St Columba Anglican School will farewell its founding Chair, the Rev. Canon Dr John Barrett OAM, at an Assembly at the school on August 24.

Pictured above (on the right) at the unveiling of the Foundation Stone, Dr Barrett has presided as Chair of the School Council for the past 17 years. He was the visionary and driving force behind the establishment of St Columba Anglican School back in 2002.

Dr Barrett reminisces on the rapid growth of St Columba since its beginnings. “When St Columba Anglican School opened in 2002 we had 72 students. We now have around 1150, so there’s been outstanding growth.”

Dr Barrett has brought a wealth of experience to the role, having also served in Port Macquarie Hastings Council as a councillor for 16 years, and as Mayor between 1991-92 when the council received the R Bluett Award for the most outstanding council in NSW. He has also worked as a pharmacist and business owner, Clerical Canon for the Anglican Diocese and is a Board Member of the Mid North Coast Local Health District.

This experience is something he has generously offered to the school since its inception.

“There’s been a sense that it would be good to use whatever expertise I have to help develop education here in Port Macquarie,” he said.

“I am humbled by what has been achieved. Not so much by me but by others,” said Dr Barrett. “I am leaving the school in good hands.”

Rev. Canon Dr John Barrett