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The staff and the School Board at Westbourne Grammar School accept that they are committed to our strong moral purpose. We know that variance within a school is greater than between schools, and it is this knowledge that has shaped our shared moral purpose which is ‘…every child can succeed and achieve significant growth’. This purpose sits at the heart of what we do each and every day with each and every child.

Principal Meg Hansen’s leadership has been distinguished by a dynamic building program and an educational philosophy based on an unwavering commitment to achieving the best for every student.

Meg Hansen
Principal
BA, DipTeach, MA (Hons), PGradDipArts, SecTeachDip, FACE, FACEL, AICD

Highly respected for her professionalism and insights into the complex and ever-evolving landscape of twenty first century teaching and learning; Meg Hansen’s vision for the school is underpinned by a strong moral purpose and an understanding that deep level thinking, creativity and imagination are amongst the fundamental skills young people will need for the world of tomorrow.

A New Zealander by birth, Meg came to Westbourne in 1987 to teach English, becoming deputy principal in 1995 and from 2000 the principal of Lauriston Girls’ School. Returning to Westbourne in 2010, her leadership has been distinguished by a dynamic building program and an educational philosophy based on an unwavering commitment to achieving the best for every student.
School Board
Our School Board is comprised of dedicated professional people from all walks of life and connections to the School - with one common purpose.
The careful stewardship of the School’s Vision and Values and the strategic framework that guides the growth and development of Westbourne in the present and into the future.
Board Member
With more than two decades of professional experience in the oil, gas, petrochemical and mining sectors, Ilija is now Regional Turnaround Excellence Lead in Shell’s Global Production Excellence Team. An outstanding athlete who played for the AFL, Ilija is passionate about education, the outdoors and all sports. He also enjoys spending time away on adventures with his family and friends.
Ilija Grgic
BEng (Chem), MBA
Board Member
Dr Mark Krawczyszyn is a Cardiologist working in private practice at Heartwest and by public hospital appointment at Western Health. He is also an honorary senior lecturer at Notre Dame University. A current parent, he has served as a Board member since 2009.
Mark Krawczyszyn
MBBS, FRACP, DDU
Board Member
A highly experienced education professional, Claire is currently Victoria University’s national director for Advancement via Individual Determination. In this role, her work supports an education system that provides opportunities for all students to achieve their potential irrespective of their postcode or circumstances. When not at work, she can be found sharing time with her family or playing basketball.
Claire Brown
BA, GradDipEd, MEd, PhD
Board Member
An executive financial planner with more than twenty years experience in the industry, Ian describes his role as one which is focussed on ‘assisting people achieve their lifestyle and retirement goals.’ As a Board member, he utilises these same skills to ensure the school continues to provide students with the best possible educational opportunities in the best possible environment.
Ian Fox
BBus (Acc), DipFS (FP), GDip (Tax Law), MBus(Acc), CPA
Board Member
Following a seventeen-year career working in Moscow as a finance industry professional, David now lives back in Melbourne and is a current parent. A past student (Class of 1984) David was School Vice-Captain and a House Captain in Year 12. A great believer in the importance of education and the positive impact a school like Westbourne can make on young people, he is now actively contributing to the community through volunteer work.
David Stewart
BComm, GAICD
Board Member
A student in the first intake at Truganina, David was School Captain and Captain of Hudson House in 1984. A member of the Board since 2004 and president for three years (2012-15), he is a qualified physiotherapist and currently a director of the Melton Physiotherapy Clinic. A keen cyclist and golfer, David’s two children also attended Westbourne.
David Horvath
BSc, BAppSc (Physio)
Board Member
Rocio is Manager of Industry and International Partnerships at Victoria University (Research Unit) and throughout her career has brought an international perspective to her senior advisory and developmental roles. With expertise in issues relating to global mobility; knowledge exchange and international education; and extensive experience in negotiation across different cultures, her mentorship of staff and students is highly valued.
