IB Schools Australasia Standing Committee

Standing Committee 


David Boardman

Chair, 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.

In 2012, David was elected to the standing committee of AAIBS, taking up the position of secretary in 2014. David was elected in 2022 and is the current Chair of IBSA.

Nicole Jaggers

Treasurer, 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.

Antony Mayrhofer

Secretary, 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 has been a member of the standing committee of IB Schools Australasia for many years. He has previously held the position of chair of this Association and was elected as secretary in 2022.

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


Karen Abraham

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

Karen 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.

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 12+ 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 seventh 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.


Peter McDonald

Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia

Head of Junior School and ELC ,Canberra Girls Grammar School.

  • Head of Junior School (PYP and MYP) and ELC at Canberra Girls
    Grammar School, a three programme (PYP, MYP and DP) school.
  • Experienced member of IBEN supporting IB schools throughout Asia and the Pacific as an IB Workshop Leader, Programme Leader, School Visit Team Leader and IB Consultant.
  • An active member of the ACT PYP Network Committee since 2015.
  • Presented at three IB Global Conferences.

Peter McDonald (MEd, GradCertEd (Maths), GradCertBusAdmin, BEd, MACEL)
is the Head of Junior School and ELC at Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS), a three programme school offering the PYP, MYP and DP. He has over 10 years of experience leading and teaching in IB schools, including previously as the PYP Coordinator at Radford College and Deputy Head of School at CGGS. He currently leads both the PYP (R- Y5) and MYP (Y6) at Canberra Girls Grammar School, a continuum IB World School. Peter is an experienced member of IBEN, supporting IB schools throughout Asia and the Pacific as an IB Workshop Leader, Programme Leader, School Visit Team Leader and IB Consultant. Peter is an accredited ‘What is an IB Education’ continuum leader and is
a published academic focusing on teacher development and inquiry- based learning. He has presented in Japan, Singapore and Taiwan, as well as at three IB Global Conferences. Peter holds four university qualifications in the areas of education, mathematics, and business, and as a specialist mathematics teacher, holds a keen interest in supporting primary aged students to develop a passion for learning, using, and enjoying mathematics.

Graham Maltby

Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia

Assistant Director of Academic Education & IB DP Programme Coordinator, Canberra Grammar School

Graham is a passionate IB educator with experience across a range of IB
programs in Australia, Europe and South Asia. He is currently Assistant Director of Academic Education and IB Diploma Coordinator at Canberra Grammar School and a member of the IBEN Schools Visiting Team. He is also a teacher of Psychology and Theory of Knowledge, and an examiner for IB Geography.

Graham has a global experience of the IB program.
Previously, he was the IB Diploma Coordinator at The
British School in New Delhi, and the Head of Humanities in
the PYP, MYP, DP and CP at Berlin-Brandenburg
International School, Germany. He also has experience
teaching in New Zealand. As an IBEN member he has
worked with a range of schools throughout the Asia Pacific, Canberra Grammar School is currently one of the largest DP schools in Australia with the PYP and is a MYP candidate school. He has a thorough understanding of the IP programmes, the region and the pressures schools are experiencing in our context.

Born in Canada and traveling as a child throughout the Americas and the Pacific, Graham completed his schooling in New Zealand and now calls Canberra home along with his family. Graham holds a Master of Educational Leadership and is a strong advocate of the IB Diploma Programmes and values the framework it offers to students and educators to think critically about the world around them. He has a particular interest in teacher professional development and tertiary recognition pathways in the region.

Tanya Haggarty

Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia

Deputy Principal Academic, Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology

  • Very experienced educator with 14 years’ experience in teaching and
    leading the IB Diploma Programme and 5 years’ experience in leading the IB Middle Years Programme, have participated in a range of IB workshops and training including DP Coordinator and MYP Head of School/Coordinator
  • As Deputy Principal, led our MYP Coordinator through a highly successful candidacy and authorisation of the IB MYP with the introduction of Years 7 to 9 at our school; and led the DP Coordinators through two five-year evaluations and the successful implementation of the DP for six years, including through the recent COVID adjustments
  • High level of expertise in curriculum and assessment development and implementation through senior leadership of International Baccalaureate programs and Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority project officer experience

Tanya Haggarty is an experienced educator with thirty years’ experience across a range of educational settings, including secondary and tertiary institutions and curriculum authorities. My passion is in curriculum and assessment developed through my work as a project officer with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Over ten years’ experience with implementation of the International Baccalaureate has enhanced this passion. initially as a Biology teacher and subsequently as Head of Department – Sciences and more recently as Deputy Principal at Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology, an exclusively IB World School and also Queensland’s top performing school. As Deputy Principal I lead the IB MYP and DP Coordinators to ensure we provide an IB education for all our students that exceeds the expectations of the IB.      


Casper Buisman

Standing Committee Member, IB Schools Australasia

Head of Mathematics, Wesley College, Glen Waverley Campus

  • Experienced teacher in both Independent and Public IB schools
  • Active member of the IB Educator Network as workshop leader and curriculum developer

Casper is currently the Head of Mathematics at Wesley College, Glen Waverley Campus. Having over 20 years of experience in education, Casper started his teaching career in the Netherlands and joined his first IB school offering MYP and DP programmes in Adelaide in 2008. He has experience in both small and large public and independent IB schools in Australia worked the next 10 years for the SA education department at Glenunga International High School.

Casper is an experienced teacher in DP Mathematics and a current member of the IB Curriculum Review Committee to develop the Group 5 mathematics subject guides. He is a workshop presenter for Mathematics, ATL and Leading the Learning, and a senior examiner for Mathematics.

Casper is motivated by his passion for holistic education and preparing students for tertiary education. IB education is becoming accessible for increasingly diverse student cohorts. Key factors for student success are our ability as leaders to develop agency in our students and provide inclusivity and a commitment to ongoing improvement of our schools.


Melissa Fitzgerald

Standing Committee Member , IB Schools Australasia

MYPC Oakleigh Grammar School

  • Chair of the MYPC Victoria/Tasmania Network (from July 2022)
  • Recently facilitated the MYP discussion at the Australasian Principals and

 Coordinators meeting (18th June 2022)

  • MYP language and literature examiner

Melissa is currently the Middle Years Programme Coordinator at Oakleigh Grammar in Victoria, previously taught at two international schools in Dubai, UAE including the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP).  Recent highlights include completing a Master of Education (Leading Education), becoming the MYP Victoria and Tasmania Network Chair and Facilitating at the Australasian Principals and Coordinators Meeting in June. She enjoys writing and has published articles on Celebrating Service and Action, the Personal Project, and the Remote Evaluation Visit Experience. 

As an IB learner she strives to be OPEN-MINDED. Although she understands and appreciates being Australian and her own personal history, she loves learning about other perspectives, especially the values and traditions of India. She loves to sit in a busy chai stall in rural India (while waiting to go on tiger safari) listening to the chatter of Hindi. Even though she doesn’t understand a word she has learnt so much about love, friendship and what is important in life through this immersive experience. Visiting India with an open-mind has taught her to be grateful for everything in life and has helped her grow at a spiritual level.

Melissa believes with the globalisation of education, the IB offers an authentic academic programme focussed on supporting young people to develop real-world skills. She wants to be in a position where she can share her love of IB through promoting the programmes and supporting IB educators throughout Australasia.

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.