Head of Department

Mrs Jenny Ethell – Head of College

Mrs Jenny Ethell commenced as the Head at Oxley College in January 2019. Previously, Jenny was Principal of Perth College – a leading independent girls’ boarding school in Western Australia.
Jenny was educated at Curtin University in Perth where she graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Agric.) degree and a Graduate Diploma in Education. She has taught and occupied senior leadership positions at government, independent and Catholic schools in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, and Western Australia. Appointed as Principal in her 30’s, Jenny was Principal of Perth College from 2003-2018 and Interim Principal at Methodist Ladies College in 2002. During her career, Jenny has worked in single gender (boys and girls) and co-education settings.
Committed to life-long learning, Jenny has studied at Harvard University, the University of Melbourne and the Institute of Company Directors. She has presented at and participated in a range of education conferences in Australia and overseas. Her longstanding experience and role as Principal has befitted the Association of Heads of Independent Schools Australia (AHISA) where she was Chair of AHISA’s Western Australia branch and a Director of the National Board for a number of years. She has also served on a range of other educational bodies over recent years.

Jenny is married to Dougall, an Anglican priest and former Chaplain of Hale School in Perth. They have four independent daughters who work in their chosen careers across Australia and Singapore.

Mrs Kathryn Cunich – Deputy Head Learning

K_Cunich-130x150Kate Cunich graduated from the NSW Conservatorium of Music with a B.Mus.Ed prior to completing a Masters in Educational Leadership in 2009. Before her time at Oxley, Kate was Head of Music at Inaburra School, also teaching English and Computing Studies while maintaining her interests as a freelance musicologist working with Musica Viva and the SSO.  Kate is responsible for the academic programme at Oxley. She is committed to using best practice in learning and teaching in order to maximise student achievement, and as a result has spearheaded Oxley’s implementation of the globally recognised, evidenced-approach known as “Visible Learning”. Kate has regularly presented at  Educational Leadership conferences in Australia and New Zealand, culminating in an invitation to speak at the 2014 International Visible Learning Conference in San Diego, USA. Kate has also worked closely with the global Visible Learning team on the soon to be released, Visible Learning in Action Case Studies book which features Oxley College.

Mr Mark Case – Deputy Head Pastoral Senior School

Mark Case joined Oxley College at the start of 2018, having been a Housemaster at Newington College in Sydney since 2011. His previous pastoral experience includes being Form Master for Years 11 and 12 and Deputy Head of Middle School at Trinity School in the UK from 2002. He has a Master of Arts from Oxford University and played rugby for the university as an undergraduate. Mark has a strong interest in critical thinking and has presented professional learning workshops at the 2013 International Boys’ School Coalition Conference and throughout Australia on the theme of ‘Inspiring Questions’ in 2017. Mark has been extensively involved in promoting social justice issues, initiating his previous school’s involvement in White Ribbon Day and establishing a partnership with the Asylum Seekers Centre.

Mrs Katherine Halcrow – Head of  Junior School

Katherine Halcrow has been a teacher, curriculum leader and professional learning provider for Independent, Catholic and Anglican schools for more than 20 years. Most recently she was a Teaching and Learning leader at Trinity Grammar School, in Sydney. Prior to that she has held a  number of other teaching and leadership positions including at Penrith Anglican College and Canberra Grammar School. She was also a Literacy Officer for the Catholic Education Office and has been a professional development trainer for the AIS ACT in Literacy. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Teaching (Primary) from The University of Sydney. She is currently a PhD candidate with The University of Sydney and has presented her doctoral research at a national level including for the Association of Australian Researchers in Education in Brisbane, Drama Australia Symposium in Canberra, and at the Australian Literacy Educators Association Conference in Perth. She is the founder of the Pens Against Poverty schools writing competition.

Mr Euan Liddell – Director of Business Services


Mrs Emma Calver – Community Relations Officer & Registrar

E_Calver-128x150Emma Calver spent ten years in the world of documentaries as an Associate Producer and Producer.  She worked on numerous programmes including The Bookshow at SBS, many Film Australia documentaries in a variety of positions and as a Director of Serendipity Productions which produced The Young One – Portrait of Simone Young (AFI Nomination for Best Documentary). Emma moved to the Southern Highlands and became closely associated with regional projects. She began work at Oxley in 2007 and oversees admissions and community relations.


Deputy Head Pastoral – Senior School Mr Mark Case
Head of House Dobell Mr Keiran Staples
Head of House Durack Mr Bill Clewett
Head of House Florey Mr David Spies
Head of House Mawson Mr Christophe Gauchat
Head of House Monash Ms Victoria Rintoul
Head of House Oodgeroo Mr Phil Cunich
K-12 Psychologist Mrs Rani Ritchie
Junior School Pastoral Mr Peter Ayling


Year Co-ordinators

Year 7 Mr Christophe Gauchat
Year 8 Ms Victoria Rintoul
Year 9 Mr David Spies
Year 10 Mr Keiran Staples
Year 11 Mr Bill Clewett
Year 12 Mr Phil Cunich
Year 12 Academic Master Mrs Molly Simpson



