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The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School Leadership Team

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Hilary Bland

Principal

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Donatella Mannolini

Assistant Principal and Head of Academic

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Michael Sargeant

Assistant Principal

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Rosina Gannon

Head of Student Services

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Tim Storey

Head of Dance

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Mary Jo Kelly

Acting Head of Music

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Hilary Bland

Principal

Hilary is an experienced educational leader who has held various roles in schools in Sydney, London and Melbourne.

After her initial training in education and work at Fort Street High School in Sydney, Hilary completed post graduate studies in Drama Education at the central school of Speech and Drama in London, and later a Masters degree through Monash University.  In 2011 Hilary achieved an Apple distinguished educator status for her innovative leadership regarding technology.

As well as her education experience Hilary has worked in the film industry in Los Angeles and in the human resources department of a multi national corporation.

Hilary believes in the importance of giving students a global perspective to their studies and experiences.  Not only is she passionate about Arts education, she is committed to adolescent health and well-being.

Hilary was appointed Assistant Principal at VCASS in 2005 and Principal in 2017.

 

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Donatella Mannolini

Assistant Principal and Head of Academic

Donatella Mannolini has worked as a teacher of French and Italian in a range of independent and government schools in Western Australia and Victoria since her graduation from the University of Western Australia in 1984.  In 1989, Donatella spent a year working as an Assistante at the Lycée Jean Moulin in Lyon. From 1997-2005, she was an Oral Examiner for the French Tertiary Entrance Examination. She has been a long-term supporter of the Alliance Française, serving on the Commission des Examens de l’Alliance de Perth as both writer and marker of Years 10, 11 and 12 examinations.

Donatella made a significant contribution to the development of the Years 11 and 12 French examinations as part of the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) implemented in 2010. Before moving to Victoria in early 2008, she was Head of Department –Languages at Iona Presentation College in Perth, Western Australia. 

Since June 2008, Donatella has worked as a teacher of French in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, before taking on the role of Head of Academic at the start of 2015 and Acting Assistant Principal in 2017.

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Michael Sargeant

Assistant Principal

Michael has had a diverse career in the Music Industry. He spent many years in Music Theatre, Opera, Orchestral, the Rock and Pop world as well as other Jazz related ventures. He has toured in Australia as well as in Europe and America.

Michael has a broad experience in the field of Music Education. Over the past 25 years he has worked in the areas of Instrumental Teaching, Ensemble Tutoring, Conducting, Choral Direction, Musicianship and Solfege Teaching and Classroom Teaching.

Michael has presented at conferences including for the Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia, at the National Flute Convention in Brisbane and for many VCE Conferences. For VCAA he has been part of VCE Study Design advisory committees as well as on approval panels for Music Investigation.

Michael has been involved in many professional bodies having been a member of KMEIA’s Victorian Branch Committee and is a past president of the Association of Directors of Music in Independent Schools.

Michael has worked in many schools across the Government, Catholic and Independent sectors. From 1997 to 2004 Michael was Director of Music at Lauriston Girls’ School. He is currently Head of Music at the VCA Secondary School.

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Rosina Gannon

Head of Student Services

Having always had a love of the arts, books and education Rosina enjoyed the privilege of working as a teacher in a great variety of schools both in Australia and overseas. She has also managed to combine this with stints in the Australia Theatre and Television industry.

Graduating from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Education in 1983, Rosina initially worked in a Victorian country secondary school before relocating to Melbourne to gain employment as an actor with a number of theatre companies as well as completing a Diploma of Acting.  Rosina continued to hone both her skills as a part time teacher and performer in the Metropolitan area.  Along with three other performers she later established her own company  ‘Four on the Floor’, writing and producing devised works for festivals and local theatres.  Rosina has also worked as a storyliner for Neighbours with the Freemantle Network.

Rosina had the opportunity to travel to China in 2001 to teach at Wuxi Middle School No. 2  for three months. This was an extraordinary cultural and educational experience, with classrooms of 65 students!  She sought another volunteer teaching opportunity, travelling to Tanzania’s, Edmund Rice Secondary School in 2004 teaching young African boys and girls in their first year of secondary school – some who were 20 years of age! It was here she really learnt to value the power of education and its importance in the lives of young people.

Permanently employed at VCASS since 2007 Rosina has taken on many roles in the school, from classroom teacher, Junior Camp facilitator, Head of the Integrated Program at Year 9, Year level co-ordinator and currently Head of Student Services.

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Tim Storey

Head of Dance

Tim is currently ‘Head of Dance’ at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in Melbourne; a position he has held for many years. Under his leadership VCASS has developed as one of the major dance training organizations in Australia. It offers a broad dance course based upon the rigorous training of classical ballet with an underpinning philosophy of physiological truth in training. 

Tim had an international career as a dancer; after training at the Royal Ballet School in London he danced in companies such as ‘PACT Ballet’, ‘English National Ballet’, ‘Western Australian Ballet’ and ‘Royal New Zealand Ballet’. He danced roles as diverse as James in La Sylphide, the Prince in Nutcracker, Captain Hook in Peter Pan and the Principal role in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante.

Following his dance career he was engaged by the ‘Victorian Arts Centre’ in Melbourne as ‘Theatrical Field Officer’ in their programming division.

