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Executive Team

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OCS Senior Executive Team

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Yooie Choi



It is a privilege to be part of the staff here at Orange Chrisitan School and to lead this amazing school, establishing it as a salt and light in our community. I am passionate about the school’s vision to raise up effective leaders of godly character, as I believe that all students are leaders, as they can influence others by what they say and do. As leaders, I want to encourage them to develop their faith in God, do their best academically and be a positive influence amongst their peers, at home and in the wider community. 

Previously I taught in Sydney schools (both comprehensive public and independent single sex schools) and was involved in learning support, enrichment, and lived onsite with my family as a Boarding Housemaster. I also did Cadets (Captain in Australian Army Cadets) and enjoyed facilitating the Christian fellowship group at school. We came to Orange for a tree-change where I continued my work in learning support, literacy and enrichment. During my time in Orange, I was fortunate enough to study abroad at Harvard University (“Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness” – Harvard Graduate School of Education), participate in NESLI (National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative – Monash University) and complete a law degree (University of New England) and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (College of Law) where I was admitted to the Supreme Court roll. I have facilitated an online course called Philosophy 137 (Critical Thinking – Macquarie University) and I was a workshop presenter for GERRIC (Gifted Education Research Resource Information). I was fortunate to be appointed onto the Board of Directors for KU Children Services and visited Juvenile Detention Centres as an Officer Visitor on behalf of the NSW Government. I am currently enrolled in an Educational Doctorate (UNSW) researching student motivation and engagement. 

My approach to education is to ensure that students have a safe, supportive and enjoyable learning experience. A key to this approach is to develop teacher efficacy, equipping and supporting them to foster a learning experience that is dynamic, engaging and challenging. A place where intellectual character and effort, not marks alone, are recognised and celebrated. Our teaching programs are reviewed rigorously to ensure that students obtain meaningful outcomes through a Biblical perspective. 

I am married to Rebecca and we have four children. We own two dogs, and an alpaca named ‘Banjo”. I enjoy the outdoors (beach, hikes and camping) but equally staying inside and relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book. I like watching Kdramas and have been known to re-watch Star Wars, Lord of Rings and the like. We live on small acreage and like all busy families, find the time to mow and garden a constant battle. I am thankful for the support of the Board, my staffing colleagues, my local church, family and friends. I am thankful to be at Orange Christian School and I look forward to partnering with families in raising children with a desire to learn and to become more like Christ. I believe the School is well positioned to lead in this area for the glory of God.  

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Mrs Nicki Johnston

Deputy Principal - Staff, Curriculum and Operations

MEdPsych, BMus(MusEd)(Hons), AMusA

It is an honour to be serving alongside the dedicated team at Orange Christian School. I am encouraged by the school’s foundation of authentic Christian faith, that permeates throughout every aspect of school life.

I am married to Dean and we have three boys. We moved to Orange from Sydney at the end of 2021 and have thoroughly enjoyed the ‘tree change’, having already developed deep connections through school life, church, music, and sport. I have been teaching Music for 21 years and have experience as an HSC Music Marker. I have a deep passion for music, which began when I first picked up the flute and played it at 8 years old. I am blessed to have found such a rich music community here in Orange, where I have the privilege of being a member of the Orange Symphony Orchestra, the Orange Theatre Company, as well as being involved with various ensembles at the Orange Regional Conservatorium. In addition to playing music, I enjoy spending time at home with my family, including our dogs, cats, fish, chickens and bees, and being outside in nature.

Previously, I taught at Hornsby Girls High School, an academically selective school in Sydney, where I worked in student wellbeing as a year advisor and academics as Music Faculty Coordinator. Upon moving to Orange, I took up a position as Secondary Pastoral Care Coordinator and later Leader of Culture at Orange Anglican Grammar School. I have an honours degree in Music (Music Education) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Master of Educational Psychology from the University of Sydney. I am currently studying a Master of Applied Positive Psychology through the University of Melbourne. I have a love of learning, and place great importance on understanding and applying evidence-based research to inform best practice in all areas of the school.

I have a holistic approach to education, whereby a framework of effort, character development, and extra-curricular opportunities are emphasised equally alongside academic progress and achievements. I consider it a priority in our school to enhance staff wellbeing, ensuring all staff feel supported in the critical work they do within our school community. Schools are complex ecosystems, with many moving parts. A school with flourishing teachers means a school with flourishing students.

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Stephen Price

Deputy Principal - Students, Community and Christian Foundations

MEdL, MDiv, BEnvSc, GradDipEd.

I am excited to be part of the Orange Christian School community, which has a wonderful history forged over 40 years of faithful Christian education. It is fantastic to be involved in a strong Christian community where staff and students are encouraged in their Christian faith in real and authentic ways.

