The Executive Team at Northside Christian College are a committed team of Christian men and women who come from a wide range of school and business backgrounds, and provide an enormous range of skills and experiences to benefit the Northside Christian College school community. The College is governed by the Committee of Management, which has responsibility for the overall vision, direction and financial management of Northside Christian College. The Principal, supported by the Executive Team, has the responsibility for executing the vision and mission of the school community through implementing the College’s strategic plan and managing the overall operations and resources of Northside Christian College.
Damian joined Northside Christian College as our Principal in 2018. Prior to commencing at Northside, Damian was the founding Principal of Discovery Christian College, which is a growing Prep to Year 12 Christian College situated in Agnes Waters in Central Queensland. Damian has extensive experience in educational leadership in a variety of roles including Deputy Principal, Head of Secondary School, VCE Coordinator and Head of Middle School. Damian has also previously worked at Heatherton Christian College in Victoria as a Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary School for seven years and Head of Middle School for four years. Heatherton Christian College is also a member of Christian Schools Australia (CSA). Damian exemplifies the personal and professional character that our College community requires of the Principal. These qualities include a leader who is a dedicated Christian, empathetic, creative, able to relate effectively with people and one who will articulate Northside Christian College’s vision and inspire others to strengthen our College. The College values the many years of educational leadership experience Damian has gained both in Australia and overseas.
Michael joined Northside Christian College in 2017. Michael’s leadership experience in education has been diverse, with experience as Principal, Deputy Principal, Head of Primary, Head of Secondary, VCE Coordinator and gifted and talented education coordinator. At Northside, Michael has played a key role in the effective leadership of the day to day College operations. Michael has made significant contributions to policy development, compliance and Senior School leadership and improvement (Years 10-12). Prior to commencing at Northside, Michael was the Principal / CEO at Kerang Christian College between 2012 to 2016. During that time, Kerang Christian College expanded from Year 8 to Year 12. Michael project managed a number of key building projects and implemented some key strategic initiatives during his leadership. Michael was the Vice President of the Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children (VAGTC) in 2010 and 2011 and has served on the VAGTC committee since 2009. Michael has taught in Government and Independent Schools in the United States and Australia including Kerang Christian College, Oxley Christian College and Shades Cahaba Elementary School. Michael studied Information Systems (Electronic Commerce) at the University of Tasmania and completed his Master of Science in Education at Troy University in the United States of America. Michael is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD). Athletics and Cross Country have been sports close to Michael’s heart. He has been a nationally ranked middle distance runner, qualifying for two Olympic Trials. Michael is determined to see a focus on meeting the needs of each student at the College and wants to nurture the community atmosphere of the College as the school continues to expand. Michael’s areas of expertise include curriculum development, policy development and implementation, strategy development and implementation, working with a wide range of stakeholders.
Christopher has a long history with Northside Christian College. He is a past student of the College, graduating from the inaugural Year 12 Class. After completing his education degree he held the position of Physical Education Teacher/Coordinator at Northside Christian College before pursuing a career in the sport and recreation industry. Christopher worked for YMCA Victoria in a number of roles, including Bushfire Programs Project Manager, Centre Director at Diamond Creek Community Centre and Outdoor Pool, and Outside School Hours Care Area Coordinator. In his role as Project Manager he spent time overseeing the YMCA’s work with Victoria’s bushfire affected communities, managing partnerships with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Department of Human Services and the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund. Since returning to the College in 2013, Christopher has taught a range of year levels, developed our Primary Life Experiences program and has been an integral member of the Physical Education and Sport department. Christopher has a passion for Christian Education and providing a comfortable, respectful and supporting environment for students, parents, and staff that can nurture the growth and development of individuals.
Jo joined Northside Christian College in 1999. She has been instrumental in the development of the Middle School at Northside, including having significant input into the design and layout of the new Middle School facilities at the College. Jo has overseen the the implementation of the Middle School program at Northside Christian College and is passionate about seeing students thrive during this period of schooling. She has 25 years’ experience teaching at Independent Schools in South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Jo studied Education at Flinders University, and is an experienced and passionate teacher of Visual and Studio Arts and Humanities. She has taught a diverse range of subjects at Northside Christian College from Primary School classes through to Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subjects. Her education degree specialised in Middle School education and Jo has embraced the opportunity to establish a collaborative Middle School learning culture at Northside. Jo is a valuable member of the College community and a source of encouragement to all our students. Furthermore, Jo highly values the opportunity to work collaboratively with staff and families to support the diverse learning needs of our students.
