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We will be offering a number of opportunities over the next few years to join one of the state’s newest, most innovative and interesting schools. Applicants should demonstrate a passion for schools, teaching, learning and education. We seek professionals who want to make a difference.

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Introducing Our Team

We would like to introduce you to our 2020 team. Foundation Staff have an honoured place in our story, along with this all staff who join us until 2024 will be designated Establishment Teachers, to honour their key role in making Richmond High School.

Principal – Dr Lars Andersson

Dr Lars Andersson

Dr Lars Andersson has worked in Victorian education for the past twenty years after migrating to Australia from his native country of Sweden in 2000. Before taking on the principal role at RHS, he worked at Glen Waverley Secondary College as Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning. He has also held roles as a Leading Teacher at the Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School, as a Head of English at MLC, and as a Director of Pedagogy at Glen Waverley SC. As a leader, coach and presenter, Lars has spent most of his leadership career exploring what excellence in teaching and learning looks like, as well as working with teachers to strengthen their capacity to help students learn in class. In 2009, he completed a PhD at Melbourne University with a thesis on the Australian author Patrick White. Lars lives in St Kilda with his wife and daughter.

Foundation Assistant Principal - James Taylor

James Taylor

Before his promotion to Assistant Principal James Taylor was the Head of Sub-School – Triggs House at The University High School. He has had the roles of Daily Organiser, ICT Coordinator and Timetabler at that school. He was Director of Computing at Frankston High School, one of the first schools to adopt a whole school approach to eLearning. His qualifications include Leadership: An Evolving Vision from Harvard, Boston, USA, a Masters of School Leadership (High Distinction) from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma of Education (High Distinction) from The University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Media Studies with Honours (First Class Honours) RMIT. He is a teacher of English and Media. Assistant Principal – Student Services, Support and Culture; Senior Years Program (Yr10-12); School Organisation; Camps and Excursions; Facilities and ICT; Family Engagement; Professional Learning and Performance Development. Mr. Taylor is highly regarded for his work in the formation and development of school culture and the wonderful inclusive culture he creates for students and the teachers working with them. In 2019, Mr Taylor was awarded an inaugural Menzies Foundation School Leaders Fellowship in recognition of his contribution to school leadership in Victoria, and his potential as a system leader in Australia.

Foundation Assistant Principal - Victoria Triantafyllou

Victoria Triantafyllou

Prior to her promotion to Assistant Principal Victoria Triantafyllou was Head of School 7 – 9, Junior Curriculum Leader and Success Coordinator at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College. She has been a classroom teacher and Head of Science at Thornbury High School. Her qualifications include a Masters of Instructional Leadership from The University of Melbourne, Specialist Certificate in Education in Clinical Teaching and Assessment from The University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Applied Sciences and Bachelor of Education from RMIT. She is a teacher of General Science, Biology and Mathematics. Ms. Triantafyllou is Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning, Middle Years Programs (7-9), Occupational Health and Safety Professional Learning and Performance and Development, Transition and Primary School Relationships. Ms. Triantafyllou is highly regarded for her work in the construction and development of the a highly effective curriculum, evidence based teaching and learning programs and the positive learning culture she creates for students and teachers.

Foundation Business Manager - Charlene Lloyd

Charlene Lloyd

Charlene Lloyd came to us from Vermont Secondary College. She has long experience as an Integration Aide and Program manager. She is establishing highly professional school systems and supporting the development and setup of other new schools. She started at Richmond High School in 2018.

Head of Year 7 and 8 2020 - Richard Ogilvie

Richard Ogilvie (Establishment Teacher)

Richard Ogilvie’s teaching journey began in Rural communities at St. Josephs College, Echuca (2012 – 2015) and Gippsland Grammar, Sale (2016 – 2018). At both Schools, his capacity for leadership was evident at both schools by being a House Coordinator (Wellbeing & School Spirit) and Director of Sport. In 2019 Richard thought that it was time to continue his professional growth by immersing himself in a new professional challenge. He swapped Rural and Independent Education, for Metropolitan and Public. Richard led as a Teacher and Year Level Program Leader at Northcote High School. It was during this time that his appreciation for Public Education and the sense of community that is associated with it truly began. His passion for holistic wellbeing, fitness, sport, lifelong physical activity and learning are the driving force for Richards desire to contribute to Richmond High School.

