Leadership

Leadership which focuses on improving teaching and learning has a significant impact on student achievement. At Launceston Grammar, we use evidence informed teaching and learning practices coupled with highly qualified staff who show a genuine interest in each child’s development to ensure the delivery of outstanding education with excellent results.


Excellent Education and Opportunities: Strategic Plan 2021 - 2026

Launceston Church Grammar School’s 2021 – 2026 Strategic Plan calls us to continually enhance, evolve, and embed excellent education and opportunities

We will be agile and progressive across the School, focusing on the education and community we provide for our people, and the responsible use of our systems and resources.

Launceston Church Grammar School’s 2021 – 2026 Strategic Plan

 

Our School continues to thrive with solid foundations of financial security and sound enrolments. Our Headmaster works with the Launceston Grammar Board of Governors to achieve the School’s objectives.

2021 Launceston Church Grammar School Board

Back Row (left to right)

Mr Dallas Frost, Mr Tim Holder, Mr Tom Dowling, Ven. Dane Courtney, Mr Heath Clayton, Mr Richard Ford (Former Headmaster)

Front Row (left to right)

Mrs Lesley Freak, Mr Nigel Bailey (Board Chair), Mrs Fiona Woolcock (Deputy Chair), Mrs Claire Gregg, Mrs Sabrina Runnalls (Minute Secretary)

Absent: Rev. James McKee

School Board

The Launceston Church Grammar School Board is responsible for the wellbeing of the School, taking or endorsing strategic and financial decisions, and monitoring the School’s finances. The Board is governed by the Christ College Act 1926.

The Board has the following major roles:

  • The setting and overseeing of the strategic plan and educational philosophy of the School;
  • The care of the School’s physical fabric, both existing and future;
  • The care of the School’s finances and risk framework;
  • The care of the spiritual welfare of the School; and
  • In addition, the Board is responsible for the appointment of the Headmaster.

The School Board consists of twelve members in addition to the Bishop as Visitor: four members appointed by the Visitor, six members by the Old Launcestonians’ Association and two by the Board of the Christ College Trust.

The Headmaster attends all Board meetings (except in special circumstances) and the Executive Director of School Services, as Secretary to the Board, also attends. The Headmaster’s Executive Assistant attends meetings as Minute Secretary.

Each Board member is appointed for a term of five years and will continue thereafter until their successors are appointed but for no longer than 12 consecutive years.

The Board is supported in its work by three committees composed of members of the Board. The committees include Finance, Risk and Compliance, and Facilities Management.

Current Board Members come from a wide range of backgrounds, including Information Technology, Design and Construction, and Community Development, and are deeply committed to the School’s continuing success. They are regular visitors to the School, meeting staff and students in order to be in tune with developments and current sentiment.

The current Chair is Mr Nigel Bailey who can be contacted c/o Launceston Grammar, 36 Button Street, Mowbray Heights, Tasmania 7250 or via chair@lcgs.tas.edu.au

Nigel Bailey

(Chair) MBA GAICD

Nigel Bailey

(Chair) MBA GAICD

Nigel has more than 25 years’ experience in the media sector, having established and operated a successful consultancy practice, followed by senior executive, general management, operations and ICT roles across Australia and New Zealand.

He returned to Tasmania with his family in 2014, is current Leader, Information Technology (CIO) at Tasmanian GBE TasNetworks, and a current member of the State’s peak body for ICT, TasICT, where he has served as Vice President and is the current Chair of the Cyber Security Sub-Committee.

Nigel was appointed to the Launceston Church Grammar School Board by the Christ College Trust in 2017 and to the role of Board Chair in 2019.

Nigel’s long family connection to Launceston Grammar dates back to the late 1800s, and is a parent of two current and two former Launceston Grammar students.

Fiona Woolcock

(Deputy Chair)

Fiona Woolcock

(Deputy Chair)

An Old Launcestonian, Fiona is a current parent of the School. Fiona is also a current committee member of the Old Launcestonians’ Association.

