Brother Nicholas Harsas receives Pride of Workmanship award - Fairfield Champion

posted 2 Nov 2017, 17:10 by Nicole Albatti   [ updated 2 Nov 2017, 17:11 ]

It’s often said quality is more valued than quantity. But what happens when you have both?

You get Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School principal Brother Nicholas Harsas.

On Monday he was recognised for 30 years in education with a Pride of Workmanship award from the Rotary Club of Wetherill Park for his outstanding qualities in terms of approach, dedication, attitude and commitment to service.

The nomination was made by members of the school's leadership team with the citation read by religious education coordinator Anna Sacca.

“It is not only the length of Br Nicholas’ time in education that we acknowledge but the difference he has made to the lives of many students and staff members during this period of time,” Mrs Sacca said.

“Much of his time in education has been spent in schools in the City of Fairfield. Brother Nicholas takes pride in the work he does as a leader in education and always strives to achieve the best for the school community.”

Mrs Sacca said as a member of the Patrician Brothers congregation, Br Harsas lives by the words “an education for all” – and through his work, demonstrates and lives by the words 

He has created a culture of welcome and hospitality within the school community and is always willing to assist those families who often need an extra helping hand.

 “..from the marginalised to those who just need a listening ear,” she said.

“No matter how busy or demanding the day can become, Brother Nicholas always makes himself available and takes the time to listen or offer words of support or encouragement. His focus is always on the students in his care and how he can make a difference in the lives of others.”

Br Harsas said it was an was an “honour” to receive the award and was recognition of the combined hard work and commitment of the leadership team. 

“The principal of a school is only as successful as the team and staff he or she has to support them in their work, for the benefit of the students. Yet to be nominated by the school's leadership team was a source of great affirmation and encouragement for me and for which I am very grateful,” he told the Champion.

“I am most proud of the tremendous school spirit we have at Our Lady of the Rosary School, Fairfield. It is a school of high expectations for all and where all in the school community work together to ensure the school is a place of great faith and learning.”

He said providing 21st century learning opportunities for students and embracing contemporary pedagogy, technological advances and creative innovations in a harmonious, Christian school environment was a main priority going forward. 

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