School Leadership

Principal

Mr Brett Hartley M.Ed, BA DipEd

Brett’s work experience, prior to starting at as the Principal in 2015, is varied. Before starting his teaching career, he worked in a factory, as an advisor to a member of parliament and as a personal assistant to a judge. Brett’s first full time teaching position was at William Carey Christian School, teaching Economics, Legal Studies and Geography. After spending some time teaching IB Economics at an international school in Bogota, Colombia, Brett spent 13 years at Inaburra School in senior leadership positions. Brett has been a Christian since childhood, growing up in Presbyterian Churches. He is married to Kara, who has a full time role with the Sydney Anglican Church ministering to women. While they don’t have any children of their own, Brett and Kara are de-facto uncle and aunt to many children.

Deputy Principal

Mr David Stonestreet M.Ed Lead, BMus Ed.

David began at Shire Christian School in the 1990s as a music teacher, subsequently becoming head of music and then head of creative arts. Pursuing his interests in leadership, curriculum and technology, David joined the executive team in 2004 as the school’s first director of studies. He has since served in a number of senior roles in the school, and has been Deputy Principal since 2011. David is married to Elissa (also a music teacher) and they have two children, Bonnie and Eric, both students of Shire Christian School. They live in the Shire where they attend an Anglican Church.

Head of Teaching Practice

Mrs Natalie Bluhdorn M.Ed Lead, M.Teach, BA

Natalie joined our teaching staff in 2003, beginning as an English teacher, then Head of English and most recently as the Teacher Mentor. Her current role will support teachers to develop and refine their teaching practice, which will then enrich and strengthen student learning and achievement. Natalie reinforces her pedagogical knowledge by remaining connected to current research whilst lecturing at the University of Sydney in English and Education, where she is also completing her Doctor of Philosophy. Natalie attends a Baptist church, is married to Tim and has three children. She is interested in teacher excellence and professionalism, particularly how this manifests in a Christian School.

Head of Junior School

Mr Paul Carter Dip Teach, Grad Dip Christian Ed

Paul began his teaching career as a part time casual teacher/part time Scripture teacher in public schools in the Greenacre area. He then spent 12 years teaching all grades from 1-6 at Greenacre Baptist Christian Community School. Paul started teaching at Shire Christian School in 2005, was a Stage Coordinator for several years, and then was appointed as the Head of Junior School in 2011. Paul is married to Leanne and they have two adult daughters, Susanna and Emily.

Acting Head of Secondary School

Mr Peter Richardson M.Ed Lead, BHlthPhy Ed

Peter joined our teaching staff in 2013 as a PDHPE and Christian Studies teacher and has since lead in a number of capacities including as a Year Coordinator and, in recent years, as the Head of Sport. Peter has a relational approach to student and staff wellbeing and is passionate about investing time and energy into the lives of Secondary School students as they navigate their way through adolescence. He is married to Megan and has three young children. They live just south of Wollongong and attend and serve in a number of ways at Figtree Anglican Church. An avid sports fan, Peter regularly runs crazy distances, gets addicted to watching cricket on TV and plays competitive soccer.

Business Manager

Mr Peter Watters CPA, M.Prof.Acc, BCom

Peter commenced his role as Business Manager for the school in December 2013. He is an experienced and knowledgeable accounting professional with a passion for business process improvement and well-implemented systems and technology. Before coming to the school Peter worked in a variety of commercial roles – as finance and administration manager for a software developer specialising in fleet automation, and as general manager for the Australian branch of an architectural building products company. Peter has been a Christian since childhood and is married to Michelle who works as a team leader for aging, disability & health courses at TAFE. They have three adult children.