Middle & Senior School

Mr Ivan McLean
Head of Middle and Senior School

Masters in Science, Bachelor of Science, Diploma in Education, Diploma in Management

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Ivan has been an educator for more than 20 years. In this time he has worked in boarding and day schools in Perth, Western Australia. He was previously Head of Mathematics, then Learning Technologies Manager, then Head of Middle Years at Hale School and for nine years the Associate Principal Senior School at Peter Moyes Anglican Community School. He has a strong passion for holistic learning and believes that students should be well-rounded, global citizens. Above all, he aims to help nurture students and staff to nurture their own areas of strength and interest.


Ivan's studies have focused on the use of ICT in education, particularly but not limited to STEM subjects, and also strategic planning and management issues. He is particularly interested in developing leadership amongst his staff and students.



Ivan is also keen to play golf at Kuala Lumpur's wonderful golf courses if the opportunity and time arises!.



Mrs Kathryn Sutherland
Deputy Head of Middle and Senior School

Bachelor of Science, Diploma in Modern Languages, Post Graduate Diploma in Arts, Masters of Contemporary Asian Analysis, Bachelor of Education (Primary & Secondary)

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Kathryn completed a Bachelor of Science, Diploma in Modern Languages (Indonesian), Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Indonesian) and a Master of Contemporary Asian Analysis at The University of Melbourne between 1994 and 2004. During this period, Kathryn also co-owned and co-managed a small business in Melbourne for five years. She then worked as a volunteer in East Timor for 12 months with government and non government organisations, including World Vision East Timor, to complete her Masters. This experience supporting disadvantaged youth to access educational opportunities led to her decision to formally enter the world of education, and Kathryn completed a Bachelor of Education (Primary and Secondary) at Deakin University.


Kathryn commenced teaching at Kormilda College in 2007, an International Baccalaureate and Australian Curriculum school in Darwin, Australia. She held various middle and senior management positions encompassing both curriculum and wellbeing over seven years at Kormilda College, culminating in the position of Deputy Principal Academic. Prior to joining AISM in 2015, Kathryn was the Manager of Non-Government Schools at the Northern Territory Department of Education. Kathryn is passionate about education and working with staff to create the conditions in which all students can thrive through engagement in meaningful holistic learning experiences.


Mr Chris Broadbent
Careers and Pathways Coordinator, English, Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Dunelm, UK), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Cambridge English Language Teaching Accreditation (CELTA)

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Chris Broadbent has 10 years' teaching experience, seven years of which has been at AISM. He hails from the UK and has a Geography degree and PGCE from the University of Durham. He also holds a CELTA qualification to teach English as a second language. He is the Model United Nations Director at AISM.


Ms Colleen Derham
Service Learning Coordinator, English Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Social Science) (La Trobe University), Graduate Diploma in Education (Australian Catholic University)' Certificate IV in Career Development (Charles Darwin University)

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Colleen has sixteen years' experience in middle and senior schools across Victoria and the Northern Territory teaching English, History, Geography, Physical Education and Health in mainstream and alternative educational settings. Before coming to AISM she was a manager of an innovative education program offering alternative educational pathways to senior students. Colleen has also had experience in career education and futures planning and has worked as a Course, Career and Transition Advisor. She is a Coaching Young People for Success Trainer. Colleen has been at AISM since 2013 and loves the rich culture, diversity and food that comes with living in Malaysia.


Mr David Stagg
English, Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) and Year 6 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (History, English & Sociology) (UWS), Masters in Teaching (English and History Secondary) (UWS)

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David has taught in Western Sydney and in the Snowy Mountains, New South Wales, Australia. He has been a classroom teacher and has worked in a boarding house. He is currently completing his Maters of Education (Educational Leadership). David believes in creating safe positive learning environments that enables the child to reach their potential in a classroom that encourages risk-taking. David is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher and is looking forward to continue his own personal development at AISM.


Mrs Wenche Naftel
Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE), English and Year 6 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Diploma in Education

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Wenche (Venka) grew up in Norway. She completed an Honors degree and her teaching qualifications at Macquarie University, Sydney. Over the last nine years she has worked in various schools across New South Wales, teaching students from Kindergarten through to Year 12. In the last two years she has been teaching Human Society and Its Environment and English at AISM. Wenche is passionate about supporting all children to achieve their personal best, socially, emotionally and academically. She loves to travel, read, run and spend time with her family.