Head of Year 9 2020 - Joanne Sayer

Joanne Sayer (Establishment Leading Teacher)

Joanne began her career at Quakers Hill High School in Western Sydney where she worked as the Year 9 and 10 coordinator before moving home to Melbourne and working for 8 years at Montmorency Secondary College. Here she taught VCE History, Drama and VCAL as well as being fortunate enough to manage the local Nillumbik Community College before moving to Heathmont College where she has spent the last ten years. At Heathmont College she took on a variety of roles including Head of Middle School and Head of House. She spent one of the years in secondment working for the Western Bulldogs Football Club, teaching at their community school. Back at Heathmont College she revived the school musical and was the Director of three productions: “Grease”, “Suessical” and “Hairspray”. In 2014, she started the girl’s football program where she coached students in inter-school football making the Regional finals in our third year. This led her to two years of coaching Under 16 girl’s football at the local football club as well as ‘living out my dream’ of playing her first season of footy. In 2016, she wrote and lead a Year 9 program called “9Life” which is a mixture of community engagement and outdoor wellbeing modules. This program included leading a World Challenge team to Thailand in 2018, where they worked with rescued elephants. In her final years at Heathmont College she took on the role of Acting Assistant Principal. In 2020 she heads into my 21st year of teaching and is very excited to be returning home to Richmond where she lived during her teenage years.

English and The Humanities - Ben Russell

Ben Russell (Foundation Teacher)

Ben Russell joined the foundation staff at Richmond High School in 2018. After completing VCE in 2009, Ben spent eight months volunteering as a primary school teacher in Uganda, an experience that set the wheels in motion for a career in education. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Global) degree, majoring in International Relations and Sociology, before completing a Master of Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Melbourne in 2016, from which he graduated as the Valedictorian. Ben is passionate about developing and delivering engaging, differentiated curriculum for his students, and he is thrilled to continue working with his colleagues to develop an exciting curriculum, positive school culture and a thriving RHS community.

English - Annabel Barton

Annabel Barton (Establishment Teacher)

Annabel Barton graduated from Australian Catholic University in 2014 and began her teaching career at Brentwood Secondary College. She has taught English to all year levels as well as junior History, Geography and Drama but is particularly passionate about supporting students with low literacy. She is keen on building genuine, positive relationships with students both in and out of the classroom, particularly through co-curricular activities such as camps and drama performances.

English - Seamus Kavanagh

Seamus Kavanagh (Establishment Teacher)

Seamus is excited to be joining the team at Richmond High School next year and starting his teaching career. He is enthusiastic and dedicated, having recently completed a Master of Teaching at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Prior to this he completed a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University and an additional year of Honours in History that included a thesis on Russian soldiers during World War Two. He enjoys reading widely, history, traveling, going to the theatre and especially watching, discussing and playing basketball. He looks forward to building strong and respectful relationships with students and staff, ensuring that the positive and inclusive school culture continues at our school.

English - Georgina Bull

Georgina Bull (Establishment Teacher)

Georgina Bull is joining Richmond High School next year as an English and Humanities teacher. After graduating with a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Melbourne in 2018, Georgina has been working as an English and Humanities teacher at Melbourne Girls’ College. She is passionate about her subject areas, and her approach to teaching is based around a genuine care for each and every one of her students. She believes in fostering a love of learning in her students and developing skills and capabilities that will help students flourish both during their schooling years and beyond. Georgina is excited to be joining the team at Richmond High School in 2020.

Humanities - Lisa Spain

Lisa Spain (Establishment Teacher)

Lisa Spain joins us from Brookside P-9 College. She graduated from her Masters of Teaching (Secondary) in 2016, previously completing a Bachelor of Arts (History and Sociology) in 2014. At her previous school, Lisa was the Secondary Humanities Leader. She also created and led the Year 9 Futures Program, an alternative curriculum for Year 9 students with a focus on community connections and real world learning experiences. Lisa has taught junior English, Geography, Civics, and Economics, but her biggest passion is fostering a curiosity for history in her students.

