Katherina Broderick Takes Principal Role at ‘The Pres’

Listowel native, Katherina Broderick has just been announced by St. Joseph's Presentation Secondary School as its new principal. ©Photograph:  John Reidy
Listowel native, Katherina Broderick has just been announced by St. Joseph’s Presentation Secondary School as its new principal. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Listowel native, Tralee resident, Katherina Broderick has just been appointed principal at St. Joseph’s Presentation Secondary School in Castleisland.

Following her graduation from Mater Dei Institute, she taught English and Religious Education in Causeway Comprehensive School.

In 2001, she was seconded to work as Regional Development Officer for the Department of Education and Skills (DES) for three years. There , she was responsible for introducing the Junior Certificate Religious Education (RE) Syllabus. Along with providing training for teachers in the new syllabus, she also developed resource material for teaching the syllabus.

In 2004, Katherina was seconded to the Diocese of Kerry to work as Post Primary Diocesan Advisor (DA) where she supported RE teachers in schools throughout the Diocese of Kerry. During her time as DA, she was elected to represent RE teachers at National level on the Episcopal Commission for Catechetics.

In 2008, following her secondments, she returned to Causeway Comprehensive School but continued to work as an Associate Trainer with the DES Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) .

In 2012, she was appointed to the role of Acting Deputy Principal in Causeway Comprehensive School, and was reappointed to the role for the 2013-2014 school year.

Ms. Broderick holds a Masters in Education from the University of Hull, an Advanced Diploma in School Development Planning from NUIG and a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership from NUI Maynooth.

Outside of work she found time to co-author a Religious Education text book, Seek and Find, for Senior Cycle students, which was published by Veritas in 2013.

On her appointment Ms. Broderick said that she was delighted to be appointed as Principal to Presentation Secondary School here in Castleisland.

“The school provides a rich and holistic education for its students through the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum. I’m looking forward to working with its highly committed and dedicated staff to providethe best educational experience for our students,” she said.

“I am looking forward to working in partnership with parents and the whole school community to ensure, in the spirit of the Presentation Order, that Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland continues tobe a centre of excellence for learning in Castleisland. That it remains  a school where the talents and abilities of our students are nurtured and supported to develop into mature, confident young people capable of living fulfilling lives,”

“In the spirit of the Presentation sisters our school provides for the academic and personal development of all its students.

We are already planning for the programmes, curricular and extra-curricular activities which promote the ethos of presentation secondary school,” Ms. Broderick concluded.