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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
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
As a current parent and President of the Friends of Westbourne Association, Shona has been volunteering in various roles throughout the junior and senior campuses since 2005. Passionate in her support of the school, its core values and mission, Shona says she feels a great sense of achievement in contributing to Westbourne’s continuing growth and development.
Shona Taylor
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 Vocio
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
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 Executive
The School Executive 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
Associate Principal since 2012, Andrew’s whole-school remit focuses on managing the core business of learning. Passionate about the educational outcomes derived from a growth mindset and the depth of understanding that can be achieved through exploring and utilising the principles of SOLO taxonomy; he also maintains oversight of the school’s extensive program of team and individual sports, outdoor education and the service work with Kampuchea House in Cambodia.
Andrew McGregor
BSc, DipEd, MEd
Head of Senior School
With a wealth of experience that encompasses both administration and teaching, Louisa sees her role as an opportunity to drive learning outcomes so that students will be able to navigate increasingly complex twenty-first century life and work environments. As one who thrives on the energy of young people, since joining the Westbourne staff in 2003 as a teacher of English, her previous responsibilities have included Head of Pascoe House and Deputy Head of Senior School.
Louisa Scerri
BA/Sc, GradDipEd
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 Senior School
A staff member since 2009, Dennis has held a wide range of roles including: Director of Year 9, inaugural Head of Derrimut House and, from 2018, Deputy Head of Senior School. With an honours degree in history, his passion for working with young people means he enjoys sharing the amazing stories and intrigues of his teaching subjects (history and politics) with his students.
Dennis Nowak
BA (Hons), GradDipEd
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 Learning
With a professional background that includes a wide range of experience in schools in New South Wales, Victoria and England, Grant has been at Westbourne since joining the staff in 2010 as Head of English. Appointed Director of Learning in 2012 his focus is on ensuring that students are well prepared for a world that is now fast changing, globally inter-connected and technology driven.
Grant Finlay
BA, DipEd, QTS
Director of People and Culture
One of Westbourne’s longest serving staff members, for many years Geoff was a music teacher and then subsequently Director of Music. Appointed Director of People and Culture in 2012, Geoff is now involved in all aspects of recruitment, coaching and management of human resources throughout the school. In addition to these responsibilities, he also has a teaching load that includes VCE music.
Geoff Hayhow
BEd, MEd
Director of Strategic Technologies
As Director of Strategic Technologies since 2016, Nicholas’ role involves developing, and implementing the technology strategy for the school while also managing the existing technology. Prior to taking up this position, Nicholas had more than three decades professional experience in the information technology industry. When asked about why he moved into education he said he ‘loves working with people and making their lives easier with technology.’
Nicholas Charlton
BAComp (Hons)
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
Business Manager
Katherine is a qualified accountant with significant career experience in business analysis, resource planning, project management, finance and forecasting. With an impressive track record at an executive level in the education, business and local government sectors, Katherine is ideally suited to Westbourne’s dynamic culture of growth and development.
Katherine Yee
BComm, MIntBus, CPA
Heads of Campus
The campuses of the School are led by a dedicated team of Heads at Amici, Winjeel, Williamstown, Verdon and Year 9.
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 the Williamstown Campus
Following some years as a classroom teacher, Nicole has been managing the Williamstown campus since 2011. Her strong drive and passion to make a difference means she works closely with students and staff to achieve optimal learning outcomes. Currently enrolled in a Master of Education degree specialising in leadership and management, Nicole’s chosen career in education continues to bring her huge satisfaction.
Nicole Armatas
BEd, Dip Ed
Head of the Verdon Centre Years 3-6
As Head of Campus Years 3-6 at the Verdon Centre, Gabrielle’s key goal is to provide a learning environment that is inclusive and rich in conversation, challenges, innovation and inspired learning, whilst promoting respect and care for all members of the Westbourne community.  
Gabrielle Mullins
BEd, DipTeach, GradDip (Maths), MEd
Director of Year 9
A strong desire to work with young people has provided a basis for Brendan’s work as a teacher of geography, environmental science and outdoor education. Since joining the staff his responsibilities have included the positions of Deputy Head of Flinders House, Deputy Director of Year 9 and now Director of Year 9 at the Geoffrey Ryan Centre. As an educator, he is especially interested in developing strategies to foster student wellbeing and the acquisition of relevant twenty-first century skills.
Brendan Evans
BAppSc, GradCertAppSc, GradDipEd
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