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The Daniel McDonough Award


The Daniel McDonough Award is a peer-nominated Leadership award sponsored by QCPPA, which recognises a strong commitment in the fields of leadership and education made by a leader in one of our Catholic rural and remote schools.  The award consists of a leadership grant that enables the nominee to attend professional development conferences.  Recipients of the award will be profiled on the Association website, where a perpetual record of recipients will be recorded. This award will be presented each year at the QCPPA AGM.

Nominees must:

  • be no longer than three years as a principal
  • be in a current remote school
  • be financial members of their association
  • be nominated, in writing, by another financial member of a diocesan association within the State of Queensland.
  • have demonstrated their commitment to their own Leadership journey (within their faith /community).
  • be prepared to share their learning with their colleagues.
  • have transferred their leadership skills into practice within the local rural region.

The successful applicant/nominee will be selected by the Executive Committee of QCPPA.  The Executive Committee, at its discretion, and as appropriate, may invite other educational professionals to join the selection panel. Members of the Executive Committee are not eligible for this award.

The bursary is to be used to attend the APPA conference to meet a wider cross section of principals, hear inspirational speakers and widen the network of support for themselves. Attendance at an APPA conference should also help them look beyond the boundaries that a small rural school tends to impose and expose them to bigger picture issues.

Click here to download the Award Nomination Form

Click here for information about Daniel McDonough