Guildford Grammar School
January 2019
Go Forward

Term 1 Week 1

Headmaster, Stephen Webber Welcome back to all of our returning staff, students and families and a very warm welcome to all of our new members of the School community that have joined us this year. I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful break and hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year.

This week marks a significant stage in the School’s history as we commence 2019 as a fully co-educational school. There was certainly a buzz around the School on Tuesday as we welcomed new students across the campus. As usual the School was a hive of activity after classes with sporting and co-curricular activities immediately under way.

Each year brings positive change and this includes new additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome the following staff and look forward to the significant contribution they will make to the life of the School.

Dr Holly Miller, Deputy Head of Preparatory School

Dr Holly Miller, Deputy Head Preparatory School Holly was previously the Director of Studies at Christ Church Grammar School’s Preparatory School, a role that involved leading the school’s curriculum, teaching and learning and ensuring a shared approach to pedagogy.  Prior to accepting this role she was their Director of Pastoral Care, Planning and Co-curricular. Holly has a Bachelor Degree of Early Childhood Education and a Masters of Education (Leadership) from Curtin University.  She also recently completed her Doctor of Education at UWA. Holly is a passionate advocate for student learning, she is highly respected in the education community and will make a strong contribution to the future direction of the Preparatory School.

Ilene Aveling, Development Manager

Ilene has had a successful career in business development, fundraising, securing corporate partnerships, philanthropy, marketing and event management both in Australia and the UK. She comes to us from the Australian Alzheimer’s Research Foundation and has a long history of developing and implementing strategic fundraising plans to contribute to our new role. Ilene is also a writer and has a keen interest in theatre.  

Ashleigh Barron, Senior School Teacher (HPE and Science)

Ashleigh has held coaching roles at the School for some time assisting with school sporting activities including cross country, athletics, swimming, netball, AFL and volleyball. She also recently completed her most impressive final practicum with us as part of her teaching studies.

Doreen Blyth, Out of School Care Coordinator

Doreen has managed a range of childcare services across Perth and has also run a successful consulting business for a number of years.   She was involved as an Education Leader in the development of the National Quality Framework, including Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations, the National Quality Standard and the Assessment and Rating process. Doreen has successfully managed our OSC service through the recent busy school holiday program and is supported by a dynamic team.

Rhona Bolger, Learning Support Teacher, Preparatory School

In addition to her role in the Preparatory School, Rhona will continue to be a tutor working with the Dyslexia SPELD Foundation. Prior to this she was a Support Teacher at Gosnells Primary School. She will also continue her work as the Director of Alyssa’s Autism Acceptance Project Inc.

Joshua Casey, Senior School Teacher (T&E)

Joshua completed an outstanding teaching practicum with the School last year. He has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, a Bachelor of Design and Masters in Architecture, is a keen traveller and enjoys Art and Photography.

Penelope Crossland, Preparatory School Teacher

Penny is an experienced Junior School teacher who was previously working at All Saints College and has been a Head of House. Penny is a sessional academic at Curtin University and has worked with SCASA developing programs for the HASS curriculum for Pre-Primary, Year 1 and Year 2. Penny is also a talented singer and enjoys playing the piano.

Gaye Eley, Pathways and Transitions Administrator

Gaye is an accomplished VET professional, joining the School from AITT, an RTO in Bentley. Prior to working with AITT she was at North Metropolitan TAFE and responsible for student work placements. Gaye will teach in the VET program, facilitate our workplace learning program and will provide crucial admin support to our careers program.

Tania Elliott, Senior School Teacher (Psychology)

Tania joins us from John Curtin College of the Arts where she was a Psychology teacher, Student Services Coordinator for Years 10-12 and Course Advisor for Year 10. Tania is a highly regarded and respected teacher of Psychology. She has worked for SCSA and TISC in an advisory capacity and prior to being at John Curtin she ran the Psychology program at Perth Modern.  Tania is a Guildford local and is delighted to be joining the broader school community.

