Marist principal 'Champion of the West'

Parramatta Marist High School principal Pat Howlett has been named a Champion of the West.

Brother Pat was one of six to receive an award at the Champions of the West event at Sydney Olympic Park on April 4.

He said it was a privilege to be recognised as a passionate educator.

‘‘There is a lot of talent in the west and it needs to be fostered,’’ he said.

‘‘I tell my boys you can do well and you will do well. The question we need to ask is not ‘how smart are you?’

‘‘Instead we need to ask ‘how are you smart’? because everyone is smart in some way or another and our challenge is to make education relevant to young people.’’

Brother Pat’s teaching career has spanned 45 years.

He introduced project based learning, a student-led collaborative learning model, to the Westmead school.

Parramatta Marist High is the first school in Australia to become part of the US-based New Tech Network, which supports technology-rich project based learning.

The Champions of the West event is an annual fundraiser for the San Miguel Family Centre operated by Boystown.

Others honoured at the event were actress Noelene Brown, paralympian John McLean, former rugby league player Hazem El Masri, former NSW premier John Fahey, and co-founder of digital marketing service Salmat, Peter Mattick.

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