College Middle Leader Appointments - 2021

Friday, 18 Sep 2020

The College has spent since term 2 discerning the best middle leader structure to guarantee success as we grow.  A School Consultative Committee was formed with union, teaching and school officer representation, and this group presented a leadership proposal to me which I accepted in full.  

The new posts - with their purpose and appointments - are listed below.

ML of Sport & Student Engagement

ML of The Arts & Student Engagement

These are P-12 posts aimed at creating vibrant cultures of activity and participation in Sports and Arts activities.  The aim is that every child from P-12 has the pathway to fulfil their potential; if that is simply being part of a school sports team or ensemble or a representative pathway.  

Mr Brad Griffiths, who has already performed extremely well in his role as Sports Co-ordinator, will take on the Sport position.  Mrs Jessica Burke, currently at St Mary's College, will take on the Arts one.  Mrs Burke has considerable and distinguished experience in leading award-winning Arts and Music programs in Catholic schools in Queensland.  She has very exciting plans for this area.  

Dean of Senior Studies & E-Learning

This is a 7-12 post, aimed at promoting best use of digital tools for teaching and learning as well as supporting Mr Naiker in the leadership and management of the secondary curriculum.  Mr Chris Bracken, currently very effective as Director of Literacy at the College, will take on this position.  

Director of Formation & College Culture

This is a 7-12 post, aimed at developing and managing senior school activities that encourage a positive culture aligned to our presence as a school inspired by St Mary MacKillop.  Mrs Leisa Radley has very successfully fulfilled a very similar role at the College this year and she will continue.  

ML Mathematics

This is a 7-12 post, tasked with delivering a first class Maths department.  Mr Piers Dudin, currently Acting Curriculum Lead for Maths at Assumption College, Warwick, will take on this post.  Mr Dudin comes very highly recommended by his current and former Principal and has experience in the very much praised Inspire Maths program.

ML English

This is a 7-12 post.  We are very fortunate that Mr Tim Connolly applied for this position, and he can build on the considerable success of his English classroom and the literacy work of Mr Bracken and the other English teachers.  

ML Science and Technology

This is a 7-12 post.  Mr Jared Nielsen, currently leading QCE Alternative Pathways at St Mary's College, will take on this post.  Mr Nielsen will lead the physical and academic growth in the Science and Tech area at the College, as we build new facilities and introduce new subjects like Agricultural Science.

P-2 Co-ordinator

3-6 Co-ordinator

These are Junior posts designed to assist Mrs Adler and Mrs Rillie in best securing student progress and wellbeing.  We are really fortunate that there are some fantastic practitioners on our primary area, and Mrs Chrissy Carter and Ms Kate Carroll will take on these posts respectively.  

Middle leadership in any school is the engine room of success.  These posts have been designed to manage positive change and to provide direction for the College as it grows.  I am very pleased with both the thoughtfulness of the posts themselves but also with the calibre of the people filling them.  It makes me very excited about our future.  

Chris Gabbett