Senior Leadership Team

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Senior

The Principal is appointed by the Board to manage and control the affairs of the School on its behalf and is supported by the School Leadership Team to implement the Strategic Plan.

Bill Sweeney

Bill Sweeney 
Principal

Bill joined Hume Anglican Grammar in 2013, in the sixth year of the school. Originally from South Australia, his previous roles included seven years as the Director of Teaching and Learning at St Peter’s College, and Head of Technology and Staffing & Timetable Coordinator at Prince Alfred College, both in Adelaide. 

Bill’s experience and passion for the development of young people is a perfect fit for the culture of excellence at Hume. He believes in an inclusive community where children are provided a nurturing environment allowing inner talents to be discovered and enhanced. With a focus on education of the ‘whole child’, Hume Anglican Grammar has become the school of choice in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.   
 
Bill completed his Diploma of Teaching and Bachelor of Education at the South Australian College of Advanced Education (now the University of South Australia), his Master of Education (Management & Leadership) and Master of Business Administration at the University of Adelaide.

Penelope Monger

Penelope Monger
Deputy Principal

Following careers in media and communications, Penelope entered the teaching profession in 2010. After nine years at Gippsland Grammar in Sale, including seven as the Head of English, Penelope joined Hume Anglican Grammar in 2019 as the Assistant Principal - Secondary and was appointed as the Deputy Principal mid-2021.

With a passion for promoting and sustaining student wellbeing, Penelope takes a great interest in ensuring that students are emotionally, intellectually and physically cared for, in order to maximise their opportunities for educational success. She is also keenly interested in the idea of collective efficacy and is delighted to be a part of Hume’s dynamic teaching and learning culture, with its focus on the pursuit of excellence due to collaborative, collegial and respectful relationships.

Penelope holds a Bachelor of Arts (Swinburne University), Bachelor of Broadcasting (Edith Cowan University), Diploma of Education (University of Melbourne), Graduate Diploma in Librarianship (Charles Sturt University), and Master of Educational Leadership (University of Newcastle).

Kieran Mitchell

Kieran Mitchell
Business Manager

Kieran joined as Business Manager and Company Secretary of Hume Anglican Grammar in 2016 and is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience. Prior to Hume, he has worked with Big 4 accounting firms Ernst & Young and Deloitte assisting fast growing businesses as well as more recently at Macquarie Bank in London.

Kieran’s strong accounting and business background ensures effective financial management on a day-to-day basis and that future growth and development of the school is carried out in a financially sustainable manner. Under Kieran’s stewardship, the School has seen considerable development of its physical resources so greatly enhancing the educational journey for the students. 

Kieran holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from the RMIT and is a Chartered Accountant. He and his wife are residents of the local community, with their three eldest of five children, currently students of the Primary school at Hume. 

Rebecca Riley

Rebecca Riley 
Assistant Principal - Primary (Donnybrook)

Rebecca joined Hume Anglican Grammar in 2009, in the second year of the school. Previously teaching at Beaconhills College for 5 years as a Junior School Classroom Teacher and P-12 eLearning specialist.

Upon commencement at Hume, Rebecca taught a variety of Primary generalist and specialist classes including Drama, Health & Physical Education and Technology. Since 2013, Rebecca has held several leadership roles including Deputy Head of Junior School, Assistant Head of Junior School - Teaching and Learning and recently Head of Curriculum - Primary. Appointed to her current role in 2018, Rebecca is a proud, enthusiastic and experienced primary educational leader with a demonstrated track record in curriculum development, initiating successful approaches to student wellbeing, and building school community. Rebecca’s son Jackson is a proud member of our Donnybrook Campus cohort.

Rebecca completed her Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at Deakin University followed by her Master of Education (Information Technology) at Charles Sturt University.

Kristen Smith

Kristen Smith
Assistant Principal - Primary (Kalkallo)

Kristen joined Hume Anglican Grammar in 2022 as Assistant Principal – Primary (Kalkallo). For the past four years Kristen has been Head of Junior School at Beaconhills College. Prior to that she was College Head of the Primary Years Programme at Wesley College where she taught for 13 years. With 30 years’ experience in education, Kristen has taught in a variety of Independent schools across Melbourne.