He choreographed extensively throughout his career, works such as ‘A Soldiers tale’, ‘Holberg Variations’ recently ‘The Rite of Spring’ was staged in Melbourne’s ‘Merlyn Malthouse’ theatre.

His teaching and curriculum development experience are broad. He was State Reviewer for VET Dance in Victoria for many years and was on the re-accreditation panel for the new Certificate 2 in dance completed in 2007 and completed the review of the Certificate 2 implemented in 2013. 

He studied teaching methodology and the philosophy of teaching as an Undergraduate at Macquarie University in Sydney. He was a Lecturer with VCA/Melbourne University for more than 20 years and is currently a leading teacher with the Department of Education and Training. 

Tim combined his artistic practice and business interests to successfully complete a Master’s degree (MBA) with RMIT University in 2006.

Tim is currently setting up links with international organizations and schools overseas.

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Mary Jo Kelly

Acting Head of Music

ACTING HEAD OF MUSIC - MARY JO KELLY

Mary Jo completed her Bachelor of Music Education at Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma in Composition at Queensland Conservatorium. She is Workplace Assessor trained and holds a Certificate IV in Music Industry.

Her teaching experience includes Yamaha Music School, Melbourne Youth Music, Performing Arts Coordinator at Presentation College Windsor and the Grange P-12 College, Assistant Head of VCASS Music from January 2000 and Acting Head of VCASS Music from September 2003 - December 2004. These positions, over a period of 18 years, cover a wide range of teaching experiences in classroom music, musicianship, conducting, VET Music Industry, ensemble direction and tutoring.

Professional bodies that Mary Jo has been involved with or presented to include the Victorian Music Teachers Association and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s VCE VET Music Industry reference group.

Mary Jo’s stylistically diverse career as a pianist and singer includes performances with accapella groups, jazz and Latin American Big Bands and many contemporary solo artists and groups.

Staff

Members of our community should use their Compass log in details to access School Documentation and Links.

See Links below for The Leviston Library and Campion Books if you do not have your Compass log in.

Teaching staff

The Arts Faculty, Visual Arts and Theatre Arts Program

Alistair Gunn, Andrew Landrigan, Chris Button (Head of Theatre Arts), Goran Banyai, Steven Thorne, Tanya Mitford, Hilary Bland (Acting Principal), Judith Hall, Sean Peoples, and Nick Heynsbergh

English, French, Humanities Faculties Donatella Mannolini (Assistant Principal and Head of Academic), Janet McCutcheon, Amelia Olivia, Ella Waters, Ludi Servadei, Nancie Robinson, Neil Adam, Oliver Wigg, Rosemary Richards and Steven Thorne
Maths and Science Faculties Elizabeth Townshend, Felicity Rodda, Jacqueline Cullie, Layne Naug, Nicole Demasi and Theo Buskes
Dance Program Tim Storey (Head of Dance), Tanya Mitford, Janne Blanch, Maggie Lorraine (Ballet Coordinator), Stephen McTaggart (Contemporary Coordinator), Fiona Munroe, Tim Harbour, Jenny Purcell and Dr Sela Kiek-Callan.  Other guests.
Music Program Mary Jo Kelly (Acting Head of Music), Sue Lyons (Acting Assistant Head of Music), Michael Sargeant, Matthew Pankhurst, Dermot Tutty, Gabriella Ibbott, Ian Whitehurst, Robert Schubert, Dr Julie Haskell and Anne Lewitzka.  Other guests.
Physiotherapists

Melanie Jenkins BSc (Physiotherapy)

Gabby Davidson BSc (Physiotherapy)

Production and Technical Support Daniel Holden
Administration Stacy Mitchell (Business Manager) and Darcie Virtue (Assistant Business Manager), Ema Yandall (Registrar),  Jenny Purcell (Marketing Publicity and Development, Theatre Arts and STA Support), Tiffany Dias (Music Administration) and (Reception and Administration)
The Leviston Library Leonie Perry (Head of Library), Jeff Goodwin
IT Team John Thompson and Toby Couchman

 

Extension Activities Coordinators

Royal Academy of Dance Janne Blanch
Cecchetti Anne Butler

 

Student Services Team

Head of Student Services

Rosina Gannon

Year 7 Coordinator

Ludi Servadei

Year 8 Coordinator

Ludi Servadei

Year 9A Support Teacher

Oliver Wigg

Year 9B Support Teacher

Amelia Oliva

Year 9C Support Teacher

Rosina Gannon

Year 10 Coordinator, Music

Julie Haskell

Year 10 Coordinator, Dance, ABS, Gymnastics

Rosina Gannon

Year 11 Coordinator, Music and Visual Arts

Gabriella Ibbott

Year 11 Coordinator, Dance, Theatre Arts, Gymnastics, ABS Academic only

Ella Waters

Year 12 Coordinator, Music and Visual Arts

Jacquie Cullie

Year 12 Coordinator, Dance, Theatre Arts, Gymnastics, ABS Academic only

Tanya Mitford

School Counsellor

Neil Adam

VCAA Coordinator

Nicole Demasi

VASS

Jeff Goodwin

International Students Coordinator

Ludi Servadei

RTO Manager

Jeff Goodwin

 

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