Deputy Head of Campus Announcements

Posted on February 10, 2023

Prior to the holiday, Deputy Principal Shaun O’Rourke announced that Lindy Gannon will assume the new Head of Campus role for Years 7 & 8, and Adam Chambers will be the Head of the Years 9 through 12 Campus in January 2024.

At this time, I am delighted to announce the following appointments as part of the L@F24+ Program:

  • John Hoggart – Deputy Head of Campus for Learning Years 7-8
  • Amy Harris – Deputy Head of Campus for Pastoral Care Years 9-12
  • Kate Baldry – Deputy Head of Campus for Learning Years 9-12

John, Amy and Kate will formally commence these new positions at the start of 2024. The School is very pleased to have John, Amy and Kate’s experience, leadership and guidance to bring-to-life the L@F24+ Program vision and benefits for our students and staff.

John Hoggart has been an educator at Friends’ since 2011, following a calling to teaching from a previous legal career. He has taught English from 7-12, with a keen focus on the High School years. Since 2020, John has been Deputy Head of High School – Curriculum and was previously Head of English. John is also a Friends’ School alumnus, completing Year 12 in 1997.

“We have such an exciting opportunity on our doorstep. Our Years 7 and 8 students are set to thrive in a uniquely connected and values-based learning program, grown from the best of our existing programs and pedagogies and shaped by best practice and the incredible passion and expertise of our staff. I am thrilled to be able to help lead this important step forward for our learning community.”

Amy Harris began at the School in 2009 and has taught a range of Health and Physical Education subjects at High School and Clemes. She is currently the Deputy Head of Clemes (Pastoral Care) taking on this role in 2021 with previous roles including Year 11-12 Coordinator from 2017 – 2019 and Acting Dean of Students 2020.

“I am looking forward to working with a strong pastoral team to support our Year 9 -12 students to become positive and contributing members of society. I am excited about the increased leadership opportunities Learning @ Friends’ 24 Plus will provide our senior students. They will play an active role in building our Year 9 -12 community as well as becoming positive role models for the younger students on campus.”

Kate Baldry has been at Friends’ since 2010 as a teacher of Physics and Physical Science, Head of Science and more recently Deputy Head of Clemes. Kate has extensive experience teaching the IB, TCE and Australian Curriculum, has coordinated the Clemes Council and more recently established the Friends’ Ally Network. In addition, Kate is a trained assessor for Initial Teacher Education and Highly Accomplished/Lead Teacher accreditation with the Tasmanian Teacher Registration Board and Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

“It is a huge honour to be part of the Friends’ 9-12 leadership team, and I’m excited to continue working with such exceptional educators. The 9-12 campus will provide further opportunities to increase collaboration and to explore creative evidence-based pedagogical approaches. A commitment to the Quaker ethos and to creating a dynamic and inclusive learning community will ensure Friends’ continues to be a place where all students are empowered to reach their potential.”

As part of the redeployment process over the last 7 months and after their own personal reflection, Joe Cairns, Lou Giudici and Kim Rowlands have decided to pursue voluntary redundancy to commence from the start 2024. Shaun and I hope that you too will continue to support them throughout the year. We will also make time to acknowledge them for their outstanding work at an appropriate time. In the meantime, we thank them for their continued exceptional care for our students, colleagues and families.

Over the coming weeks, we will publicly advertise for the following positions:

  • Deputy Head of Campus for Pastoral Care Years 7-8
  • Deputy Head of Campus for Year 9

The recruitment and appointment of these positions, along with the re-organisation of the Head of Faculty positions, will form part of another important stage in the Staff Leadership area.

Underpinning the L@F24+ Program and the decisions we make is our commitment to the School’s Purpose and Concerns and to enable the best learning environment for our students and staff.

Warm Regards,

Nelson File