Rocio Vucetich Karibian
BBusAdmin, Grad Dip Interpreting
Board Member
As a past student, past parent, successful business person and former Board Chair, Diane’s association with the school began in the early 1970s when she joined what was then the Williamstown Grammar School Council. She was soon actively involved in the campaign to secure a substantial parcel of land and build a new school in Melbourne’s west. Since then Diane has worked tirelessly in support of Westbourne, contributing her time, business acumen and personal philanthropy.
Diane John OAM
Board Member
John’s service as an independent director of Westbourne Grammar and the Westbourne Foundation spans a period of more than two decades. A chief executive, company director and founding Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, John has recently retired from his position as a lecturer and unit chair at Deakin University and is currently a consultant and academic for the Marcus Oldham Agricultural College.
John McElvaney
MBA, DipBus, Cert Ed (Adult Ed), CD Dip, CPM, Cert Ed (Tertiary Ed) FAICD
School Leadership
The leadership team lead by the Principal brings together the Heads of School, Directors and Learning Leaders guiding the strategic and operational elements of the running of our large multi-campus school.
This experienced team is deeply committed to providing an exceptional learning experience for every student.
Principal
Highly respected for her professionalism and insights into the complex and ever-evolving landscape of twenty-first century teaching and learning; Meg Hansen’s vision for the school is underpinned by a strong moral purpose and an understanding that deep level thinking, creativity and imagination are amongst the fundamental skills young people will need for the world of tomorrow. A New Zealander by birth, Meg came to Westbourne in 1987 to teach English, becoming deputy principal in 1995 and from 2000 the principal of Lauriston Girls’ School. Returning to Westbourne in 2010, her leadership has been distinguished by a dynamic building program and an educational philosophy based on an unwavering commitment to achieving the best for every student.
Meg Hansen
BA, DipTeach, MA (Hons), PGradDipArts, SecTeachDip, FACE, FACEL, AICD
Associate Principal
Adrian is a gifted and dynamic educator who seeks to inspire students and colleagues through an authentic and collaborative approach. Recognising the importance of educating the whole person, he understands a learning environment based on respect, connection and integrity is key to achieving positive outcomes. His vision for the future rests on the belief that education is about empowering young people with what he sees as ‘the most important skill of all, which is learning how to learn.’
Adrian Camm
B AppSc, Grad Dip Ed, MSL
Head of Junior School
A highly experienced educator, Paul has been in this role for two decades. He is passionate about students developing a love of and curiosity for learning, as well as acquiring the skills, competencies and dispositions that will enable them to be confident, well-rounded and successful young people in a rapidly changing world.  He believes that learning needs to be challenging and fun. Paul also stresses the importance of building a strong partnership between school and home.
Paul Barklamb
BEd, DipTeach, GradDipEdAdmin, GradCertSpEd, CertGiftedEd
Deputy Head Junior School
As Deputy Head of Junior School, Kylie is responsible for managing an innovative program of teaching and learning. Believing that student wellbeing and positive learning outcomes are inextricably linked, her focus is on ensuring the learning landscape is one in which teachers can deliver the best possible educational outcomes.
Kylie Baxter
BEd, PGradDipEd
Director of People Strategy and Culture
With a professional background that includes a wide range of experience in schools in England and Australia, Peter joined the Westbourne staff in 2019. A graduate of Staffordshire and Leicester Universities, he has taught secondary geography and history and also had responsibility for many roles beyond the classroom including: student counsellor, faculty and subject leader, sub-school coordinator, data analyst, Year Level Manager and Director of Learning (P – 12 and Senior School).
Peter Westhead
BA (Hons), PGradCertEd
Director of Development
Prior to her appointment as Director of Development, Anne’s professional involvement in education encompassed the positions of classroom teacher, deputy principal and principal in a number of different schools. Strongly aware of the transformational impact learning can have on young people, her broad management experience, strategic expertise and hands-on knowledge of schools brings a unique range of attributes to her role at Westbourne.
Anne Bright
BA (Hons), DipEd
Head of Senior School
Jeremy’s professional background ranges from teaching positions to employment in public relations, business development and public affairs. A graduate of the University of Leeds, prior to joining the staff at Westbourne, he was Head of the Business Faculty at Oakham School in England. His teaching experience (St Kevin’s and Haileybury) includes: the International Baccalaureate, VCE commerce subjects, Year 10 mathematics and Spanish.
