Staff

Meet Our Staff

Jonathon Simmons

Principal

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Mexican Italian

2. Hobby: Fishing

3. Subject to Teach: English

4. Ballina Activity: Fishing

5. Bible Verse: John 10:10- “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Lisa Weingarth

Deputy Principal

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Chocolate

2. Hobby: Reading

3. Subject to Teach: I love teaching them all!

4. Ballina Activity: Going to a café with friends

5. Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”

Rebecca Campbell

Head of Middle School

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1.Food: Chocolate

2.Hobby: Reading, listening to music

3.Subject to Teach: English and Drama

4.Ballina Activity: Whale watching

5.Bible Verse: Isaiah 41:10 (The Passion Translation) “Do not yield to fear, for I am always near. Never turn your gaze from me, for I am your faithful God. I will infuse you with my strength and help you in every situation. I will hold you firmly with my victorious right hand.”

Vanessa Miller

Head of Junior School

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Julie Millar

Pre-Kindy Teacher

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Thai

2. Hobby: Gardening

3. Subject to Teach: Literacy

4. Ballina Activity: Walking on the beach

5. Bible Verse: Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Tiffany Chilcott

Kindergarten

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Mango & Raspberries

2. Hobby: Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

3. Subject to Teach: Reading

4. Ballina Activity: Boating on the River

5. Bible Verse: Hebrews 13:5 ” God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’.”

Clare Hickey

Year 1

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Thai

2. Hobby: Travelling to new places

3. Subject to Teach: English and Science

4. Ballina Activity: Walk along North Wall followed by a coffee

5. Bible Verse: Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Joelle Walker

Year 2

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Fruit (raspberries especially) & Chocolate

2. Hobby: Craft

3. Subject to Teach: Most subjects

4. Ballina Activity: Exploring the beaches and wildlife

5. Bible Verse: I have so many! One is 1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all that you do be done in love.”

Emma Noakes

Year 3

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Cal McDonald

Year 4

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Anything Thai!

2. Hobby: Cooking

3. Subject to Teach: Writing

4. Ballina Activity: Walking on the beach

5. Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Debbie Simons

Middle School

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Thai

2. Hobby: Going to the Beach

3. Subject to Teach: Maths

4. Ballina Activity: Walking on the beach

5. Bible Verse: Matthew 4:4 “Jesus answered, ‘It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Katie Mallam

Middle School | Year 2

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Anything I don’t have to cook myself.

2. Hobby: Swimming, walking and running my kids around.

3. Subject to Teach: Bible and Maths.

4. Ballina Activity: Walking the headlands and beaches.

5. Bible Verse: Matthew 19:14 ‘Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”’

Chris Drew

Middle School

5 Favorite Fun Facts

Food: Japanese Curry

Hobby: Snake Relocation and Surfing

Favourite Subject: English and Bible Studies

Ballina Activity: Rock Pool Treasure Hunting with Family

Bible Verse: Psalm 34: 4-7 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”

Michelle Robertson

Junior, Middle & Senior School Music

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Chocolate

2. Hobby: Songwriting

3. Subject to Teach: Music

4. Ballina Activity: Drinking coffee

5. Bible Verse: Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Belinda Bos

Middle School | Senior School

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Indian

2. Hobby: No time for a hobby

3. Subject to Teach: Visual Arts

4. Ballina Activity: Laughing with friends & family

5. Bible Verse: Philippians 4:6-7 -“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Leonie Bulmer

Middle School | Senior School

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Anything I don’t have to cook myself.

2. Hobby: Swimming, walking and running my kids around.

3. Subject to Teach: Bible and Maths.

4. Ballina Activity: Walking the headlands and beaches.

5. Bible Verse: Matthew 19:14 ‘Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”’

Brad Gilmore

Middle School | Senior School

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Chocolate

2. Hobby: Golf

3. Subject to Teach: Sport

4. Ballina Activity: Beach

5. Bible Verse: Romans 8:28- “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Col Jarret

Middle School | Senior School

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Sarah Marquet

Senior School

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Woodfired Pizza

2. Hobby: Sewing

3. Subject to Teach: Drama

4. Ballina Activity: Killen Falls

5. Bible Verse: Romans 8 & 2 Corinthians 12:9- “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Joe McDonald

Middle School | Senior School

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Real Thai food or a good pizza or burger

