The Champagnat Distinguished Ex-students Award is presented to an ex-student who has made a significant and valued contribution to the broader community. This Year the Award goes to Br Patrick Howlett.
Brother Patrick went to Marcellin College as a student from 1951-1960. He was a scholar and a MCC representative in Rugby League and Cricket.
After his studies, he became a teacher and returned to Marcellin where he taught Mr Woolford. Brother Patrick then went on to become the Headmaster of Marcellin College from 1995-2001.
Brother Patrick’s outstanding contribution to education was recognised in 2012, where he received the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice from Pope Benedict XVI.
The Pontiff's citation reads: "Brother Patrick Howlett is a most extraordinary educator and visionary held in the highest esteem by professional colleagues, students and communities."
Also, in recognition of his mastery of teaching, leadership and contribution to education, Brother Patrick received a Master Teacher of Honour Award from the Kappa Delta Pi International Honour Society in Education, the only educator in the world to be bestowed this award in 2014.
Brother Patrick has been a pioneer of Catholic education in the Marist tradition for more than 50 years. He is most recognised for the introduction of project-based learning (PBL) transforming learning and teaching at Parramatta Marist College where he began as Principal in 2002. He has been most recently honoured with the award of a Doctor of Education by the University of Notre Dame Australia for this outstanding and innovative contribution.
Brother Patrick has an illustrious record as a teacher and educator. He is a credit to the Marist family and we are privileged to have him here today to accept the Champagnat Distinguished Ex Student Award.