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Deputy’s Welcome

Welcome to Grace College!

For the new Grace College residents, I’m sure you are very excited to start this next stage of your life and of course to be moving into college! For the returning residents, I hope you are looking forward to another exciting year at Grace.

I have been with Grace College for the past 15 years and have been heavily involved in all aspects throughout my years—from being a new college student having all the experiences you will/are having, to being selected for the various student leadership roles including being part of the Student Club Executive, being a Resident Assistant (RA) for a number of years, and later the Assistant to the Principal. My latest role at Grace College is as the Deputy Principal and Dean of Students. This position includes being involved in the application process and pastoral care program, monitoring the academic progress of each student, working closely with the RAs, Student Club Executive and Personal Formation Team (PFT). Part of my role is alternating weekend duty with the Principal, and overseeing the college when the Principal is away.

During this time I have also been a student at The University of Queensland. My academic background includes two undergraduate degrees in Natural Resource Economics, and Arts (Sociology and Spanish); and a postgraduate degree, Master of Social Science. I am currently completing a Diploma of Counselling and Diploma of Leadership Management.

Moving into College and starting University can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. However we believe that with the guidance and support from the Grace College staff, Student Leadership Team (SLT) and Personal Formation Team you are able to settle in quickly. The Principal, the student teams and I are always available to speak with you. With all of my years here there is not too much that surprises me! So please feel free to come see me about any of your concerns.

College is a wonderful privilege. I hope that you will make the most of your time here and enjoy it as much as I have!

Kind regards,
Roxana Paterson
BNatResEcon, BA, MSocSc
Deputy Principal and Dean of Students

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