ELC & Junior School

Anne Coutts

Principal

BSc, PGCE, MEd, MAICD

Anne Coutts read Microbiology and Virology at Warwick University and spent some years in medical research in Oxford. She then trained as a teacher, teaching Chemistry and Biology. Anne has been Principal of three schools in the UK and moved to Australia at the beginning of 2011 to be principal of CGGS.

Angela Whitaker

Angela Whitaker

Head of Junior School

BEd, MEd, MA, DipT

Angela has qualifications in education from the University of South Australia and Flinders University and has had extensive experience teaching from Prep to senior secondary school in both national and international settings. Particular areas of interest are school improvement, global citizenship, Positive Education and developing learning communities especially with regards to promoting growth mindset and developing resilience in students and staff. She is also passionate about play as a frameworkforlearning,andpromoting inquiry play in the early years of schooling.

Peter McDonald

Peter McDonald

Director of Junior School

MEd, PGradCertEd (Maths),BEd,MACEL  

Peter is an experienced primary educator, teaching across upper and lower primary year levels both in Australia and internationally. He has held various school leadership positions, including leading the International Baccalaureate PYP at Radford College in Canberra. As a specialist mathematics teacher, Peter holds a keen interest in supporting students to develop a passion for learning and using mathematics. 

Damaris Patterson

Damaris Patterson

Director of Junior School

BSc, PGCE, MEdLead, MACEL, MACE

Damaris graduated from Coventry University with a Combined Sciences degree, going on to qualify as a teacher at Leeds University. She has extensive experience as a classroom teacher from Pre-School to Year 6 both in the UK and at CGGS. Damaris has a particular interest in ICT, working closely with key members of staff on the strategic planning of ICT across the School. She has recently completed a Master of Educational Leadership through Macquarie University.

Alex Galland

Alex Galland

Head of Learning and Innovation (Junior School)

BA, DipEd, MEd, LTCL, MACEL

Alex has degrees from the University of Sydney and the University of Southern Queensland. She has extensive experience in both primary and secondary settings, including a variety of leadership positions. Alex is passionate about working with teachers to ensure a rigorous, engaging and inquiry-based curriculum. She has a particular interest in the authentic integration of technology, and has presented at many national and international conferences.

Kate Columbine

Kate Columbine

BECE (Honours), BSCH (Psychology)

Early Learning Centre Coordinator

Kate has extensive experience in early childhood education, both as a classroom teacher and in leadership positions. Kate’s passion is in supporting children and families as they step outside of their family nucleus and into the larger school community. Creating and early childhood setting that is welcoming, supportive and stimulating is central to this transition. Kate is a passionate PYP educator and revels in exploring inquiry-based learning experiences with children and educators. As an IB Workshop Leader, she also embraces opportunities to collaborate with the wider PYP Early Years community.