I am married to Amy and we have three children who attend OCS. We moved to Orange from sunny Tamworth where I worked at Calrossy Anglican School for nine years, most recently as the Head of Middle School and prior to that as the Senior Chaplain of the school. Prior to living in Tamworth, we grew up and lived in Sydney where I worked at Barker College, The King’s School and SCECGS Redlands, being involved in science teaching and chaplaincy.

While in my role as school chaplain at Calrossy Anglican School I was ordained as an Anglican Minister and supported the wider Armidale Anglican Diocese in that capacity. In terms of education, I went to Covenant Christian School in Sydney for my entire schooling, and then completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science, a Graduate Diploma of Education and then a Master of Divinity at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. More recently, I completed a Master of Educational Leadership through the National Institute for Christian Education.

I believe that working in partnership with parents is critical to the success of students at school and encourage two-way communication between school and home. Some priorities for me are helping students, parents and staff have clarity, consistency and connection in and to the school. These things help everyone know what the expectations are and help foster a sense of belonging, encouraging students to be at their best and work hard to grow and develop.

I enjoy spending time with my family, often running the weekly parkrun, going to church, drinking coffee and mountain bike riding. My family and I are thrilled to be part of the OCS family. I give thanks to God for the great work He has done in the school over many years and pray for God’s continued blessing on the school.

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Catherine Buchanan

Head of Primary School

BA (Mathematics) GDipEd  

I love that the staff at OCS are dedicated to growing every student’s God-given potential individually and as members of a community. My three children attend Orange Christian School, all starting here when they were in Prep. It is a privilege to work together with the staff, students and parents at OCS. Seeing the Prep-Year 4 children progress academically and grow in their faith, friendships, character and resilience is a very rewarding part of my day.

I commenced a Bachelor of Mathematics at the University of Wollongong. After studying this for three years, it became clear that teaching was the right path to pursue. Consequently, I changed my degree and completed a Diploma of Education the following year. Since 2001, I have worked in independent schools in the Shoalhaven and Illawarra regions, as well as in Queensland. My previous roles have included responsibilities in curriculum and instructional leadership for literacy and numeracy. In 2015 I joined the OCS staff, commencing the Junior Coordinator role in 2021. I’ve also had the opportunity to complete the Women’s Middle Leadership Program with NESLI (National Excellence in School Leadership Institute).

I love spending time at home with my family and we attend Orange Presbyterian Church. We also enjoy camping, fishing and four wheel driving together.

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Mel Collins

Head of Secondary School

BEd/BMusicCert IV Assessment and Training

What a privilege it is to work alongside the wonderful staff, students, and parents at OCS. With a double degree in Music and Education, I have been a Music Teacher as well as a Year Advisor, Head of Music, Missions Facilitator, Welfare Coordinator and HSC Marker. It is with joy that I now add Head of Secondary at OCS to my roles.

I love challenging young people and seeing them grow. I enjoy the daily opportunities to encourage students to develop their strengths, push them out of their comfort zones, inspire excellence and show them how to make an impact on the world around them. I believe that building into young lives not only brings positive outcomes for the students themselves, but also has the potential to positively impact their families and their communities. Being in leadership allows me to encourage us as a team to be who God has made us to be!

Along with Music, I have a passion for travel, especially in the developing world. With a big heart for Fiji, Myanmar and Tonga, I love facilitating trips for students that combine experiential learning with practical service. The most memorable project I have been part of was assisting with the establishment and building of accommodation for remote area students in Fiji, enabling them to be able to receive an otherwise inaccessible education. Bring on our next mission to Fiji!

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Adrian Lee

Head of Student Development, English/History KLA Coordinator

BA DipEd

I started teaching in 1999. I completed my Degree in English and Ancient History at the University of Western Australia, paying my way through uni flipping burgers and then working in retail before I took on the position as Youth Director of Campbelltown Presbyterian Church.

I completed a Diploma of Education in 1998 before heading to Europe to work and travel.

I have worked in government and independent schools in western Sydney, regional NSW and Bristol in the UK, including at OCS in the early 2000s. I have been a Stage 4 Coordinator and Head of Department for HSIE & English before joining OCS as Middle School Coordinator in 2017.

Experience has shown the importance of the middle years to build on the foundations of Junior School and prepare students for the rigours of Senior School and post school opportunities. It is all about giving students the skills they need to fulfil their God-given potential. That is why we talk about Middle School as the ‘booster’ rocket.

Sue & I have two children. We attend Orange Evangelical Church. I am a passionate sports nut, love good coffee and good books.

