IB Schools Australasia Standing Committee

Standing Committee 

Ashley Coats

Chair, IB Schools Australasia

Email: [email protected]

https://assets.ibaustralasia.org/page/6/AshleyCoatsProfilePicturewebcopy.jpgAshley has been teaching drama and English since 1994.  His involvement with and teaching in the International Baccalaureate began in 2001.  Ashley is an experienced teacher in MYP Drama, Film, Language and Literature and DP TOK and Theatre. 

Ashley has fulfilled the role of MYP Arts Moderator since 2003, MYP Senior Arts Moderator from 2006 until 2010, and MYP Arts, Heads/Coordinator and Programme Implementation Workshop Leader since 2004. In 2007 he was also a contributor to a Teacher Support Material meeting in Cardiff that developed resource material for The Arts guide on the Online Curriculum Centre website. In 2008, Ashley contributed to the Arts Workshop Leader site on the OCC. Ashley has been a member of both the 2008 and 2014 Arts Guide writing teams. In 2013, Ashley was elected onto the IB Schools Australasia (formerly AAIBS) Standing Committee, took up the position of secretary in 2014 and then at the end of 2015 was elected and is the current Chair of IBSA.

Fiona Godfrey

Treasurer, IB Schools Australasia
Principal, Radford College

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https://assets.ibaustralasia.org/page/6/Fiona_GodfreyNew.jpgFiona Godfrey is the first woman to be appointed Principal of Radford College in Canberra. 

Prior to joining Radford in 2014, Fiona was Principal of St Peter’s Girls’ School in Adelaide for six years.  Fiona holds a Bachelor of Science, a Diploma of Education, a Masters in Educational Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She has previously held the position of President of Anglican Schools Australia (ASA), was a Director of the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA) and is now an Executive Member of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) and a Board Member of the Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT).

Fiona is used to ‘leading the way’.  In 1989, she was the first female to be appointed Head of Science at St Kevin’s College, a large and highly regarded Catholic boys’ school in Melbourne.  Other significant positions include Head of House at Westbourne Grammar School, a co-educational school in Melbourne, from 1998- 2002, and Deputy Principal first at Fintona Girls’ School and then at Canberra Girls’ Grammar School between 2003 and 2007.  In 2011, she was the recipient of the South Australian Business Woman of the Year, Community and Government Award.

Fiona believes it is a sense of belonging that defines a school.

A School is a learning community.  Regardless of interest or ability, every student should feel that they belong and are supported on their own journey to knowledge and fulfilment.  If you set this standard, young people will embrace their opportunities and pursue excellence in everything they do.

David Boardman

Secretary, IB Schools Australasia
Senior School Principal, Kristin School

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David’s background is in Marine Biology and Oceanography and he has been involved with the IB since 2004, when he taught biology and science at Malvern College in the UK.  Early in 2007 he moved to Dunedin in New Zealand, again teaching IB Biology and became the IB DP coordinator in 2009.

Along with teaching biology, David is also an examiner and IA moderator and was asked to help in the evaluation of the new IA criteria for the Group 4 subjects in 2014, specifically in Chemistry.

In 2012, David was elected to the standing committee of AAIBS, taking up the position of secretary in 2014.

January 2016 saw David gain the position of Principal Senior School at Kristin School in Auckland, a 3 programme K-13 school of 1600 students, where approximately 100 students annually choose to follow the Diploma Programme in their senior years.  This is a position that will allow him to continue to have a strong relationship with the IB, representing his school, New Zealand and also the wider Australasian region.

Most recently David was elected to chair the New Zealand IB Heads Caucus and elected to the IB Heads Council as a representative for the Asia-Pacific region.  In these roles he is participating and supporting our schools in areas such as the Diploma review and communicating regularly with the IB on how to best support our students and schools during these difficult times.

Karen Abraham

Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia
Deputy Principal, Cleveland District State High School

https://assets.ibaustralasia.org/page/6/Karen_Abraham.jpgKaren is currently the Deputy Principal at Cleveland District State High School, an Independent Public School situated on Brisbane’s bayside and a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS).  During her 26 years with Education Queensland, Karen has taught in early childhood, primary and secondary schools in rural and regional settings as well as metropolitan Brisbane.  She has also held the position of Head of Department, Senior Schooling.

Karen is a passionate advocate for the IB and values the global and critical thinking it promotes in students.  As a member of CIS and an IB World School, Cleveland High provides a wealth of opportunities for students and staff and in her role in the executive leadership of the school, Karen is at the forefront of strategic and operational planning.  She regularly participates in professional development with CIS and for the IBDP.

