School Community

School Executive:

CEO/Principal - Mr Tony Fitzgerald
Assistant Principal - Ms Sam Giles
Executive Assistant to CEO/Principal - Mrs Karen Taylor

Leader of Curriculum - Mrs Eryn Lonergan
Leader of Pastoral Care - Mrs Kylee Laugeson
Leader of Vision & Mission - Mrs Jacqueline Gorey

To read more about our School Executive please go to Our School Executive page by clicking here.

Pastoral Support Coordinator - Sr Jeanie Heininger sgs (Monday am, Thurs & Fri)
To view a profile of Sr Jeanie, please click here.
Psychologist - Mrs Caroline Ooi
Post School and Technology Support Coordinator - Mr Andre Daniels

Special Education (Pedagogy) and Research Consultant - Dr Bree Jiminez (In partnership with the University of Sydney, Dr Jiminez will be working with our teachers in a coaching and mentoring role to support classroom based instructional practices and assessment, and differentiated teaching and learning experiences.)

The Founding Principal of Mater Dei was Sr Mary Gregory sgs. To read a profile of Sr Mary Gregory that was published in the May 2007 Matters Magazine please click here.

Classes & Teachers

Class Names
One infants/primary class and one secondary class will each share the name of a significant religious figure connected to our Benedictine and Good Samaritan culture and heritage.
Benedict - is named after Saint Benedict. Our Good Samaritan Sisters are of the Order of Saint Benedict.
Gregory - is named after Sister Mary Gregory, Mater Dei’s first School Principal.
Polding -  is named after Bede Polding, the first Bishop of Sydney who founded the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in Sydney.
McCabe - is named after Bishop McCabe, the Bishop who approached the Sisters of the Good Samaritan to change Mater Dei into a special needs school as opposed to an orphanage.
Gibbons - is named after Saint Scholastica Gibbons, Saint Benedict’s sibling/sister.
MacKillop - is named after Saint Mary MacKillop, Australia’s first Saint.

2017 Classes & Teachers

K/1 Benedict 

Mrs Michelle Charles

K/1 Gregory

Mrs Carla Warby

1/2 Polding


Mrs Rebecca Hanrahan (M-W) & Mr Aleks Todorovic (Th-F)

3/4 McCabe

Mrs Jennifer Twine

4 Gibbons

Mrs Mary Rudd

5 MacKillop

Ms Gemma Croft

6 Samaritan



Mrs Gayle Roberts (M-T) and Mrs Anne Salway (W-F)

7/8 Benedict



Mrs Helen Fahey (M-W) and Mrs Rowena Kennedy (Th-F)

7/8 Gregory


Mr Jim Good  (M & Tu) and Mrs Leanne Steedman (W-F)

9/10 Polding


Mrs Kellie Andersen

9/10 McCabe

Mr Sid Conte

11/12 Gibbons

Mr Andre Daniels

11/12 MacKillop


Ms Jean-Elle English


Ms Ally Mallet

Special Education (Pedagogy)
and Research Consultant


Dr Bree Jiminez


School Assistants:

Mrs Helen Jacob, Mrs Chris McIntyre - to view a profile of Chris from our September 2009 Matters, please click here. Mrs Donna Morrison - to view a profile of Donna from our June 2010 Matters, please click here,  Mrs Julietta Borgia-Brain, Ms Jodie Dobinson, Mrs Janette Fowler, Ms Nadine Gale, Ms Amanda Giles, Mr Christopher Herd, Miss Carly Hessey, Mrs Leigh Hough, Mrs Ana Kosub, Mrs Tanya Madsen, Mrs Rhonda McNeilly, Mrs Sue Neal, Mrs Tracey Osborne, Mrs Karen Powell, Mrs Kim Rossetto, Mr Mark Shedden.
First Aid - Kerrie Borthwick RN. To view a profile of Nurse Kerrie from our December 2008 Matters Magazine, please click here.

Our School Staff


Administration Team:

Ms Anne Lauder - Business Manager & responsible for Student Transport (Mon to Fri)
Mrs Luisa Penman - Personal Assistant to the CEO/Principal and Board of Directors; Enrolment Secretary (Mon to Fri)
Mrs Emma Bray - Administrative Assistant to the Business Manager (Tues, Wed & Thurs)
Mrs Michele Dunshea - Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Principal (Mon-Wed, & Friday)
Mrs Lisa Gruar - Student fees, payroll and processing of cheques/monies (Tues, Wed & Thurs). To see an article about a week in the life of Lisa at Mater Dei, please go to our Day In the Life Story Page. To read the People Profile that accompanied that article, please click here.
Mrs Helen Flett - Reception (Mon-Wed)
Mrs Katrina Sims - Database Administrator & IT Support (Tues-Thurs)
Mrs Carmen Nardi - Administrative Assistant to School Executive (Mon-Wed) and Receptionist (Thurs & Fri)
Mr Michael Reynolds - Maintenance (Mon to Fri)

Development Team:

Mrs Catherine Jeffcoate - Director of Development (Mon-Fri)
Mrs Simone Wilson - Foundation Officer (Mon, Wed, Thurs)
Mrs Alison McManus - Development Coordinator (Tues-Fri)

Our Administration Team, Development Team and Taxi Drivers