Philip BrethertonBorn 8 May, 1958 to parents, Valerie and Jack, Philip is one of six siblings. Attending the College between 1970 – 1975, Philip was College Sports Captain of the 1975 Mannix House, College Sportsman of the Year 1974, and was heavily involved in liturgies through music throughout his school years. He was awarded the Past Pupils Prize for Student Leadership in 1975. Returning to the College as a teacher between 1979 – 1982, Philip introduced the College Instrumental Program, and later became Musical Director for the World Premiere of the school musical, ‘Germs’.
Philip studied a Diploma of Teaching (Primary), followed by a Bachelor of Teaching and a Graduate Diploma of Religious Education. He later went on to study a Masters of Educational Leadership at Australian Catholic University, as well as a Certificate Magna Cum Laude Professional Learning Program from the Faculty of Theology and Religious-Studies KU Leuven. Today, Philip is Assistant to the Director of Governance, Research and Communication at Sandhurst Catholic Education Office.
Philip has been a significant contributor to Educational Boards and Councils, as Chairperson, Principal Representative and Bishop Representative during his educational career.
With a considerable commitment of service as President of the Salesian Past Pupils Association and Committee Member from 1976-2000, Philip was appointed National President of Salesian Past Pupils Association between 1980-1990. This saw him attend the delegate Asia-Australia Past Pupils Conference in Manila in 1980, and he was a delegate and presenter at the Asia-Australia Past Pupils Conference Mumbai (Bombay) in 1984. National President of Catholic Society for Marriage Education, Phillip was also a Founding Member of the Australian Kosovar Refugee Support Group.
Philip is married to wife, Jane Bretherton, of 34 years, whom he met at Salesian College Chadstone. Together they have two daughters, Ellen and Hannah. Don Bosco’s educational philosophy of Reason, Religion and Loving Kindness has underpinned Philip’s 38 years work in Catholic Education. He acknowledges the fine priests, brothers and lay teachers who provided him with an excellent education, but more importantly a way of being as a teacher in the world.
Hall Of Fame Inductee - Education
Griffin Winter 2016
2016 Hall Of Fame