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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.

Gary O'Brien at Valedictory 2018  

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.

Gary O'Brien

CHAC Leadership

College Board

The College is a separately incorporated company whose shares are owned by the Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane. The College Board 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. The College Board is concerned with overall direction and policy and does not direct the day-to-day operations or management of the College. The Board 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 Board 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 Board

Chair of the Board
Mr Bruce Moy 

Principal (ex-officio)
Mr Gary O'Brien MAppSc BSc DipEd GCELead FACELQ MAICD

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

Ms Tracy Adams
Ms Renee Coffey
Mr Andre Duvenage
Dr Natalie Elms
Mr Peter Gardiner
Fr. Daniel Hobbs
Ms Dawn Lang
Mr Bruce Moy
The Reverend Donna Petersen
Mr Graham Rawlings
Mr Robert Nettleton

College Leadership

College Executive

Mr Gary O'Brien

Assistant Principal - Administration and Pastoral Care
Mr David Pavish

Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning
Mrs Jennifer Middleton

Business Manager
Mrs Kerryn Campbell

Educational Leadership Team

Director of Data and Strategy
Mr Shane Bowden 

Director of Senior Secondary
Mrs Elizabeth Pratt/Mrs Melinda Myles (acting) 

Director of Junior Secondary
Mrs Shelley McMahon

Director of Primary
Mrs Elizabeth Chaplain

Deputy Director of Primary
Ms Anita Spencer

Director of ICT
Mr Paul Bothma

Business Services Managers

Ms Samia Hairsine 

Director of Finance and Business Systems
Mrs K’Lissa Reardon

Marketing Assistant
Ms Candice Meyer

Events Coordinator
Ms Katrina Smith

Director of Marketing and Development
Mr Steve Forster

Marketing and Communications Manager
Ms Connie-Louise Alexander

Facilities Manager
Mr Justin Philip

Ghostgum Audio and Arts Centre Manager
Mr David Quinn

Human Resources Manager
Mr Anthony Ridge

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.

Social Science (Business and Geography)
Mr Anthony Florido BA DipEd CertT LT

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 Maria Thompson Med (Lead/Mgt) Bed Dip T Cert IV T&A

Mr Stephen Andrews BHMS(Ed) BSc

Ms Angela Simpson Grad Dip (Ed) Grad Dip (Theology) B. Applied Chem

Mr Michael McMahon MA(ModHist) BEd(Secondary)

The Arts
Dr Malcolm Cole B.Mus, M.Music Ed, PhD.

Other Key Staff

Chaplain and Director of Mission
Br Nathan James

Director of Performance Music
Mr Geoff Govier BMus BEd

Director of Sport
Mr Mark Spindler BEd

Head of Gifted and Enterprise Education
Ms Barbara Mossman BA(Comms) DipEd

Coordinator: Exceptional Scientists' Program
Ms Gay Ellyett BSc DipEd

Coordinator – Learning Enrichment (P to 12)
Mrs Kate Horton

Learning Pathways and Career Counsellor
Mrs Penny Cummins BBus Bed Cert IV Training and Assessment

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

College Psychologist
Position vacant 

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

Peel (Blue)
HOH - Mr Tyson Schneider
(acting) BEd(Sec)

Russell House CHAC

St Helena House CHAC

Stradbroke House CHAC

Russell (Orange)
HOH - Mr Matt Small

St Helena (Green)
HOH - Ms Madeleine Wallas
BA GradDipEd

Stradbroke (Red)
HOH - Mr Nick Medcalf
BBus BEd(Sec)

Student Leadership


Over nine years at CHAC, I’ve fallen in love with making an impact, be it big or small, and leaving a legacy of compassion.

Juliet Munro

My time as College Captain has been a privilege, allowing me the chance to further grow in this community of kind hearted and inspiring staff and peers. I will always remember my time at CHAC for the people and connections I've made along the way.

Sam Clark

My journey at CHAC has ultimately been about the people I’ve spent time with along the way. I have absolutely loved my captaincy but being able to share it with my fellow captains and lead such an incredible cohort and school has made all the difference.

Penelope Spears

My favourite part about my leadership role are the connections that I continue to form with students and staff. The opportunity to make a difference in my community of youth is something that I will greatly miss next year.

Matthew Stoward



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.