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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: Helena Brain, Phillip Cooley, Maree Hammer, Christine Woods, Tara Tartaglia, Caitlin Orr, Siobhan Shaikh, Rachel Mitchell, Erin Conway, Madelene Pearson, Justin Zammit, Liza Bowers, John Byrne, Jessica Mahon, Katrina Liddell, Anna Nikolaeva, Mickayla Ward, Rachel Mitchell

Mr. Matthew Bourke

Assistant Principal Religious Education

Mr. 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: Rhett Bowden, Catherine Hives, Stephen Versteegh, Matthew Bourke, Bree Kuhn, Tara Tartaglia, Justin Zammit, Jessica Mahon

Ms. Jessica Mahon

Religious Education

Ms. Jessica Mahon

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Jessica was appointed as Religious Education Curriculum Team Leader at O'Loughlin Catholic College in 2022. She came to the College in Term 3, 2021 as a Humanities and English teacher, bringing with her a wealth of experience as an educator and dedicated and active member of her local Catholic parish.

Jessica’s educational background has provided her with a unique understanding of how children from all walks of life learn; she began her career as a Primary School teacher in the remote aboriginal community of Atitjere in the Northern Territory in 2009 after completing her B. Ed at Victoria University, Melbourne. Since then, she has taught in Western Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory in remote, rural and city settings and in both Primary and Secondary schools.

Jessica views Catholic Education as a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the holistic development of each child. Through her role as Curriculum Leader, she is strongly placed to grow each child’s spirituality through the learning area content. Jessica is passionate about empowering each child to become lifelong learners and fostering their sense of belonging within the O’Loughlin Catholic College community.

Faculty: Rhett Bowden, Catherine Hives, Stephen Versteegh, Matthew Bourke, Bree Kuhn, Tara Tartaglia, Justin Zammit, Jessica Mahon, Siobhan Shaikh

Mr. John Bament

STEM - Maths and Science

Mr. John Bament

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Maths Faculty: Luke Beatty,  John Bament, Paul Fleming, Tameka Ayat, Mikaela Sawyer, Lou Ferreras, Paul Bugoss

Science Faculty: Kara Handberg, Jane Ramsay, Max Jones, Wolfgang Woerner, Samantha de Moor, Thai Nguyen, Courtney Furlan, Simon Aylott

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, Cayne McDowell

Ms. Larnae Gurusamy

Arts and Technology

Ms. Larnae Gurusamy

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Larnae moved to the Territory in 2018. She is a specialist teacher of Design and Technology Food and has loved her time at O’Loughlin Catholic College.

Originally Science trained, she has taught in various schools across WA and in the United Kingdom. She is an experienced teacher, working in a range of educational sectors including Catholic, Independent and government schools throughout her career.

Having a Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Clinical Human Biology and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education from Curtin University, Larnae is enthusiastic about teaching, learning and sharing her knowledge with her students.

Following a passion for food, Larnae explored culinary and hospitality opportunities when in WA. Gaining experience and desire from her family who are all involved in the industry, Larnae and her husband also ran their own restaurant on the west coast that influenced her move into teaching the culinary arts.

Her approach to teaching is holistic and student centred with a commitment to delivering engaging and enriching learning experiences to students, enabling them to grow into multifaceted individuals. Larnae is proud to lead an exceptionally talented multi-disciplinary Arts and Technology team who endeavour to install a love for all things creative in every student.

Faculty: John Hamburg, Jo Green, Nicholas Jack, Larnae Gurusamy, Debbie Walter, Kate Smith, Audrey Soares, Liza Bowers, Tammy Bush, Katrina Liddell

Ms. May-Jen Tan

Inclusion Support Coordinator

Ms. May-Jen Tan

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Faculty: Karen Jolly, Breda Smyth, Hannah Smith, May-Jen Tan

Ms. Hannah Smith

Inclusion Support Coordinator

Ms. Hannah Smith

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Faculty: Karen Jolly, Breda Smyth, Hannah Smith, May-Jen Tan

Ms. Cashy Burns

IEW (Indigenous Education Worker) Coordinator

Ms. 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, 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