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From the Principal's Desk: Friday, 4 February
4 Feb 2022

Welcome to 2022

While the commencement to our new academic year has been far from what we expected, I am pleased that it seems to have been purposeful and smooth. I am appreciative of the efforts of all our dedicated staff who have worked tirelessly to prepare both face to face and online lessons, to move buildings (yes, the Middle School Building - Stage 1 is open) and launch the year in such a positive way.

I particularly wish to thank the students who, despite the inconvenience and irritation of wearing face masks, have remained positive and continue to do this in the interest of ensuring as safe a workplace for our students AND our staff as we can create.

To our new families - welcome. I trust that during this interesting start you have felt welcomed into our community and that you are beginning to feel at home.

Finally, I welcome several new staff to our teaching team. Again, it has been challenging for our new staff, but I have been buoyed by their dedication and the enthusiasm with which our existing staff have welcomed them and shown them the ropes (nautical analogy!).

Please join me in welcoming:

Hannah Hurtado – Teacher, Life Sciences and Sustainability

Hannah joins King’s in this newly developed role which seeks to expand the Patch to Plate Program for Reception to Year 2. Hannah has extensive experience teaching across the Science curriculum from Reception to Year 7, using a hands-on approach where students learn through participation and exploration. Hannah is excited about working within the Early Years teaching team to incorporate other learning areas into the program.

Stacey Bowley - Replacement Teacher, ELC

Stacey is a parent at King’s and is a member of our Parents and Friends Committee. Stacey will be assisting us in our Purlaiti Learning Community in the ELC.

Paige Mudge - Replacement Health & PE Teacher, Early Years & Junior School

Paige joins our Health & PE Department teaching students from Reception to Year 4. Paige taught throughout 2021 at Mark Oliphant College in her first year following graduation. She is passionate about teaching and strives to inspire and improve students learning and knowledge using various teaching approaches.

Thomas Rea - Languages, Early Years & Junior School

Thomas joins our teaching team in Early Years and Junior School providing French and German language and culture lessons. Thomas provides a unique insight for our younger students to participate in a range of cultural and language experiences. Significantly, Thomas will also share his passion and insights with our ELC students.

Anne Kruger - Replacement Teacher, Junior School

Anne is a past scholar of King’s and, as of this year, a new parent and staff member. Anne will teach alongside Sharon Smedley in Year 4 for Term 1. Anne has taught at St Peter’s Girls most recently and prior to that at Investigator College and St Michaels Lutheran school. Anne is a passionate advocate of relationship building with her students and believes that happy kids learn.

Lauren Smart - Student Diversity Co-Educator

Lauren Smart joins the Student Diversity team as a Co-Educator assisting with additional learning support across Reception to Year 5. Lauren has just completed her Certificate 4 in Education Support and is looking forward to getting to know the students and understanding their needs.

Phil Cranswick - Replacement Teacher, Middle School & Senior School

Phil has joined King’s for Term 1 and will teach in the Middle and Senior School Digital Technologies program. Phil having previously taught at King’s is familiar with our staff, routines and environment.

Chantelle Walker - Assistant to the Head of Middle School

We welcome Chantelle back to the Administration Team. Chantelle returns to King’s having commenced at the beginning of 2021 in the role of Daily Organiser. Sadly, some family changes meant she could not manage the early hours and late nights, but feels incredibly blessed to be able to join the team again in the role of Assistant to Head of Middle School.

Shaun Copeland - Classroom Teacher, Year 5

Shaun joins our Junior School in the role of Teacher in Year 5. He has nearly seventeen years of teaching experience, but most recently at Redeemer Lutheran School in Nuriootpa. He values a good sense of humour in the classroom and has experience managing and coordinating student worship teams and services.

James Lenigas

James has joined King’s in the role of Director, Faith & Culture. He has held several key wellbeing and education-based ministry roles. Most recently he held the position of Director – the Wellbeing Classroom and General Manager – Education and Wellbeing for the Schools Ministry Group. Some of our Early Years and Junior School staff have already worked with James previously in professional development work he led on the ‘Kimochi’s’. James is also a past student of King’s, graduating in 2008.

James will serve on the Executive Leadership Team providing insight and strategic leadership in this vital area of our school.

Mandy Pearce

Mandy joins our Student Diversity Team as Co-Educator. Mandy has been a familiar face in her capacity as Manager of the Uniform Shop. She is now qualified to work in our Education Support area having completed her placement at King’s.

Valerie Frost

Valerie joins our senior Mathematics team having taught for many years at Blackfriars College. Valerie served as Head of Mathematics for several years, is the lead practitioner for Specialist Mathematics at SACE and is a Workshop Presenter at conferences.

Angela Keulen

Angela joins our Middle and Senior School as a Mathematics and Science teacher. Angela has a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Animal Science, bringing extensive experience across the Science, Biology and Chemistry subject areas. Angela and her family have recently moved from Wagga Wagga and her young boys commenced at King’s this year.

Nicola Swiderski

Nicola joins our Middle and Senior School team teaching Food and Hospitality and Mathematics and Science. Nicola comes to King’s from St Patrick’s Technical College, where she was the Year 11 and 12 Student Manager.