a fulfilling and purposeful life.

With a keen interest in study, Amy has completed a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Education, Certificate of Religious Education, Master of Educational Leadership and Master of Theology. Amy uses this passion for learning to guide the Heads of Faculty within St Patrick’s College Townsville and ensure they are kept abreast of curriculum research, including practical strategies and a culture of innovation to allow students to develop 21st century skills. Facilitating the College's directions in 21st century teaching and learning, Amy understands the new and changing demands of the teaching profession and believes that teachers are all experts within their fields, as such, promoting all staff to share their knowledge by presenting locally, nationally and internationally.

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