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Faculty Leaders

Ms Helena Brain

English and Humanities

Ms Helena Brain

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Helena is a teacher of English and Literary Studies, and joined O'Loughlin Catholic College in 2018.  Originally from a farming background in Western Victoria, she has enjoyed sharing her passion for language and literature across a wide variety of schools in country Victoria and inner-city Melbourne, as well as abroad teaching in the UK, Jamaica and Central America.

In her time at O'Loughlin Catholic College, Helena has taken on the role of Instructional Coach to facilitate best pedagogical practices for all teachers and quality learning experiences for our students, as well as completing accreditation as a Highly Accomplished Teacher.

Previously, Helena studied at the University of Melbourne where she studied and completed a Bachelor in Creative Arts and Master of Teaching, alongside completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism at Deakin University.

Helena now enjoys the tropical lifestyle and adventures Darwin has to offer, and exploring the art of storytelling with students so they may find their unique voice and style for the sharing of their own stories.

Faculty: Margaret Black, Natalie Oberman, Kaleena Slaviero, Therese Schembri, Maree Hammer, Helena Brain, Phillip Cooley, Christine Woods, Tara Tartaglia, Caitlin Orr, Rachel Mitchell, Hannah Smith, Wietske Bruinsma, Erin Conway, Madelene Pearson

Matthew Bourke

Religious Education

Matthew Bourke

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Matt believes that the needs of each individual student are at the heart of everything we do in Catholic Education - this includes not only their academic and pastoral needs but most importantly their spiritual welfare. His desire is that each student, staff member and their families experience the love of Jesus in their lives so that they can proclaim this to others with faith, hope and love.

Faculty: Kaleena Slaviero, Rhett Bowden, Catherine Hives, Stephen Versteegh, Matthew Bourke, Hannah Smith

Ms. Jennifer Kinsella

STEM - Maths and Science

Ms. Jennifer Kinsella

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Jennifer joined the O’Loughlin Catholic College in 2013. She has over 15 years’ experience teaching in a range of educational sectors including Catholic, independent and government schools in the Northern Territory, the United Kingdom and Canada.

She holds a Master of Educational Leadership from the Australian Catholic University, and she completed her Bachelor of Secondary Education and Bachelor of Arts from Mount Saint Vincent University.

During her time at O’Loughlin Catholic College Jennifer has held positions such as Head of Middle School, Year 10 Team Leader and Head of the Mathematics before taking up the new role of Head of STEM this year.  These leadership opportunities have allowed Jennifer to develop her leadership and teaching and learning skills and built positive relationships with students, staff, and parents of the O’Loughlin Catholic College community.

Jennifer is a dedicated educator who strives to model and inspire creative and innovative ways of teaching. She is passionate about leading change and providing access and opportunity for all students to learn and meet their potential. Jennifer aspires to use this passion to help lead O'Loughlin on its exciting new STEM journey.

Maths Faculty: Luke Beatty, Jennifer Kinsella,  John Bament, Paul Fleming, Deborah Hallett, Matthew Rivas, Tameka Ayat, Mikaela Sawyer, Lou Ferreras

Science Faculty: Kara Handberg, Jane Ramsay, Max Jones, Wolfgang Woerner, Therese Schembri, Matthew Rivas, Samantha de Moor, Thai Nguyen, Emma Fitzgerald

Mr. Luke Beatty

Physical Education and Health

Mr. Luke Beatty

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Luke Beatty joined the O’Loughlin Catholic College team in Semester 2 2018. He had previously taught Physical Education at both Primary and Secondary schools in Queensland. Luke had also spent 2 years teaching and coaching in the United Kingdom. Along with his role as Head of Faculty of Health and Physical Education, Luke also takes on the responsibility of being O’Loughlin’s Sports Coordinator organising Athletics and Swimming Carnivals, along with inter-school sports days. 

