Governance & Leadership
Terry Muldoon has been the Principal of St Columba Anglican School Port Macquarie since January 2008. Prior to this, Terry was the Head of Secondary School and Assistant Principal of Bishop Druitt College Coffs Harbour. He also worked in independent schools in Sydney, the Central Coast and Lismore. He served on the school council of Trinity Catholic College and led their Employment Preparation Program for a decade. Terry also spent eight years working with teachers as a consultant/workshop leader.
Allan Guihot, currently Deputy Principal, came to St Columba as Head of Middle School in 2003. Prior to his appointment here he spent twelve years at The Hills Grammar School in Dural as an English teacher, Year Patron, Dean of Students and Assistant Head of Senior School. Allan spent his early teaching years in the Department of Education in regional areas such as Corowa and Lithgow. He has a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of NSW and a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Education majoring in Medieval Language and Literature, Linguistics and Modern History. He has been teaching English for 34 years and continues to love working with students.
Head of Primary
Shannon Rosewood the Head of Primary at St Columba Anglican School, completed her Masters of Education (Special Education) at Newcastle University and also holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Sydney. Ms Rosewood’s career in Primary education began at Blue Mountains Grammar School. She commenced teaching at Abbotsleigh in 2005, where she held the positions of Year 3, 5 and 6 Coordinator. Ms Rosewood was the Head of Junior School at New England Girls’ School until 2017.
Head of Secondary
Emma Bylsma the Head of Secondary at St Columba Anglican School holds a Bachelor of Education (University of Sydney) and a Masters of Science Education (Macquarie University) where she was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for academic excellence. She is also involved in the Advanced Leadership Program with the National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative (NESLI). Emma joins St Columba in 2020 with over 20 years of teaching experience. She was previously the Head of Student Wellbeing at Kinross Wolaroi School.
Reverend Jon Cornish is St Columba’s third School Chaplain, joining the School in 2022. Reverend Jon has previously worked as the Chaplain at John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School and was a priest at St Paul’s Anglican Parish in Western Australia. Jon also has Chaplaincy experience in a number of Queensland independent schools.
The School Council
The government and management of the School shall be the responsibility of the St Columba Anglican School Council constituted with the powers and functions contained within the Ordinance under which it operates.
The School Council has responsibility for:
- Goal-setting and long term planning
- Selection, appraisal and pastoral care for the Principal
- Budget control and financial management
- Political matters, promotion and public relations of the School
- Finance: fee structure, fund-raising policy and government grants
- Industrial relations: provision of remuneration and conditions
- Provision of land, buildings and other capital improvements
- Maintenance and provision of resources and equipment
- Legal matters
Mrs Heather Norton, MEdAdmin BEd DipT – Chair of Council
Heather Norton commenced teaching in 1981. In 2005, after a long career at NEGS Armidale, she was appointed as the Foundation Deputy Principal of St Columba Anglican School in Port Macquarie. During 2007, Heather was chosen as the first female Principal of The Scots School Albury. In 2014 she was appointed Principal of Firbank Grammar School, where she remained until her retirement in 2017. Heather holds a Master of Educational Administration (UNE) and has studied leadership at Harvard University. She is currently planning further study of psychology to pursue her interests of staff and student welfare. Heather and her husband Colin, are thrilled to see the growth of St Columba Anglican School and the wider Port Macquarie area.
Mr Ian Wilbore, BSc (ElecEngineering) – Deputy Chair of Council
Ian is a registered professional engineer with over thirty-five years’ experience in heavy industry and mining, covering technical and project management for the provision of process and mining installations, housing and building work such as roads, electrical, water and waste system reticulation. Ian has also had experience in health and safety management, mentoring, subordinate development, risk management and corporate governance. Ian and his wife Lorna are members of St Thomas Anglican Church.
Dr Stephen Begbie, MBBS FRACP
Stephen is currently the Director of Medical Oncology and a Physician at Port Macquarie Base Hospital. He is also a Director of Clinical Cancer Research for the North Coast Area Health Service, a member of the Mid North Coast Local Health District Governing Board and Chairman of Health Service Development and Innovation Committee. In 1996, he became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians. Stephen has had extensive experience training resident doctors and medical students and was appointed Conjoint Lecturer, UNSW in 2002. He has also been involved in extensive clinical trials and research in the cancer field. Stephen is a recipient of the Premier of NSW Community Service Award.
