This month marked a momentous occasion with Rob Crothers, Principal of Our Lady of Mercy College, celebrating 40 Years in the Catholic Education system of Western Australia (CEWA).
Rob and his wife, Tess, spent the morning of Friday 15 October enjoying a breakfast award ceremony at Crown Perth with other recipients of the 30 and 40-year service awards. These staff members were acknowledged for their dedicated contribution and service to Catholic Education in Western Australia.
Rob said that this event was very special, as it gave him the opportunity to reflect on his time working for Catholic Education WA, which he describes as being a thoroughly enjoyable and fulfilling experience. During his rewarding career, he has interacted with thousands of students, teachers, support staff, and many people in the community setting.
In his time with CEWA, Rob has worked in a diverse range of roles. He commenced his career as a primary school teacher, which led to other roles such as Head of Year, Information Technology Manager, Deputy Principal and now Principal. His broad experience is valuable and still very noticeable in his hands-on, passionate, and strong leadership style.
Rob’s first appointment as Principal was at Nagle Catholic College in Geraldton. During the six years spent at Nagle, Rob contributed significantly to building a strong sense of community. He was recognised for his ability to set a vision and direction which would allow the College to flourish.
In 2020, Rob took on the role of founding Principal at the newly named Our Lady of Mercy College. It was quickly made evident that Rob was well suited to the position as he embraced the challenges that come with a growing College. Rob’s passion for education, and his investment in the learning journey of each student was also quickly established through his regular interactions with students.
Rob has been quoted a number of times as saying that throughout his career “…the students’ learning experience and well-being, is always the prime focus.”
Past colleagues of Rob’s have described him as “A passionate man who likes to get things done but does his best to maintain an open-door policy. He welcomes student dialogue and opinion on most issues. He leads with the willingness to have a laugh at his own expense in order to support a good cause.”
It is this open-mindedness and innovation that makes him a valued leader of Our Lady of Mercy College. A current staff member commented that “Rob really thinks outside the box, and I admire him for always embracing change and inclusivity.”
The College Directors have acknowledged Rob’s positive attitude which allows him to live the motto Embrace Life, Inspire Learning and Nurture Faith. More specifically, Director of Teaching and Learning, Natasha Hart said “Rob has been a great mentor as I navigate a new challenging role. He is patient and understanding, all questions and opinions are considered thoughtfully.”
The staff, students and wider College community congratulate Rob on his 40th anniversary in Catholic Education. This is a milestone achievement which Our Lady of Mercy College is fortunate to celebrate in.