Box Hill's newest catholic college has appointed a new captain

PRINCIPLES: Santa Sophia Catholic College's new principal Mark De Vries wants to craft a personal and experiential learning environment. Picture: Geoff Jones
PRINCIPLES: Santa Sophia Catholic College's new principal Mark De Vries wants to craft a personal and experiential learning environment. Picture: Geoff Jones

BOX Hill’s highly anticipated Catholic college has ticked off another milestone with the appointment of a new captain to the helm. 

Santa Sophia Catholic College’s new principal Mark De Vries already has 30 years experience in the education industry. 

“Education has changed so much, particularly the way children learn. I have an imperative as a leader to give the children the skills that they will use in their future workplaces. We will make a conscious effort to prepare the children for the future,” he said.

Santa Sophia Catholic College Box Hill will accommodate 2000 learners when the Terry Road campus is officially completed.

It will offer early learning, kindergarten to year 12, out of school hours care, a learning needs hub and post school pathways with tertiary and business partners.

The college will temporarily be based in St John Paul II Catholic College in Schofields and will move to its permanent home in Box Hill in 2020. Already 30 students have enrolled out of a targeted 60 for the 2018 year 7 class. “Schools need to hone problem solving, critical thinking, presentation, digital and financial literacy, community and collaboration,” Mr De Vries said.

“Our cycle is masterclass, collaboration and presenting their learning to an audience. It’s about creating a meaningful and richer experience for the students.”

  • Details: parra.catholic.edu.au/catholic-learning-community-box-hill.