Craig Monaghan joins us from 2019 as our Principal, with 29 years of teaching and 17 years of experience in educational leadership across the globe – New Zealand, Egypt, Portugal and China. Leading a number of highly successful prestigious schools as well as a number of schools requiring school improvement he has a wide array of experiences which will no doubt assist us with progressing this wonderful school further. He has had an array of curriculum leadership experience including International Baccalaureate; the National Curriculum of England and Wales (IGCSE and A-Levels); International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the American Middle States Curriculum. He has also been a Council of International Schools accreditor and a member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) a prestigious UK body of Heads from Eton, Harrow and King’s to name a few.
He has strong educational beliefs and drives what is best for the students always. He firmly believes in personalised instruction where it is the responsibility of every teacher to connect with and understand each child and to light a fire from within. Critical thinking and inquiry are cornerstones of our education. Knowledge is not there to be learnt instead it is there to be applied and used. He believes that strategic and systematic planning is all-important to school improvement and firmly believes in the creation of a shared understanding of the school’s direction is integral to strategic improvements. Effective stakeholder communication is an important aspect in fostering buy-in, ownership, engagement and support. He also strongly believes that it is important to set high expectations for staff and in doing so know the strengths of every staff member and to be objective in developing and promoting those with merit and in removing those who are ineffective. The small things matter to Mr. Monaghan such as exemplary uniform and manners.
We look forward to the school’s development being enhanced in the next 5-10 years under Mr. Monaghan’s leadership.
Head of Primary School
I am proud and privileged to have been Head of Primary at St. Andrew’s Grammar School since January 2010. Prior to this appointment, I had extensive experience in the government sector as a classroom teacher in a range of city and country schools and Deputy Principal at Highgate and Braeside Primary Schools for twelve and five years respectively. These postings have provided me with the valuable leadership, educational and management skills to operate as Head of Primary.
I am a dedicated leader with a comprehensive understanding of the educational needs of primary school students. I work closely with staff to develop curriculum, use assessment to drive teaching and implement programs to improve the learning outcomes of all students. I endeavour at all times to work with our staff and parents to ensure students are engaged and progress emotionally, physically and academically at our school
Under my leadership, there is an emphasis on academic excellence and our priorities include a focus on Writing, Reading, Mathematics, ‘hands on’ Science, Technology and Problem Solving. The Arts, Physical Education and Greek Studies programs are of immense value and provide a well-rounded education to further develop the skills, talents and abilities of each student. The comprehensive Behavior Management Plan focuses on the acknowledgement of positive behaviours and ensures students are able to work in a safe, supportive, inclusive environment free from exclusion and bullying.
I work closely with the school community, have an excellent rapport with the staff, a wonderful relationship with the parents and pride myself on knowing the capabilities of every student in the school.
Julie is an experienced Primary School teacher who migrated to Australia from England. Julie earned a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree from Sheffield University in the UK. She has taught extensively in England and Western Australia where she had many leadership and curriculum roles. Julie is currently Curriculum Coordinator and Upper Primary Cell Leader at St. Andrew’s Grammar.
Julie has also had extensive experience working with children with a disability. She has proven experience in conducting lessons and formulating programs that develop skills and engage all students to ensure their educational outcomes are successfully achieved.
Julie has an exceptional skill and aptitude in establishing an environment that stimulates, motivates and engages students to become involved in their learning. She develops each student holistically and ensures there is physical, emotional and social needs are nurtured to bring out the best in each child academically.
Julie has a strong, genuine passion to not only motivating student, but teaches them how to learn in a manner that is relevant, meaningful and memorable. She continuously upgrading her skills in emerging digital and design technologies to develop and implemen ICT programs.
Head of Secondary School, Academic Director
Necole Chamberlain brought to St. Andrew’s Grammar a wealth of experience gained from teaching in secondary schools, universities and vocational education training organisations. These very different educational environments have enabled her to develop an agile, supportive and highly collaborative teaching and leadership style, that values change and diversity, develops resilience and encourages a climate in which students flourish.
Developing and delivering appropriate educational experiences for all students is one of her passions. She created a very successful programme for Gifted and Talented students, which focussed on helping gifted underachievers as well as students with dual exceptionalities. She has provided professional development to many other teachers and parents on meeting the needs of gifted students, has been invited to present at several conferences and has received scholarships to support her research in this area. She assisted other schools to set up sustainable and robust programmes to meet the needs of their gifted students. While working for the Education Department, Necole was also invited to be part of a team which developed and delivered a series of workshops across WA that demonstrated how student ICT use, classroom management and cooperative learning strategies could be successfully married. She has also designed and created eLearning platforms for adult users, employed in exploratory and water-based drilling industries.
Necole’s first passion is teaching science, specifically Human Biology and Biology, in which she has nearly 30 years’ experience. Her joy for all things scientific is also demonstrated in her involvement in volunteer conservation work and citizen science programmes, which often sees her travelling to remote corners of Western Australia.
Originally from the Wheatbelt in Western Australia, Elizabeth is an enthusiastic and motivated teacher who has over ten years teaching experience. In previous years Elizabeth worked at Penrhos College, she also the taught internationally at a British School in Chile, South America. Elizabeth has been teaching at St. Andrew’s Grammar since 2016 and has enjoyed a varied career in Health, Physical and Outdoor Education. Elizabeth thrives on being able to provide unique learning opportunities to students and has coordinated many co-curricular activities, school camps, interstate and international tours. She is passionate educator who is committed to inspiring students to develop and explore personal and community responsibilities, a strong work ethic and resilience. Elizabeth believes the cultural diversity at St. Andrew’s Grammar is its greatest asset, everyone belongs.
Year 7 - 12 Orthodox Studies
Father Elpidios Karalis completed a Bachelor of Business degree from Edith Cowan University in 1993 where he majored in Marketing and completed a minor in Management. After working for about eight years in the retail industry as a manager for Target Australia and Priceline, he then went on to study at Saint Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College in N.S.W. which falls under the umbrella of the Sydney College of Divinity. It was from this institution that he obtained his Bachelor of Theology Degree in 2004 and his Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministry in 2005. Once he completed his Theological Studies, he then attended the Australian Catholic University in N.S.W. where he obtained a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education in 2006. He is currently the parish priest of the Greek Orthodox Church of Saints Constantine & Helene in Northbridge. He also teaches Greek Orthodox Studies in the Secondary School at St. Andrew’s Grammar.