Leadership

Peter McDonald

Head of Junior School and ELC
MEd, GradCertEd (Maths), GradCertBusAdmin, BEd, MACEL

Peter is an experienced primary educator and university lecturer who holds four university qualifications in the areas of education, mathematics, and business. With a firm commitment to international mindedness and delivering outstanding student learning, he has held various school leadership positions both in Australia and internationally. As a published academic focusing on teacher development and inquiry-based learning, he has presented at conferences in Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. A member of the global International Baccalaureate Educator Network, Peter supports IB schools throughout Asia and the Pacific as an IB workshop leader and programme leader. As a specialist mathematics teacher, Peter holds a keen interest in supporting students to develop a passion for learning, using, and enjoying mathematics.

Prue Sheargold

Deputy Head of Junior School
BEd, Dip Ed, MACEL

Prue has over 25 years’ experience as an educator, working in a variety of school settings with diverse communities. Prue is passionate about wellbeing, positive education and the importance of creating teaching and learning environments that enable both students and teachers to be healthy, happy and engaged. Her energy and relationship-building skills have been instrumental in developing a collegial and professional environment in the Junior School. Prue has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the Australian Catholic University and a Master in Educational Leadership from Monash University.

Kate Columbine

Director of Early Learning Centre
BECE (Honours), BSCH (Psychology)

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.

Alex Galland

Director 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. As a member of the International Baccalaureate Education Network, Alex is an IB workshop leader and programme leader. 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.