Meet our Principal John Cortese

Welcome to Notre Dame College and thank you for expressing interest in our school.

I'm proud to be the Principal of Notre Dame College in Shepparton. Notre Dame College is a Catholic Secondary school with two campuses in the heart of the Goulburn Valley. Our main campus is at Knight Street, here in the heart of Shepparton and our Emmaus Campus (a dedicated Year 9 program) to the north of the city.

At Notre Dame College we maintain a commitment to engaging students in high-quality programs of learning and personal growth, built on Marist and Mercy traditions. Our work with students and their families is focused on a culture of compassion and respect and the values of justice, service, courage, and humility. Our Catholic faith lies at the heart of all we do, to seek, to see and to respond.

We have some amazing facilities here at Notre Dame, and some of the most dedicated and caring teaching and support staff you will ever see. By exploring our website, you will come to see that Notre Dame College is a vibrant and extremely successful school community and we are looking forward to you and your family joining us. I hope that as you navigate through our site you get a general feel for the school, and you gain a sense of the great pride and joy we have in our College.

Our job in educating students is such an important one. The impact we can have on the life of families is significant. I am so proud of the wonderful reputation our school has and I am honoured to have such wonderful students, staff and parents associated with our school, all who are respectful and supportive.

I have always relied on the support of my beautiful wife Sue, my precious children Stephanie and Nathan, and now my adorable granddaughters Sophie and Sienna to be able to do my job to the best of my ability. The special importance of family for us all in 2024 is more relevant now than ever before. Love your life, love your family.

I invite you to make contact, on-line, by phone or in person if you have any questions or want to know more about our great College.

Have a wonderful day,

Mr. John Cortese

"I hope to be remembered by students as someone who gave them my time, listened to them, got to know them, joked with them, enjoyed their company but also as someone who had high expectations of them".

"I aspire to never ignore a problem; instead, I aim to assist those involved in finding a peaceful and viable solution. I live by the principle that 'what we walk past, we approve,' therefore, I never overlook something that seems or feels incorrect without confronting the behaviour"

"Undoubtedly, engaging with students and their parents, particularly when it involves assisting a student in turning their troubled life around, has been a profound experience. Similarly, collaborating with staff and fellow Principals has always been a privilege and an honour for me"