As an active member of the Queensland IB Co-ordinator’s Network, Karen has forged strong links with other schools and universities as she strives to promote the value of an IB education for all students.  Queensland is a growth area for the IB Diploma Programme with a rapidly growing number of schools seeking authorisation and Karen views membership of the IB Schools Australasia Standing Committee as a way to continue her advocacy and broaden her knowledge and experience as an IB educator and leader.

Chris Burch

Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia
Acting Principal and Head of Secondary, International School of Western Australia

https://assets.ibaustralasia.org/page/6/Chris_Burch.pngFollowing 20 year of teaching internationally, of which the previous 11 years were in IB schools in Dubai, Chris is currently Head of Secondary at the International School of Western Australia. 

With a wealth of experience and knowledge in school senior management, Chris is passionate about driving School improvement and developing innovative teaching pedagogy.

Chris believes in life-long learning and enjoys coaching and mentoring university students, and middle and senior leaders. 

As an IB workshop leader, IB school visitor, BQC (Building Quality Curriculum) reviewer and a CIS (Council of International Schools) evaluator, Chris strives to provide his staff and students the best possible ‘experience’.

Chris’s passions include cooking, travelling and playing sports. When Chris is not running around after his two young daughters, he is training and playing rugby. Chris was fortunate to represent the UAE in rugby playing 10 International Caps against teams like Japan, Hong Kong, Korea and the Philippines. 

Nicole Jaggers

Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia
Associate Principal, Academic Preschool to Year 10, Gold Creek School

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Nicole Jaggers is Associate Principal Academic – Preschool to Year 10 at Gold Creek School, an authorised government PYP and MYP IB World School. Prior to this she was Deputy Principal and PYP coordinator at Miles Franklin Primary School 2015-2020, a government P-6 primary school and authorised PYP school and Assistant Head of Junior School and PYP coordinator at Radford College from 2011-2014. Her qualifications include a Master of Education (Educational Leadership), Graduate Diploma (International Baccalaureate), Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood/Primary).

Nicole has over 25 years teaching experience across Catholic, Independent and Government school systems. She has 10 years experience in senior leadership positions in IB schools. Nicole is highly experienced and well regarded locally, nationally and internationally for her knowledge of IB curriculum as an International Baccalaureate IBEN workshop leader and consultant for the Asia Pacific Region.

Nick Jolly

Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia
Director of Academics and Deputy Head of Senior School, Cranbrook School

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Nick Jolly has had 10+ years of experience working in IB schools. He has previously spent 4 years at the Australian International School (AIS), Singapore as Curriculum Coordinator. AIS offered the PYP, MYP and DP. Nick is currently in his fifth year as Director of Academics and Deputy Head of Senior School at Cranbrook School in Sydney. Cranbrook offers the PYP, MYP, DP . Cranbrook is one of 6 continuum schools in NSW.

Nick has served as the MYP Coordinator and DP Coordinator. He has successfully overseen the MYP and DP verification processes at Cranbrook. Nick has attended numerous IB professional develop workshops and conferences, including attending the last three Asia Pacific Global Conferences.

Nick has a passion for IB programmes and was recently asked to write an article for the Sydney Morning Herald on the merits of an IB education.  It is his view that the skills and values students develop through an IB education will provide them with the best possible foundation from which to confidently navigate the world beyond Year 12.

Natalie Kunst

Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia
MYP Coordinator, Preshil - The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School

https://assets.ibaustralasia.org/page/6/Natalie_Kunst.jpgNatalie’s background is in the Arts, and she has been involved in the delivery of the IB Diploma since 2000 (teaching Visual Arts and Film) and the Middle Years Programme since 2006, (teaching the Arts and Design, and leading Interdisciplinary Units). She is currently MYP Coordinator at Preshil, The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School at Kew in Melbourne. Previously she was College Teaching Practice Leader at Wesley College, Melbourne, and has held curriculum leadership roles in leading IB schools in Hong Kong and Thailand. 

Natalie has spent much of the past 30 years living in Asia and working in top IB schools. She is an active member of the Asia Pacific IBEN community and has been involved in many aspects of IB implementation, holding the role of MYP Moderator, DP Visual Arts Examiner, DP Visual Arts Team Leader, MYP/DP Workshop Leader and Field Representative. 

As an IBEN Workshop Leader, Natalie has led professional development for teachers in 14 countries across the Asia Pacific region. As well as this, she has tailored and led in-school workshops for IB schools in Japan, Fiji, Nepal, India, New Zealand and China. Natalie is a Visiting Team Member for the Council of International Schools, where she supports the accreditation process.  These experiences have given her opportunities to appreciate the diversity of the IB community and the wide variety of contexts in which the IB is implemented. 

