SCEGGS Darlinghurst, NSW
Jenny Allum is the Head of SCEGGS Darlinghurst, a position she has held since 1996. From 1991–1995 she was Manager of the Curriculum Branch of the NSW Board of Studies, responsible for the development of all school curriculum in the State from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Jenny was Chair of the NSW/ACT Branch of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools from 2004 – 2005, and is currently the co-chair of the Academic Committee of that Association. She is also the Chair of the AIS Education Research Council and the Chair of the AIS Advisory Committee. She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators. In 2011, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of NSW.
Jenny has published widely in educational journals and in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Caroline Chisholm College, VIC
Marco Di Cesare is Principal at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College in Melbourne’s inner west. Marco took on the role in 2013 and leads a community of 1500 students across three campuses, supported by 180 teaching and support staff that bring students an engaged and supportive learning environment. Prior to taking on the role of Principal, Marco spent 19 years teaching in the Latrobe Valley and held many positions of leadership across many areas of College life. Marco considers himself a coach, mentor, guide, role model and school leader all rolled into one. A life-long-learner, Marco has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Graduate Diploma in Education (Sec.), Masters in Educational Policy (International), Executive MBA and is currently completing his Masters in Theology.
University of Melbourne
Dr Benjamin Cleveland is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, where he is Associate Director of the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN). He is Lead Chief Investigator for the ARC Linkage Project, ‘Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs’ and acted as Research Manager for the ARC Linkage Project, ‘Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments’. His other recent research has included leading a review of the Victorian Department of Education and Training’s school area guidelines and running a three-year program of learning environment evaluation for Catholic Education in Melbourne and Parramatta. Ben is the immediate past-Chair of the Victorian Chapter of Learning Environments Australasia and consulted as lead Educational Planner for the 15 new Victorian schools procured via Public Private Partnership.
Towill Design Group
Rachel Towill established Towill Design eleven years ago, with the aim of working collaboratively with educators, students and community members to develop masterplans and learning environments which enhance the lives of the people who occupy them.
The Towill Team’s approach to stakeholder collaboration ensures that the learning environments they create support not only the unique pedagogy of each school, but also reflects the wellbeing and cultural values they instil within their students. Undertaking bespoke workshopping sessions with staff, students and community members ensures that end users have the greatest say in the design of their campus or building.
The Towill philosophy is that a student’s health and wellbeing is a core component to their sense of being within a school, and the protective nature of learning environments plays a significant role within this.
Randwick Public School, NSW
Susan Allen is fortunate to be the Principal of Randwick Public School after 30 years as a Principal in small and large schools, city, country and overseas. The school culture is such that teachers work productively towards different teaching patterns and embracing new ideas and technologies. The success of the school’s management of both the building project and transition is due to prior collaborative planning, programming and professional learning. A high level of technology use has facilitated the sharing of resources, programs and student data as well as stimulating student engagement.
NSW Department of Education
Neil Bramsen is Transition and Change Coordinator with School Learning Environments and Change in the NSW Department of Education. He works with Principals and leadership teams to strategically plan for successful school and staff transitions into modern learning environments. He is the recipient of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Primary Science Teaching, a 2013 Churchill Fellow and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Neil has extensive experience in designing and delivering professional learning, design thinking strategies, school leadership and as a classroom teacher in innovative learning environments.
SHORE Preparatory School, NSW
Adam is in his sixth year as the Deputy Head of Shore Preparatory School. He oversees the daily operations, pastoral care, pedagogy and capital projects at the Years 3 to 6 campus. Prior to commencing at Shore, Adam worked as the Primary Coordinator and Director of Christian Education at Claremont College, Randwick. At Claremont, he also helped to oversee the campus masterplan and was instrumental, alongside the principal, in developing a unique vision for teaching in the new innovative learning environments. He served for five years as the Chair of the NSW/ACT IPSHA Deputies’ group and has presented at events run by the Association of Independent Schools NSW, Anglican EdComm and the Association for Learning Environments. He is interested in workplace culture, leading change and the relationship between pedagogy, physical spaces and the virtual world.
