Teacher Dies After Freak Accident at School

MELBOURNE, Australia – A former beloved principal tragically lost his life in a freak accident at a school in Melbourne. Paul Hogan, 61, fell 10 feet from the roof of St. Margaret’s Primary School in Spotswood while collecting balls. He suffered critical head injuries and was rushed to the hospital, but sadly passed away the next day. Hogan, who had worked as a temporary teacher at the school, was remembered as a respected educator who loved to bring laughter and fun into the lives of those around him.

The school sent a letter to families expressing their deepest sympathies and highlighting Hogan’s achievements. He had become the principal at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Sunbury in 2009 and later served as the principal at St. Mary’s Primary School in Ascot Vale until his retirement in 2022. Despite retiring, he continued to work as a part-time and substitute teacher.

Dr. Edward Simons, the executive director of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS), expressed the community’s deep sadness over Hogan’s untimely death. He described Hogan as a highly regarded educator and leader, extending condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. MACS has activated specialist support services to assist those impacted by the tragedy.

St. Therese’s Primary School Principal Michael Di Nuzzo wrote to the school community, acknowledging the positive impact Hogan had on numerous individuals throughout his years of service in MACS schools.

The loss of Paul Hogan has left both the school community and the wider education sector mourning the passing of an esteemed educator. The circumstances surrounding the accident are a harsh reminder of the need for caution and safety in the workplace.