2. Hobby: Surfing, Football, Surfskate

3. Subject to Teach: PDHPE & Business Studies

4. Ballina Activity: Enjoying the beaches and clean air

5. Bible Verse: Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Kaela McNamara

Middle School | Senior School

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Adam Schouten

Senior School

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Potato Chips or Lasagne

2. Hobby: Surfing

3. Subject to Teach: Science

4. Ballina Activity: Shellys Beach

5. Bible Verse: Matthew 6: 25-34 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Michelle Thompson

Middle School | Senior School

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Woodfired Pizza

2. Hobby: Sewing

3. Subject to Teach: Drama

4. Ballina Activity: Killen Falls

5. Bible Verse: Romans 8 & 2 Corinthians 12:9- “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Kimberley Schouten

Maternity Leave

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Mango

2. Hobby: Surfing, swimming, anything outdoors!

3. Subject to Teach: Primary PE, Art & English

4. Ballina Activity: Surfing & fishing

5. Bible Verse: Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26

Lisa Donohoe

Learning Support Teacher

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Berries and cheese

2. Hobby: Cooking

3. Subject to Teach: English

4. Ballina Activity: Early morning beach workouts

5. Bible Verse: Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Nicki Steevens

Learning Support Teacher

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Chocolate Brownies

2. Hobby: Going to the Beach

3. Subject to Teach: English

4. Ballina Activity: Walking Along the River

5. Bible Verse: Colossians 3:14 “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

Ash Van Rensburg

School Psychologist

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Matthias Stickl

School Chaplain

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1.Food: Mexican food

2.Hobby: Surfing

3.Subject to teach: Scripture classes

4.Ballina Activity: Surfing Boulders/North Wall

5.Bible verse: Romans 8:15 "So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God's Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him "Abba, Father."

Alison Scott

Student Learning Support

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Roast Pork & Baked Vegies

2. Hobby: Sewing

3. Subject to Teach: Helping Kids

4. Ballina Activity: Swimming at Beach & Riding my Bike along the Bike Tracks.

5. Bible Passage: John 15:1-17

David Henderson

Student Learning Support

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: An amazing burger

2. Hobby: Cycling

3. Subject to Teach: Sport

4. Ballina Activity: Golf, sometimes…..

5. Bible Verse: Ephesians 6:10-11 ESV “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

Megan Dawson

Student Learning Support

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Chocolate

2. Hobby: Baking or watching a movie

3. Subject to Teach: I love helping students to do their best and learn new things

4. Ballina Activity: Picnics near the beach

5. Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.”

Aksha Watts

Student Learning Support | Pre-Kindy

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Salted and Roasted Cashews

2. Hobby: Photography

3. Subject to Teach: Craft & Art

4. Ballina Activity: Shopping/ Coffee

5. Bible Verse: Galatians 2:20 “ I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Janelle Clarke

Principal's Assistant

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Seafood

2. Hobby: Gardening

3. Subject to Teach: Kid’s Church

4. Ballina Activity: Walking on the Breakwall

5. Bible Verse: Isaiah 43:1 “But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

Laurel Trainor

Finance Officer

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Roast Lamb

2. Hobby: Crossfit

3. Subject to Teach: Finance skills

4. Ballina Activity: Run along North Wall

5. Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Alison Parr

Administration Officer

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Falafel, Hummus Wraps

2. Hobby: Photography

3. Subject to Teach: Judo/ Worshipping Jesus

4. Ballina Activity: Soccer & Hockey

5. Bible Verse: Isaiah 26:3- “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

Amy Goodwin

Administration Assistant

5 Favorite Fun Facts

1. Food: Chimichangas

2. Hobby: Craft and reading

3. Subject to Teach: Frisbee throwing 🙂

4. Ballina Activity: Cycling the awesome bike paths

5. Bible Verse: Psalm 23: 1 (The Passion Translation) “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack NOTHING!!!”

Martyn Parr

Grounds & Maintenance Officer

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School hours

Monday to Friday                  8:50am — 2:55pm

Pre-kindy 

Wednesday to Friday         8.50am to 2.55pm

Office hours

Monday to Friday                  8:30am — 3:30pm

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To assist parents in the nurture of their children,

By providing a Christ-centred, biblically grounded, academically rigorous and culturally relevant education that instils a sense of identity, purpose and hope in students that equips them to live for God’s glory.

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7 Gallans Road,
Ballina NSW 2478

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