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Mount Alvernia College

Educating young women in the Franciscan tradition

College Leadership Team

The Leadership Team at Mount Alvernia College consists of the College Principal, Deputy Principal – Student Development and Wellbeing, Deputy Principal – Staff Development and Organisation, Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning, Deputy Principal – Identity and Religious Life of the College, and the College Business Manager.   The team is responsible to the College Board and reports to it via the College Principal.

College Principal

Dr Kerrie Tuite

Dr Kerrie Tuite has been Principal of Mount Alvernia College since her appointment in mid-2008, commencing at the College in 2009. Previously she was Principal at St James College, one of the first women to hold a principal position in a Christian Brothers school in Australia. Dr Tuite has held leadership positions at St Brendan’s College (Yeppoon) and Ignatius Park College (Townsville) and various teaching roles across Queensland.

Dr Tuite was born in Townsville and was educated at St Joseph’s, Townsville; Lourdes Hill College, Brisbane; and St Margaret Mary’s College, Townsville. A believer in life-long education, she has a Doctorate of Education, Masters of Educational Leadership, Bachelor of Arts, and Certificate of Teaching, and continues to grow her knowledge of all things educational through conferences and professional development opportunities.

Dr Tuite contributes to the growth of Catholic education generally and education in particular through her membership of various committees and networks. She is past President of both the Association of Catholic Secondary Schools Queensland and the Catholic Secondary Principals Association Queensland, Board Director of Catholic Secondary Principals Australia 2011-2015, Board Chair Horizons Caboolture, Board Member of Catholic Professional Standards Limited, a member of Worklinks Inc, member of the Congregation of Religious Australia Education Committee, and representative of Religious Institute Schools on the Queensland Catholic Education Commission. Dr Tuite is a member of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority Steering Committee for Senior Schooling Review, and a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools and the Australasian Alliance of Girls’ Schools.

Dr Tuite has a strong belief in the importance of educating young women within the context of Catholic Franciscan education to ensure they make a significant contribution to whatever arena of life within which they choose to live and work.

Deputy Principal – Student Development and Wellbeing

Ms Annette Butterworth

Ms Butterworth has worked in middle leadership and senior leadership positions for the past fifteen years.  In her role as a Pastoral Guardian, and more recently as Deputy Principal – Student Development, she has relied on positive relationships to encourage students to understand how their behaviour can sometimes have a negative effect on others. This recognition forms the basis of the Restorative Practices approach to Behaviour Management which Ms Butterworth has introduced to the Mount Alvernia community.  After professional learning experiences with one of the co-founders of Restorative Practices in Schools, Margaret Thorsborne, a clear connection was established between the College’s Franciscan ethos and the use of restorative justice as a means of ensuring members of the Mount Alvernia community are able to look for the good in others and encourage positive behaviour.

Deputy Principal - Staff Development and Organisation

Ms Kerry Jell

Deputy Principal - Teaching and Learning

Ms Kath Little

Ms Little holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and has extensive experience as an educational leader across independent and systemic schools in Australia and overseas.  She is passionately interested in school improvement and works closely with staff and students to build an academic culture which is improvement seeking.  In recent appointments, Ms Little has led the implementation of National Curriculum, the operationalisation of College mergers, and the implementation of Senior School reforms.  She also has a background in educational research to ensure pedagogy is high-impact and best practice.


Deputy Principal - Identity and Religious Life of the College

Mr Richard Rogusz

Mr Rogusz has been a teacher in Catholic schools for over twenty-five years, fifteen years of which have been in Middle and Senior leadership positions.  He holds a Master of Religious Education (ACU) and, in recent years, has undertaken further post-graduate studies through the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), and the Australian Catholic University (Rome Campus).  Mr Rogusz is passionate about staff and student formation in the Catholic tradition, particularly in the areas of contemporary theology, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spiritualities, and social justice.


Business Manager

Mrs Paulette Corkery


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