Jeremy Rowe
BA (Hons), Grad Dip Ed
Deputy Head Senior School
An accomplished and results-driven educator, Amrita has a strong desire to empower students to become independent and lifelong learners. She is committed to unleash student potential and ensure that all students experience a high quality, balanced program of learning opportunities. Amrita oversees learning and wellbeing in Senior School by actively fostering staff and student talent in a safe and supportive environment.
Amrita Ahuja
MCom, BCom(Hons), BEd,
Business Manager
With experience in a range of settings including infrastructure, professional services, legal and educational, James is well credentialled to manage the school’s financial wellbeing. As a senior finance executive for over two decades in European and North American listed multinationals and, more recently, in the not for profit sector, James’s strategic thinking skills and track record of improving organisational operations, developing high performing teams and optimising capital efficiency are highly valued at Westbourne. James also has a strong interest in improving the financial literacy of all students and, as an accomplished violinist, has a deep affiliation with the performing arts.
James Egan
MAppFin, BBus, BSc, GradDipEd, CPA
Heads of Campus
The campuses of the School are led by a dedicated team of Heads at Amici, Winjeel, Williamstown, Verdon.
Along with the School Executive, the Heads of Campus also belong to the Effective Learning Team which guides the strategic research and planning for learning across the School.
Head of Amici and Winjeel
As Head of Campus ELC-Year 2, Andrea feels privileged to share in the everyday journeys of discovery undertaken by our youngest students. With an educational program underpinned by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, early learning at Amici and Winjeel is focused on providing a stimulating environment that inspires, supports and encourages each individual to make the most of every opportunity offered.
Andrea Elliott
BEd, Dip Teach, PGradDipEd
Head of Williamstown Campus
An experienced, well-qualified and dedicated educator, Mario is strongly committed to ensuring Westbourne students are empowered to make the most of their individual strengths, grow in confidence and explore all that the curriculum offers throughout those exciting early years of education. In an environment inspired by rich learning experiences, the Williamstown campus is a place where young learners thrive.
Mario Chrisanthou
BEd
Head of Verdon Centre
As Head of the Verdon Centre (Years 3-6) Emma brings a wealth of experience in teaching and a philosophy of learning that is focused on student wellbeing, positive interaction and achievement. The driving force behind Westbourne’s very successful community service program, Emma believes it is important that students in Years 5 and 6 are empowered to give back to their community.
Emma Woodall
BTeach, BEd
Heads of Senior Year Levels
Years 7 & 8, Year 9 and Years 10, 11 & 12 have a designated Head of Year Level to coordinate within and across these senior years.
The Heads of Year Levels work with with the Heads of Campus and contribute to the Effective Learning Team.
Head of Year 9
As the Head of Westbourne’s purpose-built Geoffrey Ryan Centre, Barry’s belief in the importance of a separate learning environment for Year 9 is at the core of his professional work. Strongly committed to prioritising the development of agency, optimism and self-efficacy in students’ learning dispositions, Barry is motivated by his concept of the interconnectivity of various facets of students’ learning situations - something that is an integral to the success of the Year 9 experience.
Barry Power
BEd
Head of Years 7 and 8
With a background in both classroom teaching and a range of leadership positions, Helen’s professional experience as an educator has encompassed a diverse range of roles that include Director of Faculty and Head of House. As Westbourne’s Director of Years 7 and 8, Helen brings a wealth of knowledge to this key position. Her strong desire to assist students to become more confident and independent learners, supported by a robust wellbeing program, is a hallmark of her leadership style.
Helen Gauci
BEd, DipTeach
Head of Years 10, 11 and 12
As the Director of Years 10-12, Sandra brings a wealth of knowledge and professional expertise to the management of Westbourne’s senior students. A highly experienced educator, her focus is on providing support for those in her care and ensuring their wellbeing is always the priority. Strongly committed to the school’s values, she has held a range of leadership positions since joining the staff in 1994. With a degree in fine arts and a major in ceramics, Sandra is a dedicated visual arts practitioner.
Sandra Jenkins
BA, DipEd, Grad Cert TESOL