Executive Leadership

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Principal

Mr Daniel Walker

B.A. B.Ed. (UQ), M.Ed. (Monash), MACEL.

Mr Daniel Walker is Canterbury’s fifth Principal, having joined the College in 2019.

As our Principal, Dan is committed to Canterbury College being known as a school which inspires ‘all-roundedness’ in its students. Although he sees academic achievement as our number one priority, the engagement of students in a range of sport, music and the arts, service and leadership opportunities is our overarching goal.

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Deputy Principal

Mr Paul Diete

B.Sc. (UQ), Grad. Dip. Ed. (UWA)

Mr Diete is responsible for the quality of curriculum and cocurriculum programs, as well as the quality of teaching and College operations from Kindy to Year 12.

Prior to joining Canterbury, Mr Diete worked at Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) in Brisbane, where he was Dean of Studies and previously the Head of Maths, Years 7 – 9. He has also worked at a variety of schools encompassing boys’, girls’ and coeducational systems, including time at Somerville House in Brisbane and Penrhos College in Perth.

Mr Diete holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Mathematics and English Literature as well as a Graduate Diploma in Education with Majors in Biology and Mathematics. He has taught Biology (Senior School) and Science (Junior School) but has developed over the years a particular focus and passion for teaching Mathematics in the middle years of schooling.

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Head of Secondary School

Mrs Rebecca Adamson

B.Ed. (Secondary) (GU), MACEL.

Mrs Adamson is responsible for both the academic programs and pastoral care provision in the Secondary School. Academically this includes curriculum, assessment and the quality of teaching. She works with teachers to develop quality and engaging curriculum and in supporting students as they make decisions about their pathways and school and for their post school life. On the pastoral care side, she is responsible for working with the Heads of House and the wider College community in supporting and developing the overall wellbeing and discipline of the Secondary School students across all domains of the College’s Wellbeing blueprint.

Mrs Adamson joined Canterbury as Dean of Studies from Iona College in Brisbane, where she was the Head of Pedagogy and Senior Years Learning and Teaching and previously the Head of English. She has also worked extensively with the QCAA in both the OP system and in preparation for the new QCE system. Mrs Adamson is currently completing her Master of Education in Educational Leadership.

She is a passionate English and Geography teacher who also has experience teaching History and Religious Education. Mrs Adamson is dedicated to supporting students in both their academic success and overall holistic achievement.

Head of Junior School

Mrs Michelle Leftwich

M.Ed., B.Ed., B.Teach, Cert 11 1/Dip/Adv Dip Chn Serv, Cert IV Train & Assess

Mrs Leftwich is responsible for the operations of the Junior School, including curriculum, teaching and learning, reporting, parent engagement and student connections, wellbeing and behaviour.

Michelle joined Canterbury from All Saints Anglican School on the Gold Coast, where she was the Assistant Head of Junior School for eight years.

Prior to that, she served as the Teaching and Learning Coordinator at Coomera Anglican College, and was a primary teacher as well as an owner and operator of childcare centres.

Michelle has a vast experience in academic leadership, student wellbeing and staff development.

She also believes in the powerful impact of a holistic education for all students

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Head of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Mr Greg Wacker

Dip. T. (Manual Arts), B.Ed., M.Ed., Cert. IV Workplace Training and Assessing.

Mr Wacker commences in 2021 as the first Head of the brand new Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship and Leadership (CCEL). Mr Wacker will lead the CCEL to deliver innovative entrepreneurial and leadership opportunities for Canterbury students. He was formerly the Director of Students in the Secondary School for 5 years.

As a teacher, Mr Wacker has a passion for Design Technology, with experience in a range of workshop subjects. His previous positions include Head of Faculty and Director of Boarding at independent schools across Queensland.

Mr Wacker is also an active member of the Royal Australian Air Force Reserve where he specialises as a Training Systems Officer at RAAF Base Amberley.

Director of Business and Finance

Mr Johan Louw

B.Comm.(Acc.), B.Acc.Sc. (Hons.), Fin.Mgt., Corp.Law and Acc.Theory (USQ)

Mr Louw joined Canterbury as the Financial Controller after serving as College Accountant at Calvary Christian College for 11 years. Prior to this he gained experience over 15 years in a range of industries, from small businesses to large international corporates, in various financial and business management positions. He is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants.

In his role, Mr Louw drives strategy and operational management of all aspects of the College’s financial modelling and performance, its budget processes and the execution of business unit and capital project plans.

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Director of Communications

Mr Stephen Buckley

B.Bus.Comm. (QUT), B.Arts Journalism (CQU), Leadership & Management (AIM).

Mr Buckley joined Canterbury as our Director of Communications in May 2021, managing the College’s communications, marketing, advertising, website, social media, MyCC news coverage, outdoor signage, plus various campus events and community engagement activities.

Beforehand, Stephen was the Marketing & Communications Manager for the NRL’s Brisbane Broncos (4.5 years), the AFL’s Brisbane Lions (4.5 years) and the Big Bash’s Hobart Hurricanes (2 years).

Away from elite sports, he served as the Marketing & Communications Manager for the international educational publishing houses John Wiley & Sons Australia (8 years) and Oxford University Press (1 year), and even a heavy machinery materials handling company (2 years).

Other jobs included being the Marketing & Communications Coordinator for the Queensland Dept of Employment & Training, and various private video and magazine production companies – reporting on environmental and rural stories from right around Australia.

If he looks strangely familiar, he worked on Network Ten’s adventure, environment and science-based children’s show Totally Wild for five seasons during the Nineties, as a writer, producer and on-air reporter during peak filming periods.

Stephen is extremely passionate about being customer-focussed and delivering all our many faculties’ communications and events in a concise, friendly and easily digestible format with more and better imagery than ever before.