Ms Claire Matheson
English, Geography Teacher and Year 6 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Creative Industries (Creative Writing, Film and Television), Graduate Bachelor Education (Secondary: English and Geography), Graduate Certificate Business Administration

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Claire joins the AISM team with ten years teaching experience in the Queensland Private School sector. She is a senior secondary English and Geography specialist and has worked as a Panel Member for Senior Geography and a QCS Short Response Marker and Trainer for the QCAA. She has held key leadership roles in the implementation of whole school Visible Thinking and Learning strategies as well as technology rich learning environments.


Claire has a indefatigable love of language, literature and storytelling, passed on with enthusiasm and passion in her classroom. She also believes the study of Geography to be invaluable in teaching sustainable environmental, social and economic management tools that students will need to become responsible global citizens.


Ms Rebecca Parkhouse
Year 7 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) - Major English, Minor Modern History

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Rebecca completed her degree in 2013 at the University of Newcastle in Australia. Straight from uni she was employed at the International Football School on the Central Coast of New South Wales. As it was a new school Rebecca was the only English/History Teacher and was responsible for the delivery of both the English and History Curriculum across the entire High School. She was also Stage 4 Co-ordinator during her time there managing behaviour and pastoral care. Rebecca values building relationships between staff and students and believes the key to being a great teacher is knowing your students.


In her spare time Rebecca enjoys Crossfit or going to the gym and loves watching football (soccer).


Mr Garth Chapman
Year 7 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) - University of Sydney

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Garth has worked as a teacher for 22 years in a variety of schools for the NSW Department of Education. He has been a Head Teacher for 12 years, most recently at Fort Street High School, He has experience in teaching a variety of HSC humanities subjects including Economics, Business Studies, Geography and Legal Studies. He has been a HSC marker for Business Studies , Economics and Geography. In 2010, he was appointed by BOSTES as the assessor of the HSC Geography examination. At AISM Garth will be 7G’s homeroom teacher as well as teaching junior HSIE, Commerce and Economics.


Garth believes his role as a teacher is to assist students strive for their personal best, maximise their potential and recognise their commitment to the wider society. Garth relaxes after by swimming laps.


Mrs Isabelle Manders-Jones
English, Drama and Year 9 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

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Isabelle grew up in Paris, France. She completed her PGCE at Trinity College, Cambridge University, UK and was awarded her Honours Degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK. Over the last twenty-five years she has worked in various international schools in Spain, Mexico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, The Bahamas, Germany, Jamaica and China, teaching the International Baccalaureate Curriculum (MYP & DP), the British National Curriculum and the The Advanced Placement Program. Her main subjects are French, Spanish, English and Humanities and she has taught students from Year 4 through to Year 12. This last year she has been teaching English and Drama at AISM. Isabelle is passionate about teaching, travelling, films, discovering new cultures and spending time with her family. She has two children studying at AISM.


Mr Will Arnold
English as Additional Language and Year 10 Home Room Teacher

Masters in Education (University of New England), Bachelor of Arts (University of Newcastle), Graduate Diploma in languages teaching (UTS)

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Will Arnold has taught in in Australia, Germany, Turkey, Hungary and China. He is very Interested in languages and language learning, so is very happy to be in a linguistically rich country like Malaysia.


Ms Samantha Morley
Design and Technology Teacher and Year 8 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (UNE), Graduate Diploma Learning & Teaching (USQ)

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Sam is a enthusiastic maker and designer who loves helping her students to find passion projects in a variety of technologies. Following nearly ten years of teaching in both country New South Wales and an international school in Hong Kong, she is actively involved with her students and their projects during class time and extra-curricular projects. Sam has been a classroom teacher, Head of Year and an International representative, coordinating student participation in youth conferences and exchange programs. She is currently completing her Masters of Education (International) focussing on international experiences and student wellbeing.


Sam has taught across a wide range of Design and Technology fields and loves all of them, especially those which make use of recycled objects. Outside of school she is a passionate textile designer, and loves travelling to explore new cultural influences in design. Sam is also an active participant in service projects, assisting in development work and looks forward to working with students at AISM on similar projects. Sam will be 8W’s Homeroom teacher and she is looking forward to getting to know her core class as well as all Design and Technology students as she works to find what sparks their curiosity in the world around us.


