Cobram Anglican Grammar welcomes staff

February 16, 2017

Welcome: Cobram Anglican Grammar School has welcomed new staff for 2017, head of senior school Brad Downie, chaplain Maryann Leonard, Year 3/4 teacher Ben Davis and head of middle school Michelle Downie.

Cobram Anglican Grammar School has welcomed a number of new staff to the school for 2017, including a couple of new department heads.

The school has welcomed Brad Downie as head of senior school, who moved to Cobram from Moama Anglican Grammar School.

Mr Downie has spent the past 10 years teaching HSC English and in various leadership roles, as well as working in the state school system.

‘‘In joining the staff at Cobram Anglican Grammar, I look forward to returning to the Victorian curriculum and I am very excited at the possibilities that I can see opening up for the school and its students as it continues to grow,’’ Mr Downie said.

‘‘I have been made to feel very welcome by the staff, students and members of the school community and I look forward to getting to know more members of the school as the year unfolds.’’

Michelle Downie, Mr Downie’s wife, has also joined the teaching staff as head of middle school and VCE foods teacher, and has also come from Moama Anglican Grammar where she was the head of food technology.

A qualified chef, she’s also taught at TAFE before undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Technology Education.

‘‘2016 saw me take on the daunting task of co-authoring a new food technology text book for the Year 11 and 12 HSC curriculum,’’ Mrs Downie said.

‘‘I have also enrolled in a Masters of Education program for 2017 which will ensure another very busy year ahead but I am sure that these experiences will be valuable in allowing me to contribute to the future growth of our school.’’

Ben Davis, who was employed at the school last year in the capacity of education support, joins the school this year as a Year 3/4 teacher following the successful completion of his teaching degree.

A keen sportsman who plays premier cricket for Cobram-Yarroweyah United and football for various teams including Barooga and Yarroweyah, he’s also an avid sport supporter and lists his favourite team as the Blues.

He’s also run eight half marathons, many in support of the Leukaemia Foundation.

As well as a Graduate Diploma of Education, Mr Davis also has a Bachelor of Business majoring in marketing and has worked as a marketing co-ordinator in Albury, and has also spent a summer studying at the University of Finance and Economics in Beijing.

The school is also welcoming new chaplain Maryann Leonard, who as well as being an Anglican priest has also been a teacher in both primary and secondary sectors of Catholic and state schools.

‘‘As my husband was in the Australian Defence Force, and we lived in many different places and states in Australia, I have taught in different states and was on the initial team for the National Curriculum,’’ Ms Leonard said.

‘‘I have a passion for family and youth ministry. Pastoral care, which involves the parish, the whole school community and the wider community, is a high priority.’’

Principal Steve Gale welcomed all the new staff, saying they would bring considerable experience and a wealth of knowledge to the school.

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