Our staff

 

 

Tom Martin – Music

 Tom is a brilliant guitarist and guitar teacher, who has played with bands such as The Bombay Royale, The Congas (Jamaica), Nai Palm, The Abbyssinians (Jamaica), and The Putbacks. He also runs the well-renowned Melbourne-based studio, Hope St Recordings. Tom will take a Group Guitar elective in 2017....

Pauline Wilson – Science

Pauline is a distinguished science teacher of long-standing who comes to us from Bendigo South East Secondary College. She teaches Chemistry, Physics and Forensic Science to our middle secondary students....

Dr Christine Mathieu – Humanities and Languages

Christine, a world-renowned authority on the Naxi ethnic minority in China and co-author of the best-selling book Mother Lake, teaches Chinese, Anthropology, and Philosophy at Alice. Christine also teaches an academic writing class for Alice Miller's VCE students....

Daniel Park – Maths and Science

 Daniel teaches Biology, PE, science and maths at Alice Miller. Daniel was born in South Korea and lived there until he was 16, when his parents decided to send him to Australia to finish his education. Having aspired to be a professional golfer, he decided in Year 11 to focus on studies over golf,...

Scott Hatcher – English

Scott Hatcher, an English and Literature specialist, taught at Candlebark from 2008 to 2011. During his career he has taught in London and a range of Australian schools that included Seymour Technical High School, Xavier College and Western Autistic School.  Scott and his partner Amy have also been foster carers for at-risk kids and respite carers...

Donna Prince – Drama

 Donna, a vastly experienced and much-loved Drama teacher who has been on the Candlebark staff for four years, offers Drama to mid-secondary classes. Donna is passionate about the full gamut of theatre - from acting and directing, to tech-ing, stage management, and prop and set design....

Dave Vertigan – Media

 Dave is a specialist in teaching Photography, Graphic Design, Animation and Film-Making — he teaches Motion Media, one of our Year 8-10 elective classes....

    John Marsden – Principal

    John was born in Victoria, Australia in 1950. He went to many different primary schools, and from an early age enjoyed the journeys into magical worlds that reading could provide. His teachers in Grade 4 and Grade 6 encouraged him to write, and at the...

      Sarita Ryan – Head of Campus

       Sarita Ryan, MA(Ed), GradDipEd, BCreatArts,  won a scholarship to became a full-time classical ballet student at the age of 16, but matriculated from school with entry to the Arts/Law course at the University of Melbourne. However, after several years studying Arts/Law, she decided on a...

        Hartley Mitchell – History

        Hartley Mitchell, M.A., M.Ed., B.Phil., Dip. Ed., Dip.Arts, has had a distinguished career in education. He was formerly Head of History at Geelong College, Head of Staff Development at Geelong College, Deputy Principal and Head of Corio at Geelong Grammar School, Acting Dean of Studies...