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.



Dearne Marrapodi

Assistant Principal,
Curriculum and Assessment



Bridget Bandle

Assistant Principal,
Staffing and Administration

Bridget has spent her career working 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 leadership of staff and students has a strong relational focus and she aims to work with individuals to help them build their pathways of professional and personal success.

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 the staff at St Clare’s College are supported to develop their professional skills so that they can provide the young women in our care with the outstanding education they each deserve. Bridget promotes targeted professional learning plans that support innovation and excellence in teaching practices.



Natalie Dickie

Assistant Principal,
Pastoral Care

Natalie is an experienced people leader and school executive member with over 20 years experience as a Catholic educator, who has proven success in girls education and co-educational environments. With 10 years experience as an Assistant/Deputy Principal, Natalie inspires the teams she works with by building the capacity of others. She has proven expertise across curriculum, pastoral care and administration, planning, implementation and evaluation of educational policies and practices. 

Natalie is highly regarded for her insight and practical approach to solving complex people management issues and for providing outstanding pastoral care to students that involves working in partnerships with parents and the broader community. Being a lifelong learner Natalie holds a Bachelor of Education, Master of Education, Master of Religious Education degrees, Growth Coaching Accreditation and is a National Assessor of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers in Australia.



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).