Humanities - Sasha Lytas

Sasha Lytas (Establishment Teacher)

After completing a Bachelor of Arts/Law (First Class Honours) at Monash University, Sasha Lytas entered teaching through the Teach for Australia program where she received her Masters in Education. Before commencing at Richmond High School she spent three years teaching Humanities at Southern River College in Perth and was appointed Lead Teacher in her final year. Her favourite part of the job is getting to work closely with her students and she is most passionate about teaching Politics and Legal Studies – previously establishing successful participation in debating, mock trials, Model UN and Canberra study tours.

Mathematics and Science - Melissa Chapman

Melissa Chapman (Foundation Teacher)

Melissa Chapman was a foundation staff member at Richmond High School in 2018, and has enjoyed building the school into the amazing community it is today. Melissa is a passionate biologist, and studied microbiology and genetics at university, publishing work in the field of animal ethics in microbiology. She moved into teaching at Mullauna College, where she coordinated the environment team and taught students from Year 7 to VCE. Melissa hopes to inspire students to become informed global citizens, through an engaging and challenging curriculum. She has enjoyed developing her skills as a coordinator in 2019. Melissa also loves being involved in extracurricular activities, managing the Hip Hop dance team and attending a number of school camps. Melissa is looking forward to continuing to watch the school grow each year and cannot wait to meet all the new staff and students along the way.

Mathematics and Science - Lucinda Loane

Lucinda Loane (Establishment Teacher)

Lucinda Loane joins the Richmond High School staff as an establishment teacher after completing a Master of Teaching at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in neuroscience at the University of Melbourne, and has a strong interest in mathematics and sustainability. She has previously worked as a Casual Replacement Teacher at Fitzroy High School and volunteered as a tutor working with students from refugee backgrounds in the Collingwood area. Lucinda is looking forward to contributing to a progressive and engaging STEM program as well as further development of the extracurricular opportunities available to students.

Mathematics - Peter Eley

Peter Eley (Establishment Teacher)

Peter completed a Bachelor of Engineer degree from the University of Western Australia in 2012, and shifted to a career in education after 5 years working as a mining engineer. In 2016, Peter studied part-time a Graduate Diploma of Education, before moving to Melbourne late 2017. He has worked as a casual relief teacher and worked in short term positions at Hampton Park Secondary College and Camberwell High School. Peter is a kind and dedicated mathematics and science teacher who incorporates real world applications into the classroom. He builds strong relationships with students and colleagues, and believes a positive school environment will result in student success. Peter is passionate about Ultimate Frisbee and has represented Australia on multiple occasions. He is one of the founders and organisers for the gender-equitable Australian Ultimate League, which started its inaugural season in 2018.

Mathematics - Jack Collins

Jack Collins (Establishment Teacher)

Jack began his teaching career at McGuire College in Shepparton where he taught students from year 7 through to 12 in areas of Mathematics and Humanities. He studied Accounting, Mathematics and Commercial Law at University before working as an accountant in a professional services firm. He was inspired to make the change to teaching by the chance to have a positive impact on others’ lives. He is looking forward to the challenge of creating an engaging Mathematics Curriculum that develops student’s creativity and problem solving capabilities. He is keen to involve himself in extracurricular activities, particularly around sports and physical activity, that will help build a strong school community.

Mathematics - Natalie Kweh

Natalie Kweh (Establishment Teacher)

Natalie Kweh completed a Bachelor of Science degree at The University of Melbourne, majoring in Physiology, before going on to complete a Master of Teaching at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. She has a strong passion for the younger generation and believes in contributing collaboratively towards the development of the next generation of leaders. In addition to her interest in Science (Biology) and Mathematics, she also has a love for the performing arts and the outdoors, especially hiking, and dreams of trekking to Base Camp of Mount Everest in the near future. Natalie is excited to join the team at Richmond High School and looks forward to developing strong collegiality with colleagues and good rapport with students to create a positive school environment that is both challenging and rewarding.

