Jonathan Rowe - Principal

Jonathan commences as Principal of Monivae College in 2020. Prior to this appointment, Jonathan was Deputy Principal at Monivae College for six years. Before joining Moniave College, he was the Design Head of Department at Salesian College Chadstone for six years. Jonathan has a Master of Education – Wellbeing from the University of Melbourne. He has also previously held leadership positions in Design, Technology and Arts-related learning areas. 

Jonathan attests to having a strong faith, an authentic commitment to Catholic education and a sound knowledge of Catholic beliefs, traditions and sacramental rites. Jonathan is a strong practitioner in his own right.  

Fiona Mulhall - Deputy Principal

Fiona commences as Deputy Principal of Monivae in 2020. Prior to this appointment, Fiona was the Assistant Principal at Chevalier College, Bowral a sister MSC school. Before joining Monivae College, Fiona has taught in various Catholic Education Colleges in NSW and held diverse Leadership roles including Head of Department, Year Coordinator, Curriculum Leader and acting Assistant Principal. Fiona has post graduate studies in Theology and a Master of Education (Educational Leadership) from the University of Wollongong.

Fiona is a committed Catholic and lay MSC person she has a foundational belief in the value and mission of Catholic Education in educating the whole student ‘It is by the heart we are something’ Jules Chevalier. Fiona has taught Hospitality (VET), Food Technology, Technology and Religious Education for over twenty years. Additionally, Fiona has been a HSC marker, curriculum writer, presenter and sat as a representative on the (VETAG) Catholic Education Commission.

Jim Bailey - Business Manager

As the College Business Manager, Jim is responsible for the overall day to day General Management, Financial Management, Property Management, Information Technology and Risk Management of the College. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and brings over 25 years of experience in the finance industry to the role.

Jim is an avid sports fan and enjoys camping, fishing and gardening. His commitment to the College and students extends far beyond his job description.

Darren Beks - Director of Students

Darren was a student at Monivae College from 1975-1980, and in his final year was the College Vice Captain. After completing his Physical Education/English studies, he was employed at Catholic College Bendigo for two years before returning to Monivae College as a staff member in 1987. He left teaching in 2006-2007 to manage the Hamilton Indoor Leisure & Aquatic Centre, but missed his life’s calling in working in the education sector, returning to the College in 2008. Last year, Darren tallied his 30th year on staff at Monivae, and in this lengthy stint has acted in many positions of responsibility such as Head of Sport, Faculty Leader, Daily Organiser, Junior School Co-ordinator (Years 7 and 8) and VCE School Co-ordinator (Years 11 and 12), and in 2019 is acting in dual positions of senior leadership as Director of Students and Head of Boarding. He is proud to mention that his three daughters all attended Monivae College, and were Ffrench House captains in their final year of secondary study.

 

Caroline Coggins - Learning Support Co-ordinator

Caroline commenced at Monivae College in 2012 having taught science, maths and biology in both in Australia and England prior to this. She has had many roles involving pastoral care and is now the Learning Support Coordinator, overseeing the literacy and numeracy interventions and Learning Support Officers. Prior to joining Monivae College, Caroline worked at Camberwell Grammar as a teacher and also looked after the Alumni. Caroline has a strong commitment to MSC beliefs and Catholic education. Caroline works closely with the Catholic Education Office in Ballarat and numerous groups within the local community.

Yvette Colquhoun - Director of Studies

Yvette draws on her experience gained from a number of schools within the Melbourne and Ballarat Catholic Dioceses to seek excellence in teaching and learning experiences for all students. She has worked with publishers and universities to provide senior science curriculum resources and develop science pedagogical practices. From leading Science Departments through curriculum, reporting changes and building improvements in different secondary schools, Yvette has been able to transition towards whole school improvement in her senior leadership role at Monivae. She has been an active contributor and presenter at network and staff professional learning events in the areas of curriculum development through Understanding by Design principles and the creation of engaging learning environments through differentiated instruction and Visible Learning practices.

Danny Franc - Director of Faith and Mission

Danny commenced at the College in 2010 and has previous leadership experience in the areas of pastoral care, curriculum (Religious Education and Business studies), also sports development for the Western Australian Football Commission. Danny has a strong commitment to MSC beliefs and Catholic education. His engaging manner with both staff and students assist all at the College to connect with the MSC ethos. Additionally, Danny works closely with the Chevalier Institute, other MSC schools and numerous groups in the local community.
 

Leon Furze

Leon has worked in a number of roles since starting at Monivae College in 2010, including Year 11 Coordinator, Head of English, and Director of Studies. He is a VCE English assessor and council member of the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English, and regularly presents and publishes on faculty strategic planning, curriculum development, and classroom activities. Leon has a Master of Education - Student Wellbeing from Melbourne Graduate School of Education, and completed his degree with a project investigating the link between staff pedagogy and wellbeing. 

Sofia Vearing - Senior School Co-ordinator

Sofia was a student at Monivae College from 1980-1986. Following her secondary education, Sofia studied at Monash University and returned to Monivae as a staff member in 1991 and has remained working at Monivae since then. Sofia has held the position of Humanities Faculty Leader for a number of years and has taught History, Geography, Biology and Science across all year levels. She has also been a long-time homeroom teacher of Year 12. Sofia is an active contributor to the Teaching and Learning team but is now broadening out to take on a more pastoral role as Senior School Coordinator. Sofia loves Monivae and is proud to be a part of the Monivae Community. Monivae has had a huge impact on Sofia’s life as a student, staff member and parent of two students both of whom have flourished during their time at Monivae.