From the Head of Senior School

For Senior School students, life at Thomas Carr College can be varied and exciting. Our aim is to open up a new world of possibilities for our students, where no dream is too difficult to accomplish and every student can strive for his or her personal best. Our Senior School aims to prepare students for success not just in VCE, VET or VCAL, but also to equip them for life beyond secondary school.
Successful learning is a partnership between parents, students and the College. At Thomas Carr, we aim for an educational environment that fosters academic excellence and social, cultural, sporting and spiritual growth within a vibrant community of learning.
Our program is facilitated by a team of dedicated staff who strive to nurture and develop the potential inherent in all students.




 Margaret Knurek

 Margaret graduated with honours from the Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide University, where she specialised in voice and vocal techniques and has worked in a range of schools, with a particular focus on senior students. Prior to her appointment at Thomas Carr College, she taught at several schools, including Firbank Grammar School, where she introduced an International Touring Program and her “Bel Canto” Choir won competitions in Italy and Vienna. In the field of music education, Margaret has been chairperson for VCE moderation panels, has written study notes for the ABCs Melbourne Symphonic Series and is a past president of the Association of Directors of Music in Independent Schools, Victoria. Since completing her Master in Education Administration and Policy, she has developed her interest in school administration and developing student leadership capabilities.
Margaret joined the Thomas Carr College teaching staff in August 2006 as Head of Music and in that capacity initiated a Choral and Instrumental program at the College. In August 2010 she took on the role of Head of Senior School. At Thomas Carr College, Margaret has undertaken training as an Extraordinary Minister for the Sacraments and actively supports prayer, reflection, ritual and liturgy in daily College life. Margaret was the Music Director for the annual Mass of St Patrick, held in St Patrick’s Cathedral, for Catholic Education week from 2013-2016 and was the Choral Director of the highly successful “Time to Shine” Catholic Schools Performing Arts Gala 2014 and 2016.
Margaret has a strong interest in the encouragement of student led programs, a commitment to excellence in whatever students undertake and to enabling students to achieve at their highest possible level.