I am a past parent of Highview College where all four of my children attended during their secondary schooling.
I joined the Board in 2010, initially as the P&FA representative. When my youngest daughter completed her studies at Highview (in 2012) I continued serving on the Board as the Church of Christ representative.
During 2013 I was appointed Deputy Chair and in June 2017 I was elected Chair.
My family has had a continuous involvement with Highview since our eldest child commenced studying here in 1996.
My long standing and deep involvement in Highview is principally due to the school’s foundation by the Brigidine Order, having myself attended Brigidine secondary schools in Melbourne and Geelong.
I am a strong believer of educational choice within this community, and will always advocate to maintain both the Christian foundation and the accessible nature of Highview, through strategically focusing on the curriculum offered.
My focus is currently on developing a constitution which reflects modern governance practices while at the same time recognising Highview’s history, so that the school is well positioned to tackle the challenges and grasp the opportunities of the future.
I am a Parent Representative, and was elected at the May 2017 AGM. I am currently employed as a Senior Business Specialist in a large telecommunications company. I bring to the Board a wide range of business and management experience in areas such as workforce planning and management, process and performance improvement, project management as well a range of IT related skills.
My interest in being on the Board is to ensure the ongoing success of Highview College, as a first choice school for its surrounding communities. I believe that to achieve this the Board needs to measure the direction and performance of the school and provide strategic direction to its senior leadership. This will ensure that Highview's continued success is our common goal.
Until the end of October 2017, I am a parent of a student at Highview, after that I remain as a passionate advocate for the continued development of a school of choice for Maryborough and district students. I have thirty years of experience as a teacher, leader of curriculum and special education. I completed an administration university course, which included governance and inspired me to apply for Board membership. My interest in the Board is in making our historically significant, ecumenical school a great school, offering quality education that sets students up for making the most of their future options and choices, whatever that may be.
I have lived in Maryborough for over 30 years, having moved from Melbourne to start my first job as a Dietitian at the Maryborough District Health Service in 1984. I retired from MDHS in 2014, and now work in private practice at the Nightingale Clinic, as an Accredited Practising Dietitian and a Diabetes Educator.
Highview College is a unique school, as it is the first ecumenical school in the southern hemisphere. My late mother-in-law, Mrs Elaine Dellavedova, was one of the founding members of the Christian Community College, as it was originally called, so I have an historical link with Highview College and therefore, I am keen to support the College and facilitate advancement for future generations.
As education is very important to me, I am committed in supporting and promoting Highview College as the school of choice for our local and district community. Being part of the Highview College Board has been a steep learning curve for me, as there are many stakeholders to work with. I am on the executive and governance subcommittees, so I have embraced the challenge and look forward to positively contributing to a high quality educational system at Highview College in Maryborough.
Fr John Monaghan
I grew up on the family farm near Stawell and did my seminary training at Corpus Christi College, Clayton. I spent time as a deacon in Maryborough in 1980-81 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1981. Since then I’ve served in parishes of the Catholic diocese of Ballarat including Terang, Hamilton, Mildura and throughout the Mallee.
I commenced my current appointment in January 2016 as parish priest of St Augustine’s parish, Maryborough which also includes Avoca, Dunolly and several smaller towns. Taking over from my predecessor, Fr Ed Moloney, since February 2016 I’ve been the Catholic Church representative on the Highview College Board.
I grew up on the farm at Carisbrook, attended Carisbrook State School, Maryborough High School, and finished my secondary education at Ballarat College. I then attended the University of New England in Armidale N.S.W. and graduated with B.Rur.Sc.
In 1966 I returned to the farm and have been the farm manager since 1969. I have had an innovative approach to livestock breeding and conservation cropping, this has included participation in a number discussion groups. I am a member of the Uniting Church, Rotary, Goldfields Education and Learning Centre, Carisbrook Cemetery Trust, and Moolort Landcare.
In 1972 I was teaching part time at the Maryborough Technical College, when I heard rumours of this new Christian Community College. I was a little sceptical, even if my mother was a volunteer teacher in needlework and my sister and many of my friends helped build the mud-brick building.
During the mid1970’s and 1980’s I was impressed with the high calibre and integrity of the Teachers at the College, and the early students and graduates that I knew, or learnt of.
From 1994 to 2006 Alison and I were parents of Zoe, Genevieve, and Charles as they were educated very well at Highview. For most of this time I was a member of the College Board and it was a privilege to get an even closer understanding of the College.
After a break of about seven years, it has been a very interesting experience over the last three years to again be on the Board of Highview College.
Reverend Canon Heather Blackman
Rector of the Anglican Parish of Maryborough with Avoca and the Anglican Church Representative on the Board.