Drama, English and Theatre Arts - Zachary Alaimo

Zachary Alaimo (Establishment Teacher)

After completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) and a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) at Deakin University and graduating at the end of 2017, Zachary Alaimo began working for a non-for-profit theatre organisation called Fresh: Theatre for Social Change. From 2011-2017, he began working as a resident Theatre Director, creating productions with underprivileged youth. In 2018, Zac went onto to be come the Director of Youth Theatres at Fresh and managed five theatres around Melbourne facilitating and guiding them with their workshops and performances. Now working as one of their Executive Directors, Zachary’s strengths lie in self-devised, immersive and applied theatre. Zac has toured and performed in an original musical show at Adelaide Fringe Festival and also is an avid participant in the Melbourne amateur theatre scene. Zachary had the incredible experience of completing one of his teaching placements in Northern Territory, where he lived in a remote Indigenous community working at their high school and running a 5 week Drama program there. He worked his first year of teaching in 2018 at Brentwood Secondary College as a Drama, Media, English and Humanities teacher. Leading up the Year 9 and 10 Drama program, Zachary believes in the power of real-world practical experiences to engage students in learning and is keen to embed industry opportunities into the Drama program at Richmond High School. Zac brings with him extreme passion for theatre and the ways it can help develop students as a whole. He is very excited to be a part of building a new school community with such experts in their field and cannot wait to create some amazing Performing Arts opportunities for the students at Richmond High School.

Drama Teacher – Pete Davidson

Pete Davidson

Pete completed his Double Bachelor of Design and Art Education at The University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts in 2014. As a designer and creative arts educator, Pete has worked as an educational resource designer for regional and state art galleries around New South Wales, including The Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia. He began his teaching career in 2015 as the foundation Visual Arts, Drama and Design teacher at Cammeraygal High School in North Sydney’s CBD. He has written curriculum specialising in drama and digital learning for the NSW Department of Education creative arts division and maintains his practice as a puppeteer, independent theatre maker and content producer through his production company, One Orange Sock. Pete has been an actor for 15 years specialising in devised performance, physical theatre, and applied mask and puppetry. In 2019, he was selected as the Australian candidate to complete a Union Internationale de la Marionette (UNIMA) fellowship at the Ryazan Puppet Theatre, Russia. Pete has been a sessional ensembles director for NSW State Drama Ensembles and has been involved in the HSC showcase, OnStage and State Drama Festival through The Arts Unit since 2016. He has worked as an adult improvisation instructor for The Academy of Improvisation and has been involved in Sydney’s community theatre scene. Pete is a new edition to Victoria and is thrilled to support the creative and performing arts programs here at Richmond High School.

Visual Arts and Innovation - Emily Carroll

Emily Carroll (Foundation Teacher)

Emily Carroll came to us from University High School. Emily completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at Monash University and graduated from the M-Teach Master of Teaching program at The University of Melbourne. She has had a number of exhibitions both in Victoria and overseas. The last one being at the Brunswick Street Gallery in 2016. She has curated exhibitions for the MADA Gallery at Monash University and is a Foundation Member of artmeetari.com – an artist’s run initiative. Previously Emily has had a lengthy career in Advertising, as well as having an involvement with the Aspiration Initiative. Emily has enjoyed developing both the Visual Art and Innovation curriculum at Richmond High School this year. Emily looks forward to creating spaces and opportunities for students both in the new building and in the community dedicated to promoting a range of works and ideas.

Visual Arts and Innovation - Sally Kim

Sally Kim (Establishment Teacher)

Sally Kim graduated from the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW where she completed a Bachelor of Art Education. It was during her studies where Sally felt compelled to make a difference as an art teacher and still maintains her strong belief that the arts are critical to developing skills in young students. She has taught Art and Design in schools across NSW and in community settings outside of the traditional classroom. Sally is excited about working collaboratively with her colleagues as part of the Establishment team at Richmond High School and to be working as an arts educator in the country’s most culturally diverse city. She looks forward to laying down the foundations of the Art and Innovation department to develop a richly relevant and engaging curriculum that will make a difference to young people’s lives in the Richmond community.

