Geoff Peet

Maitland Christian School

As the Principal of Maitland Christian School, I value the opportunity to be involved in changing and transforming lives, making a difference in lives now and into eternity. I love that we get to encourage students in a real Christian faith not only in their heads, but also in their hearts and hands.

Staff at Maitland Christian School are committed Christians and are dedicated to catering for the spiritual, academic, social and physical needs of each child, working together with a commitment to improve children’s learning outcomes, and helping students to discover the abilities that God has gifted them to make a difference in their lives.

Our school motto is “Do all for God’s glory”. In His strength, we continue to be a community that is changing and equipping young people to serve God, today and into the future.

Our facilities are of a high quality and students enjoy well-resourced, air-conditioned classrooms and great IT resources.

I trust that you enjoy finding out more about our school community and the wonderful stories that exist within it.

In the school, we are developing a culture where each child is accepted and valued for who they are, and are encouraged by their peers to reach their potential with the gifts that God has given them.

Rich blessings,
Geoff Peet
Maitland Christian School Principal

Meet the Executive Team

The quality of our staff, their commitment to the care and nurturing of children, their operation as professionals and their growth as a unified team are some of the greatest strengths of the school. The school has developed a local reputation for being a caring community and this has largely been earned as a result of the efforts of the staff.

Our Primary department consists of homeroom teachers who are supported by specialist teachers who also teach additional literacy and numeracy classes. Our Secondary department consists of specialised teachers in all Key Learning Areas. A specialist teacher/librarian supports classroom teachers across the whole school. Support teachers are available to assist children who are experiencing difficulties in their class work or who require extension.

Jason Munro

Deputy Principal & Science

Jason has worked in education for the past 20 years across a number of schools from different sectors in Sydney. He is trained in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education and is passionate about seeing students and staff developing their physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. His time away from school is spent with family and friends and he still enjoys playing competitive sport.

Josh Vine

PDHPE, Christian Studies & Welfare

Josh has worked at Maitland Christian School for the last 11 years. He is passionate about developing faith and potential in students through influencing school culture at every opportunity. Josh is a school leader in several domains of the secondary school including PDHPE, Christian Studies, Student leaders, Behaviour and Discipline, Careers and the Student Strengths Program. His downtime includes spending quality time with his wife and 2 boys, fishing, and BBQ’s with friends.

Jill Sculthorpe

Primary Administration & Welfare

Jill has worked at Maitland Christian School for 8 years, the last 4 as the Primary Administration Coordinator. She is passionate about seeing students grow and mature into the people that God has created them to be by learning in a safe and vibrant Christian environment. Coming from a very large family, “Family is Everything” is her motto and she enjoys spending quality time together with all the generations, with good coffee and lots of chocolate.

Cathy Wanganga

Primary Curriculum

Cathy has worked in Christian schooling for over 20 years. She is passionate about delivering high quality education that is accessible to all students. In her downtime she loves to read a wide range of books and eat the ‘occasional’ chocolate whilst doing so.

Craig Shafer

Technologies & Languages

Craig has worked in Christian Schooling since graduating with Honours from the University of Newcastle in 2002. He has taught across both Primary and Secondary departments and is passionate about meaningful relationships being the foundation for effective teaching and learning. Craig values family time and enjoys time in the great outdoors, especially fishing in many of the beautiful waterways in our region.

Chris Boyce

Business Manager

Chris has worked in finance for over 20 years in a broad range of roles and industries including education, aged care, mining, and financial services. He loves to help businesses improve and embed systems that allow them to best focus on their core purpose. In his time off he enjoys reading, running and loves to get away from it all at a good campsite.

Nick Coller


Nick graduated from the University of Newcastle as an English and Drama teacher in 2011, following a period working in chaplaincy and Scripture teaching. He is currently supplementing his study with a Masters of Divinity via distance education, and he is passionate about exploring a Christian worldview in every subject that he teaches. Nick has the most beautiful wife and children in the world (in his own words), and he enjoys spending time with them, with his church family, and playing his Nintendo Switch

Kim Farnham


Kim has been teaching English, History and French in CSA schools for the past 34 years and has worked as a Head of Department and a Girls’ Welfare Coordinator. She is passionate about Christian schooling and seeing students’ lives transformed. Kim enjoys reading, French food, coffee with friends and spending time with her family. She loves being a grandmother.

Ben Straker


Ben has worked in Christian education for 12 years since graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (Mgmt) and working in a variety of roles in different industries. He is passionate about challenging students to explore how faith and worldview influence the way we engage with History, Geography and Business. Ben loves spending time with his family exploring God’s creation, mountain biking and reading great books.

Anthony Palmer

Creative Arts

Anthony has spent over 20 years in Christian education in NSW and the Northern Territory. He is still energised by being in the classroom and enjoys supporting and challenging students in their transition from childhood to healthy adulthood. He has walked the Larapinta Trail in the West MacDonnell Ranges five times loves going remote, getting back to nature, the ocean, skiing and spending time with his friends and family.

Chris Hembry

Learning Support

Chris has worked in Learning Support since 2013. He is passionate about everyone seeing their value and worth and supporting them to reach their full potential. He enjoys getting out in the garden, coffee and motorbikes.

Gerdi de Jager


Gerdi has worked as a Mathematics Educator for the last 7 years, mainly at private Christian Schools. She completed her Master’s degree in Mathematics Education and she is passionate about implementing quality teaching in a nurturing and positive learning environment while incorporating innovative ways of teaching mathematics to make learning fun and engaging. She loves spending time with God, her husband and baby boy, doing outdoor activities and reading

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