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Principal's Welcome

Welcome to Cannon Hill Anglican College and to our website, which we trust will offer a glimpse of the unique learning environment that is so highly valued by our community.

Since the foundation of the College in 1989, we have regarded the well-being of the individual as vital to the health of the whole community. We believe that young people primarily need a sense of belonging, a sense of being cared for, respected and encouraged, and to know that there are clear moral and behavioural parameters, defined by Christian values, within which to live and learn in community. Our efforts are dedicated to nurturing such a climate.

Set in a beautiful natural environment, this is a friendly school, where teachers challenge, support and care for learners, and value their unique personalities and learning styles. The students' successes continue to be a source of great pride and satisfaction for our staff, thanks to a balanced and holistic educational environment, and a diverse, innovative and progressive curriculum.

Robyn Bell with CHAC Prep students

Robyn Bell with College Leader

We believe that our policy of contained student numbers contributes significantly towards building a culture of collaboration and connectedness. Through our parent surveys, our parents express strong support and loyalty and indicate that their expectations of the College are being strongly met. My staff and I value such feedback as an endorsement of our focus on producing the best possible educational environment, as identified in the Hallmarks of a CHAC Education.

Here at Cannon Hill Anglican College, our students have extensive opportunities to discover, develop and enrich their capacities, and to delight in their achievements. With Courage and Compassion, we welcome you to CHAC.

Robyn Bell

CHAC Leadership

College Council

The College is a separately incorporated company whose shares are owned by the Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane. The College Council is the Board of Directors of Cannon Hill Anglican College Pty Ltd (a Company Limited by Shares) and is responsible for the governance of the College. Council is concerned with overall direction and policy and does not direct the day-to-day operations or management of the College. Council delegates the leadership and management of the College to the Principal, who performs the role of CEO as well as educational leader.

The role of the College Council is to:

  • set strategic directions and formulate policies that directly impact on the College and systematically monitoring the implementation of those policies
  • protect and enhance the educational benefit for students
  • meet the College's obligations to the College community
  • ensure that the College is appropriately resourced (both in terms of financial and human capital) to meet its objectives.
  • undertake effective oversight of the College
  • develop and guard an appropriate ethical culture within the College.

Members of the College Council

Chairman
Dr Gavin Nicholson BEcon LLB MBA(Adv) PhD AFAIM FAICD

Principal (ex-officio)
Mrs Robyn Bell MEd(Lead) BA CertT CertExecCoaching GAICD FACEL FAIM MACE DSJ

Company Secretary
Mrs Kerryn Campbell BCom CA GIA(Cert) GAICD

Members
Ms Tracy Adams
Dr Rachel Baird
Mr Andre Duvenage
Mr Peter Gardiner
Ms Dawn Lang
The Venerable Gregory March
Mr Bruce Moy
The Reverend Donna Peterson

College Leadership

College Executive

Principal
Mrs Robyn Bell

Deputy Principal
Mr Gary O’Brien

Assistant Principal
Mr David Pavish

Business Manager
Mrs Kerryn Campbell

Educational Leadership Team

Chaplain/Director of Mission
Reverend Canon Sarah Leisemann

Director of ICT
Mr Paul Bothma

Director of Curriculum & Professional Practice
Mrs Jennifer Middleton

Director of Senior Secondary
Mrs Elizabeth Pratt

Director of Junior Secondary
Mr Christopher Nastrom-Smith

Director of Primary
Mrs Elizabeth Chaplin

Deputy Director of Primary
Ms Anita Spencer

Business Services Managers

Accountant
Mrs Helen Strain

Business Systems Manager
Mrs K’Lissa Reardon

Digital Communications and Events Manager
Mrs Peta Prestidge

Facilities Manager
Mr Justin Philip

Ghostgum Audio and Arts Centre Manager
Mr David Quinn

Human Resources (HR) Manager
Mr Anthony Ridge

Marketing & Development Manager
Ms Anne Andrew

Registrars
Mrs Bronwyn Greenaway (Primary) and Ms Nina Johanson (Secondary)

Heads of Faculty

Heads of Faculty (HOF) are responsible for the development of high-quality, contemporary learning programs within their discipline and for the efficient and effective operation of their faculty. They are responsible for the structuring of work programs and the assessment of students.

