Vale Adrian Drane

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Vale Adrian Drane

26/2/1974 - 16/09/2019

Much-loved principal of Marist Regional College Adrian Drane has passed away from cancer.

Adrian Peter Drane was born in Townsville, the fifth of six children, to parents Peter and Mary. 

The family had strong values, and the children were free to explore and develop, spending weekends and holidays camping and picnicking. A happy and engaging child, Adrian had a ready sense of humour that he  put to good use throughout his life.

Adrian attended school in Brisbane, before moving to Melbourne to continue his high school studies. He was awarded a Bachelor of Education from the University of Melbourne, and would later study a post graduate Diploma of Student Wellbeing, and a Master of Educational Leadership.

It was while studying in Melbourne and working at Rembrandt’s Restaurant, that he met his future wife, Sue.
Described by Sue as gentle, kind, patient and loving, they married at the end of 2000, and in 2003 welcomed their first child, Mitchell. Several years later, their daughter Zoe was born.

Adrian’s first teaching appointment was to Whitefriars College in Melbourne, a year 7-12 all-boys secondary college where he gradually assumed more leadership roles. In 2006 he took up a position at Catholic College in Bendigo.
The family moved to Shepparton, Victoria, where in 2008 Adrian became co-Deputy Principal of Notre Dame College.

He adapted quickly to his new role and his respectful manner and ability to get things done has been described as ‘amazing’.

In 2014 the family moved to Burnie where Adrian took up the position of Principal at Marist Regional College.

Having worked in schools with Marist and Mercy backgrounds, he felt an affinity and love for both charisms and had sought a school with one or both. The location of Burnie – a smaller, regional centre – was also a factor, as a smaller-sized school would allow him to know the students personally.

“My style of leadership and my love of schools is in the relationships,” he wrote, in 2017.

It was Adrian’s strong belief that students should not only learn about God, but also get to know God.

His presence at many sporting events, retreats, camps and activities showed students that he wanted to spend time with them, and that they were valued.

A man of deep faith, throughout his illness he lived in the hope that he would be healed, and regularly asked people to pray to God for a miracle.

“Adrian trusted that God is capable of all things and loves to bless people. More importantly, he lived in hope not only for this life but also for the next,” were recent words in the college’s newsletter.

Trustworthy, compassionate, honest and a loving husband and father, Adrian lived the last months of his life with courage, tenacity and faith.