“I always wanted to be a teacher and get great joy and satisfaction from trying to give the children the very best opportunities for education and life, for example in Fairfield when we began taking a big influx of refugees from Iraq and Syria,” Brother Nicholas recounted.
“I love bringing out the best in our students, so they can be their best.”
Answering the call
Brother Nicholas joined the congregation of the Brothers of Saint Patrick when he was aged 25. He was teaching at St Charles Catholic Primary School Ryde prior to joining religious life.
“It was the great example of the Patrician Brothers who taught me at Holy Cross College Ryde that inspired me to join,” Brother Nicholas said.
“The Brothers really influenced me in the way they took a personal interest in the students in the school and as men of prayer and faith. They were good role models.
“I try to be that good role model, but it’s a combined effort with all the staff that I work alongside. It’s very collaborative what we do.”
Mission and Ministry
As well as leading his school community, Brother Nicholas is a member of the Brothers of St Patrick’s international Congregation Leadership Team.
“The General Council or Congregation Leadership Team makes decisions in the best interests of the Brothers and their work in the eight countries where they can be found,” he explained.
“To put into words all that he has contributed is impossible” – Leonie Sewell
“Being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) is well-deserved recognition of all that Brother Nicholas has contributed to education and to the Catholic Church over many years,” Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School Carnes Hill assistant principal, Leonie Sewell, said.
“To put into words all that he has contributed is impossible.”
For more information about Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School Carnes Hill or to enrol your child, call (02) 9826 8436 or visit hscarneshill.catholic.edu.au.