Business
Mrs Penny Cummins BBus BEd Cert IV Training & Assessment

English
Mrs Eve Hassall GCEdSt BA DipEd ATCL

Health and Physical Education
Mr Russell Greer MEdStud BHMS(Ed)

Industrial Technology and Design
Mr Brenton Schutz BEd(Tech)

Life and Faith
Ms Karen Bonini BA GradDipT GradCertRE

Mathematics
Mr Stephen Andrews BHMS(Ed) BSc

Science
Ms Rowena Berlin MEd MContSci BAppSc(Hons) GradDipEd

Social Science
Mr Michael McMahon MA(ModHist) BEd(Secondary)

The Arts
Ms Carmel Mungavin BA GradDipT AssDipPArts(Theatre)

Other Key Staff

Director of Performance Music
Mr Geoff Govier BMus BEd

Director of Sport
Mr Mark Spindler BEd

Coordinator: Gifted and Enterprise Program
Ms Barbara Mossman BA(Comms) DipEd

Coordinator: Exceptional Scientists' Program
Ms Gay Ellyett BSc DipEd

Coordinator: Languages (French)
Mme Darya Gunn MEd BA GradDipEd CertInd

Coordinator: Languages (Japanese)
Ms Peta Nakamura BLaws(Hons) BModernAsianStudies(Japanese) GradDipEd CertIV Christian Ministry and Theology

Heads of House

Heads of House (HOH) are responsible for monitoring the academic, cultural, social, emotional and physical welfare and development of all students in their House, assisted by Homeroom Teachers and other members of House staff and also by Year 12 student leaders.

Macleay House CHAC Moreton House CHAC Peel House CHAC

Macleay (White)
HOH - Mr Les Fergus
MEd BEd(Prim)

Moreton (Gold)
HOH - Mr John Gothard
BEd DipT

Peel (Blue)
HOH - Ms Melinda Myles
BEd(Sec)

Russell House CHAC

St Helena House CHAC

Stradbroke House CHAC

Russell (Orange)
HOH - Mr Kevin Hopkins
BA/BSc (Hons) Hist/PhysGeog
PGCE (Sec) Hist Phys Ed

St Helena (Green)
HOH - Ms Maria Thompson
MEd BEd DipT
Cert IV Training & Assessment

Stradbroke (Red)
HOH - Ms Shelley McMahon
MMusSt(Pedagogy) BMus BEd
PGradDipPsych AMusA

Student Leadership

Positive student leadership opportunities and experiences at school assist young adults to transition into the community and the world of work and adult responsibility. As such, developing the skills and abilities that are central to successful leadership is an important part of the education process at Cannon Hill Anglican College.

The concept of servant leadership is central to the leadership program, requiring student leaders to serve the school community and focus on meeting the needs of those that they lead. In addition, leaders need to provide inspiration for others and act as quality role models in setting the standards for behaviour, attitude, academic application and personal appearance.

Student leadership development involves both formal instruction and the provision of opportunities to practise leadership skills within a supportive learning environment. These skills include project planning, self-reflection, problem solving, team building, decision making, goal setting, public speaking, time management, effective communication, project management and delegation.

Informal leadership opportunities exist at all year levels and within all classes, ranging from organising a class activity, to umpiring a sporting fixture, to other rostered duties.

Student Leadership Program

Year 6
Primary Leaders, House Leaders and Spiritual Leaders conduct a variety of roles within the Primary area and represent the Primary students on Assemblies and at other significant occasions.

Year 9
At the Year 9 level, a number of Junior Student Representatives are appointed on a rotational basis to assist in worship services and to conduct a range of organisational and management roles amongst their peers.

Year 10
A more formal program of leadership training begins in Year 10 with House Deputies and with workshops that allow students to explore the different types of leadership and their individual strengths and abilities.

Year 11
In Year 11, students reflect on the elements of good leadership, and develop initiatives for their final year at school. A Leadership Camp involving all Year 11 students is conducted to further develop student skills and allow them to identify the specific roles that they intend to pursue in the final stage of their school life. Year 11 students undertake leadership roles in co-curricular committees for Social Justice, the Environment, Boys' Education and Girls' Education. The transition into senior leadership roles begins in the latter part of Year 11, as the students begin to informally fulfil many of the duties and responsibilities associated with the key Senior Leaders positions.

Year 12
All Year 12 students are designated as Senior Leaders unless they express a specific desire not to be involved. All Leaders are able to nominate for a variety of specific tasks and responsibilities including College Captains, Music Captains, Sports Captains, House Captains, Junior Secondary Mentors, Primary Mentors, Arts Ambassadors, and Spiritual Leaders.

Student Council
The Student Council involves students from all year levels and one of its principal aims is to provide opportunities for students to acquire skills in leadership and decision-making. As CHAC encourages student participation in the development of the College, the Student Council assumes an important role in conveying ideas for the development of the College and its environment.

Spiritual Leaders
The position of Spiritual Leader exists to provide student leadership in giving expression to the spiritual dimension of our College life. As members of the Campus Ministry Team, Spiritual leaders promote the spiritual and faith-based activities of the College, which are founded on Christian values and traditions of the Anglican Church of Australia. Spiritual Leaders are appointed in Year 6 and Year 12.