Meet Our Middle Management Team
Belinda Farley - Deputy Head of Junior School: P-3
Belinda is passionate about developing each child’s sense of well-being and social responsibility through the College’s pastoral care programs. Belinda works closely with the Prep to Year 6 staff to develop and implement programs that promote positive behaviour, social and emotional competence and leadership in the Junior School.
Belinda joined A.B. Paterson College in 2015 as Deputy Head of Junior School – Pastoral and was appointed Deputy Head of Junior School: P-3 in 2018.
Steve Clacher - Deputy Head of Junior School: Years 4-6
Steve is passionate about the implementation of positive education and teaching every student to believe in themselves and their strengths. He has worked in schools around the world, including Japan, Korea and Hong Kong. Steve works closely with the students and teachers in Years 4-6 on student wellbeing and the delivery of the pastoral care program.
Steve joined A.B. Paterson College in 2017 as a Teacher in Junior School and was appointed Deputy Head of Junior School: Years 4-6 in 2018.
Belinda Pilgrim - Head of Faculty - Academic Talent Development & Enhancement
Belinda joined our English department at the start of 2018, with 20 years teaching experience, before being appointed to her current position. Belinda has taught in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. The major part of her career has been spent in private Years 7-12 schools.
Having started her career in Queensland, she is thrilled to return to teaching in the Sunshine State. Belinda has had a varied career including Year Co-ordinator, Director of Boarding, Head of Faculty and Dean of Students.
Sharyn Walker-Joyce – Head of Faculty - The Arts
Sharyn Walker-Joyce was appointed to the Head of Arts Faculty position in 2013. In this role, she oversees the organisation and growth of the College Co-curricular Performing Arts program, as well as the development of the P-12 academic Arts curriculum encompassing Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts.
Bronwyn McKenna – Head of Faculty - English
In 2018, Bronwyn joined the English Faculty as Head of Faculty with over 30 years teaching experience in both the state and independent systems. She holds a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Business (Economics), a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts. Bronwyn has been an accredited QCS Writing Task Marker for the past 15 years and has served on Geography, Legal Studies and Economics District Panels. She was Economics District Panel Chair for 12 years, in the Mackay region.
Steven Mikael – Head of Faculty | Health and Physical Education
The role of Head of Faculty entails being responsible for the planning, mapping and delivery of curriculum to students across P – 12.
Steven Mikael joined A.B. Paterson College in 2003, moving from specialist teacher to Head of Health and Physical Education Faculty in 2007 and a member of the Panel since 2011.
Cheyne Sandercoe - Head of Faculty – Languages
Cheyne co-ordinates the Languages Program from Prep to Year 12. This includes Japanese (Prep – 12) and Spanish (Years 4 – 12). She teaches the Prep Japanese and Senior Japanese classes.
Cheyne joined the College in 2006, moving from a teaching position to Assistant Head of Languages in 2011, and to the Head of the Languages Faculty in 2013.
Jasmine Lange - Head of Faculty - Mathematics
Jasmine is responsible for the day-to-day operations within the Mathematics Faculty, working collaboratively with students and fellow teaching staff to ensure that the curriculum and assessment practices challenge and inspire students while meeting QCAA guidelines.
Jasmine joined the College in 2006, moving from a teaching position to Assistant Head of Mathematics, and to the Head of the Mathematics Faculty in 2017.
Melissa Presland - Head of Faculty – Science
Melissa co-ordinates the Science Program from Prep to Year 12, including Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Marine Science . She teaches general science in Years 7- 9 and Senior Chemistry and Biology.
Melissa joined the College in 2002, moving from a teaching position, to Assistant Head of Wright House in 2005, and to Head of Science in 2012.
Peta Noyes - Head of Faculty – Humanities and Social Sciences
Peta Noyes joined A.B. Paterson College in 2012 as the Head of the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, after teaching interstate for the previous nine years.
Since arriving at the College, the design and implementation of the Years 7-9 Social Sciences curriculum to reflect National Curriculum requirements has been her main focus. Information literacy (being able to locate reliable and relevant information) is an area of interest for Ms Noyes and a focus of curriculum design within Social Sciences.
Bernelle Sole - Head of Faculty - Technology
As the recently appointed Head of Faculty for Technology, Bernelle Sole is responsible for overseeing the organisation and growth of the department, and for ensuring the development of an effective and creative curriculum that challenges and inspires students whilst meeting the QCAA guidelines.
Since joining the College in 2015, Bernelle has taught across both the Technology and Creative Arts faculties. Bernelle believes that a collaborative teaching and learning approach is essential to create the best learning environment for all students.
Peter Brookes - Head of Dennis House / HPE Teacher
The responsibility of the Head of Dennis House is to oversee the personal development and well-being of students across the College, with particular pastoral emphasis on pupils of Dennis House.
Peter joined the HPE Faculty of A.B. Paterson College in 2007 and moved into the role of Head of Dennis House in 2018.
Alison Ward - Head of Lawson House / History Teacher
Alison’s role is to oversee the personal development and well-being of students across the College, with particular pastoral emphasis on the students of Lawson House.
Alison joined A.B. Paterson College in 2010 as a history and social sciences teacher. She became Head of Lawson House in 2016.
Justin Andrews - Head of Mackellar House / Physics Teacher
The Head of House role oversees the personal growth and well-being of students, with particular emphasis placed on the pastoral care and development of each member of Mackellar House. The Head of House role also supports teachers, parents and carers in maintaining the high standards expected of all pupils.
Justin joined A.B. Paterson College in 2013 as a Mathematics, Science and HPE teacher. He became Head of Mackellar House in 2014.
Marc Olivier - Head of Wright House / History/Social Science Teacher
The role of the Head of Wright House is to oversee the personal development and well-being of students across the College, with particular pastoral emphasis on pupils of Wright House.
Marc joined A.B. Paterson College in 2008 as a history and social science teacher. He became Head of Wright House in 2015.
Rebecca Taylor - Head of Learning Analytics
The Head of Learning Analytics is responsible for the development of the Instructional Leadership and Development Program, which includes mentoring and coaching staff new to the College. Learning Analytics involves the use of statistical techniques to collate and evaluate data, which is integral to assess and track student learning. The role of an eMentor is to develop the digital skills and pedagogy of staff to promote the contemporary learning skills within students.
Rebecca joined A.B. Paterson College in 2009 as a Junior School teacher. She has taught in schools both in Queensland and in London. Rebecca has been an eMentor since 2015 and has presented at national and international conferences in this position.
Ryan Caldwell - Head of Academic Operations
Ryan oversees Academic Awards, Assessment Calendars, Book Lists, Exam Blocks, ICAS, NAPLAN, QCS, Parent-Teacher Interviews, Reporting, Subject Selection and the College Timetable.
He has worked at the College since 2011. In this time, he has held positions as an English Teacher, Debating Co-ordinator, eMentor and Head of Academic Operations.