Junior School Head – Mrs Katherine Halcrow
Deputy Head – Mr Peter Ayling
Year 1 and Stage 2 Co-ordinator
Year 2
Year 3
Year 3
Year 4
Stage 3 Co-ordinator
Year 5
Year 5
Year 6
Year 6
Visual Arts
Ms Kelly Lees
Ms Lara Sheils
Mrs Kathy Cupitt
Mr Brett Bacon
Mrs Kathryn Lonze
Mr Gareth Loveday
Mr Jonathan Hunt
Ms Belinda Candelori
Mrs Nikki Coumbiadis
Mr Peter Ayling/Mrs Shona Apostolatos
Mr Michael Winkler
Mrs Shona Apostolatos
Ms Trish Gibson
Mrs Elizabeth Antoniak
Ms Karlie Payne
Mr Dushan Mrva-Montoya
Senior School
English Acting Head of Department –
Mr Grahame Chambers
Mr Grahame Chambers, Mr Bill Clewett,
Ms Olivia Cox, Mr Adam Lee,
Ms Victoria Rintoul, Ms Olivia Takacs,
Mr Philip Turnock
The Performing Arts Head of Department – Mr Andrew Young
Music K-12 Mrs Alison Bunyan, Mr Dom Lindsay
Mr Cameron van Reyk, Mr Andrew Young
Drama Mrs Liane Bull, Mr Phil Cunich
Mathematics & Acting PDHPE Head of Department – Ms Catherine Dobner
Mathematics Mr Simon Baird, Mr Darren Brett,
Ms Catherine Dobner, Mrs Sarah Gauchat,
Ms Belinda McGregor, Ms Meaghan Stanton
PDHPE Mr Dan Collins, Ms Karlie Payne
Mr Keiran Staples
Social Sciences Head of Department – Mrs Ruth Shedden
Geography Mr Tim Dibdin, Mrs Ruth Shedden,
Mr Jason Simpson
Legal Studies Mr Jason Simpson
Business Studies Mrs Elizabeth Bentham, Mr David Spies
Commerce Mrs Elizabeth Bentham, Mr David Spies
Economics Mr Christophe Gauchat
History & Philosophy Head of Department – Mrs Jeraldine McMillan
History Mr Bill Clewett, Ms Georgia Kickert,
Mrs Jeraldine McMillan, Ms Jo McVean,
Mr Jason Simpson
Studies of Religion Mr Grahame Chambers
Cornerstone Mr Matthew Bentham, Mr Bill Clewett,
Ms Olivia Cox, Mrs Kate Cunich,
Mr Tim Dibdin, Mr Dougall Ethell,
Mr Mark Hetherington, Ms Georgia Kickert,
Ms Jo McVean, Mr Jason Simpson, Mr Phil Turnock
Science Head of Department – Ms Annik Schaefer
Science Mrs Liane Bull, Mr Dan Collins,
Mrs Sarah Gauchat, Mrs Sue Hanrahan,
Ms Annik Schaefer, Mrs Monita Singh,
Ms Bernadette Norton
Biology Ms Bernadette Norton, Ms Annik Schaefer
Physics Mrs Monita Singh
Chemistry Ms Annik Schaefer
Art, Technology & Design Head of Department – Ms Beattie Lanser
Languages Ms Trish Gibson, Ms Bridgette Micklem
Art Mr Matthew Bentham, Mrs Vanessa Forbes,
Mr Mark Hetherington
Technology & Design Ms Natacha Brochard, Ms Beattie Lanser,
Mr Richard Madden, Mr Stephen Marnoch,
Mrs Dene Patterson
Accreditation Leader Mr Brett Bacon
Library Head – Mrs Elizabeth Antoniak
Library Technicians Mrs Penny Everingham, Ms Jenni Rees
Learning  Engagement K-12 Head of Department – Mrs Jo Ismay
Literary & Language Specialist Mrs Kate Psarakis
Learning Engagement Teacher Mrs Deborah Hunt, Mrs Claudia Johnson,
Mrs Karla Rogerson
Learning Engagement Assistants Mrs Belinda Foster, Ms Abby Ismay
 Careers Mrs Rani Ritchie


Learning Leaders

Mr Phil Cunich Ms Olivia Cox
Ms Lara Sheils

Administration Team

K-12 Adminstrator Mr Tristan Bevan
Sports Administrator Mrs Kim McNaught
Sports Adminstrator Mrs Louise Pike
Executive Assistant to Headmaster Mrs Linda Matthews
Office Manager Ms Joanne Richards
Reception / Assistant to Registrar Mrs Alex Stone
Assistant to the Director of Co-curricular Mrs Helen Phillips
Accounts Receivable Ms Lorrae Mueller
Accounts Payable / Website Maintenance Ms Joanne Richards
IT Manager Mr Imre Hirka
IT Assistant Mr Aziz Zahid
Senior School
Student Services/Assistant to Deputy Head Pastoral Mrs Kellie Henderson
Personal Assistant to Deputy Head Learning Mrs Louise MacDonald
Food Technology Assistant Ms Kelle Seiboth
Laboratory Assistant Ms Grace Cole
Junior School
Student Services Ms Kirrily Hope
Personal Assistant to Head of Junior School Mrs Sally Byrne
Oxley Shop Supervisor Mrs Nicky Moran
Canteen Supervisor Mrs Adriana Neill-Stevens
Canteen Staff Ms Elizabeth Charles
Mrs Diana Stanley
Mrs Shelley Hagan
Mrs Fiona Rodger
Mrs Samantha Jennings
Maintenance Supervisor Mr Greg Gospel
Maintenance Staff Mrs Deb Gault
Mr Kurt Gault
Mr Michael Austin
Cleaning Supervisor Ms Linda Rees
Cleaning Staff Ms Dee Brand
Ms Mel Oliver
Mrs Jo Granger
Mrs Maryanne Cook
Ms Sue Hickson
Ms Sue Proud
Ms Kelle Seiboth