Mr Grant Smith
Music Teacher, Year 11 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Southern Cross University), Diploma of Jazz Performance (Gordon Tafe), Diploma of Education (University of Melbourne), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

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Grant Smith begun professionally teaching instrumental music (Bass) in 1998 and has continued to pursue an active teaching career through out Victoria, Australia. Grant has taught V.C.E Music, VELS Music and V.E.T Music (Performance and Technical Production Courses), Instrumental Studies at numerous schools and before commencing at AISM was employed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority as an official assessor in V.C.E Music Solo Exams (Bass).


Leadership roles also include Head of Department (Music) at JMC Academy (Melbourne), a tertiary education institution.


Grant’s music industry experience is vast and includes extensive Australian tours, session recording, film clips and album recordings in a range of musical styles such as rock, funk, jazz, soul, blues and pop. Grant's passion for music is matched with a keen enthusiasm for students learning to express themselves through the Arts.


Mr Raymond Pollock
Maths, Science Teacher and Year 11 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Education

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Raymond has been a Head Teacher for Mathematics in government and private schools for a number of years. He specialises in Senior Mathematics and Physics. He has a keen sporting interest in volleyball.


Mr Justin Emerson
English, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) and Year 12 Home Room Teacher

Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) (Catholic University), Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) (LaTrobe University), Certificate IV Training and Assessment (Centralian College)

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Justin has worked in schools in Victoria and the Northern Territory of Australia throughout the past 20 years. Much of that time was spent working with Australian Indigenous students and as a Director for the Clontarf Foundation. This position involved managing a program focussing on engaging Indigenous Australian males in senior secondary education. He moved to AISM with his family at the start of the 2013 school year. He enjoys most sports but is an Aussie Rules man at heart.


Ms Alison Brand
Science Teacher and Year 12 Home Room Teacher

Bachelor of Science (Nutrition), Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

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Alison has taught Science in NSW schools for the past 14 years. Her specialty areas are Biology and Chemistry. Alison believes that adapting teaching pedagogies is critical in the development of 21st century learners, and that forming positive relationships is also an important factor leading to student success. She is looking forward to becoming an involved member of the AISM community.


Mrs Liliane Heininger
Head of Department - Modern Languages

Bachelor of Arts (French and Italian) (University of Wollongong), Honours Degree in French (University of Wollongong), Diploma in Education ( French/ Italian) (University of Wollongong)

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Liliane comes from a boarding school in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales where she taught French at a Senior level (Years 11 and 12 Continuers and Extension). She was also involved in the boarding life of the school, managing a Year 12 boarding house for 5 years. Prior to that, Liliane was Teacher in Charge of LOTE (Languages Other Than English) at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College in Sydney, overseeing the teaching of French and Japanese as well as managing Open High School students. During that time, she also worked for the Board of Studies sitting on committees to set the Higher School Certificate (HSC) French exams, assess HSC French papers and administer the Oral Component of the HSC throughout NSW.


Liliane began her career in the Illawarra teaching 8 years in the State system before moving to the private system, teaching both French and Italian to all levels at St Mary Star of the Sea College in Wollongong for 18 years.


Liliane is French born and passionate about her subject area. She frequently returns to France to visit her elderly father and enjoys immersing herself back into the French culture. Liliane enjoys traveling, meeting new people, learning new languages and watching foreign movies. She believes that language learning opens many doors to the outside world and is keen to pass on this enthusiasm to her students.


Mr Julian Manders-Jones
Middle and Senior School IST/SDD Teacher

Bachelor of Science (Mathematics & Computer Science ) (Liverpool, UK), Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (Bath, UK)

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Julian has been teaching Computer Science and Mathematics in international schools since being awarded his PGCE nearly 20 years ago. He is passionate about his subject, Information Technology, and believes in inspiring trust, confidence and developing creativity in students. Julian sees "computers as something to learn and create with" and outside of the classroom, he enjoys programming and designing virtual learning environments.


He has taught in Spain, Mexico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, The Bahamas, Germany, Jamaica and China. As well as teaching and managing the ICT Department, Julian has directed the implementation of three 1-1 Apple schools. He also enjoys working with colleagues to ensure that their ICT needs are understood, as he believes that solid teamwork amongst staff underpins the success of the school.


