David Johns BEd, MEdLead, MTh, GradDipAdolHlth


David Johns, who took up the position of Principal in 2021, brings more than 30 years’ experience across diverse teaching and leadership positions throughout Australia and the United Kingdom.

With degrees that include a Master of Educational Leadership, a Master of Theology and a Graduate Diploma of Adolescent Health, David believes that a schools’ success relies on challenging students and staff to achieve potential within a safe environment which is relevant to regional concerns as well that of the wider world of work.

He brings to the College a vision of Catholic education that is inclusive, social justice focussed and explicit in its expectations and how it is to be seen by others within the wider society.

David believes that Catholic education involves embracing all who we encounter with empathy, love, and a validation of their lived experience. It is about acknowledging fears and frailties and accepting that through a community of believers we have the capability to realise the best of ourselves and of humanity.

Photo caption - from left:  Bronwyn Shipton (Assistant Principal, Mission and Wellbeing) David Johns (Principal) and Geoff Melville (Assistant Principal, Learning and Teaching)



Bronwyn Shipton BEd, CertIV

Bronwyn Shipton, the Assistant Principal, Mission and Wellbeing, has more than 25 years of teaching experience.  Born in Newcastle, Bronwyn studied for her Bachelor of Education at the University of Newcastle and is currently completing a Master of Educational Leadership at the Australian Catholic University. 

As a mother of two teenagers, Bronwyn is well aware of the challenges facing young people today.  She believes that helping St Paul’s students to develop resilience is more important than ever, particularly because of the ever-increasing influence of social media.  

Bronwyn believes that by learning coping skills and developing positive relationships, young people can ride the waves of life to be successful young men and women.


Geoff Melville BRurScEd, MEd, GCertRE

Geoff Melville took up the position of Assistant Principal, Learning and Teaching, in 2021.   

Geoff, whose most recent appointment was as Deputy Head of St Stanislaus’ College, Bathurst, holds a Bachelor of Rural Science Education, a Master of Educational Administration and a Graduate Certificate of Catholic Education.

He believes his teaching experience in regional Catholic education has demonstrated the importance of the partnership between staff, students and their families in order to achieve learning and teaching outcomes. 

He said a focus for his role will be to provide the best opportunities for each student during their time at St Paul’s and post-school.