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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 2020 are:
Ex officio members:
BA (hons), Dip.Ed., M.Ed., MACE
Ms Elisabeth Lenders commenced as Principal at Kingswood College in January 2011.
Elisabeth is President of the Centre for Strategic Education (CSE), a leading provider of teacher professional development, publications, and consultancy in education.
Previously she has been Deputy Principal at Carey Baptist Grammar School (2006-2010), Head of Middle School at Carey, Head of English at Billanook College (1993-1998), Special Education teacher at Ivanhoe Grammar School (1987-1992), and English and Geography teacher at Trinity Grammar School (1985-1986).
Elisabeth studied at Korowa Anglican Girls’ School in Glen Iris, during which time she represented Victoria in junior hockey teams, was School Captain, Magazine Editor, and a member of choir and madrigals groups.
Elisabeth completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Geography and a Diploma of Education at Monash University. She was a leader in the Clubs and Societies executive, President of the Association of Debaters, and represented the university in intervarsity hockey and debating. Elisabeth was awarded a commonwealth scholarship to complete her Masters in Education at La Trobe University.
Throughout her career Elisabeth has been a sought after speaker, initially in the area of English curriculum, but more recently in innovations in Middle School, the use of technology in improving learning outcomes for students, the effective utilisation of data to improve teaching and learning, and leadership in the education arena.
Her philosophy of education is based around the belief that educators have the rare privilege and opportunity to help young people find their place in the world and in doing so help uncover the unique coalescence of gifts, talents, and possibilities which exist in each young life.
Done well, education truly is a gift that lasts a lifetime, and its outcomes ripple into the days and decades and world beyond schooling. Kingswood College’s ambition to be a world class school which enables young people to know themselves, and allows their potential to soar, is at the heart of Elisabeth’s motivation as an educator.
Elisabeth is married to John Lenders and they have three adult children.
Geoff Roberts-Thomson is the Deputy Principal at Kingswood College and commenced in January 2020.
Geoff is a highly experienced Deputy Principal, and brings a wealth of knowledge and vision to the role.
Prior to commencing at Kingswood College, Geoff was the Deputy Principal (Staff and Administration) at Presbyterian Ladies’ College, a position he held for three years; and prior to that he was the Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School at Oxley Christian College for 13 years.
A passionate educator who seeks to foster a life-long love of learning in every student, Geoff is committed to thinking deeply about what education for today’s students should look like. He will lead the College in the next phase of implementing our unique LATTICE framework and the implementation of the secondary and whole school priorities.
Geoff teaches Mathematics and Information Technology and he also has a strong background in wellbeing, community based learning and student agency.
Kerrie joined Kingswood College in 2018 as the Business Manager. Her role focuses on the financial sustainability of the College, the upkeep of the College’s facilities and strategic direction of the College.
Kerrie has broad experience in the commercial world, local government and not for profit organisations, which assists her in managing the complex operations of Kingswood College.
Before coming to Kingswood College, Kerrie spent six months as a volunteer in Tanzania, was the Business Manager at De La Salle College, CFO at Darebin City Council,and Group Accountant at City of Melbourne. She also spent a number of years at Orica (formerly ICI Australia) and was Commercial Accountant at Skilled and Shell.
Kerrie has a Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma of Marketing, Master of Business Administration, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a CPA.
Lynelle Dudman is the Director of Community Engagement and commenced in 2011.
Lynelle is responsible for the development of the Kingswood College brand, publicity and reputation, marketing, enrolments, alumni and community engagement programs.
With a business degree specialising in marketing, Lynelle has significant experience in marketing, communications, brand management, media and publications in both Australia and the United Kingdom.
Prior to her appointment at Kingswood College, Lynelle was employed at Deakin University as the Manager Communications and Branding – a senior management position within the Marketing Division which she held for five years.
Lynelle has worked at Fairfax Community Newspapers as the Victorian Marketing Manager for a group of 30 local newspapers and magazines.
Lynelle previously worked in the United Kingdom for several years in marketing management positions in a range of industries including media, publishing and recruitment.
Julian Carroll commenced his role as Head of Junior School at Kingswood College in January 2017. Before joining Kingswood he was Head of Junior School and Acting Head of Middle and Senior Schools at Southern Cross Grammar School.
He is immediate past president of the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia for the past two years, and a council member of the Centre for Strategic Education.
Julian’s educational philosophy focuses on innovation and student wellbeing and is a natural fit for Kingswood College’s Model for Learning and the aspirations we have for each student in our community.
Prior to his role at Southern Cross Grammar School, Julian was Head of Preparatory School (ELC-Year 8) at Geelong College for eight years. Before that, he was Principal of Ballarat North Primary School for 10 years.
Julian is passionate about personalised learning, student wellbeing and holistic learning, and will work to further develop our personalising learning priority and the IB Primary Years Programme for all students in the Early Learning Centre and Junior School.
Mr Adam Somes is a fifth generation teacher with over 20 years of educational experience.
He commenced as Head of Middle School at Kingswood College in 2019.
After starting his teaching career in Canberra, Adam moved to Melbourne, working as an English, Theatre Studies and Global Politics Teacher. Adam has taken on a variety of school leadership positions over the years, focusing strongly on the areas of Pastoral Care and Wellbeing support. He has most recently been the Head of Middle School at Huntingtower.
Adam’s postgraduate studies have seen him develop a range of programs, structures and approaches used in supporting the digital wellbeing of adolescents. He has spoken on the topics of Digital Wellbeing, Change Management and Social Media use, at conferences in Australia, the Asia Pacific and North America.
Adam is a celebrated Middle Years educator and currently holds the position of Communications Manager for Adolescent Success, an Australian-based organisation dedicated exclusively to the education, development and growth of young adolescents. In this position, he coordinates the online presence of Adolescent Success.
Dr Stephen Maus commenced as the Head of Senior School in January 2018.
Dr Maus is an esteemed educator with an outstanding reputation for his classroom teaching, support for students and families, for raising standards and improving student-learning outcomes.
Stephen was previously the Head of Year 11 at Trinity Grammar School with direct leadership and responsibility for more than 160 students. He played a pivotal role in the development and delivery of Trinity’s renowned student leadership program, as well as holding numerous other positions of leadership including Head of Commerce, Head of House and Senior Master.
Stephen has worked in Catholic education and independent schooling as well as industry. He is also an accomplished sports coach.
In 2004 Stephen completed his Doctor of Education, with his thesis focused on how to improve learning outcomes for students.
He shares Kingswood College’s philosophy of educating the mind, body, heart and spirit, and believes wholeheartedly in developing a strong three-way partnership between school, students and families.
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.
Welcome to the future. The Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020 builds on our long history of being a leader in education of the mind, body, heart and spirit. Proudly a co-educational school, Kingswood College has long devoted itself to preparing its students for real life in all its facets: for tertiary education and career, for family life and community.