Cranbrook School, NSW
Redeemer Lutheran School, SA
During his teaching career of over ten years, Andrew Geer has established himself as an experienced Upper Primary classroom teacher, focusing on students in Years five to seven. As Upper Primary Coordinator at Redeemer Lutheran School for the past four years, Andrew has overseen the school’s learning program for these year levels, supporting teachers to meet the diverse needs of all the learners in their classrooms. Andrew was instrumental in the designing of the school’s Upper Primary Centre, winner of the 2019 Australian Education Award for Innovation in Learning Environment Design, and since its opening has been the lead teacher overseeing its use.
Redeemer Lutheran School, SA
Andrew Kelly has worked in primary school education for over twenty years, including the past nine years as a Principal in Lutheran Primary Schools. Working in a range of schools in South Australia and Western Australia throughout this time has helped Andrew develop a strong understanding of the challenges facing schools and the needs of primary school age children. This knowledge was vital in helping Andrew oversee the design, construction and use of Redeemer Lutheran School’s Upper Primary Centre, winner of the 2019 Australian Education Award for Innovation in Learning Environment Design.
Over 45 years of professional experience, including 40 years as founding director of Mayoh Architects, Peter is a dynamic ‘hands‐on’ director who takes an active and personal role in all aspects of project delivery. Peter brings a clear understanding of the business development and management required to fully realise cost effective solutions to meet time and cost frames. Peter’s strengths are in his personal approach with clients and his commitment in following through projects from briefing inception to ‘hand over’.
Catholic Education Melbourne
Wayne Hay grew up and was educated in the United States. With over twenty-five years of architectural experience, he has planned, led, and delivered award winning master plans and designs for a range of education projects. Wayne has recently moved to the client side working at Catholic Education Melbourne. On the Infrastructure Planning and Strategy Team, he makes sure that schools’ infrastructure and buildings align with future demographics and planning requirements. Wayne places high importance on customer service and an inclusive design process to help stakeholders turn their objectives into great places for students to learn.
Ascham School, NSW
Pascale Drever is an educational leader with over twenty-five years of experience in both girls’ schools and co-educational schools. She has held executive leadership and managerial positions both in Australia and overseas. Pascale is the Deputy Head of Ascham School and in this role assists the Head of School in defining and delivering strategic objectives, as well as in the overall management of the School. Pascale is an Executive Board Member of REELise Incorporated, a not-for-profit community organisation dedicated to promoting and safeguarding the mental health of youth. A particular focus of her governance role is to contribute to the development of educational and leadership programs.
St Paul’s School, QLD
Tim is currently one of the Realm Coaches at St Paul’s School, coaching and working with teachers in exploring the potential of Realms of Thinking and how the associated 16 creative dispositions can be fostered and nurture from PP to Year 12 and across all subjects. He has been a practitioner of teaching and learning for over 24 years in design education. Tim is passionate about design thinking as creative problem-solving process. His vision is to see design thinking as a school wide commodity in empowering and engaging students to be able to think innovatively and creatively. He believes it is critical we foster and nurture creative dispositions through providing them with a ‘toolkit’ of strategies to prepare students to be responsive and resilient future global citizens. Tim advocates that the environment for learning in an important part of developing these creative dispositions. He has worked with and facilitated several Design Led Venture workshops with a variety of outside institutions including the Brisbane Airport Corporation, Suncorp, World School and Learning Environments Australasia.
Melbourne Grammar School, VIC
Andrew has worked in schools for 35 years, teaching secondary Mathematics and Sciences to VCE and A level. Most of his career has been in the Independent sector, although Andrew has taught briefly in the Catholic Sector as well as in a local comprehensive school in the UK. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and holds post-graduate qualifications from both Melbourne and Monash Universities.
For the last 20 years, Andrew has been involved in senior leadership roles, strategic planning and curriculum design. Particular interests are creativity and problem solving; using data to inform decisions; the opportunities technology provides learners and teachers; and personalising learning.
He currently holds the position of Director of Learning and Research at Melbourne Grammar School and is involved in supporting innovation and staff learning across the whole school. Education is at an exciting stage in its history and Andrew is keen to collaborate with others in co-creating outstanding programs and systems.