Mr David Crofts, BA(Sc) DipT
David Crofts has over 34 years’ experience in education and teaching in NSW Government and private schools, and 25 years on School Executive as Head Teacher Science and Agriculture at The Scots School Bathurst. He also has extensive experience in Pastoral Care as part of his role as Head of Day Students at The Scots School. David has also been involved in the setting and marking of Higher School Certificate examinations. David is a reader and Parish Treasurer of St Matthews Anglican Church, Wauchope.
Mrs Jennifer Crofts, DipPhysEd/HlthEd
Jennifer Crofts has 35 years’ teaching experience in NSW Government and private schools, spending 10 years as Head of Department for Personal Development, Health and Physical Education at All Saints College, Bathurst. Jennifer also has 15 years’ experience as Year Co-ordinator and Head of Day Girls and Pastoral Care at All Saints College, which brings to the Council a sound knowledge of student welfare and Pastoral Care programs. Jennifer is a reader and a member of MU at St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Wauchope.
Mrs Chen Gaul, CA BFA MAppTax
Chen Gaul is a Chartered Accountant specialising in business advisory services with extensive knowledge and experience in tax, accounting and superannuation. Chen is a director of Macquarie Business Accountants. Prior to moving to Australia in 1996, Chen worked for several multinational companies in China including Ford Motor Company in the areas of international trading and logistics management. In 2013 Chen was appointed lecturer with Charles Sturt University teaching Taxation Law. Chen is Treasurer of Hastings Education Fund which provides financial support and assistance for local students to pursue higher education. Chen is also a board member of the Edmund Barton Centre which provides mentoring and advice for regional business.
Mr Graeme Kightley, BSc DipEd MA
After obtaining a Bachelor of Science, Graeme began work as an Exploration Geologist. He then worked in London for a year before returning to Australia and taking up a teaching position teaching Science, Geography and Technical Drawing. During his teaching career, Graeme has had roles as Faculty Coordinator, Work Experience Coordinator and Sports Coach. In 1995, Graeme was appointed the Director of Studies at William Clarke Anglican School, Kellyville. He then moved on to St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney, where he was Deputy Head of School until his retirement. Graeme has now retired to the Port Macquarie area and is a member of Port Anglican Church, where he oversees their Operation Christmas Child project and is also on the Parish Council.
Dr Allison Stanfield, LLB(Hons) LLM PhD
Allison has over 24 years’ experience as a lawyer and in business. In her legal practice, Allison advises business owners on all aspects of setting up, running, selling and acquiring businesses, and provides her clients with advice on corporate structure and property leasing. In addition to her business law expertise, Allison also provides a range of technology law advice to clients including drafting and negotiating software development and licensing agreements, web and domain hosting agreements and intellectual property agreements. Allison maintains a unique expertise in electronic evidence and is an expert in electronic contracts, electronic signatures and electronic discovery. In 2015, Allison completed her PhD in the authentication of electronic evidence. Allison has consulted to courts and tribunals on the implementation of technology, including the Federal Court of Australia, several state Supreme Courts and some international courts. Allison has previously been a Telstra Business Women’s finalist and an Outstanding Alumni at QUT.
Mr Jim McIntyre, BA LLB Grad Dip Legal Practice
Jim is the sole Director of HB Legal, an incorporated legal practice in Port Macquarie, where he focuses on business and property law. Prior to this appointment, Jim has practised as a solicitor in both Port Macquarie and Sydney where he developed experience in civil and commercial litigation, business and property advice, and transactional and dispute resolution. We trust that Jim’s wealth of experience will be a considerable asset to our School community and council.
Annual Reports and School Policies
Annual Report 2021
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Annual Report 2020
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Annual Report 2019
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Annual Report 2018
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Annual Report 2017
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Annual Report 2016
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Annual Report 2015
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Annual Report 2014
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