Kristin Humphreys, Preparatory School Teacher

Kristin has worked as the Numeracy/ Education Consultant for AISWA in recent years. Prior to joining AISWA she worked with PLC as a Junior School Teacher. Kristin is a passionate teacher with broad experience after working across a large number of schools as part of her role with AISWA.

Brendan Jurich, Design & Technology Technician

Brendan has held technical roles in D&T and art at Trinity College, Hale School and St Stephen’s School. He has taught adult and junior furniture workshops and has also been a Unit Coordinator and Sessional Tutor at Curtin University for both the architecture and interior architecture courses.  In a voluntary capacity, he is a current WA Chapter councillor with the Design Institute of Australia.

Kara Matthews, Senior School Teacher (RPE)

Kara has most recently been working with Scope IT Education as an Educator and prior to this was the Head of Department for Philosophy and Religious Studies at Buxton Community School in Derbyshire.  Kara enjoys singing, having been part of the staff choir at her old school and also plays the clarinet.

Jonathan Rose, Senior School Teacher (T&E)

Jonathan joins us from Shore School in Sydney NSW. Jonathan was in a Faculty, Master Assisting leadership role at Shore and will bring significant experience to the faculty. Jonathan was also an Officer in the Shore Army Cadet Unit and previously lived and taught in the UK. He has returned to Perth with his family having previously obtained his Bachelor of Education from Curtin University.

Paul Stenner, Senior School Teacher (HASS)

Over the past sixteen years Paul has held the position of Head of Department at four colleges, most recently at Prendiville Catholic College, and previously Irene McCormack, Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School (UK) and Mill Chase Community School (UK). Paul has a fascinating background having worked as the UK Government Advisor for Citizenship, Holocaust and Genocide Education and has travelled widely.
We also welcome back Sarah Colquhoun (Senior School Administration), Fiona Edney (Preparatory School Teacher), Lucy Felstead (Senior School Teacher – Arts) and Alisha Roberts (Henn’s Head of House) from maternity leave along with Jayne Baayens (Preparatory School Psychologist) and Dene Lampard (Senior School Teacher – HPE and Boarding Year Coordinator) from long service leave.

Attached you will find an updated flyer that celebrates the excellent achievements of the class of 2018 in their WACE results. Of particular note was the fact that 25% of eligible students achieved an ATAR above 90, with 60% above 80. 93% of students who applied through TISC received a first round offer to University. We have a strong academic culture in the School that encourages students to aim high, and whilst always providing pathways for all of our students, we are pleased that we consistently have a large percentage of students who qualify for an ATAR, in 2018 this was 83%.

The P&F Sundowner is on this Friday at 6.00pm and is a fantastic event that opens the School’s social calendar. It is a great way to meet other parents and I encourage you all to attend, especially if you have not been able to make it in the past. Please register your attendance by clicking here.

I look forward to seeing many of you on Friday evening and at other events during the year. May it be a year filled with joy, memorable moments, new friendships, challenges confronted and one in which we all strive to live our School Purpose and work together to create a more just, loving and peaceful society.


Duke Secco (7Fr) recently competed as the youngest skipper in the National and Open World Mirror Sailing competition on Sydney Harbour.

Jacob Howard (9Be) was successful in obtaining his Bronze Medallion through Royal Lifesaving WA over the school holidays.

John Carter (11Wb) and Sally Carter (9Wb) have been named in the state team for the Junior Track Cycling Nationals to be held in Brisbane at the end of March.

Youth Water polo Nationals Event in Brisbane - Menno Talbot (11Wb) was part of the U18s UWA team that was 5th overall.  Innes-Leslie Ibbitson (9Ha) was part of the U14s UWA team and achieved 4th place overall. He also represented UWA in the under 16s and they achieved 22nd place overall. Callum Hutton (10Sc) was part of the Phantoms U16s and they placed 30th overall.
Alexander Pepermans (10SG) and William Pepermans (8SG) were both awarded Young Citizen of the Year Awards through the City of Swan on Australia Day.


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