I grew up in Swan Hill attending Swan Hill Primary School then Swan Hill High School. After which I graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Ballarat CAE. I continued with my Higher Education achieving a Post Graduate Diploma of Education from Latrobe University in Bendigo. I have thirty years of full time teaching experience in Secondary Colleges with the Victorian Education Department, now the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. My passion was educating young people but also have had extensive experience in School Leadership and Management.
After a call to ministry I studied to achieve a Bachelor of Theology, and a Diploma in Anglican Studies. I was appointed Deacon in the Parish of Avon(Stratford) in Gippsland, then at St Arnaud prior to being Priested to become Priest in Charge in the Anglican Parish of St Arnaud, and now Rector of the Anglican Parish of Maryborough with Avoca.
I am passionate about personal growth and development of young people and am happy to serve on the Board of Highview College, in the capacity of a member of one of the four founding Churches. I am committed to supporting the school community, to help with Board matters and to encourage the things of God to be a focus in this community.
Anna De Villiers
As a parent and teacher, I am passionate about education and believe in the value of education. I am dedicated to the field of education as demonstrated by my activities of the past 10 years.
I have been acting as the Network coordinator for the Ballarat Casual Relief Teachers Network as a volunteer, organising and presenting Professional Development activities for Casual Relief Teachers. I have also been working for the past 8 years as a Tutor/Remedial Specialist in Maryborough, working primarily with students who underperform academically. Through my leadership the CRT network has grown to have a membership of 120 teachers. I have also recently enrolled at the University of New England and undertaken further studies in literacy and staff management.
Having taught at Highview, I have gained a unique advantage of grassroots knowledge of the inner working of the school as well as an understanding of the Highview ethos and culture. The Highview ethos of Education through Wholeness is a principle that I fully endorse.
Through my involvement in remedial teaching I have developed a thorough understanding of this concept. I further believe that the same principle equally applies at the teacher and management level of a school. A wholeness of intent and common purpose form the essential backbone to successful teaching and learning.
I believe that the knowledge and experience I have gained over the past 10 years, since leaving Highview as a teacher, has enriched me, and also improved my knowledge and expertise. I believe that I will be able to make a positive contribution in ensuring the continued excellence of teaching and learning at Highview.
As a past student of the school and parent of 4 children who attended Highview College, I look forward to the opportunity to support and work with the school over the next 12 months.
I value education and educational choice. I believe it is important that quality education remains a viable option to families in our community. I appreciate the Ecumenical foundation on which Highview College was established and respect Highview College as school built on Christian values. Highview’s motto of “Education through Wholeness” provides the basis for our school to provide a robust and strong academic program that encourages students to reach their potential and contribute positively to the community.
I understand and appreciate the history of Highview College and the contribution the founding churches made to its development and success. I look forward to contributing to the future of Highview as a Christian school that responds positively to the ongoing challenges of education and continual change and excels academically, while continuing to promote “Education through Wholeness”.
Dr Eddy Ostarcevic
I am the father of two children, Claire who completed her VCE in 2016 and Angus who is currently in Year 8 at Highview Christian Community College. Our family lives on a farm at Stuart Mill where we operate a mixed grazing, cropping and horticultural business with a distillery opening in late 2017.
As a chemical engineer, I have worked in a number of countries in the water, power, food, oil and gas industries for 34 years. I have earned two post graduate qualifications, a Masters of Engineering Science and a Doctorate in engineering as well as the inaugural Kwatye (Water) Prize. I have operated a process engineering business for the past 26 years and have extensive business experience in finance and infrastructure development.
Victoria University appointed me as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow and I have been a member of the Management Committee and Industry Advisory Board with the University’s Institute of Sustainability and Innovation (ISI) for over a decade. I have also held board positions within the private and public sectors since 1990.
I have been a member of the Highview College Board since August 2016. During that time, I have served on the Finance and Infrastructure Development sub committees to help promote the modernization of the school. My commitment to the school is to assist with infrastructure development identified by the Master Plan to strengthen the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) opportunities for our children to meet future occupational requirements.
Born and bred in Maryborough, I’m passionate about the Central Goldfields and the success of Highview College. I believe in providing a quality education for students across our region, with a focus on strong and mutually authentic relationships with College students, staff, parents/carers and the local community.
I believe in the importance of education as a tool to the future for students and am interested in contributing to the governance of the College to help lay important foundations for students at the College. I am in my second year teaching at Highview. I attended Federation University, completing a Bachelor of Education with majors in English Literature and History. Prior to teaching, I was in retail management with a large supermarket chain with experience in operational and human resource management.
I am an elected staff representative on the College Board of Directors and am enjoying working with the various church groups and community members on the Board, to contribute to the overall success of the College, and our vision moving forward. Particularly, I am passionate about our School Masterplan and future infrastructure developments that will help solidify Highview’s place as an academic school of choice in our region.
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