Fiona has a background in Nursing working at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and as a Specialist Oncology Nurse in Launceston at the WP Holman Clinic.

She also has had considerable experience in the Advertising Industry where she worked at The Campaign Palace in Sydney and Bates in London, working with national and global accounts Australian Meat & Livestock, Bonds, Nokia, Marks & Spencer, Royal Mail and Energizer Europe.

Fiona is a passionate Launcestonian and has recently worked alongside her husband to successfully manage their own business and was integral to merging that business into Knight Frank Tasmania.

Fiona joined the School Board in 2016 appointed by the Old Launcestonians’ Association.

She has a diverse background working closely with people in many industries across all levels of these businesses.

Parent of two current students.

Heath Clayton

RAIA

Heath Clayton

RAIA

A Registered Architect, with extensive experience in design, construction and project management with a particular interest and passion in Education design.  Heath holds a post-graduate qualification in Environmental Planning and has completed a Diploma of Management and Leadership.

Appointed to the Board in 2015 by the Christ College Trust and member of the Facilities Management Committee and Master Plan Sub Committee.

Parent of three current students, Heath is actively involved in coaching a number of sporting teams.

Lesley Freak

B. Soc. Sci. (Com. Dev.), Dip. TAA, C IV TAA, CMP, CRCS

Lesley Freak

B. Soc. Sci. (Com. Dev.), Dip. TAA, C IV TAA, CMP, CRCS

Lesley has a background in Community Development, Vocational Education (Training and Assessment) and the management and audit of a school-based Registered Training Organisation. She brings diversity to the Board having lived and been involved in public and private schools, as well as the VET sector in South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

Appointed to the Board in 2010 by the Bishop of Tasmania, Lesley has been involved in the development of the school’s Strategic Plans, Strategic monitoring, a review of the Teaching of Sustainability, and is a member of the Strategic Plan Committee and Master Plan Sub Committee.

Parent of two former Launceston Grammar students.

 

Claire Gregg

Claire Gregg

Claire is a private practice town planner currently serving as a Tasmanian Planning Commissioner.

Claire is an Old Launcestonian, Class of 1997 and has served as the Honorary Secretary of the Old Launcestonians’ Association since 2015.

Appointed to the Board in 2018 by the OLA and Chair of the Risk and Compliance Committee.

Parent of one current student.

Ven. Dane Courtney

B.A., B.Th., Dip Arts (Theology), Dip Ed.

Ven. Dane Courtney

B.A., B.Th., Dip Arts (Theology), Dip Ed.

Dane is Rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Launceston, and Archdeacon for the Northern Ministry District, Diocese of Tasmania. Having previously served on the Council of Trinity Grammar School in Sydney (1994-2017) and as Chairman of Rouse Hill Anglican College Council (2000-2007), Dane is also a member of the Anglican Church of Australia’s Liturgy Commission and a Board member of Broughton Publishing. Prior to ordination, Dane worked briefly as a Teacher (Mathematics).

Appointed to the Board in 2018 by the Bishop of Tasmania and member of the Finance Committee.

Tim Holder

AICD

Tim Holder

AICD

Tim is a Launceston Grammar alumnus and the Executive General Manager of Tasmanian Broadcasters with more than 25 years’ experience as a senior executive, CEO, company director and chairman. Tim currently chairs City Mission and is the immediate past President of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce. Tim joined the Board as a Bishop appointee in June 2021. He is also a parent of a current and former Launceston Grammar student.

Dallas Frost

FCA

Dallas Frost

FCA

Director and senior adviser at Frostbatten Chartered Accountants, a Launceston based accounting firm, with 25 years’ experience in accounting, business and tax advisory to the SME market.

Dallas joined the board as an OLA appointee in September 2020.

