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.

Mr Tony Banks-Deputy Principal

Tony Banks

Deputy Principal

Tony has over 24+ yrs of teaching & leadership experience in education across NSW, QLD & WA. He is passionate about living and sharing the gospel through relationships with students as he helps them find their strengths, purpose & identity in Christ. Tony loves running, good coffee & time with family

Teacher, Mr Ben Straker-Head of Secondary

Ben Straker

Head Of Secondary

Ben is passionate about challenging students to explore how faith & worldview influence the way we engage with History, Geography & Business. Since graduating with a Bach of Commerce, Ben has worked in Christian education for 12 years! He loves time with his family, mountain biking & reading

Teacher, Mrs Jill Sculthorpe-Primary Administration

Jill Sculthorpe

Primary Administration

Jill loves seeing students grow & mature into the people that God created them to be by learning in a safe, vibrant Christian environment. With “Family is Everything” as her motto, she enjoys time with a mix of generations, good coffee & lots of chocolate.

Craig Shafer

Technologies, Languages & PDHPE

Craig has worked in Christian education for over 20+ yrs having taught both Primary & Secondary. He strives to have meaningful relationships as the foundation for effective teaching and learning. Craig values time with family and being outdoors fishing in our beautiful local waterways.

Chris Boyce

Business Manager

With over 20yrs experience in finance, Chris has worked in a broad range of roles & industries incl education, aged care, mining & financial services. He loves to help businesses improve & embed systems that allow them to focus on their core purpose. In his time off, Chris enjoys reading, running and & camping.

Teacher, Mrs Jen Palmer-HSIE Executive, smiling

Jen Palmer



Teacher, Mr Anthony Palmer-Creative Arts

Anthony Palmer

Creative Arts

Anthony has spent over 20+ yrs in Christian education in NSW & the top end! He is still energised by being in the classroom, supporting & challenging students in their transition from kids to healthy adults. With a love for the great outdoors, Anthony loves skiing, the ocean & spending time with family & friends.

Teacher, Mr Chris Hembry-Learning Support

Chris Hembry

Learning Support

Chris has worked in Learning Support for almost 10yrs. He is enthusiastic about everyone seeing their value & worth and supporting them to reach their full potential! Chris enjoys getting out in the garden, coffee & motorbikes

Gerdi de Jager

Mathematics & Science Coordinator

Gerdi loves investing in young lives, challenging them to grow and partner with their families. She is passionate about building an environment for students that is nurturing and positive, building confidence in students to think deep and evaluate our world through a biblical lens. Gerdi is a travel enthusiast & loves time with her family

Teacher, Mrs Stella Gaffney-English and Wellbeing High School

Stella Gaffney

English & Wellbeing

Stella has over 20+ yrs experience teaching in Secondary and Tertiary level schools. She has a real interest in Literacy & Educational Psychology and is passionate about improving wellbeing in schools – watching students grow & flourish in all areas of life. She is excellent at reverse parking & prefers drinking cheap, instant coffee!

Teacher, Mrs Kelly-Ann Cumming-Stage 1 Coordinator

Kelly-Ann Cumming

Stage 1 Coordinator

Kelly-Ann, having always dreamt of being a teacher, has now been teaching for over 20+ yrs across Sydney & Newcastle in both independent & public schools. She considers it a privilege to be able to share God’s love & amazing word with her students. Kelly Ann in students responsibility & love for learning. She loves to sleep in & spending time outside

Teacher, Mrs Danielle Proctor-Stage 2 Coordinator

Danielle Procter

Stage 2 Coordinator

Danielle has over 20+ yrs experience, having taught in both public & independent schools. She is passionate about helping every child fulfil their God-given potential, building a class culture where students belong and learning is effective. Danielle enjoys reading, sleep-ins and chocolate

Teacher, Mrs Amanda Peet-Early Stage 1 Coordinator

Amanda Peet

Early Stage 1 Coordinator

Amanda strives to bring out the best in every student, motivating & engaging them in their learning. Her time is divided between teaching Primary Art, coordinating Instructional Coaching across the school, & leading our Early Stage 1 team. She loves camping with extended family, reading, gardening & op-shops

Teacher, Mrs Beth Gorrick-Stage 3 Coordinator

Beth Gorrick

Stage 3 Coordinator

Beth has been teaching for over 12yrs in Christian schools. She is passionate about seeing all students come to love learning. During her time off she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, drinking lots of good coffee and playing any number of sports.

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