Craig Monaghan is the Principal of St. Andrew’s Grammar, having joined us in 2019 with 29 years of teaching and 18 years of experience in educational leadership across the globe, including New Zealand, Egypt, Portugal and China. Having lead a number of highly successful prestigious schools as well as a number of schools requiring school improvement, Mr. Monaghan 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.
Mr. Monaghan 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 knows 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 continuing to be enhanced over 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.
Head of Secondary School
Ms. Webb joins us in 2019 from Wesley College where she is currently Dean of Students (Senior School), a role which sees her lead staff and students in Years 9-12.
She brings a wealth of experience gained while teaching in a number of schools in both metropolitan and regional WA; leading academic and wellbeing programs in many of those schools. Her experience has allowed her to hone her collaborative, team oriented leadership style.
Ms. Webb’s experience and vibrancy shone at interview and the referees shared a well performing practitioner who has been instrumental to the academic improvements recently witnessed at Wesley College. Ms. Webb is passionate about teaching and helping students to realise their potential, in whatever field they wish to pursue. She has implemented learning initiatives to support students fostering their interest in STEM areas such as engineering and mining related industries, which relates back to her teaching area, Science. We look forward to seeing her bring this vibrancy and working knowledge of academic improvement to this school.
Ms. Webb is excited to be moving to St. Andrew’s and is looking forward to returning to a smaller school setting and teaching in a co-educational environment. When she was visiting the school she shared with me the obvious warmth of the school where it is clear that people know, care and look out for each other. She is very excited, as I am, to see her bring a sharper focus in the Secondary school and to improve, even more ,our academic performance.
Primary Curriculum Coordinator, Year 6
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.
Year 7-8 Coordinator
Samantha has been teaching at St. Andrew’s Grammar for the past 11 years. She has undergraduate qualifications in Bachelor of Arts, an Associate Diploma of Applied Science and a post graduate Diploma of Education.
Samantha is an Art Specialist and has experience teaching students of all abilities, across numerous courses. She is currently The Head of Arts and Technologies and teaches; Visual Arts in years 8 – 12, Children Family and the Community, Food Science and Technology and lower school Food Specialisation.
Samantha is a passionate, adaptable member of staff and has worked in various roles over the years. She has implemented and assisted with the organisation of many successful social and fundraising events within the amazing St. Andrew’s Grammar community.
Samantha’s teaching philosophy is one where the students are motivated and inspired and are not afraid to investigate their concepts and opinions. It is important that all students are engaged in all aspects of their schooling experience, both in and out of the classroom.
Miguel De Sousa
Year 9-10 Coordinator
Hailing originally from South Africa, Mr Miguel De Sousa emigrated to Australia in 2004. He did his Undergraduate Degree in Journalism and worked for over a decade in the field both in electronic and print media. His last position prior to emigrating was as a travel writer for one of South Africa’s premier business- to-business publishing houses.
Once in Australia he worked briefly in media, including as an online publisher for The Age in Melbourne, but was drawn back to Perth to be closer to his family. For over nine years, he co-owned a large business and was primarily responsible for the Human Resources function of the business. During this time, he also studied part time at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and completed a Graduate Diploma in Politics and International Relations. After a nine year stint in retail, he made the decision to re-train and become a teacher. He had already dabbled in education as a media lecturer in South Africa and as an English Language Teacher in Taiwan. Mr De Sousa returned to UWA in 2014 to complete a Graduate Diploma in Education, majoring in Humanities and Social Sciences. Since joining the St Andrews family in 2015, he has taught HASS across all year groups (7-10) as well as ATAR Geography, History and Politics and Law. He is particularly proud of his involvement in introducing St Andrews to the interschool Mock Trial competition in 2018.
He brings considerable life experience and a passion for learning into the classroom and forges meaningful relationships with his students. With a focus on differentiation, his lessons are geared to bring out the best in each child.
Mr De Sousa has a passion for travel having visited over 40 countries and lived in four. He is particularly attracted to the multicultural dimension of St Andrews and encourages cross-cultural engagement amongst his students.