Julian enjoys travelling and exploring different cultures, cooking and discovering local gastronomies, and spending time with his family.


Ms Dara Joy Higham
Biology, Science Teacher

Bachelor of Science (Biological Science), Postgraduate Diploma (Secondary Education)

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Dara taught for 4 years in the area of Science at Kaipara College in New Zealand prior to joining AISM. She loves a great cup of coffee, playing her guitar and being outdoors with the flora and the fauna. She is excited about living in a country with more animals to offer than mostly flightless birds and invasive Australian species.


Mrs Katherine Kitching
Drama Teacher

Bachelor of Education (Secondary, Graduate Entry) (Flinders University), Bachelor of Arts (Drama, English and History) (Flinders University)

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Katherine worked in South Australia as a Secondary Drama Coordinator before traveling to Europe where she taught English and Media Studies at various schools in London, UK. She joined the Performing Arts faculty at AISM in 2013, teaching Drama and directing and supporting students in a variety of performance and arts activities such as productions, musicals, performances, workshops, showcases and exhibitions.


Ms Maree Gibson, Business Studies
Drama Teacher

Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Education, Certificate in Teaching (Secondary), Certificate 1V Workplace Assessment and Training, Certificate 111 Business (Administration)

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Maree is a dedicated teacher with over 30 years experience in Senior Business studies, Economics, Geography, Commerce, History and Senior Legal Studies. She graduated from University of New England. One of her career highlights was teaching Senior High school in Ontario, Canada in 2006. Maree has been a member of the AISM community since 2011 and has contributed positively to the academic, social and cultural enhancement of the students.


Ms Jessica Stagg
Mathematics Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics and Sociology), Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

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Jessica joins AISM after teaching in the private education sector in Sydney and regional New South Wales. She is passionate about developing new and innovative ways to make the wide range of mathematical topics interesting, challenging and contextual for all pupils, whilst ensuring an inclusive classroom. Jessica is eager to continue to develop her approach to education and is currently completing her Masters of Education.


Mr Dale Waihaere Wells
Mathematics Teacher

Bachelor of Science (Physical Ed / minor in Maths), Teachers Certificate (BYU-HC)

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Dale is New Zealand Maori by blood belonging to the Ngati Kuia, Ngai Tahu and Ngati Koata tribes. He has taught in New Zealand, Rarotonga and Australia and has been a Head of Department, Assistant Principal and Deputy Principal. He is an ordained Bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. An avid sports fan, Dale still swims and plays basketball. Obviously being a Kiwi he supports the Chiefs, Warriors, Breakers, Tall Blacks, Kiwis and the mighty ALL BLACKS!! Kia Kaha, Kia Manawanui, Kia Ngawari.


Michael Lewthwaite
Head of Mathematics

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (University of Melbourne); Graduate Diploma in Education (Melbourne State College)

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Michael is originally from Melbourne but now considers Canberra to be his home. He has many years of experience teaching mathematics and has taught in Melbourne, London, South Africa, Malawi, Canberra and Jakarta. He has previous experience as Head of Department, Director of Studies and Deputy Principal and has taught in a variety of schools, including government, independent and boarding schools.


He is passionate about mathematics and enjoys working with like-minded educators. Impressing upon our students the importance of learning mathematics and developing sound mathematical, logical and reasoning skills is a major focus.

His favourite leisure activities are golf and travel.



Mr Chris Shortreed
Mathematics Teacher

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Bachelor of Education Secondary and Middle School

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Chris has six years experience teaching maths and science in UK and Canadian curriculum schools. Using lessons designed to engaging students to think critically and logically express their ideas. He uses strategies of open questioning, feedback, and hands on learning to encourage curiosity, discussion, and students lead learning.


Mr Simon Matheson
Head of Department - Science and Technology

Bachelor of Science, Honours in Chemistry, Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

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Simon joins AISM with 10 years of experience from the Queensland independent private school sector where he lead a very successful Chemistry department which encouraged over 70% of the cohort to extend on their curiosity for science. Before this, Simon educated numerous students across the government sector in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. Simon believes that every student has the right to excellent education in a positive and productive environment, where the opportunity to extend and challenge self are rich and readily available. Simon is currently enrolled in a Masters of Education majoring in leadership and Management, inspiring him to support the needs of staff and students alike.


