A letter from our Principal

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.

Principal Geoff Peet Maitland Christian School

Geoff Peet


Geoff has over 35 years of experience in Christian Schooling, 20 of which he has held leadership positions as both Deputy Principal and Principal. He is passionate about seeing each child understand God’s world, His Word and the gifts God has given them to serve Him and others. Geoff loves spending time with family, keeping his lawn perfectly mowed, music, Parkrun and photography.

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.

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 & camping.

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 Amanda Peet-Early Stage 1 Coordinator

Amanda Peet

Head of Primary

Amanda strives to bring out the best in every student, motivating & engaging them in their learning. She leads our primary staff alongside our stage coordinators and overseas our Early Stage 1 team. She loves camping with extended family, reading, gardening & op-shops.

Craig Shafer


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.

Teacher, Mrs Jen Palmer-HSIE Executive, smiling

Jen Palmer

HSIE & Languages

Jen has worked in Christian Education for over 12 years having spent 8 of these working in Darwin with predominately Indigenous students from remote areas of NT & WA. She is passionate about Jesus, justice and people. Jen loves that we have the opportunity as educators to speak words of life and truth into the lives of students. Jen enjoys spending time in Newcastle, riding her bike regularly to the beach.

Anton Selvaratnam


Anton has extensive experience in teaching, particularly in the areas of Mathematics at both a Secondary and Tertiary level. He strongly believes that learning should be enjoyable and that students of all ages should feel secure, at ease, and confident in their learning of Mathematics. In his spare time, Anton loves time with family, enjoying nature and admiring God’s beautiful creation.

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.

Briony O’Connor

Science & Technologies

Briony has worked in Education for over 7 years, having previously worked as a Nurse. She is passionate about student welfare and supporting students to achieve their personal best by incorporating innovative teaching strategies into her student’s learning. In her free time, Briony is involved in her church running youth groups & youth church. She loves time with family and her beagalier puppy.

Teacher, Mrs Jill Sculthorpe-Primary Administration

Jill Sculthorpe

Stage 3, Teacher Accreditation, Individual Education Plans, Gifted & Talented

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.

Teacher, Mrs Danielle Proctor-Stage 2 Coordinator

Danielle Procter

Stage 2 & Data and Learning Assistants Integration

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 Kelly-Ann Cumming-Stage 1 Coordinator

Kelly-Ann Cumming

Stage 1 & Curriculum

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.

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