Vice Principal - Howqua Campus

Sam has been working at Lauriston since 2008, both at the Howqua and Armadale campuses. His role as a Vice Principal is to lead the management team in decision making and operational matters. He also works collaboratively to develop curriculum and leads, engages, inspires and supports all Howqua staff. Sam works closely with the entire Howqua community comprising students, staff and parents.

Prior to working at Lauriston, Sam was a Director at Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He also spent some years working in Canada at Rosseau Lake College, Ontario, several years at Geelong Grammar’s ‘Timbertop’ campus and has worked at both Western Australia’s Christ Church Grammar School ‘Kooringal’ and The Scots College ‘Glengarry’ in New South Wales. Sam has extensive experience in residential and boarding programs and Outdoor education and strongly believes in the benefits and challenges these present to students. Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts (Outdoor Education) and Diploma of Education (Secondary).

Director of Operations

Tom is responsible for the planning and coordinating of Howqua campus logistics. This involves ensuring all Howqua staff and students are kept informed of upcoming events, changes to the program and ensuring the many varied aspects of the program run smoothly. 

Since beginning at Howqua in 2017, Tom has valued the Howqua program and the unique learning experience it offers Lauriston students. He strives to role-model respect, resilience and enthusiasm, and to motivate the students to achieve and excel in all aspects of the Howqua program.

Prior to working at Lauriston, Tom spent four years teaching in the central Kimberley region of Western Australia at Fitzroy Valley District High School. In his final year, he was Deputy Principal. Tom has travelled extensively abroad and spent time teaching in London. He’s been involved in innovative teaching and learning teams and a facilitator of a vocational learning program.

Coordinator of Curriculum and Teaching

In the role of Coordinator of Curriculum and Teaching, Jonathan is involved in supporting teaching staff to deliver a curriculum that fits seamlessly with the scope and sequence of a wider Lauriston education.This involves ensuring curriculum is engaging and that a variety of learning tasks are utilised to support student learning.

Jonathan recognises that Experiential Learning programs such as Howqua offer unique learning opportunities for students to develop their skills and knowledge in a number of different areas. At Howqua, students are provided the opportunity to continue a full and varied curriculum in a unique natural setting.

Prior to working at Lauriston, Jonathan was the Head of Programs and Staffing at Wesley College’s Clunes Campus. With a background in teaching Geography, Jonathan is passionate about the outdoors, sustainability and facilitating student learning about the world around them.  

Director of Outdoor Programs

Evan is responsible for planning, developing and implementing a stimulating Outdoor Program at Howqua. He makes sure the program generates opportunities for challenge, skill development, team work, positive relationships with the environment, self-reliance and positive self-esteem.

He is passionate about providing opportunities for student growth and encouraging Howqua girls to further challenges by expanding their comfort zones. He strives to help the girls develop a real interest for the outdoors and the natural environment by using recreational activities as a doorway into this world. He works to build resilience and the notion of ‘being comfortable with being uncomfortable.’

Prior to working at Lauriston, we was the Outdoor Education Program Coordinator and Deputy Head of Outdoor Education, as well as teacher of VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies and Health and Physical Education Teacher at Brighton Grammar School. He loves exploring the outdoors through white-water kayaking, surfing, hiking, snowboarding, skiing, climbing and bike riding.

Co-ordinator of Pastoral Care

Caroline Hodges is Howqua's Coordinator of Pastoral Care and Boarding. She also teaches Health and Fit4Life. 

Caroline has spent the past 14 years working in both co-educational and girls boarding schools in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. In her current role, Caroline coordinates the Pastoral Care Program and the team of House Tutors. She also works closely with the School Psychologist and the Health Care team to optimise the health and wellbeing of students.

Caroline is passionate about guiding young people through the challenges of living away from home. In addition, she enjoys teaching teenagers about the importance of a healthy mind and body, and that developing and maintaining these two things leads to a happy and fulfilling life. Caroline loves spending time outdoors, particularly running and bike riding. 

School Psychologist

Sally commenced working at Lauriston's Howqua campus in January 2014. Her role as School Psychologist is to provide psychological and counselling services to students. She also collaborates with Howqua staff in the development of programs and activities to enhance student experience and wellbeing. She works closely with staff, families and other health professionals to promote student wellbeing. Sally also provides professional learning and development to Howqua staff on relevant wellbeing and psychological issues.

Prior to commencing at Lauriston, Sally worked as a private psychologist in public and Catholic schools in Melbourne and for the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne. In addition, she has extensive experience working with children, young people and families in a variety of welfare and child protection contexts in both Victoria and New South Wales. Sally is passionate about and committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for children, young people and their families at school, home and in the community.

Sally holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology.