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From the Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Week one of Term 1 has flown by with much energy and enthusiasm across the College’s two campuses. I appreciated the work Year 12 did with assisting Year 7 with their start to high school and all Year levels have been encouraged to support new students and staff at the College.

Years 11 and 12 have received their assessment registers for the semester and all students have had course outlines explained in class this week. It has been impressive to see most boys hit the ground running and get back into our learning community’s rhythm. I encourage you to read Ms Porter’s (Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning) article on success habits HERE.

High Temperatures 

Due to the high temperatures predicted on Monday, 5 February 2024, all students may wear their PE uniform to school. Please note: If Senior School students have any practical TAS lessons scheduled on Monday, the students will need to bring their black leather school shoes with them to be able to access the workshops (e.g. Food Tech, Woodwork, Hospitality etc.).

Welcome New Staff

I would like to welcome the following staff who are replacing staff who we farewelled last year, and also some staff taking leave from the College along with new positions created. We look forward to them sharing their experience, wisdom and perspectives with both colleagues and students. 

Ms Laura Bleasdale (English Teacher) joins us from Davidson High School. She holds a Bachelor of Education and Graduate Certificate in Religious Education and is an experienced hockey, basketball, tennis coach and debating convenor. 

Mr Jonathan Bowden (Music Teacher) joins us from St Thomas More Primary School and has previously taught at Bondi Public School. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diploma in Education and has extensive expertise in directing music programs, coordinating bands and choirs, and leading co-curricular activities such as cricket and soccer.

Mr Nathan Brown (HSIE Teacher) joins us from Sydney Technical High School. He holds a Master of Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts and has been a convenor and coach of cricket and football. 

Mr Ben Charlton (Manchester City Program Head Coach). Ben has been with the Club since 2015 and has run programs across UK, India, South East Asia and North America. Ben holds the UEFA B coaching license in the UK, whilst also possessing a degree in Sports Studies from Manchester University and a level 3 Sports Development NVQ. 

Ms Gina Cohen (Drama Teacher) joins us from Danebank Anglican School. She holds a Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts and has a Diploma of Education. Gina has directed and produced and also has experience in film making, script writing, writing short plays and acting.

Ms Carmela Diaz (English/Religious Education) joins us from De La Salle College Malvern Victoria and has previously taught at Ashwood High. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education and also has experience in debating and public speaking.

Ms Naimh Ennis (HSIE Teacher) joins us from EREA school, St Josephs CBS Ireland and has previously taught at Castlecomer Community School. She holds a Masters in Education and a Bachelor of Commerce and is a basketball and tennis coach.

Ms Alison Fullam (HSIE Teacher) joins us from East Hills Boys High School and has previously taught in Ireland at St Paul’s Secondary School. Alison achieved her Masters of Education with 2nd Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts also with 2nd Class Honours and is a tennis and running coach.

Ms Maisie Gordon (History Teacher) joins us from Trinity Grammar School and has previously worked in an EREA school, St. Joseph’s CBS Ireland. She holds a Masters in Education (2nd Class Honours) and a double honours degree in Bachelor of Arts (Law and History) also with 2nd Class Honours. Masie also coaches water polo, debating, and enjoys assisting in the production of school musicals.

Mr James Horrocks (Head of Student Wellbeing) joins us from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College where he sat on the School’s leadership team as Director of Learning Integration. James has previously worked at Waverley College as Head of Brennan House. He holds a Masters in Educational Leadership – Learning and Leadership and Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences) and Bachelor of Arts (History and Languages) and is a water polo and rugby coach. 

Mr Mohit Khadgi (IT Help Desk Technician) joins us from Unisys Australia and has previously worked at the NSW Department of Education, and IMI Solutions. He holds a Bachelor of Information Technology. 

Mr David Magro (English Teacher) joins us from St Patrick’s College and has previously worked at Trinity Grammar School. He holds a Masters in Teaching, Master of Education and a Bachelor of Arts and is a rugby, cadet and debating coach.  

Ms Fiona O’Connor (Mathematics Teacher) joins us from Ballymakenny College, Ireland. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and enjoys Science club and producing school musicals.

Ms Mikaela Turner (Junior School Teacher) joins us from Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School. She holds a Bachelor of Education and is a netball, touch football, and gym coach. 

Parents’ Association Welcome Cocktail Party

The leadership team and I look forward to meeting you at the Parents’ Association 2024 Welcome Cocktail party on Saturday, 17 February 2024, more details can be found HERE.