Natalie is passionate about student-led, inquiry-based learning. She is a qualified CBCI trainer, having  completed the Concept-Based Certification Institute with Lynn Erickson and Lois Lanning in The Netherlands in 2018. 

Antony Mayrhofer

Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia
Director of Learning Services, IB Diploma Programme co-ordinator,  St Paul's Grammar School


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Antony Mayrhofer, B.Sc, Dip. Ed, M. Ed (leadership) is the Director of Learning Services and Diploma Programme Co-ordinator at St Paul’s Grammar School, Penrith, Sydney, Australia.  He has had an interest in International Education since 1984 when he completed a trainee teacher practicum in a local non-government school in Mumbai, India.

Antony has taught the Diploma Programme since 1990 in Biology, Chemistry and Theory of Knowledge. He completed a five-year term as Deputy Chief Examiner of Biology in the Diploma Programme for the IB in 2007 and as such was, and continues to be involved in curriculum design and assessment for the IB.  He has held various senior examining roles in Diploma Biology since 1995 including Principal examiner. 

Antony has been a Diploma Programme Coordinator at St Paul’s Grammar School since 2000 and has led the introduction of the PYP and MYP to the school as well as significant growth of the Diploma programme which is currently studied by more than half of senior students. Antony is also Chair of the ACT and NSW Diploma Programme Coordinator Network.

Antony has led teacher-training workshops for the IB in pedagogical practice, Diploma programme coordination, TOK and Biology since 2000 at all levels of teacher experience. He has led Diploma Programme evaluation and verification teams since 2003 on behalf of the IB throughout the Asia Pacific region. Antony has presented sessions at a number of IB Global Conferences.

Antony is a member of the standing committee of IB Schools Australasia. He has previously held the position of chair of this Association.

In his spare time he enjoys bushwalking with his wife and two adult children near his home in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

Judy Rutter

Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia
Director of Teaching and Learning, The Kilmore International School

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Judy was educated in Australia at the University of Melbourne where she completed a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and Genetics.  After working at a Heart Foundation research institute for 5 years, she moved to the UK to complete a PhD at University College London, then worked in drug development in a private company.  She began her teaching career in Victoria, Australia in a government school but moved to The Kilmore International School (TKIS) in 2008, where the IB Diploma is the only senior qualification offered.  At TKIS, she has taught DP Biology HL & SL, Theory of Knowledge and supervised Extended Essays and CAS programmes, as well as taught middle and junior school science.  She is an examiner of the May Biology SL Paper 3.  Judy has held the positions of Head of Year 11 and Year 12, Head of Curriculum and IB DP coordinator (current role).  She is currently a workshop leader (for Biology, Coordination, Extended Essay, Approaches to Teaching and Learning)  and school visit team member with the IBEN network.

Office Support

Phoebe Tocco

Executive Assistant, IB Schools Australasia

https://assets.ibaustralasia.org/page/6/Phoebe_Tocco.jpegPhoebe has extensive experience in Administration and Business Development across a number of different industry sectors including property development, food and beverage and management consultancy. She brings a broad range of skills and knowledge to the role.

She spent a decade working in education, beginning in a Montessori Kindergarten, then facilitating workshops and conducting corporate training  in Tokyo, Japan. During that time, she worked with numerous corporate clients including Citigroup, Nike, Nissan, MacDonalds and IBM to develop global business acumen and skills to navigate cross-cultural differences. Her experience helped her develop a passion and insight into understanding working across cultures and the value that brings.

She holds a Bachelor of Political Science, is fluent in Japanese and French and is also a qualified yoga instructor.

Bec Hammond

Executive Assistant, IB Schools Australasia

https://assets.ibaustralasia.org/page/6/Bec_Profile_photo_2020.jpgBec commenced her work as the Executive Assistant for IB Schools Australasia in January 2016. 

Bec has over 13 years experience working in administrative roles within the education sector and brings a breadth of experience covering administration, event management, research and communications. Having grown up as a Third Culture Kid and a graduate of an International School, Rebecca is passionate about intercultural understanding and ensuring that students’ qualifications are recognised globally. 

In addition to her role as Executive Assistant for IB Schools Australasia, Bec also works for Westbourne College Sydney, an IB World School, as their Social Media Manager and Admissions Officer.  Previously, she has worked at the Centre for Strategic Education (CSE) as the Project Officer and at Wesley College as the Executive Research Assistant to the Principal and the Research and Adminstrative Assistant for the Wesley College Institute.  She has also worked with educational researchers and consultants most notably Watterston Consulting in research and adminsitration capacities and  with Worawa Aboriginal College for their Indigenous Education Symposium Yapaneyepuk in 2015.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) LaTrobe University and a Postgraduate Diploma of Policy and Applied Social Research Macquarie University.