Our Lady of Mercy College, NSW
Marie Wood, BA, Dip Ed, MA is an experienced Deputy Principal with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. She is skilled in Student Welfare, Peer Mentoring, Academic Advising, and Student Leadership. Marie commenced at OLMC in 2016 as Deputy Principal. Prior to OLMC, Marie held the position of Director of Students at Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart and was responsible for the academic care of students in Years 7-12.
With strategic leadership roles as an HSC Senior Marker, Senior Judge and Judge for History over many years, Marie has also been a presenter at AIS History Professional Conferences and undertaken academic work for NSW BOS (now NESA), revising the NSW History Extension Syllabus and refining support materials for use by teachers at all levels, and academic work for ACARA on the Stage 5 National Curriculum. As well as an educational leader Marie is a Board Member of the Parramatta Women’s Community Shelter.
Randwick Public School, NSW
Laurie Russell , a classroom teacher for 7 years, trialled a co-teaching environment with Quetzal with Year 5 in 2018. Laurie has moved into a co-teaching/collaborative work environment coaching and mentoring teachers and classes across the school. In this role Laurie has upskilled teachers K-6 in an extensive range of ICT, including robotics and coding from the programming stage to lesson planning and implementation of classrooms lessons which are integrated across the curriculum.
Randwick Public School, NSW
Quetzal Bell has 8 years teaching experience across K – 6 with her most recent experience on Stage 3. First as a class teacher and then as Assistant Principal, Quetzal along with her 2018 teaching partner prepared for and then lead the Stage 3 team into our new open learning environment “The Beehive”. Quetzal has taken great care that time has been given for teachers to collaboratively plan their programs and lessons and student progress is closely monitored by the team based on careful observation and analysis of data.
St Nicholas Primary School, NSW
Lisa McSweeney is Assistant Principal at St Nicholas Primary School in Tamworth, a former Christian Brothers School. In 2015, the school began the ground work for major transformation to bring the school into the 21st century with its facilities and buildings by constructing new innovative learning spaces. This required a total shift in pedagogical practices as staff and students began to engage in more collaborative teaching and learning. As part of the leadership team, Lisa played a key role in liaising with all stakeholders throughout this major construction, ensuring that staff and students had a ‘voice’ in what was planned and the spaces that were created. She has been the recipient of the 2013 CSO Spirit of Catholic Education Award for Leadership and in 2016 was awarded the Bob & Margaret Frater Travel Scholarship through the Australian Catholic University where she took the opportunity to travel to Rijeka in Croatia to attend the International Centre for Innovation in Education Conference.
Steve has worked at the intersection of people, space and culture for over 15 years. His background in education has left him particularly qualified for navigating people through new growth curves. Active in thought leadership, Steve has presented keynote addresses in America, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, and has also published academically. He believes, from experience, that “when strategy meets culture, culture eats strategy for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”
For 7 years Stephen was Director of Innovation at the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (SCIL), an innovation unit embedded in Northern Beaches Christian School in Sydney (NBCS).
Our Lady of Mercy College, NSW
Matt has been working in education since 2003, having experience in government, Catholic and Independent schools. He holds two masters degrees: one in Learning Science and Technology from the University of Sydney and one in Modern History from Macquarie University. His key areas of interest in schools are engaging students in the study of History, supporting mindful and innovative uses of technology, and creating amazing places for learning and teaching.
Matt has been a highly active member of the profession, including as a presenter and writer for professional associations like the History Teachers’ Association of NSW, the ICT Educators of NSW, and both the Australian College of Educators (ACE) and the Australian Council for Educational Leadership (ACEL). He is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) and has received awards from ACE, ACEL, ICT Educators of NSW, the Teachers’ Guild of NSW, NGS Super and the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). He was awarded the ACE Dr Paul Brock medal in 2018.
Matt was one of the founders of TeachMeets in Australia and regularly leads or takes part in professional conversations via Twitter, FaceBook and other social media. Matt is now part of the Leadership Team at Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta, as Director of Learning Technologies and Innovation.
Redeemer Lutheran School, SA
What can you expect on the site tour?
- A walk-through tour highlighting how space is utilised
- One-on-one discussions with school leadership involved in the transformation
- Ideas and recommendations to apply to your school’s journey
Schools we will be visiting
- Ascham School, Edgecliff
- Cammeraygal High School, Cammeray
- Bourke St Public School, Surry Hills