Visual Arts and Innovation - Selina Braine

Selina Braine (Establishment Teacher)

Selina Braine joins us after working at Diamond Valley College, for the past nine and half years, where she wore many hats, the most recent of which as The Arts Domain Leader, member of the school’s Professional Learning Team, and VCE Academic Mentor. She has extensive experience teaching in the Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design from years seven through to VCE. She has also worked for the VCAA, for a number of years, as an exam assessor, Education State Assessor and trained in Formative Assessment Strategies for the Visual Arts. Selina lived in Brisbane until 2006, where she completed an Honours Degree in Fine Arts at Queensland University of Technology. She completed a Master of Teaching at The University of Melbourne in 2010. Selina has exhibited work in both Victoria and Queensland, including Ipswich Art Gallery, George Paton Gallery and The State Library of Queensland. She last exhibited at Blindside Gallery in 2016. She is excited to be a part of the rich, diverse and creative community of Richmond and is passionate about developing innovative, student centered curriculum in both Art and Design.

Visual Arts Support/School Custodian - Rachel Heller-Wagner

Rachel Heller-Wagner (Establishment Professional Staff)

Originally from Sydney, Rachel attended Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, which helped facilitate her fascination with multi-disciplinary practices. She completed her Bachelor of Dance Performance in 2011 at the Victorian College of the Arts – Melbourne University where she was a founding member of an independent dance collective ‘Menagerie’. Upon graduation she received an Ian Potter Travelling Scholarship and an ArtStart grant which facilitated her to dance in Israel, Paris and New York. From 2016 Rachel moved onto further studies in Furniture Design at RMIT while continuing to teach dance and choreographing at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar. She has spent the last two years working in the furniture workshop under the Studio of Adam Lynch and Dowel Jones.

Chinese and Enhanced Chinese Program - Tong Lin

Tong Lin (Foundation Teacher)

Tong Lin’s teaching career of twenty years spans across both public and private education sectors, teaching predominantly in Chinese language programs. He has worked both as classroom teacher as well as a language coordinator. He has taught Chinese as a second language, VCE Chinese first & second language, Humanities, VCE Business Management and Essentials for Life. In the past four years, he established and implemented Auburn High School’s CLIL Chinese program – the first one in Victoria. In this program, he has taught Chinese and humanities. In 2018 he joined us to transfer that program to our school. Mr Lin is developing the Chinese CLIL Program at Richmond High School. A passionate Football (the round ball) fan and a sports fan in general. He has participated/organised eighteen annual Futsal tournaments for the schools he worked in. Running after school Futsal clubs for his schools for the past fifteen years.

Chinese Language - Xiru (Sarah) Wang

Xiru (Sarah) Wang (Establishment Teacher)

Sarah Wang comes to us from Ivanhoe Girls Grammar, where she worked as a Chinese teacher for three years. She has taught Chinese to all year levels as well as some junior maths. After receiving her Bachelor of Engineering with management in 2012, Sarah volunteered for a year as a primary school English teacher in China, which made her realise her true passion and eventually lead her into teaching. To pursue the career as a teacher, she completed her Masters of Teaching at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in 2015. Sarah is passionate about teaching Chinese and sharing Chinese culture with her students as she strongly believes that cultural competence is getting increasingly important in this global world. She is also excited about working collaboratively with her colleagues as part of the Establishment team at Richmond High School and bringing cultural diversity to our community.

Chinese Language - Yin Zhang

Yin Zhang (Establishment Teacher)

Yin Zhang received her undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Melbourne, and then undertook a Master of Teaching in Chinese and Business Studies. She has previously taught at Auburn High School, where she developed the first fully immersion Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) L2 Chinese Science program in an Australian high school. Yin taught Science in Chinese and also taught the Chinese language development component of the program, incorporating the Chinese language from the students’ Science and Humanities into work on strengthening their capacity to use Chinese for their own expression and proficiency in reading and writing Chinese texts. Yin has researched CLIL and the issues in teaching CLIL Chinese for 6 years.  She endeavours to contribute to the Chinese CLIL Program at Richmond High School.