Lenna Waters is currently the Director of Senior School Learning having taken on that position in 2020 – right at the beginning of a year of change. Lenna joined the VCE teaching staff as a maternity replacement in 2010. She has taught Food Studies, Textiles, Health and Human Development, and Careers/Work Studies for Years 3 to 12 for the past 10 years. Lenna had a long history in various sectors of education in the USA having taught in both Christian and public high schools and served as a university lecturer. Upon coming to Australia, Lenna homeschooled her two children for 14 years while teaching at Bible College, doing volunteer work as a Christian Camp cook and serving alongside her husband while pastoring. Lenna has enjoyed facilitating the growth of the Home Economics and Careers departments at Northside and enjoys serving the Northside community through catering. Lenna has a Bachelor’s of Home Economics from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina and a Master’s of Education from the University of North Carolina – Greensborough. In addition, she holds a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and a Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice. She is passionate about preparing young people for future opportunities in education and the work world and interacting with both students and their parents in the career counselling space.
Angela joined Northside Christian College in 1991. She has over 30 years of teaching experience at Independent and Catholic schools in Victoria, including 18 years as the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Coordinator at Northside Christian College. During 2017, Angela transitioned into a new role at the College as the Director of Teaching and Learning. This role has provide Angela with an opportunity to work collaboratively with staff to raise student achievement and improve the quality teaching and learning across the College consistent with the College’s Strategic Plan, Vision, Mission, Philosophy and Values. Angela has played a key role in a number of key curriculum initiatives at the College, including the implementation of the Continuous Online Reporting Program (CORP) and the transition to documenting the College's curriculum on Rubicon Atlas. Angela is passionate about the development and implementation of high quality Christian Education at Northside Christian College. She works closely with Primary and Secondary School staff to develop and implement pedagogical best practice across the College. Angela studied Arts at the University of Melbourne, and completed her Graduate Diploma of Education at Australian Catholic University (ACU). She is an experienced and passionate teacher of English, Literature, History and Christian Life Studies. Angela has directed and produced Northside’s School Productions including Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Beauty and the Beast, Honk, The Rosies and Peter Pan Jnr. She has had several teaching texts published by ACARA and Jacaranda in the areas of literacy and Christian life studies. Angela has experience as a lecturer for the History Teachers Association of Victoria (HTAV), the Victorian Association for Teachers of English (VATE), and Christian Schools Australia (CSA). She is renowned for her innovative and engaging lessons that nurture our student’s creativity and curiosity.
Leigh joined Northside Christian College in 2016 and has been instrumental in the development of the College's Business Plan and Marketing Plan. He is passionate about Christian education and is a valued member of the College's Executive Team. Leigh manages the financial and business administration functions of the College. In addition to this primary role, Leigh provides valuable support to the Principal as the Chief Executive Officer of the College. Leigh plays an important role in helping to realise the College’s Mission and Vision. He is dedicated to ensuring the adequate provision of resources needed throughout the College. Leigh is a Chartered Accountant (CA), and member of the Association of School Business Administrators (ASBA). He brings over 19 years of commercial acumen to the role of Business Manager at Northside Christian College. Leigh spent a decade as an auditor with KPMG in Melbourne, and has various industry experience working at Honda, John Holland, Peters Ice-cream and Countrywide Austral. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at Melbourne School of Theology and Eastern College Australia, and former Non-Executive Director and Treasurer of Harvest Bible College. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Business from La Trobe University, and Graduate Diploma in Theology and Master of Arts (Ministry) degrees from Harvest Bible College. He is a lifelong North Melbourne Kangaroos supporter.
As the Executive Assistant to the Principal, Fleur plays a pivotal and highly respected role in the school community at Northside Christian College. Fleur provides exceptional administrative, organisational and secretarial support to the Principal and has had oversight of the smooth running of the College office. Her past executive experience includes serving on the Committee of Management (Board) of Northside Christian College and serving as a Church Pastor. Fleur is also a past student at Northside Christian College, and provides staff enrichment sessions for administration team members.
Northside Christian College
31 McLeans Rd, Bundoora VIC 3083, Australia
Phone: 03 9467 2499