College Executive

Brad Cooney


Brad Cooney has been working as an educator for close to 20 years. Beginning his teaching career in independent schools in the ACT, Brad went on to gain extensive teaching and leadership experience in the Catholic and independent school sector in NSW and the ACT. He has been a Head of House, Head of Creative Arts and Deputy and Assistant Principal of two girls’ schools in Canberra.

Degrees Brad holds include a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts), Diploma of Education (Secondary) from the University of Newcastle, Master of Education (CSU) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Religious Education) from the Australian Catholic University. Brad’s strong areas of interest have been in professional learning, curriculum and teacher development and wellbeing programs that support girls in their education.




Sharyn Quirk

Assistant Principal,
Curriculum and Assessment

Sharyn Quirk is a professional education and curriculum specialist. She graduated with Honours from the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education. She has 25 years education delivery experience. She has been employed in single-sex and coeducation Catholic, Independent and Public Education systems in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria. She has also researched and been engaged to comment on curriculum comparisons between Australian Curriculum and the United States curriculum systems for years 7 – 12.  She has studied international assessment processes, including the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, and understands contemporary education trends, delivery methodologies and processes.

Sharyn is passionate about preparing students for their strong and independent leadership roles in an increasingly complex post-secondary environment. She cares for all students and considers time spent with students in guiding their development and choices to be the most important attribute for an educator.


Bridget Bandle

Assistant Principal,
Pastoral Care

Bridget has spent her career teaching at Catholic schools within the Canberra region, specialising in teaching and learning designed for young women. Her academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (ANU), a Master of Teaching (Sydney University) and a Master of Theology (University of Newcastle). Her interests include Brain-based Learning, effectively utilising technology to facilitate educational excellence and designing pastoral educational experiences that empower young women to create positive change.

Bridget is a member of Rosary Parish and considers living out gospel values to be the core expression of a culture of care. She is dedicated to ensuring that each young woman at St Clare’s College develops the skills they require to become successful and empathetic global citizens. Bridget promotes the development of wholesome self-discipline through rational conversation as a key tool in assisting students achieve their academic and personal goals.



Paul O’Callaghan

Assistant Principal,
Staffing and Administration

Paul’s holds the qualification of a Bachelor of Education and Post Graduate qualifications in Religion Studies, Education Law and School Management and brings a depth and breadth of experience to the position of Assistant Principal –Staffing and Admin at St Clare’s.

Paul has held leadership positions in a number and variety of schools across the Archdiocese including Principal of Hennessey Catholic College Young and Sacred Heart Central School Cootamundra, Assistant Principal of St Francis College Florey and most recently as Campus Head of St Mary MacKillop College, Tuggeranong.




Julie Fitzgerald

Business Manager

The Business Manager’s role encompasses strategic financial management, the provision of quality facilities and resources, and leadership of the College’s General Staff.  Julie brought her previous experience in senior finance and administration roles to St Clare’s in 2008.  She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).