IGS welcomes a wealth of talent and experience

A warm welcome to staff returning to IGS in 2021 and to those joining our community.

Welcome back

IGS warmly welcomes staff who have returned to our School after being on leave.

Suzanna Gray, now Suzanna Boyd, returns as our new Deputy Head of the Early Learning Centre, working three days a week.

Suzanna will lead our Early Learning Centre together with Educational Leader Victoria Willett and Head of School Early Learning Sarah Herbert.

Nicole Demovic and Emily Ross return this year to teach in the junior school; Sophie Jones returns to teaching PDHPE; Amy Robinson to teach Design and Technology; and Rosy Chuvand returns to our Languages Department.

We also welcome back from long service leave Director of Counselling Services and Psychologist Joe Degeling, Head of Student Wellbeing Primary Head of Jason Reitmans and Primary Teacher Teresa Bertoli.

Welcome to the IGS community

Alison Dean as Our new Head of Curriculum and Professional Learning who joins us with over 20 years of classroom, leadership and consultancy experience. She has spent the majority of her career at The King’s School in Parramatta, where, for 14 years, she was the Senior German teacher and Head of Languages. In 2015, she accepted a position with the AIS as a teaching and learning consultant before starting her own consultancy business in 2019, as well as being an ISTAA teacher accreditation assessor and a writer, judge and marker of HSC examinations.

Liz Turner is our new Head of Science and most recently was teaching at Kambala for nine years, holding the positions of Assistant Head of Science and Acting Head of Science and also leading a number of initiatives involving curriculum development and fostering engagement in STEAM and the use of learning analytics. Prior to Liz’s appointment to Kambala, Liz taught secondary Science and Mathematics at schools in the UK and in Australia for more than 20 years which included teaching using sign language, at a school for the hearing impaired in London.  

Amanda Fajou joins the English Department as Assistant Head of English and was previously teaching at PLC Sydney. Prior to PLC, Amanda taught at North Sydney Girls’ High School, teaching both English and History for five years.

Replacing Sarah Butler during Sarah’s leave this year, in the role of Head of Music Performance, is Fiona Lucas. Fiona is a professional musician, music educator and conductor with over 25 years of experience. Prior to her appointment at IGS, Fiona was Director of Bands and the Recorder Program at Chatswood Public School where she taught instrumental music for 21 years. Fiona is also the Musical Director and Chief Conductor of the Sydney Wind Symphony.

Also arriving in the Music Department for this term is David Griffin who joins us from St Catherine’s Waverley where he was Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion, teaching Stage 4 and 5 classroom music as well as running the band program for students in Years 3 to 12. David also works extensively as an orchestral conductor, working with such orchestras as Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra among others.

Lana Casey joins our Art and Design Department. Lana has been most recently teaching at Al-Faisal College and has a special interest in textiles and design. Her skills will be greatly appreciated.

Amanda Vincent will be joining our Mathematics Department from 19 February and comes to us from the Scots College where she has been teaching Mathematics for the past four years. Prior to her appointment to Scots, Amanda taught in Canada.

Joining our Languages Department we welcome Valentina Missio who will be teaching German in the junior school. Valentina commenced her teaching career in Zurich and spent more than six years working in numerous different primary schools in Switzerland, while enjoying lots of travel opportunities. She arrived in Australia in 2017 for a six-month visit and but now calls Australia “home”.

Teaching Japanese will be Sarah Sohn who, after completing her teaching degree, headed to Japan where she taught English to primary school students. Since her return to Australia, Sarah has been teaching in public and independent schools, most recently at Amity College, where she worked for six years.

Teaching Chinese in our Senior School will be Xu Roseby. Xu studied in Japan for a year before moving to northern NSW in 2005. For the past seven years, Xu has been teaching Japanese and Mandarin.

Hiro Mashimo will be teaching Japanese in the Primary School for this term, replacing Noriko during her long service leave. Hiro has been recently supporting students at Cranbrook in Japanese and also lecturing and tutoring Japanese courses at university level at both undergraduate and post graduate level.

We also welcome to our Early Learning Centre Miriam Jones who has spent the past two years working as an early childhood teacher at The Infants’ Home, Ashfield. Prior to this, she worked as an early childhood music teacher across diverse settings, and also taught violin at Leichhardt Public School.

Sonja Wiedenmaier also joins the ELC team, returning to IGS after a four-year absence. Sonja spent the time teaching in a community-based preschool, refining her skills in artistic language and expression, and building connections with various cultural communities. 

Joining our Bibliothèque as a library assistant we welcome Jade Smith. Jade has been working for the City of Sydney Libraries and most recently at Ryde Public Library. Jade is a freelance writer, editor and blogger and last year was awarded the 2020 Jean Arnot Memorial Fellowship for her paper on “the Future Roles of Public Libraries During and Post-COVID-19” which was published in the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association.

Sarah Riley will be teaching Year 3 this year and brings to IGS lots of experience from a wide range of independent and public schools. In addition to roles as a classroom teacher, Sarah has worked as an assistant principal, curriculum and instructional leader and stage coordinator.

Ciara Mahon has been appointed as a Student Support Assistant for Terms 1 and 2. Ciara most recently was working at Moriah College assisting high school students with various needs across the curriculum. She has also had extensive experience working with students with disabilities in Ireland, and her skills will be much utilised at IGS.

Marta Carvalho is our new Human Resources Officer and replaces Kristel during her maternity leave for this year. Marta has worked in a variety of workplaces in an HR role, including Meriden, Caritas and Prouds.

As we farewell Di Pizarro, who has accepted a university teaching appointment for this year, we also welcome Anne Kleeborn who joins the English Department, after teaching English in a casual capacity during 2020. 

We look forward to the contributions our new staff will bring to IGS.

Fond farewells

At the end of Term 4 2020, Alison Housley decided to resign from IGS after 13 years of committed service as our Director of Music. Alison is eager to embark on new opportunities. 
 
The Music Department has achieved so much under Alison’s leadership, including the development of new courses and programs, expanding diverse performance opportunities and experiences for our students, and nurturing the musical talent of staff and students alike.

To give but one example of many, who could forget the ambitious Who Let The Dogs Out concert in 2019, for example, with its program of music about dogs, and family pets joining the audience, raising funds for Assistance Dogs Australia?

We thank Head of Primary Music Nik Glass for taking on the Acting Director of Music role for Term 1 2021. 
 
We also thank Katie Salisbury, Freya King and Isobel Green for their work at IGS during 2020 and wish them all the best in their new teaching positions for 2021, Katie in Tasmania, and Freya in Queensland.

We thank Alison, Katie, Freya and Isobel for all they have contributed to our community and wish them all the very best for the future.