Lifecycle - Georgia Scott

Georgia Scott (Foundation Teacher)

Georgia Scott’s teaching career began in 2015 in the town of Katherine, Northern Territory, where she pursued teaching in an Indigenous community; something she’d always dreamt of doing. Her methods and strengths are in the subjects of Health and Physical Education as well as English. Since leaving the NT, she focused on embedding herself in the Victorian state school system and took a position working at a Community High School in Melbourne’s west. Here she taught English, Health and Wellbeing. During this time, she also began working as a volunteer at MITS, Richmond (Melbourne Indigenous Transition School) to continue her involvement in Indigenous education. As a Health and P.E specialist, she’s a keen ocean swimmer, netballer and ‘yogi’ and is passionate about the movements in education around mindfulness, growth mindset and respectful relationships. At Richmond High School she is working hard to ‘re-brand’ Physical Education, aiming to put a 21st century spin on the way this subject is delivered. She strongly believes in the value of her subject, particularly its ability to link students to community, assist them to create positive lifelong habits and embrace the importance of life skills.

Lifecycle - Brendan Hosking

Brendan Hosking (Establishment Teacher)

After completing a Double Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science/Human Movement and Sport & Recreation Management, Brendan has gained experience in a number of professions including working as a Personal Trainer, and then as a Sports Administrator for Hockey Victoria. He then continued his studies, completing a Masters of Teaching at the end of 2018. Outside of teaching, Brendan is a Field Umpire in the AFL. This role has allowed Brendan to be involved in sport at the elite level, travelling all around the country and even the world on professional development trips to the US and Europe along with umpiring a game internationally in Shanghai, China. Brendan looks forward to bringing the skills he has developed over the years to assist the team at Richmond High School in further developing their students.

Lifecycle - Jessica Hayes

Jessica Hayes (Establishment Teacher)

Jessica’s teaching career began in 2015 after completing my Bachelor of Physical Education, minoring in math at Deakin University. Over the past four and a half years she has worked at Lalor North College in Epping, where she has taught Year 7-10 Physical Education, Health and Outdoor Education, as well as working in the senior school teaching VCE PE and VET Sport and Recreation. Jessica has worked as a years 8 and 9 level coordinator for the past 2.5 years and coordinated interschool sports.

Jessica’s passion for teaching PE comes through a love of all sports, hanging up the netball shoes for football boots 3 years ago. As senior women’s captain of Fitzroy Football club, Jessica has been a part of the amazing development of women’s football and it just continues to grow! Jessica is very much looking forward to sharing my love of learning through physical activity with the students of Richmond High School as it grows and develops.

Music, Ensemble and Instrumental Music - Thomas Williams

Thomas Williams (Foundation Teacher)

Coming from the rural town of Moree, NSW, Thomas started music at an early age. His tertiary studies led him to Melbourne where completed a bachelor of music at the University of Melbourne, and Masters at the Australian National Academy of Music. For over 10 years, Thomas has taught instrumental music and worked closely with singers and instrumentalists as an associate artist. From 2014 till 2016, Thomas lived and worked in Germany at an A level Opera house as a rehearsal pianist, playing for operatic rehearsals and working with the soloists, coaching them musically before they were to perform a role. Currently, Thomas still plays as a founding member of Eureka Ensemble and has recently come back from a tour of rural NSW, where they performed and did workshops with local schools. As well as teaching classroom music, Thomas still teaches piano and is a qualified Suzuki teacher, and is training to become a Kodaly classroom specialist. Thomas is excited to start his teaching journey at Richmond High and set up the school’s new music department!

Music - Juliana Kay

Juliana Kay (Establishment Teacher)

Juliana Kay initially studied Geography at Middlebury College (USA) before changing paths and becoming a music teacher, conductor and choral composer. She specialises in the Kodaly approach to music teaching and has taught at Mentone Girls’ SC and Canterbury Girls’ SC. Juliana is the founding director of innovative chamber choir Choral Edge, assistant conductor of Exaudi Youth Choir, and an active choral singer.  She has sung and toured with some of Australia’s finest chamber choirs, including Ensemble Gombert, Polyphonic Voices and The Australian Voices. Her experiences as a singer and conductor inspired her to turn to composing and she now writes regularly for children and community choirs across Australia. Her love of geography still remains and she is interested in learning and teaching about the connections between place, society and music.

