I joined Heatherton Christian College as one of the inaugural Primary school teachers when it first opened in 1999. Prior to this, I had taught for 10 years in the Victorian state education system. I was appointed as the Principal of Heatherton Christian College in 2001 so this makes 2020 my 20th year as Principal / Executive Principal and 22nd year on staff.
The school began with 27 students and, when appointed Principal, we had an enrolment of about 60 students and had not yet commenced secondary education. Over the next 19 years, it was a pleasure to lead Heatherton Christian College and to see the school flourish and grow into a thriving, well resourced, Prep-Year 12 school.
2019 marked a significant change in my role as, with the launch of our second campus, Wyndham Christian College, I became Executive Principal over both Heatherton Christian College and Wyndham Christian College. I am now supported in my role by two wonderful Heads of Campus – Mr Phil Eastman (Heatherton CC) and Mrs Jennifer Trodden (Wyndham CC). Phil, Jen and I work extremely closely in planning together for the future growth and development of both campuses. My role now involves me spending part of the week at each campus.
I am passionate about both Heatherton Christian College and Wyndham Christian College and absolutely love moving between the two campuses. The students, staff and school community each contribute towards creating a truly unique educational environment, all undergirded by a strong Christian foundation. There is something really special about both schools and the Lord is clearly at work in them.
One of my greatest joys is leading the annual Heatherton Christian College Year 12 missions’ trip to Thailand where our students have the opportunity to put into practice all they have learnt in looking to serve and make a difference to others. I am also a long-suffering St Kilda supporter, enjoy jogging and have completed three full Melbourne marathons.
We look forward to talking with you and showing you our wonderful school.
B.Ed, Dip.Tch, M.Ed (L/ship)
I am so grateful to be the founding Head of Campus for Wyndham Christian College. Our school is a growing school for a growing community. It is inclusive and welcoming and reflects the multicultural vibrancy of the local area. As a new school we are committed to exploring education innovations that will enhance learning opportunities and prepare students for a bright and successful future.
I joined Wyndham Christian College mid-way through 2018. My existing P-12 school in the South Eastern suburbs was excited to support the pioneering of a new Christian College in the western suburbs. I was released one day a week to conduct hundreds of enrolment interviews for the new school beside Peter Cliffe, the Executive Principal. This was a great opportunity to get to know Peter, to immerse myself in the community and to meet many of the wonderful families that would join our community in 2019, our commencement year.
In December of 2018, my husband and our two daughters moved into the Wyndham area to commence a new and exciting chapter.
To share a little of my history, I first graduated from university in 2003 and have been teaching for over 17 years, specialising in VCE studies. My leadership experience has ranged from Faculty leader, to Year Level Coordinator and as a Learning Coach responsible for working intensively with teachers to enhance teaching and learning.
My studies include a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) and Teaching (Secondary), GROWTH Coaching training with Growth Coaching International, an Executive Ready Leadership Program with Women & Leadership Australia and a Masters of Education via research.
I feel very passionate about the College that we are building at Wyndham. We have attracted high quality, enthusiastic staff who carry a pioneering spirit and our students are focused and hard working. I am especially pleased by the support and feedback provided by our parents, we value their contribution and understand the importance of a strong partnership between the school and the home.
I am proud to be part of this community and welcome the opportunity to show you around a College that you can be proud of too. Wyndham Christian College is a place where your child can truly thrive.
Head of Campus