Mr Darren Bird
Head of English

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Newcastle. Diploma in Education University of Newcastle

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Darren has taught in a number of regional NSW schools in both the Public and Independent sectors. He has also taught in a number of International schools as both a classroom teacher and Head of Department. His teaching experience is centred around the NSW HSC curriculum which he has taught for 18 years. Darren has a passion for literature (particularly American fiction) and believes that highly developed literacy skills enable students to enhance their opportunities for success in their post secondary school experiences.


En Abu Darda Omar
Bahasa Melayu Teacher, Head Teacher - Malaysian Studies

Masters in Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Administration, Advanced Diploma in Business Management, Diploma in Education (University of Wales)

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Abu has been teaching at AISM since 2002 in Malaysian Studies and Bahasa Melayu across the school from Years 3 to Year 10. He has been teaching for more than 20 years in various curricula in Malaysia, Britain and Australia.


Mrs Kelly Anne Holmes
English as Additional Language Teacher

Bachelor of Psychology (Science) Honours, Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary), Graduate Certificate TESOL.

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Kelly was based in Melbourne for 10 years but is originally from Sydney. She has taught in Sydney, Alice Springs, Malaysia and Melbourne and has experience in teaching students from Foundation through to Year 10. She returned to AISM in 2015, having been with the school in its early days at Country Heights and is thrilled by the transformation and development of the campus, its facilities and the continued commitment to the delivery of excellence in education. Kelly is passionate about education being the gateway for future success, happiness and life choices for young people. She enjoys reading, keeping fit and spending time with her family.


Mrs Kim Louise Bradley
Co curricular activities (CCA) and Sports Coordinator

Masters in School Leadership, Bachelor of Applied Science (PE), Graduate Diploma in Education

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Kim believes in the power of physical activity to transform lives. She is passionate about the physical, personal and intellectual development that is formed through physical activity. Kim is a massive supporter of the underdog and therefore is the number 2 ticket holder of the Western Bulldogs. Julia Gillard holds the number 1 ticket.


Mr Jason Brand
Head of Department Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

Bachelor of Education (PDHPE), The University of Wollongong

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Jason has been teaching for the past 20 years in the UK, Canada and regional NSW. For the past 15 years, he has been based on the NSW Central Coast teaching at Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College. His leadership experience includes Campus and College Head of Sport, and for the past 8 years, Head of Department PDHPE. His teaching philosophy is that all students are unique with different strengths in different areas, and through hard work and perseverance, will achieve their life goals. Jason loves sport and is particularly passionate about cycling, alpine skiing and golf.


Ms Susan Skinner
Science Teacher, Year 6 Team Leader

Graduate Diploma in Teaching & Learning (USQ), Graduate Certificate in Science Communication (ANU), Bachelor of Science (Hon) (ANU), Teaching English as Second Language (TESOL)

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Susie has been teaching in science education for over ten years. For the past 7 years her focus has been in teaching middle school science in South Australia before moving to Malaysia. Prior to school teaching, Susie had worked in plant science research (CSIRO Canberra), presented a national children's science television series, managed education / school liaison in two Australian science centres, and managed eLearning in a medical school (Flinders University). Susie has two young children born in Malaysia.


Ms Yoke Yin Wan
Mandarin Teacher

Masters in Science (Educational Technology) (University Putra Malaysia), Bachelor of Arts (Mandarin) (University Putra Malaysia), Teaching Certificate (Mandarin) (Tengku Ampuan Afzan Teacher Training College, Kuantan)

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Wan has been teaching Mandarin in junior and middle schools in the Malaysian, British and American Curricula. She loves reading and volunteering her time in NGO activities. children born in Malaysia.


Mrs Kylie Booker
Tennis Coach

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Kylie has been playing tennis for almost 35 years. She is a current member of the USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) as a Professional Level 1, the highest level of professional coach. Kylie has held numerous tennis coaching positions including Head Coach for Varsity Boys at Harborsfield and Senior Coach at Point of Pines Camp for Girls (New York State).


Mr Ray Pollock
Volleyball Coach

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Ray is the Referee for the Australian Junior Championship and has coaching experience in volleyball for New South Wales U17 and U15 Boys and Girls teams.