Kristen completed her Diploma of Teaching at Victoria College, followed by a Bachelor of Education, Post Graduate Certificate of Gifted Education and Master of Education (Gifted Education) at Monash University. She is also an experienced International Baccalaureate workshop leader and site visitor having delivered professional development to educators in schools in the Asia Pacific region.

Kristen is passionate about implementing best practices in teaching and learning and building supportive and safe environments where students thrive. She is committed to successful home school partnerships where all work together with the same goals in mind.

Luke Friend

Luke Friend
Assistant Principal - Primary (Mt Ridley)

Luke Joined Hume Anglican Grammar in 2016 as the Assistant Principal – Primary (Mt Ridley). Prior to Hume, Luke was the Head of Junior School at Wesley College, Melbourne, where he taught for 20 years. During his time at Wesley, Luke held several curriculum and pastoral leadership roles including Head of Mathematics, Head of Technology, Year Level Coordinator, Daily Organiser and Head of House.

Luke completed his Diploma of Teaching and Bachelor of Education at Victoria University. He has been a member of the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) for 11 years and is a qualified workshop leader for the International Baccalaureate, having facilitated Teaching and Learning workshops both nationally and internationally for teaching professionals.

Holding a Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Teaching, Luke has a wealth of experience in Primary Education and a steadfast commitment to building school community. The partnership between home and school and developing an inclusive and respectful culture continue to flourish under Luke’s leadership.

Jeremy Martin

Jeremy Martin
Assistant Principal - Secondary (Mt Ridley)

Jeremy joined Hume Anglican Grammar in 2022 as the Assistant Principal – Secondary. Prior to commencing at Hume, Jeremy gained a broad portfolio of leadership experience including roles as Head of Senior School at Overnewton Anglican Community College, Head of Middle School at Brighton Grammar School and Assistant Principal at Surbiton High School (UK).

Jeremy completed his Master of Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts and his Diploma of Education at Monash University and has taught in the independent and State sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. Jeremy has also presented at seminars, facilitated workshops and been engaged in a range of projects as an education consultant.

Jeremy has a track record of improving academic results and developing culture through his passion for student wellbeing, character development and building high performance learning communities. He is driven to provide students with a sense of belonging and connectedness that motivates them to achieve their personal best.

Claire Thompson

Claire Thompson
Director of Student Wellbeing

Claire has almost 20 years teaching experience in secondary schools over three different states and territories across the State, Catholic and Independent systems. She has over 15 years working in student wellbeing and a passion for educational neuroscience - an interdisciplinary study of the science of learning and the mind, body and the brain. 

Claire’s experience in student wellbeing is diverse from policy and program development to the risk management of students with high support needs. Her passion is supporting student wellbeing to improve learning outcomes. Claire has extensive experience working with organisations such as Headspace, Orgyen Youth Health to support students with their transition back to the learning environment.

Claire holds a Bachelor of Arts (Australian Catholic University), Graduate Diploma of Education - Secondary (University of Canberra), a Master of Education (Student Wellbeing) and a Professional Certificate in Educational Neuroscience from the University of Melbourne.

Kirk Thomas

Kirk Thomas
Director of Teaching and Learning

Kirk joined Hume Anglican Grammar in 2022. Originally from country New South Wales, Kirk’s roles were previously in Sydney where he served as the Deputy Principal of Granville Boys High School, Head Teacher English at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, Head Teacher English at Sydney Secondary College, Head Teacher English at Bossley Park High School. Kirk commenced his teaching career at Dubbo College in regional NSW. 

Kirk has a passion for quality, future-focused teaching and learning. He believes in the importance of differentiated pedagogy where the learner is the centre of the educational experience. He brings a breadth of teaching and leadership experience in his new role.

Kirk holds a Bachelor of Teaching / Bachelor of Arts with Honours from The University of Newcastle, a Master of Arts (English Literature and Philosophy) from The University of New England and is currently completing a Master of Education in Leadership and Management from The University of Notre Dame.