The Right Reverend Dr Richard Condie

(Visitor) B Soc Sc, B Th, Dip Min, D Min, GAICD

The Right Reverend Dr Richard Condie

(Visitor) B Soc Sc, B Th, Dip Min, D Min, GAICD

Bishop of Tasmania
Visitor to Launceston Church Grammar School

Richard is the 12th Bishop of Tasmania, commencing in this role in March 2016. Prior to coming to Tasmania, he was the Vicar of St Jude’s Church in Carlton for 14 years, one of Melbourne’s largest Anglican churches. Richard was also Archdeacon of Melbourne, responsible for 17 Parishes in the inner city. He has served as a Director of Ridley College, an Anglican training college, and President of the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion, Victorian Branch. He was Lecturer in New Testament at Ridley College in Melbourne from 1995-2002. 

Dr Rosemary Callingham AM

Dr Rosemary Callingham AM

Rosemary has an extensive background in mathematics education in Australia, in teaching and research. Internationally she has worked in Hong Kong and with UNICEF in North Korea. She is an acknowledged expert at using Rasch measurement techniques and has collaborated with some of the top specialists in this field.

Rosemary joined the Board as a Bishop appointee in December 2021.

Polly Flanagan

B.A. Dip. Ed. (Tas), Grad. Dip. Ed. Admin, M.Ed. (Melb)

Polly Flanagan

B.A. Dip. Ed. (Tas), Grad. Dip. Ed. Admin, M.Ed. (Melb)

Polly brings over 40 years of experience as an educator to the Board. She has worked in government, Catholic and independent schools and held a variety of senior leadership positions. These include the Executive Officer of Staff Development and Appraisal at Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Director of Leadership at Melbourne Grammar School and 10 years as the Principal of Shelford Girls’ Grammar in Caulfield.

Polly has been an active member of a number of educational organisations including the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority Board (VCAA), the Australian Heads of Independent Schools’ Association-Victorian branch (AHISA), the Association of Heads of Anglican Girls’ Schools Victoria and Vice-President of Girls’ Sport Victoria (GSV).

Polly has a particular interest in educational leadership. She has presented at international education conferences and participated widely in professional development activities including leading workshops and seminars for senior leaders, students, teachers and parents.

Keith Calvert

BSc

Keith Calvert

BSc

Keith is drawn to organisations who have a strong sense of purpose, and gravitates to people with an open and curious growth mindset. Having achieved solid outcomes within the public and private sectors, Keith has a proven track record in complex and creative problem solving, often deploying human-centered design methodology.

Keith’s private enterprise experience has included regional economic development, Food and Agribusiness and the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector. Career highlights include launching Australia’s first organic infant formula, and being part of establishing two of Tasmania’s nationally recognised food brands.

In the public sector, Kaith spent thirteen years as a director of the Federal Government’s primary business advisory program, giving him exposure to a wide range of business models and contemporary business practices.

Keith has solid experience in creating high performing teams. Strong stakeholder management skills and initiating and facilitating effective collaboration are well demonstrated in Keith’s career history.

Keith and his wife Lil have three children currently enrolled at Launceston Grammar.

Keith holds a Bachelor of Science (Aquaculture) (Hons).


School Executive

Nicholas Foster

Acting Headmaster

Nicholas Foster

Acting Headmaster

Michael McLeod

Chief Operating Officer

Michael McLeod

Chief Operating Officer

Adrian Finch

Acting Head of Senior Campus

Adrian Finch

Acting Head of Senior Campus

Sheona Carter

Head of Junior Campus

Sheona Carter

Head of Junior Campus

Melita Cornell

Director of People and Culture

Melita Cornell

Director of People and Culture

Claire Calvert

Primary Years Programme Coordinator

Claire Calvert

Primary Years Programme Coordinator

Brigid Rawlings

Director of Community Engagement

Brigid Rawlings

Director of Community Engagement

Steve Donaghy

Property Manager

Steve Donaghy

Property Manager

 

 

Ash Keatch

Head of Boarding

Ash Keatch

Head of Boarding

Ashley Keatch starting in 2021 is the Head of Boarding Launceston Church Grammar School

My vision for a healthy boarding community is to promote open, transparent and honest relationships between staff, students and parents where ultimately every person who lives, works or visits the boarding community feels like they belong to a special community within Launceston Church Grammar School.

