Mrs Monica Palmer


Personal message: I believe that the learners of today are the leaders of tomorrow and we should ‘never see a need without doing something about it’. This inspires me to ensure that we provide an education for all students guided by equity and excellence. It ignites my passion to provide opportunities for our students to make a positive difference in our world and guides me to ensure our teachers and staff have quality training.

I believe a community should be welcoming and life giving and therefore you will see me at the front gate of the school most mornings and afternoons.

Statement of areas of responsibility: The principal is responsible for modelling the Catholic faith in action and for leading the school community to live out its vision and mission focused on quality faith, educational and wellbeing experiences for all students. The principal is responsible for the effective leadership, management and strategic direction of the school.

Professional experience: Monica has been the principal at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Georges Hall since 2018. Prior to this, Monica was in an acting principal role at Villa Maria Hunter’s Hill. Monica has also held the leadership roles of assistant principal at St Michael’s Meadowbank, religious education coordinator, teacher educator, curriculum coordinator and teacher at nine Sydney Catholic Schools. She has also taught in Catholic schools in the Parramatta Diocese and also at schools in London (England).

Monica has presented at educational conferences and workshops in NSW, particularly in the area of Literacy.

Master of Contemporary Literacies – Australian Catholic University
Master of Research – Australian Catholic University
Master of Education – Australian Catholic University
Gifted Education Online Course 1 and Course 2 – Sydney Catholic Schools

Professional interests:
Using best practice research to ensure quality education for all learners.
Gifted education.