Sacred Heart principal moves to Liston College

Liston College in west Auckland is to have a new principal, Stephen Dooley, who has been the principal at Sacred Heart College in east Auckland since 2019. 

                       Stephen Dooley

The Board of Trustees of Liston College stated that Mr Dooley would join Liston College from the start of the 2022 school year. 

NZ Catholic understands that former St Peter’s College and St Paul’s College headmaster Kieran Fouhy will be acting principal at Sacred Heart for one term while Mr Dooley’s replacement is found. Mr Fouhy retired from his St Paul’s role in October this year. 

Before going to Sacred Heart, Mr Dooley was associate headmaster at St Peter’s, where he worked since 2009. Some of these years were with Mr Fouhy as headmaster. 

The Liston board acknowledged Chris Rooney for his “unwavering support and dedication to Liston College over the past 45 years, including his 22 years of leadership as principal”. 

Mr Rooney announced his retirement to the board in June. In a final message to the college, he stated that he made the comment to the board “that they would have no difficulty in finding a suitable replacement for me. I stated that the college has a committed and caring staff, a fabulous student body, a supportive parent community, and a board determined to do the very best for the college. This is what my successor, Mr Stephen (Steve) Dooley, inherits. I know he will build on the strong foundations and lead the college in the next stage of growth.” 

The Liston board stated that Mr Dooley, who is a parishioner at St Mary’s, Northcote, “brings over 20 years’ experience in school leadership experience, and has lived the Edmund Rice ethos and charism, having served in three senior leadership roles over 11 years at a Christian Brothers’ school”.


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