Brother Patrick Howlett FMS honoured with Doctor of Education

Br Patrick Howlett reflects on his achievements in education
Br Patrick Howlett reflects on his achievements in education

Parramatta Marist High School Principal Brother Patrick Howlett FMS has been honoured with the award of a Doctor of Education by the University of Notre Dame Australia. Br Patrick’s leadership has seen an extraordinary transformation in learning and teaching at the historic school. 

A pioneer of Catholic education in the Marist tradition for more than 50 years, Br Patrick’s tenure as Principal at Parramatta Marist High School began in 2002. The innovative approach to technology in education at the school has been commended through inclusion in the Apple Distinguished Schools program.  

Br Patrick is most recognised for the introduction of project-based learning (PBL) at the school. PBL is a teaching model approach that encourages deeper learning in an academically rigorous environment where students are challenged to work collaboratively to build professional skills.

Brother Patrick’s reflections on the achievement included thoughts about the lasting importance of Catholic education. 

‘Aside from educating, and transmitting knowledge and culture, Catholic educational institutions also transmit the meaning of life – the preparation for facing growth, the joys, the sorrows and the difficulties of life,’ Br Patrick said. ‘Over time, I have come to the view that teaching ought to be considered not just in what we teach but more in terms of why and how we teach.’ 

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Executive Director Greg Whitby said that Parramatta Marist High School was blessed in Brother Patrick’s leadership. 

‘Brother Pat’s formidable dedication to transforming learning and teaching has seen Parramatta Marist go from strength to strength,’ Greg said.

Brother Patrick’s outstanding contribution to education has previously been recognised with the award of the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice from Pope Benedict XVI and the Master Teacher of Honour Award from the Kappa Delta Pi International Honour Society in Education – the only educator in the world to be bestowed this award in 2014. Further accolades include receiving a ‘Champion of the West’ Award as a significant leader in Western Sydney. 
Posted By Elizabeth Scully at 24/03/2017 2:19:57 PM

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