Student Support and Youth Worker - Cahlum Dearsley

Cahlum Dearsley (Establishment Professional Staff)

Prior to joining us, Cahlum gained experience as both a youth worker and an education support officer. After completing the Bachelor of Social Science majoring in youth work at RMIT University, Cahlum worked with Frankston Youth Services before moving to Mornington Peninsula Youth Services. During this time, he worked with young people as a counsellor and case worker, advocating their progress, development and mental health. More recently, Cahlum has shifted his passion for youth development and wellbeing toward education. Now studying to become a teacher, he worked as relief education support worker for students with special needs. Soon after he was offered a role at Naranga School to provide support to students who experience intellectual disabilities. Today, Cahlum is ‘excited to be part of the fantastic staff at Richmond High School and to provide support to students to ensure that they have an excellent school experience and are able to reach their utmost potential’.

Child Psychologist - Lydia Soh

Lydia Soh

Lydia is a registered psychologist with a Master and PhD in Educational & Developmental Psychology from Monash University. Alongside her role at RHS, she works in private practice, primarily with school aged children and adolescents using a blend of therapeutic models such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based techniques. Lydia believes strongly that understanding students’ cognitive profile of strengths and weaknesses is paramount in ensuring best academic and learning outcomes. She is also passionate about being in the students’ corner and helping them reach their full potential in academic and social-emotional-behavioural functioning. Being able to equip young people with a toolkit of valuable life skills is a privileged position that she recognises and values highly. Lydia is excited to be part of the fantastic team at RHS and can’t wait to see RHS and its students flourish!

Head of Library - Karys McEwen

Karys McEwen (Establishment Professional Staff)

Karys McEwen joins us after working for the past five years in Melbourne school libraries, first at Korowa Anglican Girls’ School and most recently at Glen Eira College. She is a voracious reader (especially of children’s books) and is passionate about the important role libraries and literature play in the wellbeing of young people. Karys is the Vice President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Victorian Branch Committee and is a member of both the School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) and Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Children’s and Youth Services committees. She is also a writer and zine maker. Karys is thrilled with the opportunity to build vibrant libraries at both Richmond and Prahran High School.

Junior School Administration - Paige Willing

Paige Willing (Establishment Professional Staff)

Paige Willing comes to us from 10 years of service at Camberwell High School. Her many roles included Administration for Junior and Senior School, Accounts Payable and Receivable. She couldn’t have been more thrilled to start a new beginning at RHS where she has been able to grow her skills and learn new ones. Paige is so thankful to be a part of the RHS foundation staff.

Student Support - Terry Gardiner

Terry Gardiner (Foundation Professional Staff)

Student Support - Patricia Alevizos

Patricia Alevizos (Establishment Professional Staff)

Patricia Alevizos (Trish) comes to us after completing her Bachelor Of Social Science (Youth Work) at RMIT University. Trish is really passionate about supporting students with their learning especially in the area of literacy.Trish is very excited to be gaining more experience working in the school environment. Trish highly values the importance of positive psychology which she has adapted in her practice as an Education Support Worker. In 2020 Trish will be commencing her Arts degree through Deakin University where she hopes to further develop her knowledge on Literature and Sociology.

Student Support - Carolyn Jackson

Carolyn Jackson (Establishment Professional Staff)

Specialist Technician ICT - John Thompson

John Thompson (Establishment Professional Staff)

Laboratory Technician - Sunanda Sudharmarajan

Sunanda Sudharmarajan (Establishment Professional Staff)

Visual Arts and Innovation - Maddison Gallenti-Smith

Maddison Gallenti-Smith (Establishment Teacher)

Student Counsellor - Cherry Ishida

Student Counsellor - Cherry Ishida

Computer Technician & Library Assistant - Adrian Godyn

Computer Technician & Library Assistant - Adrian Godyn

Integration Aide - Rani Hannah

Integration Aide - Rani Hannah

Rani is a Gundijumara woman from Western Victoria. She grew up on Phillip Island where she developed a love of the natural world and learning about the surrounding environment. Reading has also always been a passion with it often being joked she would read a Weatbix box if there’s nothing else. Rani became interested in education support while being a parent helper at her own child’s primary school. Equity for students has become another interest which is the reason for retraining in education support. She has a firm belief that the right to accessible education is a right all students have and it is a right that must be upheld.

Groundskeeper - Yasemin Shamsili

Groundskeeper - Yasemin Shamsili

Reception - Lisa Choi

Reception - Lisa Choi

Our view is that a teacher should be kind and be a compassionate person.

Colin Simpson, Foundation Principal