Ash has more than 17 years’ experience in education, teaching boys and girls from Grades 6 – 12 in Design and Technology. He has been a Curriculum Leader – Technology and a Project Leader Round Square in South Africa and Nepal where he led 50 international students and staff in building 5 classrooms.

He has 16 years’ experience in boarding at one of Western Australia’s leading independent schools, his roles in boarding have included Assistant Residential Head of Year 6 – 8, Residential Head of Student Wellbeing and Recreation Grades 6 – 12 and Residential Head of Grades 10, 11 and 12.

This is Ash and Lisa’s first time living in wonderful Tasmania. They are parents to two beautiful children Katherine 20 years old in her final year of nursing at Notre Dame University in Fremantle WA and Joshua 18 years old, just finished at Scotch College with 2 Honours, 12 Colours and Captain of Keys House. Josh is studying Sport Science and Exercise and Health at UWA.

Sarah Murgatroyd

Finance and Administration Manager

Sarah Murgatroyd

Finance and Administration Manager

Christian Zantuck

Acting Deputy Head of the Junior Campus

Christian Zantuck

Acting Deputy Head of the Junior Campus

Natalie Stewart

Co-Director of Teaching and Learning (Grades 10-12)

Natalie Stewart

Co-Director of Teaching and Learning (Grades 10-12)

Sarah Shepherd

Co-Director Teaching and Learning (Grades 7-9)

Sarah Shepherd

Co-Director Teaching and Learning (Grades 7-9)

Cassie Lobley

Head of Learning Enrichment

Cassie Lobley

Head of Learning Enrichment

Elizabeth Poland

Junior Campus Chaplain

Elizabeth Poland

Junior Campus Chaplain

Reverend Matthew Pickering

Senior Campus Chaplain

Reverend Matthew Pickering

Senior Campus Chaplain


Student Leadership

Leaders enable people towards a vision, and we are proud of our students who take on leadership roles at our Junior and Senior Campuses.

Junior Campus

Our Grade 6 cohort embrace the responsibility of being a leader to our Junior Campus students. Their leadership is underpinned by lines of enquiry as well as the School’s Identity of being Courageous, Curious, Creative and Compassionate. Our Junior Campus leaders are:

  • Knowledgeable: helping to facilitate the development of expertise and knowledge and understanding the needs of others.
  • Communicators: demonstrating commitment through effective communication and as a result building strong and healthy relationships across the campus.
  • Trustworthy: displaying integrity, honesty and empathy. They serve with organisation and good time management.
  • Enablers of change: they troubleshoot with confidence and resilience.

Our Junior Campus Leaders are Sports Leaders, Charity and Events Leaders, Community Service Leaders, Sustainability Leaders and Performing Arts Leaders.

Senior Campus

Our School Prefects provide guidance and leadership to the School.

2022 Leaders

  • Zaki Anis
  • William Bates
  • George Calvert (Co-Captain)
  • Toby Cannell
  • Georgia Curran
  • Liam Fassett
  • Meg Felmingham
  • Jade Freeman
  • Anjana Kumar
  • Ashlyn Mayes
  • Lachlan Pohan (Co Vice-Captain)
  • Archie Ralph
  • Lily Redburn (Co Vice-Captain)
  • Grace Robertson (Co-Captain)
  • Amy Sawyer
  • Emily Thomson-Chia

House Leaders

Fraser Prefect and House Captain Kathryn Hill and Jarvis Heggarty-Henderson
Gillett Prefect and House Captain Isobel Brown and Henry Woolcock
Roff Prefect and House Captain Victoria Monson and Angus Farquhar
Savigny Prefect and House Captain Elizabeth Tucker and Lucas Kerr
Wilkinson Prefect and House Captain Olivia Frost and Lachlan Dean
Hawkes Co-Captains Olivia John
Co Vice-Captains Victoria Monson (operations) and Yuqi (Jerry) Lin (culture and community