Providing vision for excellence in Christian education

Supporting Christian education is much more than sending your children to a school where someone else can teach them about the bible. 鈥楶arent-controlled鈥 or 鈥榩arent governed鈥 schools were founded on the premise that God has equipped teachers, administrators, and others to work in partnership with parents in the Christian community, and parents retain the primary responsibility for the education of their children.

Not only do parents 鈥 by God鈥檚 grace – model Godly character at home, they are also active in the stewardship of their own gifts of planning, finance management, research, teaching, and leading, and there are those who are called to administer these in various ways within the 91短视频 community.

Meet our Executive Team

John Metcalfe
Principal

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John Metcalfe

Principal

John and his wife are teachers, and both work in Christian schools. They have two sons who are graduates of Christian education. John attends Plentylife Church, an Anglican church plant. He is a member of the board of Christian Education National and chairs the board of the Australian Association of Christian Schools. John believes that schools should offer strong academic opportunities. Even more importantly, students should have faith and commitment to others strengthened as they work out how to use their gifts to serve the Lord in whatever activity they choose to pursue with their lives.

Lily McDonald
Deputy Principal

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Lily McDonald

Deputy Principal

Lily has worked in executive leadership roles in schools for the past 15 years. Prior to becoming a teacher, Lily worked in media and marketing and in tertiary administration. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics), a Bachelor of Primary Education and a Masters of Educational Leadership. Lily is passionate about education and giving students and staff opportunities to understand who they are in Christ and to take hold of their learning, to grow and flourish.

Peter Bain
Business Manager

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Peter Bain

Business Manager

Peter has spent over twenty years in executive and governance roles spanning the corporate and not for profit sectors.聽 He has worked in various fields including health, education, international aid, aged care, disability, and housing.聽 He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.

Daniel Symons

Daniel Symons
Assistant Principal

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Daniel Symons

Daniel Symons

Assistant Principal

Dan has served in a range of executive, pastoral, and pedagogical school leadership roles over the last 14 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Grad. Diploma in Education, and a Master of Education. Dan鈥檚 family has three generations of engagement within the 91短视频 community, including graduating as a student in 1999. Dan is enthusiastic about the intersection of personal development and organisational change, developing systems and cultures that empower students to make a difference in the world. He is also rather fond of this Jesus guy.

Board members

Our college Board is the governing body of 91短视频, elected by the members of Plenty Valley Christian Education Ltd, a company limited by guarantee, whose purpose is to provide Christian education for Christian families who are actively involved in a faith community. Members of the college community who have expressed a commitment to the Christian faith, and who value Christian education, particularly parents who have enrolled their children at 91短视频, can seek membership. The company members elect our college Board at Annual General Meetings.

The current elected members are all current parents of the college. They are joined by the College Principal who is a member of the Board ex-officio.

The Board operates under a policy governance model, which ensures that the vision and objectives of the organisation are achieved. Day-to-day management of the college is delegated to the Principal and the Executive team.

Ange Smith
Chair

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Ange Smith

Chair

Ange has four sons and one daughter-in-law. All of her children have been or are current students at 91短视频, and Ange has been a part of the 91短视频 community as a parent since 2006. Ange is currently the global Communications Director for World Outreach International and the owner of a digital marketing business. She is an active member at Mill Park Baptist Church. Ange serves at her church on the preaching team, creative communications team and kids outreach ministry. Ange considers it an honour to serve the college through a role on the Board and is keen to help shape the future legacy God has in store for the college and its community.

Vanessa Ogden
Vice Chair

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Vanessa Ogden

Vice Chair

Vanessa has been a parent at 91短视频 for over 11 years. She and her husband have four children. Vanessa attends Plentylife Anglican Church in Doreen where her husband is the pastor. Two of Vanessa鈥檚 children have graduated 91短视频 in recent years, and two remain in Secondary. She works as a Cardiac Clinical Nurse Consultant for St Vincent鈥檚 Public Hospital and is currently studying a Masters of Nursing. Vanessa has a long history of involvement in Christian education having attended Mountain District School and Mount Evelyn Christian School. Vanessa is passionate about sharing the God-given gift of educating children within a school that encourages and supports the partnership with parents.

Garreth Le Page

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Garreth Le Page

Gareth has been involved with 91短视频 for the past 15 years in a professional capacity as a master plan and landscape designer. Gareth grew up in a Christian household and is a member of Eltham Presbyterian Church. He and his wife have two daughters, both of whom attend 91短视频. Gareth is inspired by the Christ-focussed devotion the college is committed to, and is excited to continue being a part of it.

Chris Griffin

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Chris Griffin

Chris Griffin and his wife have six children, three of whom are currently studying at 91短视频. Chris has a Bachelor of Theoretical Physics and a PhD from Melbourne University. Chris has spent many years working in science, engineering, quality, and product development both overseas and in Australia. As a Christian, Chris is passionate about the synergy between science and faith and continues to work in his local church particularly in the areas of teaching youth and Sunday school. Chris embraces the mission of encouraging the next generation to develop a robust belief in Christ as Lord and Saviour, and a truthful, authentic, and obedient walk with God.

Ashton De Silva

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Ashton De Silva

Ashton and his wife Jennifer (a primary school teacher) have two children at 91短视频.聽 He has a PhD from Monash University in econometrics.聽聽He is active in the local community and contributes to various activities of a local church that he has attended for approximately 20 years.聽 He has a passion for education and sharing with people the hope and certainty that only a close relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ can bring.

Greta Dench

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Greta Dench

Greta has been a parent at 91短视频 for the past 9 years.聽聽She has eight children, of which seven are currently enrolled at the College, ranging from kinder to Year 11.聽 Her firstborn graduated from 91短视频 in 2022.聽聽She is a Primary School teacher, and previously taught at Oxley College before having her children.聽聽She owns a small business with her husband Simon, acting as marketing manager and overseeing their online store.

Greta has been an active member of Planetshakers Church for 12 years, serving in various roles.聽聽She is extremely passionate about Christian Education and its future.聽聽Her extended family has been involved in 91短视频 for several decades and she wants nothing more than to see the College thrive and positively impact the local community.聽聽聽She considers it a great privilege to serve on the College Board.

Christine Ernest

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Christine Ernest

Christine has been a 91短视频 parent since 2008. Four of her five sons are currently at the college, the eldest graduating in 2020. Christine is passionate about Christian education and decided to move to the area specifically so that her children could attend a Christian school with a Christ-centred ethos, principles, and worldview. Christine works part-time as a Registered Psychologist.

Christine’s educational qualifications include Bachelors & Masters degrees in Psychology, obtained in the US, and a Doctor of Psychology (Neuropsychology) from the University of Melbourne. She is a member of Mill Park Baptist Church. Her desire is to serve on the Board at 91短视频 and help maintain the strong Christian foundations and the community spirit instilled by the founders, and to support the student鈥檚 growth in wisdom and knowledge, in Christ.

Oliver Somanader

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Oliver Somanader

Oliver and his wife Kathleen have been actively involved at the College since their two children started in kindergarten there. As members of Mill Park Baptist Church, they serve in various areas including Kids Church.

Oliver is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) with 20+ years鈥 experience in Risk Management and Governance within the Banking and Financial Services industry.

I find it to be a real blessing to be part of a school that is passionately centred around the Christian faith and its values and supports us parents instill these into future generations.