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Cathryn Buckerfield

Sports Coordinator

BSpSc; DipEd (Secondary PDHPE); BEd (TAS)

I love kids! I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to be part of their formative years and to be part of their journey towards young adults. As Nelson Mandella said “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope” – It is an honour it is for me to be part of the lives of the OCS children and their families as Sport Coordinator.

For the past 20 years I have worked in the public education system, having spent my first ever year of teaching at Katherine High in the Northern Territory and the past 17 years at Canobolas High – both amazing opportunities that shaped me to be the teacher I am today. Coming to teach at OCS has been a wonderful experience and I’ve embraced the shift in culture for myself and can really appreciate the benefits of working with Christian staff and being able to freely teach from a Biblical perspective.

My 3 daughters all attend OCS. OCS offers them a chance to be someone and not just another number; to have stable relationships from prep to Year 12, whereas all too often in other schools those ties are separated between primary and secondary schooling

Having my own family taught me about the many types of love. Travelling the world made me appreciate where I came from. Trekking Kokoda Trail taught me resilience, the meaning of mateship, and gratitude to those that serve and their sacrifices. Playing sport has taught me that sometimes in losing we really win. Growing up in the Molong Anglican church taught me I have a family for life and that God’s love for me knows no bounds and in him there is always hope.

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Rosa Cunial

Director of Prep

BTeach, Dip Children Services

Rosa is our Director of Prep. She has a passion for providing quality early learning environments for children. Brain research has highlighted the impact of early experiences in a child’s life and evidence has proven that the most rapid brain development occurs in the years before school. Being up to date with evidence-based research and implementing this in innovative programs that helps promote learning and development. This sets the tone for life-long learning. She has a Bachelor of Teaching (Birth to 5 years), a Diploma of Children Services (Early Childhood Education and Care) and has been teaching in Prep since its beginning in 2005.

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Cindy Hales

Coordinator Learning Support and Enrichment

Bed Honours (Curriculum Development, School Management and Leadership)
Bachelors in Primary Education (Year 4-9)
Diploma in Education (Remedial Education)

My career, which began in 1986, has been a wonderful journey filled with diverse and incredibly rewarding experiences. After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg,  I taught a wide range of subjects to students in Years 3 – 9, mainly in State schools in South Africa. Since moving to Australia in 2020, I ran the Alternative Education unit at Spinifex College in Mt Isa, QLD and taught in the Learning Support unit at Orange High School. I am now blessed to be both teaching stage 4 English and Stage 5 History as well as co-ordinating the Learning Support and Enrichment unit at Orange Christian School. 

Seeing the need for student support early in my career, I completed a Further Diploma in Remedial Education. I served as the Head of English and Life Skills in the Primary sector at Fields College in Rustenburg, South Africa and then went on to become a Deputy Principal, responsible for Academics – this included the role of Chief Invigilator for the year 12 Matric examinations.   

In 1998, my husband and I felt the call of God to attend Spirit Life Bible College in California. We’ve had the privilege of planting a CRC church in Windhoek, Namibia and are now enjoying being part of the Body of Christ at New Life Church here in Orange. 

My husband, Neill and I have two sons, one here in Orange and the other still back in South Africa. Both are married to beautiful South African ladies. We have two Australian grandbabies; Luke has recently started attending Prep at OCS and Mia will join the OCS family when she’s older. 

We love the outdoors, camping, fishing and look forward to seeing a whole lot more of this beautiful country.

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OCS Full Executive Team

Teaching Staff

Chloe Bertram, Orange Christian School – Bertram Chloe

Chloe Bertram

Learning Support Teacher
Louise Childs, Orange Christian School – Head Shot L Childs Educational Operations Coordinator

Louise Childs

Educational Operations Coordinator
Elyse Denham

Elyse Denham

Music Teacher
Linda Filmer, Orange Christian School – Filmer Linda

Linda Filmer

Primary School Teacher
Leslie Follent, Orange Christian School – Follent Leslie

Leslie Follent

Secondary School Teacher
Helen Giger, Orange Christian School – Giger Helen

Helen Giger

Secondary School Teacher
Nathan Gray, Orange Christian School – Gray Nathan

Nathan Gray

Primary School Teacher
John Green, Orange Christian School – Green John

John Green

Primary School Teacher
Keren Klugt, Orange Christian School – Klugt Keren

Keren Klugt

Secondary School Teacher
Leonie McCarron, Orange Christian School – McCarron Leonie

Leonie McCarron

Primary School Teacher
Melissa McGowen, Orange Christian School – Head Shot M McGowen Secondary Stage Coordinator

Melissa McGowen

Secondary Stage Coordinator
David Milligan, Orange Christian School – Milligan David

David Milligan

Secondary School Teacher
Sabrina McKern, Orange Christian School – McKern Sabrina

