In the final edition of the newsletter for 2022, I acknowledge the contributions and dedication of all staff, particularly those long-standing staff who are leaving St Peter’s College at the end of the year, a number to enter retirement.
Over the past three years Mr Marcus Blackburn, in his role as Deputy Headmaster/Head of Senior School, has worked tirelessly toward the achievement of the School’s strategic goals. He has used his fresh set of eyes to question everyday practices and cultural norms across the School community in helpful ways and is highly regarded for his compassion and empathy. We congratulate Marcus on his appointment as Head of School of St Peter’s Cambridge New Zealand and wish him well as he embarks on a new journey in his career.
After 34 years at St Peter’s College, Mr Con Sinanis will retire at the end of the 2022 school year. Con has made a significant contribution over the years as Head of House – Young and Design Technology Teacher. We thank Con for his dedication to both the School and so many boys and families during his time of employment and wish him all the best for his retirement.
For the past 31 years, Mrs Glenda Wilson’s professionalism, expertise and genuine care for the health and wellbeing of boarders and staff in her care has been exceptional. Glenda will retire in March 2023 and we wish her well for her retirement (and her efforts to further lower her golf handicap).
After 30 years of service to SPSC Mr Danny Cardone has announced his resignation. His loyal service includes Head of House – Woodcock, Teacher of Business, Coordinator of Commerce and Coach and Manager of various Soccer teams and tours. We thank Danny and wish him well in his role at Indie School’s new Port Adelaide campus.
Mr Scott Russell has been a valued member of our Arts Department for the past 26 years. With a passion and dedication to the Arts, Scott has provided students an authentic Arts learning experience, whilst fostering in students a lifelong appreciation of the Arts. Scott was instrumental in initiating our Artist-in-Residence Program – now in its 25th year. We wish Scott all the best for his retirement.
Throughout a 24-year tenure, 21 of these in boarding, Mr Mark Colsey has selflessly given of his time to ensure every student in his care, through his leadership as Head of House – School and Allen or as Careers Counsellor, received the attention they deserved. His passion and dedication to the hundreds of boarders, and their families he has cared for in his time has been exceptional and we wish Mark well in his retirement.
Ms Hayley Patton’s much valued contributions to the School over the past 12 years have been numerous and significant. We have witnessed her talents as a teacher of English and Drama and her dedication to the pastoral wellbeing of all Hawkes House students in her role as Head of House. We thank Hayley and wish her all the best at Pembroke School.
Ms Lauren Brenton commenced at SPSC in 2012. Over the past 11 years Lauren’s roles have included Head of House – MacDermott, Humanities Teacher and work in curriculum support where her dedication to assisting boys to access the curriculum and thrive has been genuine and passionate. Lauren was also instrumental in establishing our Indigenous Program. We thank Lauren and wish her well in her Assistant Head of School role at Indie School’s new Port Adelaide campus.
Mr Karl Grice has taught Science in the Senior School since 2012 and has held the position of Head of Science Faculty. We wish Karl all the best for the future.
Over the past 10 years Ms Angela Norman has taught students from Year 1 through to Year 12 where she has mentored students engaging in university studies. In her role as Director of Digital Innovation, Angela’s passion and expertise, in all things digital has inspired both students and staff. Angela was instrumental in developing the Cyber Studies Curriculum in conjunction with industry and has taught the SACE subject in 2022. We congratulate Angela on her new leadership role at Trinity College as Director of Digital Learning.
Mr Brian Wong commenced at the School in 2014 as a Temporary Relief Teacher, later being appointed as a permanent Teacher – Maths and Science. Brian has also supported students across the Middle Year in his Year 8 Mentor role. We wish Brian every success.
Mr Glen Malkin has taught across the Senior School since 2016 and has held various leadership positions including Acting Head of House – Da Costa, Acting Head of House – Howard, CEO in Residence Program Coordinator and Coordinator of Football. We wish Glen all the best in his Head of House role at Rostrevor College.
Ms Louise Firth joined SPSC in 2018 and over the years she has taught Maths and Psychology. She has coordinated Maths@Saints, the Year 7 Rowing Program, tutored in the Boarding House and supported many Outdoor Education programs. Her friendly and easy-going disposition will be missed by the students and staff alike and we wish her all the best as she takes on a leadership position in boarding at Westminster School.
Mr Leigh Kube has been a valued member of the Senior School’s Maths Faculty since 2018. His passion for learning and ability to bring out the best in the boys he has worked with is to be admired. We wish Leigh well in the Head of Maths role at St Michael’s College.
Every staff member at St Peter’s College works hard to create an exceptional community of learning which enables students to flourish. To all teachers – thank you for your dedication, passion and commitment to students. For those staff members who are taking up new opportunities or retiring – I wish you the very best in your future undertakings and know that you are always welcome here at the School. I know our parents – our partners in the human endeavour that is St Peter’s College – will join me in thanking you.
2022 has been a special year in the School’s 175 year history. Across the year we have reflected with appreciation and admiration on the efforts of our forebears who created the opportunities we enjoy today. As stewards of SPSC we are responsible for building upon the foundations laid by those who have come before us as we look to the future and the legacy we are creating for generations to come.
I wish all students and families all the very best for a well-deserved summer break, and for a positive and prosperous 2023. Thank you for your ongoing support of St Peter’s College.