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Jubilarian Mr Anthony Chalkley


On Friday 10 May 2019, Coolock teacher Mr Anthony Chalkley was one of four educators recognised and celebrated by Catholic Education Sandhurst for twenty-five years of service to Catholic Education.

Director of Catholic Education, Mr Paul Desmond said “this is an opportunity to give thanks and pay tribute to those who have served Catholic education for 25 years. As people of faith, it is also appropriate that we acknowledge the richness that each Jubilarian has brought to our Catholic schools.”.

Anthony Chalkley graduated from Aquinas College in Ballarat (now Australian Catholic University) in 1989 and began his career at St Joseph’s Quarry Hill. Over the following years he worked at a variety of Catholic primary schools throughout the Sandhurst Diocese, gaining experience and developing connections with our industry professionals and the wider community.

In 2003 he took on the position as Deputy Principal at St Aloysius PS in Caulfield and experienced a great period of personal and professional growth before taking a break from a full-time role in education. Anthony returned to teaching at Notre Dame in Shepparton before accepting his first Principalship at St Patrick’s PS in Tongala.

While enjoying the leadership role, Anthony missed the classroom and after a few years took up the opportunity to be House Leader at St Joseph’s College in Echuca before coming to Bendigo in 2016 as Head of House for Backhaus at Catherine McAuley College.

Reflecting on his career in Catholic education so far, Anthony said “Thank you to everyone I have been associated with in Catholic education and for your support, wisdom and laughter over the past 30 years. This journey ain’t over yet!”

Mr Anthony Chalkley accepts his award from Bishop of Sandhurst, Bishop Leslie Tomlinson DD