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Brisbane Water Secondary College Umina Campus

Brisbane Water Secondary College Umina Campus

Respect - Commitment - Relationships

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Our staff

Get to know our school staff. We're all here to help.

Our professional, university-educated teachers encourage students to develop a love of learning and a desire to succeed. They maintain the highest integrity and concern for your child’s wellbeing.

The principal is responsible for the educational leadership and management of our school. If you would like to speak to the principal, please contact us to make an appointment.

Our school administrative staff can answer inquiries or direct you to the appropriate staff member for help.


Ms Kerrie Thomas

College Principal Rel.

Mr Simon Warren

Deputy Principal

Ms Susannah Murray - Year 9

Deputy Principal

Mr Damian Purins - Year 8

Deputy Principal Rel.


Ms Jessie Heighington - Year 7

Deputy Principal


Ms Kathleen Short - Inclusion and Support

Head Teacher Wellbeing

Ms Amy Ward Rel.

Head Teacher Transition and Community Engagement 

Ms Jessie Heighington

Head Teacher Administration

Mr Marc Vella

Head Teacher Teaching and Learning

Ms Kristy Higgins Rel.


Middle School Model 

Our challenge has been to devise a structure that would address the needs of a 7-9 middle school with an intake of over 300 students in each year so that teachers would still know the students well despite the large numbers.

The traditional head teacher / faculty structure was not necessarily the most appropriate for the changing needs of the school.

Our model enables our teachers to develop closer understanding of the needs of students whom they teach than a traditional model.

The faculty base system of discipline of all classes by individual subject Head Teachers can result in duplication of effort with reduced impact. The same students may be seen numerous times a day by several head teachers with limited effect.

The capacity to plan and deliver curriculum from a cross faculty perspective would be better facilitated by a teams structure.


Middle School Teaching Teams

  • Our school is divided into 9 Teaching and Learning Teams 
  • Students will be placed into a class that belongs to a Team
  • A Team Leader is in charge of each team
  • Each team has Assistant Team Leaders in charge of Student Welfare
  • Each Team has its own allocated area within a purpose built staffroom
  • Team teachers teach the same Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 classes and work together in dealing with issues and rewarding students
  • Team 6 encompasses our Year 7 & 8 Enrich classes

Team Leaders and Assistant Team Leaders are the first point of contact for parents with any concerns


Team 1

Team Leader - Ms A. Maxwell

Assistant Team Leader - Ms M. Shore

Team 2

Team Leader - Ms A. Perry

Assistant Team Leader - Mr D. Stevenson

Assistant Team Leader - Ms D. Stocker

Team 3

Team Leader - Ms K. Evans

Assistant Team Leader - Ms A. Mason

Assistant Team Leader - Ms L. Williamson

Team 4

Team Leader - Mr J. Phillips

Assistant Team Leader - Ms E. Cummins

Team 5

Team Leader - Ms R. Kerr

Assistant Team Leader - Ms S. Barnett

Team 6

Team Leader - Ms D. Hillan

Assistant Team Leader - Ms D. Nott

Assistant Team Leader - Ms A. Carroll

Team 7

Team Leader - Ms K. Rowell

Assistant Team Leader - Mr J. Ford

Assistant Team Leader - Ms A. Hull

Team 8 CROFT

Team Leader - Ms E. Robertson

Assistant Team Leader - Mr T. Walker



Team Leaders - Ms K. Price and Mr  M. O'Keefe

Assistant Team Leader - Ms C. Bernie

Assistant Team Leader - Ms L. Martin