Principal's Message

Welcome to St Brendan-Shaw College where we are committed to the development of the whole person.

We are proud of our record of academic success, not only of those of our students who achieve excellent results, but also of those students who achieve above what one would expect, at whatever level this may be.  A broad range of vocational education and training (VET) pathways forms part of our offering.

We seek to nurture the spiritual dimension that is innate in every human and we provide a wide range of extracurricular activities that complement our curriculum in developing the mind and body.

As Principal I am committed to placing the best interests of students at the centre of my decision making.

I try to model respectful relationships and good citizenship with every member of our community and seek to give witness to our vision of having a generosity of human spirit.

Caring for the wellbeing of our students is a priority.  I believe that providing targeted quality learning experiences provides the best pastoral care.

I also believe that schools serve two purposes.  One is to provide access to career pathways beyond school.  The other is to develop life skills. The College has begun a journey of adopting the MyTERN* philosophy and language to help build these skills.

I am available to parents and the wider community and can be reached by calling the College and asking for my Executive Assistant, or emailing her on 

Mr Frank Pisano

*MyTERN = My Taking Emotional Responsibility Now

Meet the Principal

Mr Frank Pisano was appointed as Principal of the College in 2011, having acted in the role for 2010.  Prior to taking the appointment he was the Deputy Principal: Pastoral Care. 

He attended James Cook University in 1975 - 1979 where he attained a Bachelor's Degree in Education, following on later with a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education and a Graduation Certificate in Education Law at the Australian Catholic University.

In 2018 he undertook Professional Learning on Turnaround School Leadership at Harvard's Graduate School of Education in Boston.

Mr Pisano is currently serving as President of the the Tasmanian Branch of Catholic Secondary Principals Australia (CaSPA) - the national peak body for Australian Catholic Secondary School Principals.  He is on the National Board of CaSPA and is currently its Treasurer.