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Alison Manson

Vice Principal - Howqua Campus

Alison joined Lauriston in 2022. Her role is to lead the management team in decision making and operational matters. She also works collaboratively to develop curriculum and leads, engages, inspires and supports all Howqua staff, working closely with the entire Howqua community comprising students and parents.

Alison has a Bachelor of Human Movement and Master of Education from the University of Tasmania and a Doctor of Philosophy in the area of Mathematics. Since 2015, she has held the roles of Head of House, Wellbeing Coordinator and Outdoor Education Coordinator at Fahan School in Hobart, Tasmania. In addition to attending to the wellbeing needs of the girls in her House, Alison had responsibility for the Outdoor Education program from Years 3 to 12 including the Year 9 Lumina experiential learning program and the Outdoor Leadership courses for Years 11 and 12. Alison is also a teacher of Mathematics and has taught at The Friends School in this capacity. Between 2010 and 2014, Alison also held the position of Boarding House Manager at The Friends School where she and her family lived and worked with the boarding students and staff.


Vanessa Hewson

Assistant Principal - Student Wellbeing & Experience

Vanessa is responsible for student experience and wellbeing at the Howqua campus. This involves developing and implementing contemporary practices in student wellbeing and leading the Howqua Wellbeing Team including nurses and House Tutors. She holds a Bachelor in Arts and Sciences, a Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Environment from the University of Melbourne. Vanessa is also a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and published poet.

Prior to working at Lauriston, Vanessa spent five years at Geelong Grammar’s Timbertop campus as a Head of Unit, the Director of Learning and Teaching and Coordinator of Positive Education.

Howqua’s unique combination of intentional community, experiential learning in the outdoors and connection to the natural world form the basis for intense personal growth. Howqua students learn that they are capable of more than they imagined and these experiences – in their Houses, in classes, in the outdoors, on the running trails – combine to create young women who have the skills to navigate and thrive in an ever changing and challenging world. The heart of Vanessa’s role lies in facilitating this learning and growth.


Alice Langley

Director of Operations

Alice 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 working in boarding schools and university residences, Alice values programs like Howqua as they offer opportunities that develop student’s independent living skills and relationships in a supported setting. Having taught VCE Outdoor & Environmental Studies, Alice aims to always embed links to the outdoors in her classes where possible and empower her students to be curious and act as stewards to the natural environments around them.

Prior to working at Lauriston, Alice worked at Ballarat Clarendon College’s Sturt St
and King Island campuses where she was Deputy Head of Campus (King Island)
and Head of Outdoor Education.


Jonathan Collenette

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.  


Evan Brophy

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.


Caroline Hodges

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.

Lauriston Girls' School

+61 3 9864 7555

38 Huntingtower Road,
Armadale, Victoria 3143