Leadership Team

Principal – Hilary Johnston-Croke

Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Hilary gained a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry/ Physiology from Sheffield University and then an education qualification from the University of Oxford. She has a Masters Degree in Education from Sydney University and a Graduate Diploma in Ministry (Sydney College of Divinity).

Hilary taught in the UK and USA before coming to Australia in 1978.

Hilary became Head of Science at St Aloysius College and later was appointed as Director of Studies, and then Deputy Principal, at Loreto Normanhurst. She later assumed the role of Acting Principal.

In 1996 Hilary was appointed Principal of Catherine McAuley, Westmead, a position she held for nine years. She became Principal of Kincoppal-Rose Bay in July 2005. 

Head of Junior School – Michelle Chaplin

Michelle is an experienced Catholic primary educator and school leader. She was Head of Junior School at Masada College St Ives from 2009 until 2014 and prior to that, she was the Deputy Head of Junior School at Masada College. From 1997-2007 she taught at Kincoppal-Rose Bay where she was Religious Education Coordinator from 1998 and then became Stage 3 Coordinator. Before coming to Kincoppal-Rose Bay she taught at Santa Sabina College and St Michael’s Primary School, Lane Cove.

Michelle is very energetic and passionate about providing opportunities for students and staff, and is committed to researching internationally the very best educational initiatives and ideas. In recent years she has focused on the Harvard Culture of Thinking project, Project Based Learning and the Leader in Me project. KRB currently uses the Visible Thinking approach from Harvard to develop our students' thinking. Michelle has also focused on developing the professional learning of teachers.

Michelle’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Education (ACU) and a certificate in Gifted Education (UNSW), and she has been involved in Netball as both a player and senior coach for many years.

Director of Teaching & Learning (P-12) – Nicola Dennis

Nicola (Niccy) was appointed to the position of Director of Teaching and Learning at KRB in 2009 having served with the school in the Mathematics department since 1992 (including 8 years as head of the department).

She has a Bachelor of Science, Diploma in Education, Master of Arts in Pure Mathematics and Graduate Certificate in Education – Enrichment Mathematics.

She has been closely involved with the Association of Independent Schools Professional Development Committee.

She has also demonstrated a special interest in the area of mentoring teachers new to the profession and ensuring the continued professional development of all teaching staff, P-12, so they can keep up to date on current issues and research into teaching and learning.

Director of Students (7-12) - Carrie Scanlan

Carrie has had extensive pastoral experience as a Year Coordinator at KRB for 9 years, including the past 5 years coordinating students in Years 11 and 12. Carrie will lead the Academic Care programs at KRB. Carrie is passionate about continuing to develop Kincoppal-Rose Bay's use of Positive Psychology in supporting the wellbeing of  students.

Carrie is an outstanding English and Drama teacher and a Judge Marker for HSC English Extension 2.  She is an energetic, caring and committed Sacred Heart Educator who is highly respected by staff, students and parents.  Carrie is an outstanding communicator and a good role model for our students in the Senior School.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts Degree from ANU and a Masters of Teaching Degree from Sydney University.

Director of Boarding – Anne-Maree Bennett

Anne-Maree Bennett joined Kincoppal-Rose Bay in 2014 and has shown a strong commitment to the mission of a Catholic school and a clear vision for academic care within a Sacred Heart School. She also brings to the position her proactive and strong leadership skills, outstanding communication skills and her ability to build strong collaborative relationships with staff, parents and students.

Before joining the Leadership Team at KRB, Anne-Maree was Head of English at Pymble Ladies College and has held leadership roles as Head of English at St Ignatius’ College, Riverview, Wenona and Loreto Kirribilli. She was also a Year Coordinator at Loreto. She is a senior HSC marker of English, a subject that all our Boarders must study. Anne-Maree has also been involved in three boarding schools - Riverview, Wenona and Pymble Ladies College, and lived on campus at Riverview.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours in English Literature/Psychology from the University of Sydney and a Diploma of Education. Anne-Maree brings great leadership experience to this role as well as her commitment, understanding and passion for the education of girls. 

 

Director of Mission – John Mooney

John has been at Kincoppal-Rose Bay since 1987. He appreciates the unique and highly pertinent charism and spirituality of the Society of the Sacred Heart that is embedded in the school’s educational philosophy.

John read Philosophy and Classics at the University of Newcastle, Theology and Sacred Scripture at Melbourne University, Education at the University of New England, as well as completing postgraduate study in Theology at Sydney University. He has also trained as a counsellor. 

Business Manager – John Dooley

John has a Bachelor of Business and also an MBA from MGSM. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and a member of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

He previously worked in a range of corporate functions including payroll, corporate marketing, audit and shared services. 

Director of Development – Mary Cook

Mary worked as the Director of Development for the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney, Roseville College and Loreto Normanhurst prior to joining KRB as a careers advisor in 1990.

She has extensive experience in all areas of development, community relations and fundraising, having coordinated significant appeals for the new Sydney University Law School and a number of extensive building and bequest programs for schools.

Mary is committed to ensuring that all members of the KRB community – parents, staff, past parents and alumnae are able to engage as closely as possible in different ways with the life of the School.

She sees the importance of encouraging a culture of giving amongst the community to ensure the school provides an optimal learning environment for every student and to enable those families who cannot afford a Sacred Heart education the chance to be educated at KRB.  

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