Embracing tradition and growth at Our Lady of the Assumption School Enoggera

​​​A dynamic chapter of growth and transformation is ahead for the new leadership team at Our Lady of the Assumption School Enoggera – with Principal Kate MacArthur and Assistant Principal Religious Education (APRE) Chelsea Harkness now at the helm.  

Kate MacArthur, who assumed her role as Principal in Term 1 2024, says paying homage to the history of the century old school is a priority while looking for opportunities to modernise it with new facilities and learning spaces. 

"Our intent is to honour the traditions of the past 105 years while igniting a renewed sense of purpose,” she says. 

“It's about building upon our heritage while embracing innovation and growth.  

“Together we will write the next chapter of excellence for Our Lady of the Assumption School."  

Among the exciting developments planned is the introduction of new facilities, including a modern playground tailored for junior years students which has just been completed.  

The playground planned by the school Leadership Team over the past two years features a slide, climbing frames, monkey bars, a rock-climbing wall, and an undercover area.  

“In addition to the playground, we also have plans to include the establishment of a prayer and memorable garden, further enhancing the school's ambiance and offering tranquil areas for reflection,” she added. 

Kate says investment in contemporary facilities “aligns with the calibre of education our staff delivers."  

Drawing from her experience Kate highlights insights gained during her tenure as Head of Campus (Primary) at St Augustine’s College Augustine Heights, emphasising the paramount importance of the primary years. 

"Primary education lays the groundwork for a child's academic journey, shaping their skills and values,” Kate says. 

“The Early Years are incredibly important, and it’s our job to ensure we get it right.” 

Kate adds in her new role, she also hopes to instil in her students an understanding that every day is a fresh start. 

"This year we are committed to the ethos of 'always we begin again,’” she says. 

“Which means every day is an opportunity for a new beginning."

Echoing this sentiment is Our Lady of the Assumption School APRE Chelsea Harkness, who assumed her role in Term 1 of 2023.  

She highlights the importance of community engagement and nurturing the religious fabric of the school.  

"Our school thrives on community involvement and enduring traditions,” Chelsea says. 

“Our aim is to invigorate these values while fostering an inclusive environment. 

"This year our primary focus lies in fostering robust connections among students, parents, and staff, ensuring these relationships are cultivated, deeply cherished and actively nurtured. 

“Every morning, we are at the school gates welcoming our students onto school grounds. 

“It’s one way we can show our students they come first. 

“Parents can rest assured that their children are in nurturing hands and that our priority is creating opportunities for young minds to flourish at Our Lady of Assumption School.”  ​

Oringinally publised by Brisbane Catholic Education.


Principal Kate MacArthur (left) and APRE Chelsea Harkess (right). 

©Brisbane Catholic Education, Our Lady of the Assumption School, Enoggera (2024).​