Our Deputy Principal

Ms Brigitte McDonald was appointed to the position of Deputy Principal for the beginning of the 2011 academic year. She has a strong focus on Student Leadership Programs.






Ms Brigitte McDonald
Deputy Principal




Brigitte McDonald came to Thomas Carr College as Deputy Principal after having been Deputy Principal (Student Wellbeing) at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College between 2008 and 2010. During this time, Brigitte also took on the role of Acting Principal and provided leadership to the College. She was responsible for overseeing the pastoral care of 1500 students and for developing an excellent Student Leadership Program. It was her work with students in developing a student voice and student leadership that saw her awarded the Victorian Finalist for the 2011 Australian Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Brigitte held numerous positions of leadership at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College including Head of School, Year Level Co-ordinator and Science Co-ordinator. She has taught in a variety of settings including single sex girls, senior co-educational and single sex boys schools.

In 1999, Brigitte was appointed as Year 11 Co-ordinator at St. Paul’s College, North Altona and served for one year there before commencing a Head of School position at Caroline Chisholm.

Brigitte commenced her teaching career at St John’s College, Braybrook after completing a Bachelor of Science/Education at the Melbourne College of Advanced Education (now part of The University of Melbourne). She has since gone on to complete a Master of Educational Leadership at The University of Melbourne and is currently studying to obtain her Graduate Certificate in Religious Education.

She was born in Deer Park and educated at Marian College by the Brigidine Sisters and then by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart at Chisholm College. She is an active member of the Parish of Ascot Vale.