Sabrina McKern

Primary School Teacher
Genevieve Pade, Orange Christian School – Pade Genevieve

Genevieve Pade

Junior School Teacher
Kylie Pulling, Orange Christian School – Pulling Kylie

Kylie Pulling

Primary School Teacher
Katie Pyle, Orange Christian School – Pyle Katie

Katie Pyle

Secondary School Teacher
Glenda Schumann, Orange Christian School – Schumann Glenda

Glenda Schumann

Secondary School Teacher
Emma Schmack, Orange Christian School – Head Shot E Schmack Primary KLA Coordinator

Emma Schmack

Primary KLA Coordinator
Amanda Sims, Orange Christian School – Sims Amanda

Amanda Sims

Primary School Teacher
Rebecca Thompson, Orange Christian School – Thompson Rebecca

Rebecca Thompson

Primary School Teacher
Stephen Toms, Orange Christian School – Toms Stephen

Stephen Toms

Secondary School Teacher
Melinda Willis, Orange Christian School – Willis Melinda

Melinda Willis

Secondary School Teacher/STAR Coordinator
Kerry Dunn, Orange Christian School – Dunn Kerry

Kerry Dunn

Art Teacher
Michael Cunial

Michael Cunial

Primary Teacher
Allen Grant, Orange Christian School – Grant Allen

Allen Grant

Secondary School Teacher
Elise Honeysett

Elise Honeysett

Primary School Teacher
Rachel Drummond

Rachel Drummond

Liz Edwards

Liz Edwards

Primary Teacher
Jill Brodie

Jill Brodie

Primary Teacher
Noni Del Guzzo

Noni Del Guzzo

Secondary Teacher
Felicity Dobbs

Felicity Dobbs

Nathan Dobbs

Nathan Dobbs

Secondary Teacher
Dean Johnston, Orange Christian School – Head Shot D Johnston KLA Coordinator Maths and Science

Dean Johnston

KLA Coordinator for Maths/Science
Sarah Milligan, Orange Christian School – Milligan Sarah

Sarah Milligan

Primary Teacher
Leonie Green, Orange Christian School – Green Leonie

Leonie Green

Secondary Teacher

Prep Team

Rosa Cunial, Orange Christian School – Head Shot R Cunial Director of Prep

Rosa Cunial

Director of Prep
Hannah Fletcher, Orange Christian School – Fletcher Hannah

Hannah Fletcher

Prep Teacher
Mariah Harris, Orange Christian School – Harris Mariah

Mariah Harris

Prep Teacher
Vicki Martin, Orange Christian School – Martin Vicki

Vicki Martin

Prep Educator
Kate Smith, Orange Christian School – Smith Kate

Kate Smith

Prep Educator
Amanda Johnson, Orange Christian School – Johnson Amanda

Amanda Johnson

Prep Educator
Heidi Perrett, Orange Christian School – Perrett Heidi

Heidi Perrett

Prep Teacher
Sharon Ejiofor

Sharon Ejiofor

Prep Educator

Support Staff

Amanda Dietiker

Amanda Dietiker

Music Tutor (Piano)
Alex McFadyen, Orange Christian School – McFadyen Alex

Alex McFadyen

Teacher's Aide/Library Assistant
Adam Osborn, Orange Christian School – Osborn Adam 2022

Adam Osborn

Learning Support Aide/After School Care
Jann Osborn, Orange Christian School – Osborn Jann

Jann Osborn

Kim Reilly, Orange Christian School – Reilly Kim

Kim Reilly

Learning Support Aide
Elliot Bangert

Elliot Bangert

Music Tutor (Brass)
Alison Nelson, Orange Christian School – Nelson Alison

Alison Nelson

Teacher's Aide
Kate St. Julian

Kate St. Julian

Teacher's Aide
Michelle Oh

Michelle Oh

Teacher's Aide
Dylan Naveau

Dylan Naveau

Teacher's Aide

Administration Team

Emily Chapman-Mortimer, Orange Christian School – Chapman Mortimer Emily

Emily Chapman-Mortimer

Front Office
Jaimie Honeysett, Orange Christian School – Honeysett Jaimie

Jaimie Honeysett

Office Manager/HR/Marketing
Louise Bornen, Orange Christian School – Bornen Louise

Louise Bornen

Mark Woodley, Orange Christian School – Woodley Mark

Mark Woodley

IT Manager
Melbert Tandang, Orange Christian School – Tandang Melbert

Melbert Tandang

Assistant Business Manager
Lisa Armstrong

Lisa Armstrong

Finance Officer
Melanie Naveau

Melanie Naveau

Executive Assistant to the Deputies
Anna Sims

Anna Sims

Executive Assistant
Shannyn Geeve

Shannyn Geeve

Front Office
Jessica Bushby

Jessica Bushby

Principal's PA

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