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The programs and teaching in Kingswood College support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to: elected government, the rule of law, equal rights of all before the law, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and association and the values of openness and tolerance.
Kingswood College is a legally constituted Company limited by guarantee. Directors of the Company are the Kingswood College Council members. There is a maximum of twelve council members and a minimum of eight.
The Kingswood College Council is responsible for:
The Council delegates responsibility for the operation and administration of the College to the Principal.
College Council members for 2023 are:
Ex officio members:
Chrissy Gamble is a personable and articulate leader with a passion for creating exceptional educational experiences for young people.
A strong advocate for the value of independent schools, she is deeply committed to fostering and sustaining excellence within outstanding educational communities.
Chrissy has a natural affinity for relationship, community and capacity building, and acts on this through her dedication to helping both students and staff achieve their personal best.
Chrissy has led and taught in independent schools around Australia for almost 30 years. Her breadth of experience extends from Kindergarten to Year 12 settings, including classroom teaching, governance, advocacy, funding programs, strategic planning and curriculum development.
Before Kingswood College, Chrissy was Deputy Executive Director at Independent Schools Tasmania for four years, and preceding this was Principal of Christ Church Grammar School in Melbourne. She has also been Deputy Head of School (P-12) and Head of Junior School (P-6) at Cranbrook School in Sydney.
Chrissy has a Master of Education from Murdoch University and a Bachelor of Arts (Education) from Curtin University. Her Master’s Degree explored gifted and talented students and the role accelerated learning can play in their progress.
Chris joined Kingswood College in 2021 as the Director of Business. His role focuses on the financial sustainability of the College, the upkeep of the College’s facilities and strategic direction of the College.
Chris has been working in schools since 2012 and he was previously the Finance Manager at Korowa Anglican Girls’ College a senior position he held since 2017.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting, a Certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profits, and a Master of Business Administration. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Association of School Business Administrators (ASBA).
Amy Lovell is the Head of Junior School, joining the College at the beginning of Term 3 2020.
Amy brings a wealth of experience to the classroom and the Executive Team having been a key leader at Carey Baptist Grammar School’s Junior School (Kew campus) since 2005. Amy is currently the Prep – Year 3 Coordinator and the Prep – Year 6 English Coordinator.
Amy’s has a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education and a Graduate Certificate in Education (Specific Learning Difficulties), all from the University of Melbourne. She has led curriculum reviews, implemented significant learning programs and is committed to individual growth and personal best in each young person.
Her reputation as a strong, innovative and imaginative curriculum leader is well established. Amy is intelligent and empathetic. Her work ethic and commitment to team-work are highly-regarded by those who work with her, and have impressed her colleagues and our selection panel.
Amy’s values are strongly aligned with those of Kingswood College, and her commitment to service and building community are hallmarks of her career in education.
Her interests include twentieth century history and politics, as well as bushwalking, camping and jogging. Amy lives locally, is married to Adam, and they have three young children.
Lisa Sacristani is the Head of Middle School commencing at the College in 2023.
Lisa is an experienced middle years’ leader, and prior to joining Kingswood College she was the Head of Junior Secondary (Middle School) at Donvale Christian College. Lisa worked at Donvale Christian College for more than a decade and held a range of leadership positions including Head of Year 9, as well as teaching English, Humanities and Sport to secondary students.
Prior to Donvale, Lisa worked at a number of other schools in teaching positions across a range of settings, as well as owning her own business.
At the heart of Lisa’s educational philosophy is the power of relationships. Lisa understands what it takes to build strong communities, and her hope is that every student in her care, will develop an imperviable identity, one where they have a deep sense of their value and worth, know who they are and that they belong.
In 2021 Lisa completed her Master of Education (Leadership) at the University of Melbourne.
In her spare time Lisa loves walking, reading and going to the beach. Lisa is married to Rob and together they have three teenage sons.
Rob Fuller is our new Head of Senior School having commenced in January 2024.
Rob joins us from Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School where he was most recently the Director of Curriculum, and a member of the School’s Executive. In this role Rob had responsibility for all aspects of curriculum development, assessment and reporting in the senior years.
A passionate teacher of Global Politics, History and English, he has held a range of roles throughout his time at Ivanhoe Girls’ and has been instrumental in setting the curriculum and learning direction for the secondary years.
Rob is an experienced educator with a passion for ensuring that students have real-world experiences that challenge them to develop resilience, healthy and positive relationships, and character. A people-person, Rob develops strong relationships, and he will bring to Kingswood College experience in curriculum development, building student and staff capacity contributing to our academic programs and outcomes.
Michaela Sutherland is the Executive Assistant to the Principal and the Indigenous Liaison Coordinator at Kingswood College.
Michaela commenced at the College in March 2012 and manages the office and schedule of the Principal. She works closely with the Executive Team, College Council and College community.
Michaela is also the liaison for the College’s Indigenous program, working with Indigenous students, their homestay families and the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School.
She is a passionate supporter of the Kingswood College community. She has been involved in many school camps, activities and international community based learning programs.
Prior to commencing at Kingswood College, Michaela held senior administrative roles at Carey Baptist Grammar School where she was employed for more than 20 years.
Michaela has a Diploma in Management and a Diploma in Business Administration.
Kingswood College has long accepted the challenge of rethinking education. Our new Strategic Plan continues that journey. Promoting our College as a place that enables everyone to Belong, Thrive and Achieve is central to supporting our students. To achieve this we will continue to create an inspiring environment that encourages lifelong learning and provide programs and activities that nurture the mind, body, heart and spirit.
Kingswood College is committed to child safety. We have zero tolerance of child abuse. Kingswood College has a Child Safe Committee of College Council, Child Safety Officers, regular training for staff and information for students as part of our commitment to child safety and wellbeing. Outlined above are the College’s policies and commitment to Child Safety. If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse telephone 000.
As part of our commitment to being a Child Safe School, if you have any information or concerns in relation to child safety at the College, please email email@example.com.