Faculty: Jake Barnes, Luke Beatty, Dan Sivan, Miranda Colquhoun, Lisa Fox, Shirley Worsfold, Ella Carrie, Erin Hetherington, Cassie Henderson, Mickayla Ward, Lusiana Sekitoga

Ms. Joanne Green

Arts and Technology

Ms. Joanne Green

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Ms Jo Green leads a dynamic and inspiring team of innovative and creative educators who have developed a strong faculty that fosters the artistic growth of the whole student.

Ms Green joined the College community after completing her teaching qualification from CDU in 2010. Working in the hospitality and design industry before completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts has helped Ms Green to shape and develop the Arts and Technology areas here at the College, putting an emphasis on showcasing the student’s creative work to the College community. She has helped build the College’s creative arts festival into an annual calendar highlight as well as co-ordinating the College’s musical comeback with Mulan in 2018 and Aladdin in 2019. Ms Green believes creativity is a vital and enriching part of education. “My goal is to ensure students are exposed to a variety of creative processes helping them to enrich their life.” Ms Green is passionate about the Arts and Technology learning areas; an education enriched with creativity helps students for the challenges for life after high school. “Creativity is not just about thinking outside the box, it’s about how we can destroy, unpack, play with and use the box, think outside the room where the box is stored.“

Faculty: John Hamburg, Jo Green, Kaleena Slaviero, Nicholas Jack, Sarah Williams, Kara Handberg, Larnae Gurusamy, Debbie Walter, Jessie Hobeck, Jen Tan, Kate Smith, Audrey Soares, Liza Bowers, Yvette Martin, Katrina Liddell

Ms. Wietske Bruinsma

Inclusion Support

Ms. Wietske Bruinsma

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Wietske Bruinsma commenced her role as Inclusion Support Coordinator in 2021, after a year in the Humanities Department. Empowering others to gain confidence and resilience, whether it be youth or adults, is her key motivator. Wietske's educational background includes nursing (with a focus on adolescent mental health) and international relations. Wietske has over ten years' experience teaching in secondary and tertiary institutions in Australia and overseas, in city and remote areas. Her main teaching subjects are English, Civics and Citizenship, Society and Culture, History and Geography

Faculty: Nicole Johnson, Tamara Mace

Cashy Burns

IEW (Indigenous Education Worker)

Cashy Burns

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Catherine (Cashy) Burns is the IEW (Indigenous Education Worker Coordinator) at O’Loughlin Catholic College. Cashy comes from the Tiwi Islands and has been working and supporting students in the catholic schools for over fifteen years. She joined O’Loughlin Catholic College in 2015 coming across from St John’s Catholic College where she has worked with various students coming from remote and urban areas across the Northern Territory.

“It is great to work with staff and students at O’Loughlin Catholic College as it has a wonderful feeling around the school and everyone is so friendly and makes you feel welcome.“

Faculty: Eric Vargas, David Paul, Aiden Singleton, Cashy Burns

Mrs. Janice Lee

Careers and PLP

Mrs. Janice Lee

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Janice Lee has worked and taught in the NT since 1989, originally as a PE teacher, Indigenous study teacher, Vet Co-coordinator and Career Practitioner at Kormilda College. She joined the staff at O’Loughlin Catholic College in 2015 in her current role as Career Practitioner. She holds the following formal qualifications: Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching, Diploma of Career Guidance, certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and is a member of the Career Educator’s Association NT (CEANT) where she has held executive positions. Additionally, Janice is a marker and moderator for Stage 2 Workplace Practices, and several students within her faculty over the past five years have won various awards from Merit subject awards to VET and School based apprentice awards at the NT Board of Studies presentation ceremony and the NT and Australian Training awards.

During my teaching career in the NT, I have had an opportunity to complete a study tour of various countries in Asia and teaching in several universities and schools in China as a visiting lecturer and teacher representing the Australian Government.

During her 31 years of teaching within the Territory she has had the pleasure of teaching many students who have become successful in their chosen career pathway/s, including her own children and she is very proud of what they have all accomplished.

Faculty: Mr Dan Sivan, Ms Rachel Mitchell, Mr Phillip Cooley, Mrs Christine Woods, Ms Caitlin Orr