Our Leadership Team
Mr Chris Gabbett
Chris began his teaching career at Tambourine Mountain College in 1997 after completing his Bachelor of Arts in History with Honours and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Queensland. Chris also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies from the University of Oxford. His thesis focused on the use of pedagogy to engage disaffected learners. He also holds the UK National Professional Qualification for Headship and is currently completing the Master of Arts in Catholic School Leadership from St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Chris was awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship in Education in 2011 through which he studied the education systems in Norway and Queensland. He was also the recipient of the award of Head Teacher of the year (Coventry and West Midlands) in 2012. Chris has previously held Principal and Deputy positions in Catholic Schools in the United Kingdom, Head of Religious Education and Head of History and Senior Advisor for the National Strategies program in the UK.—
Ms Charmaine Cridland
Amongst many attributes, Ms Cridland holds a Bachelor of Education, specialising in Home Economics and Hospitality and is currently completing her Masters in Educational Leadership. She has also commenced the AITSL Assessor Training Program with QCEC.
Charmaine came to us from her Deputy Principal role at St Mary’s, Toowoomba and will be instrumental in the recruitment and appointment of staffing for 2019.—
Mr Kris Naiker
Assistant Principal: Teaching and Learning Senior
Mr Kris Naiker is a passionate and inspiring educator who has been involved in education for 17 years. He started his teaching career in 2002 as a Senior Modern and Ancient History teacher at Christian Outreach College Toowoomba. During his time at COCT, he has worked in leadership roles such as Head of House, Year Level Coordinator, Head of Humanities, Head of Teaching and Learning and in his most previous role as Assistant Principal-Secondary. Mr Naiker’s leadership was instrumental in improving the academic outcomes and learning pathways of students. Mr Naiker’s dedication and pursuit of academic excellence was recognised in 2009 where he was nominated for the Australian Awards for Teaching Excellence. In 2010, he was the finalist for the National Excellence in Teaching Award (NEITA Award). Mr Naiker received a Bachelor of Education degree from Christian Heritage College in Brisbane. In 2015, he completed his Master of Education specialising in Curriculum Leadership at University of Southern Queensland.—
Mr Sean Albion
Assistant Principal: Wellbeing Senior
Sean undertook his preservice training at the University of Southern Queensland and completed a Bachelor of Middle and Senior Schooling with a HPE major. Sean is a highly motivated educator who has previously held the roles of Head of Department HPE, House Leader and Pastoral Leader at St Mary’s College Toowoomba.
In these roles, Sean has developed high expectations, responsibility and accountability for student learning and wellbeing. He has a proven track record in the design and delivery of whole school pastoral care programs to build a culture of belonging. Sean is passionate and focused on providing students with opportunities to grow and build relationships based on respect. Sean was delighted to accept this position and is looking forward to working collaboratively with the staff, parents and students within the community to enhance the educational opportunities at Mary MacKillop Catholic College.—
Mrs Natalie Adler
Assistant Principal: Teaching and Learning Junior
Natalie has a Diploma in Teaching, a Bachelor of Education (PE) and has been teaching for 27 years. Over the course of her career she has worked in both the Armidale and Toowoomba Diocese.
She is passionate about education, specifically curriculum and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area. She leads by example, building capacity to both strengthen the professional competence of people to work at their highest potential to ultimately achieve high academic success for all students. Natalie began teaching at Mary MacKillop in 2008. She has witnessed tremendous growth and change over this time. Since beginning at Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Natalie has held the role of classroom teacher, PLT facilitator, Acting Assistant Principal and Middle Leader—
Ms Bridget Rillie
Assistant Principal: Wellbeing Junior
Previously the Assistant Principal Religious Education at Sacred Heart Primary School Toowoomba, Bridget has held various positions throughout her educational career working in the Toowoomba, Townsville and Cairns Dioceses. She has held the positions of APRE, Learning Support Teacher, Director of Teaching and Learning, Head of Campus and recently undertook the role of Acting Principal at St Monica’s, Oakey in Term 3 of 2018, where she built strong relationships with the school community, P & F and Board. Bridget’s expertise in education lies in providing global vision and direction, policy and procedure writing, behaviour management and student welfare, developing positive school cultures, curriculum development and the capacity to set academic standards for students and staff. She excels at providing strategic direction and building collective efficacy amongst staff to achieve the standards set.—
Ms Rosie Harrison
Assistant Principal: Religious Education
Rosie returns to Toowoomba after spending the last four years as foundation Principal at St Joseph’s Weipa in the Cairns diocese. Rosie has previously worked as an Education Officer Religious Education for the Toowoomba and Cairns diocese. Rosie has also held Assistant Principal roles at St Anthony’s, Toowoomba 2003 – 2009 and Mater Dei, Ashgrove 2014.
Rosie holds a Master of Educational Leadership from Australian Catholic University as well as Graduate Certificates in Theology and Religious Education. Apart from her initial Diploma of Teaching degree, Rosie completed her Bachelor of Education at Southern Cross University, Lismore. Currently Rosie is studying a course in Advanced Leadership through the National Excellence in Leadership Institute, Melbourne.—
Of high priority for Rosie is whilst always aiming for academic excellence, is to cater for the healthy well-being of all students. Her major goal is that they are safe in their environment, and safe in their social/emotional/spiritual intelligence. In terms of her role as Assistant Principal Religious Education at Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Rosie’s aim is to continue to ensure that the special charism of Mary MacKillop permeate the development and faith life of all students P -12.