Brothers break tradition for local boy

St Josephs College in Sydney has broken with a 125-year tradition to appoint its first lay headmaster former Trinity Catholic College teacher Ross Tarlinton (pictured).

Mr Tarlinton, who was born in Mullumbimby and grew up in Lismore, worked for the Catholic Education Office in Lismore for 10 years before becoming the first lay headmaster at Marist College in Canberra prior to his recent appointment.

Im humbled by the appointment its not something I imagined myself doing but to be given the opportunity is quite outstanding, said Mr Tarlinton, whose father Frank was a student at the prestigious Marist Brothers school in the 1920s. I want to ensure the college is contemporary in its practices and leads the way in boys education. Im delighted to accept the challenge.

Mr Tarlinton said the 970-student school had many similarities to Trinity, with lots of boys from rural and regional areas of Australia.

While Mr Tarlinton has no immediate plans to return to the North Coast what he calls his heartland he does see himself retiring here when he eventually gives up teaching.

I certainly miss the Northern Rivers, he said. Well hopefully move back for our third age.


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