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

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 & Stage 3 Coordinator

Jill has worked at Maitland Christian School for 10 years, the last 6 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.

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.

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

Mathematics & Science Coordinator

Gerdi is a passionate Christian educator who completed her Master’s degree specialising in secondary school mathematics. She loves to challenge young people and watch them grow. Gerdi believes 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. In her role, she is excited to see the emergence of deep thinkers who can wrestle with complex problems, synthesise ideas and evaluate the culture via a biblical lens. She is passionate about implementing quality Mathematics and Science teaching in a nurturing and positive learning environment, in order to build confidence and knowledge. Gerdi is a travel enthusiast who loves spending time in God’s creation and socialising with family and friends.

Stella Gaffney


Bio to come

Kelly-Ann Cumming

Stage 1 Coordinator

Even as a little girl, Kelly-Ann would play ‘teachers’ and dream of the day that she would become a real one. Her dream came true, and she has now been teaching for over 20 years in both independent and public schools across Western Sydney and Newcastle. Kelly-Ann is passionate about sharing God’s love and amazing world with her students, and considers it a privilege to teach them how to live as followers of Jesus. She is keen on instilling a personal responsibility and love of learning in students, as well as creating lessons that are fun and engaging. Kelly-Ann enjoys sleeping in, taking time out in God’s beautiful creation and eating way too many lollies!

Danielle Procter

Stage 2 Coordinator

Danielle has been teaching for over 20 years, both in the public and private sectors. She is passionate about helping every child fulfil their God-given potential by building a classroom culture where students feel like they belong and effective learning can take place. She loves reading, sleeping in, eating chocolate, walking in nature and spending time with her family and friends.

Amanda Peet

Early Stage 1 Coordinator

Amanda loves working at Maitland Christian School. She divides her time between teaching Primary Art, coordinating Instructional Coaching across the school, and leading the Early Stage 1 team of Prep and Kindy teachers. She strives to bring the best out of every student by motivating and engaging them in their learning. Amanda counts down to the Christmas holidays where she enjoys camping with her extended family, reading, gardening and finding an op-shop bargain.

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