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Senior Staff Profiles

Mrs Karen Keogh

Head of the Secondary School

BEd  Master of Educational Leadership, Diploma in Human Resource Management, Grad. Cert. in Religious Education

Appointed as Head of Secondary School in 2014, Mrs Keogh came to St Paul's in 2002. In 2003, she was appointed Year 7 Coordinator and in 2004, Head of TAS. In 2011, Mrs Keogh was appointed Director of Planning & Organisation P-12. The extent of her engagement with teaching and culture at St Paul's ranges from administering positive, collaborative pastoral and learning culture in the Secondary School, facilitation of Staff Professional Growth Process and liaison with parents and families. Mrs Keogh is a leader in St Paul's Event Organisation, including the Annual Ball with Debutantes, Valedictory Dinner, Secondary School presentation day, 'In the Loop' parent information seminars, student/parent breakfasts, Principal’s assemblies. She is Chair of several committees, including the Senior Leadership Team (Heads of Department and Heads of House), SSRC - Secondary School Referral Committee (Life Skills committee), Professional Growth Process Committee; Equity & Diversity Committee, Uniform Committee and White Ribbon School Committee.

Growing up in Forbes and Bathurst, Mrs Keogh identifies values learned during her education in Catholic schools as formative. "The modelling and example the strong and independent Mercy & Josephite sisters set for me as a young woman have stayed with me throughout my life. Since then, I have aimed to be a strong role model to the young women I teach. It was also the influence of the Mercy Sisters, and their example of having a calling to their vocation, that helped me to decide to spend my professional life in the vocation of teaching: So much more than a just a job.” 

Mrs Keogh married her childhood sweetheart in Bathurst, and her two children are students at St Paul’s.

Mr Ian Brooker

Head of the Junior School

Dip Teach BEd MEd

Ian Brooker is the Head of Junior School at St Paul’s. In 2014 and 2015, he acted as Principal at St Paul's. Over a career spanning more than 25 years, he has worked in both Public and Independent Schools, and in tertiary institutions. He has an interest in student engagement and development, particularly in outdoor settings: this interest progressed to professional development with the completion of a Masters of Education, with thesis entitled: “Social Competence: A study of adolescents in an outdoor setting”. Ian believes in the importance of relationships in learning. He perceives the partnership between teacher, student and parents to be fundamental to successful development.

Ian is the leader of the St Paul’s Rural Fire Service Cadets; proudly leading and supporting them in competition at State and National levels - at which they have distinguished themselves as champion title-winners, in 2014 and 2016. In his spare time, Ian enjoys mountain bike riding and attending Lower Mountains Anglican Church with his wife and three daughters.

 

Mr Antony Mayrhofer

Director of Learning Services

Bachelor of Science, Dip Ed, Masters of Educational Leadership

In addition to overseeing curriculum and assessment, teaching and learning in the Secondary School, Mr Mayhofer is also St Paul's International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Coordinator. In his early career, he taught for the NSW Department of Education before coming to St Paul’s.  At St Paul’s he has led the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, been a Year Master, Head of Department (Science) and Director of International Relations before taking on his current role.

 Mr Mayrhofer has worked extensively with the NSW Education Standards Authority (formerly BOSTES) in developing curriculum for Science and Biology for both HSC and IBO. A Senior Examiner for NSW Education Standards Authority and a Deputy Chief examiner for the IB Diploma, he has also worked with the IB Organisation to develop Diploma Programme documentation. He has trained HSC teachers for the NSW Education Standards Authority and continues to train teachers for the IB Organisation throughout the Asia Pacific Region. He is a member of the Standing Committee of IB Schools Australasia, the peak body representing IB schools in Australia with Governments, Universities and the IB Organisation and is a former Chair of this Committee. Mr Mayrhofer is also a Member of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders and the Australian College of Educators.

Having had the opportunity in his teacher training to spend a month in India, completing part of his practicum, Mr Mayrhofer acquired a strong belief in the power of quality education, to change lives for good; he hopes he can share this with others. Mr Mayrhofer is married and his two children attended St Paul’s for their school education.

Mr Philip Heath

Director of Student and Family Services

BA DipEd

Director of Students and Family Services. Mr Heath manages oversight of pastoral care and welfare for students in the High School. He is supported in this role by working closely with his deputy Mr Geoff Newton and a team of 6 Heads of House.

Mr Heath's career in education has been characterised by involvement with student welfare. At St Paul’s for 14 years, he previously worked for the Department of Education at St John’s Park High School, Plumpton High School and Macarthur Anglican School at Cobbitty.

Mr Heath takes pride in the calibre of student at St Paul’s. “Each year we see outstanding young men and women graduate from St Paul’s and enter the world as well-rounded young adults of strong values who are able to enact their faith. Investing in the lives of young people and seeing this come to fruition is very rewarding thing and is something I take a lot of encouragement from.”

Mr Heath is an avid Sydney Swans fan. He values the shared context of Christian faith and practice at St Paul’s. His wife Karen also is a teacher at St Paul’s; their four children currently attend or have graduated from the school.

Mrs Catherine Corry

Director of Enrolments and Public Relations

Bachelor of Arts (UNSW), Master of Education in Teaching English as a Second Language (University of New England), and a number of educational postgraduate qualifications.

 A staff member at St Paul’s for over 16 years, Mrs Corry was initially the International Students Coordinator, with a focus on ESL teaching. In her current executive capacity, she oversees management of enrolments, enquiries and tours, Pre-K to Year 12, the school's marketing and has oversight of International Students and programs. A member of professional affiliate group, Educate Plus, Mrs Corry has travelled widely in her career and in her capacity as international liaison for St Paul's, which has included several visits to China for the 'Century 21' international public speaking event. Earlier career experiences have imbued Mrs Corry with a strong impression of the great privilege afforded by a good education, and the sense of the importance of giving back to the community. She is adamant that continuing education is essential for empowering women, regardless of career or context, in order to remain responsive to evolving circumstances. 

Mrs Corry values the strong sense of community in evidence at St Paul’s, and is an advocate for the Christian values and beautiful grounds that make the school a wonderful place to be. She is married to Peter, also an Education Professional. Their daughters completed their schooling at SPGS, and son Jack, attended SPGS Junior School.

Mr Justin Warner

Director of Information Services

Bachelor of Computer Science (UWS)

Mr Warner is responsible for the extensive provision, operation and support of information technology within the school, working with learning leaders to strategically deliver services and solutions that will enhance learning, and simplify administration. Mr Warner began working in IT in schools while completing his degree. Subsequently, he continued in the education sector and began working at St Paul’s in 2003. He spent two years as a software developer for a company who made school management software, and returned to St Paul’s in 2008. He was appointed to his current role as a member of the school's executive staff in 2014. 

At St Paul’s, Mr Warner is on the Risk and Compliance committee, and is involved in the Website working group and IT Strategic Plan working group. Mr Warner enjoys his work a great deal and relishes keeping abreast of developments in the tech industry. 

An avid gamer, Mr Warner also play drums at church, and can have a simple conversation in Japanese. He and his wife Hayley have 4 children, and are expecting a new family member in April 2017.