Year Level Coordinators
Year 7 Coordinator
Mr. Anthony Judd
Tony has joined the O’Loughlin Catholic College community in 2023 and was appointed to the position of Year 7 Coordinator.
He began his teaching career in Adelaide as a primary school teacher and moved to Tasmania where he became Sports Master at St Virgil’s College Middle School in Hobart. After thirteen years of teaching, he moved into professional coaching and athlete development in Tasmania, Scotland and with the Northern Territory Institute of Sport.
Tony is keen to develop a strong passionate culture of belonging at O’Loughlin with the Year 7 cohort. Working closely with the Year 7 homeroom teachers, Tony hopes the progression into middle school for the students will be a welcoming, respectful and safe experience for all.
The Pastoral Care Resilience program will be a strong feature of Tony’s and the homeroom teachers wellbeing focus in 2023.
Year 8 Coordinator
Mrs. Tara Branco
Tara Branco is currently the Year 8 Coordinator for 2023. She has taught a range of subjects over the years, ranging from Humanities to Language to Religious Education. Tara was born and raised in Darwin. Her love for children and inspiration she received from several teachers in High School and Church, is what led her to discover her own passion for teaching. Tara completed a double degree with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning and a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries at Charles Darwin University. She started teaching at the College in 2018, returning after being a former student from 2008 to 2009. Tara also spent some time teaching in Adelaide in 2016 and in Darwin at Sanderson Middle School in 2017.
Tara's vision is to ensure a strong sense of belonging and community is established. To do this successfully, it is essential that her student's wellbeing is a priority and as a leader this is her main focus in serving her Year 8 cohort. She believes and makes it possible for her students to have every opportunity to reach their full potential and be the best versions of themselves. “Together, we can celebrate each other’s success and lift up one another when we fall.”
Year 9 Coordinator
Mrs. Maree Hammer
Maree Hammer is part of the O’Loughlin Catholic College pastoral care team, fulfilling the role of Year Nine Team Leader in 2023.
Maree’s main goals as a Year Level Coordinator are to provide academic, emotional, social and spiritual support to students and importantly forming effective and caring teacher to student relationships.
She has worked in a pastoral role at the College since 2016 and during that time Maree has improved what she does by training in Resilience, Mental Health Awareness, First Aid and the Peer Support Programs. Her greatest accomplishments in her role as a Year Level Coordinator include organising the 2018 Year Eleven Odyssey trip, fundraising for and organising the 2019 Year Twelve Graduation, organising a trip to the Tiwi Islands with Year Ten students and transitioning Year Seven students successfully into Middle School this year.
Before becoming a teacher Maree worked in several fields including hospitality and Environmental Science. After becoming a mother she realised how rewarding it would be to work as a teacher and decided to go back to University to obtain her degree. During that time at University, Maree became very interested in the importance of student wellbeing and relationship building, she advocates that both are required if students are to be successful in Education.
Maree looks forward to continuing her pastoral care role at the college and is looking to continue upskilling and improving her capabilities in the position.
Year 10 Coordinator
Mr. Nicholas Lohmeyer
Nicholas Lohmeyer is an experienced educator and the Year 10 Coordinator at O'Loughlin Catholic College. With a teaching career that commenced in 2017 at Unley High School, Nicholas has excelled in his role as a History and English teacher. His dedication to fostering academic growth and personal development in his students has been instrumental in their achievements.
During his tenure as the Rowing Manager for four years, Nicholas demonstrated his exceptional organizational skills and ability to lead and motivate teams. He not only guided his students to achieve remarkable results in rowing competitions but also instilled in them valuable life lessons of discipline, teamwork, and resilience.
Known for his genuine passion for education, Nicholas thrives on building strong and empowering relationships with his students. He recognizes the importance of creating a supportive and inclusive learning environment that encourages students to reach their full potential.
With his extensive background in teaching and commitment to student success, Nicholas Lohmeyer is an invaluable asset to the O'Loughlin Catholic College community
Year 11 Coordinator
Mr. Max Jones
Max Jones is a Science and Humanities teacher who has previously worked in the Tourism field and for the South Australian Department of Environment. He has a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning from Charles Darwin University.
With diverse experiences outside and within education, Max is the current Year 11 Coordinator who leads the Personal Development and Pastoral Care and Well-being for our students in Year 11. As someone who loves the multi-faceted challenges of teaching and learning, Max strives to educate the whole person and has worked towards this through his classroom teaching, teaching and learning initiatives, and through his involvement in Year 9 Camps, Team Building days, the College's Big Bike Ride and the PNGAus Secondary Schools Partnership Program.
Year 12 Coordinator
Ms. Mickayla Ward
Mickayla Ward is originally from Melbourne, Victoria and has worked in various roles before realising her passion for teaching. She graduated at Victoria University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Event Management. Mickayla worked for Staging Connections onsite at 5-star venues; the Grand Hyatt and Crown Towers in Melbourne, Victoria. She developed a great appreciation for being organised, having excellent time management skills and the importance of interpersonal relationships.
Mickayla chose to return to study in 2013 and attained a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education, majoring in Business and Middle Years teaching, at Victoria University.
She has taught, mentored and coached students ranging from middle years to VCE, the Victorian equivalent of SACE. She was in a similar role, as Year 7 Coordinator, for two years at her previous school, Laverton P-12 College, in Melbourne, Victoria. Mickayla is community minded and involved in all things related to sport and living a healthy lifestyle. She excels in building a rapport with her students and supporting them to achieve their goals. Mickayla enjoys being a role model and understands how important building connections is with students. She is very passionate about delivering curriculum related to improving the overall health and wellbeing of all students. Mickayla predominantly teaches Health and Physical Education and Sport Physiology.
Mickayla has a huge love for sport. She recently began playing Australian Rules Football and has captained the Western Bulldogs football team to a Grand Final appearance in the Victorian Football League in 2019. She continues to play with the Nightcliff Football Club in their Women’s Premier League, as well as coach the club’s Under 16 Girls football team.