Staff

People you should know (2018)

Principal: Ms Terri-Anne Kamasz

Deputy Principal: Mr Mark Robinson

 

School Executive Teachers

 

English: Ms Yvonne Garcia

Mathematics: Ms Helen Yellowlees

Science: Mr John Brameld

Human Society and Its Environment: Ms Gemma Mason (rel.)

Creative Arts: Ms Catherine Reid

Technology and Applied Sciences: Ms Jodie Amour

Personal Development, Healthy and Physical Education: Mr Andrew Baker

Secondary Studies: Ms Kim Vidler (rel.)

School Administration Manager: Ms Deborah Goldberg

 

Year Advisers and Assistants

 

Year 7:    Mr David Steptoe and Mr Tim Fryirs 

Year 8:    Ms Melissa Haskara and Mr Scott Hegarty 

Year 9:    Ms Amanda Meldrum and Mr Jackson Redshaw 

Year 10:   Ms Kirralee Julius and Mr Michael Tarrant 

Year 11:   Mr Rand Hennessy and Mr Alex Brattoni

Year 12:   Ms Tanya Davies and Mr Tommy Noh 

 

Wellbeing Coordinator: Ms Carly Jelfs

School Counsellor: Ms Emma Ryan

Teacher Careers: Ms Sonya Froment

Learning and Support Teacher: Ms Leonie Robinson

Librarian: Ms Liz Davis

 

Our professional, university-educated teachers encourage students to develop a love of learning and a desire to succeed. They maintain the highest integrity and concern for your child's wellbeing.

The principal is responsible for the educational leadership and management of our school. If you would like to speak to the principal, please contact us to make an appointment.

Our school administrative staff can answer your enquiries or direct you to the appropriate staff member for help.

Our highly dedicated staff offer personalised attention to celebrate and encourage the unique potential and talent of each and every student, with a particular focus on promoting creative thinking and fostering an interest in life-long learning.

Teaching Philosophy

Ku-ring-gai High School is focused on ensuring a "Culture of Thinking" for both students and teachers. As a teacher, you make the difference. Quality teaching is the most important factor in enhancing a student's performance at school. Our teaching philosophy is primarily to inspire, challenge and create, believing that engaged learning comes as a result of established quality teaching frameworks within our school.

Professional Learning Plan

Our staff are encouraged and supported by a comprehensive Professional Learning Plan, which ensures our students benefit from the very best teaching and learning practices available. The school's policy for professional learning draws upon these practices and recognises that the participation of teams and individuals in workplace learning, and in the wider professional context, is crucial to developing quality professional practice.

Our teachers are at the forefront of modern education, constantly striving to develop better classroom techniques and tailoring the latest innovative strategies to get the best out of every student.

Lifelong Learning Community

Teachers at Ku-ring-gai- HS have been given the opportunity to work with Simon Brooks, a world renowned educational consultant. As a result of these ongoing professional learning opportunities, many of our teachers have become involved in action research projects. These action research projects allow educators to pursue an area of interest in pedagogy, while simultaneously providing our educational community with a deeper understanding of student learning and engagement.

It has been a few years now that our teachers have been working collaboratively with teachers across the NS5. These teams provide many extension opportunities for our students and teachers to work collaboratively in projects of interest. These teams provide a platform for further collaboration while attaining new perspectives and challenging and extending knowledge and understanding.

Our school is committed to building and maintaining a culture of thinking where young people are equipped with the necessary skills to adapt to our ever changing world. Young people at Ku-ring-gai are encouraged and nurtured to be critical and creative thinkers, individuals with problem solving capabilities, visionaries equipped to see and seize current and future opportunities to extend and excel in in all aspects of life.

Yvonne Garcia HT. English /Drama

Year Advisers

The key responsibilities of each Adviser is to meet the personal and social needs of the students within their year, and to enhance their wellbeing within the school's environment – A range of measures are used and include:

  • Responsibility for student pastoral care - students may seek help voluntarily or be referred by staff.
  • Interviews with students and/or parents in conjunction with, or independent of, the Principal, Deputy Principal(s) or Wellbeing Coordinator.
  • Liaison with the Wellbeing Coordinator, the Counsellor and other members of the school's Wellbeing team.
  • Assisting new students with allocation of classes, orientation and settling in.
  • Assisting students with specific problems, for example: social; health; bereavement; and drawing these issues to the attention of the appropriate staff member.

Supervisor of Girls

In addition to Year Advisers we have a Supervisor of Girls whose role is to provide additional support and guidance to female students.