Meet the Principal


Mark Sheehan brings a wealth of experience to his role as Principal of Catholic Regional College, Melton. Mark’s appointment, which commenced in January 2009, came at an exciting time for CRC Melton as the school has developed to being a Year 7-12 school in its own right.




Mark was educated at Marist Brothers College, Bendigo, where he graduated with his HSC in 1972. He came down to Melbourne to pursue studies in Physical Education at Footscray Institute of Technology which is now known as Victorian University. Mark was in that generation of tertiary students who were financially supported in their studies by the Education Department, and so on completion of his Diploma of Education he commenced teaching at Niddrie Technical School.

Teaching career:

After a decade of teaching in Ministry of Education schools, Mark accepted a position at St Joseph’s College, North Melbourne in 1989. At North Melbourne Mark taught VCE Physical Education and Religious Education. He was appointed Year 11 Coordinator in 1990, a demanding role as the cohort of students each year was in the range of 220-250. He was also active in the VCE Curriculum being a Panel Chairperson for Physical Education from 1991-92, and in that role supported 16 secondary schools in their curricula delivery and assessment for what was then, the ‘new VCE’.

Leadership roles In Catholic Education:

In 1993, Mark was appointed Deputy Principal of St Joseph’s, and then in 1996, he accepted position as Deputy Principal at St Bernard’s College, Essendon. At Essendon, Mark was Head of the Senior Campus of over 600 boys, and during his time there, the College re-established itself as a leading school for boys in the North West. In 2004, Mark was appointment as Principal of Samaritan Catholic College, Preston, a school influenced by the charism of MarcellinChampagnat, founder of the Marist Brothers. Mark’s appointment came at a significant time for Samaritan as the school needed to grow both its brand and student enrolment in the northern region. Despite the best efforts of all involved at Preston, the decision was made to restructure boys schools in the north, so the Preston Campus became part of Parade College from the start of the 2009 school year.


Mark’s interests outside school include family, parish and sport. He is an active member of the St Christopher’s Parish, Airport West. In the summer months his interest is cricket and in particular the Footscray Edgewater Cricket Club, who he had an association since 1976.During the winter months, Mark changes colours as he is a Geelong Football Club member, and as such a happy supporter in recent years.
•    Bachelor of Social Science- Footscray Institute of Technology
•    Diploma of Education- State College of Victoria
•    Graduate Diploma of Religious Education- Australian Catholic University
•    Masters of Education – University of Melbourne

Professional Memberships and affiliations:

•    Member Regional College Principal Association (RCPA)

•    Executive Member, Principals of Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools (PAVCSS)

•    Committee Member, Catholic Capital Grants, Victoria
•    Committee Member, CEO Enrolment Committee
•    Member, Victorian Chapter, Australian Catholic University
•    Member, Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation since 1976(ACPHER)