Meet the Team

Mr Norton Sands

Mr Norton Sands



Norton commenced as the founding Principal of Staines in 2007 after 23 years of experience as an educator working in the state education system.

Norton grew up in the Ipswich area, leaving when his teaching career started, and returned in 2001 as an administrator. His administrative experience in schools commenced in 1995, after spending time as an education advisor to schools. Norton’s class teaching experience is in the areas of Mathematics, Computing, and Health and Physical Education.

He has held a variety of leadership positions in education including 20 years experience on panels with the Queensland Studies Authority. One of the professional highlights of his career was being part of an overseas teaching exchange.

Under his leadership, schools in recent years have been successful in securing funding for Career Education, education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and funding for developing boys education.

Out of school hours, Norton is usually spending time with his family and serving God in other ways. His passion is coaching football (the round ball and true football kind) for some local church teams.


Mr Nick Makin

Mr Nick Makin


Deputy Principal – Head of Teaching and Learning

Nick joined our College in January 2012 as Head of Teaching and Learning. Nick is responsible for the supervision of P-12 curriculum planning documentation. He has taught for over 15 years and has held a variety of leadership positions in education, including involvement on QSA panels. Nick is married to Leah and has five children. He is a member of Grace Christian Church, Redbank Plains.


Marsh Adam

Mr Adam Marsh


Deputy Principal – Christian Character Development

Adam joined Staines Memorial College in 2017 as Director of Character Development.  He is responsible for developing and implementing positive and enriching experiences, student welfare oversight and working in partnerships with families and other groups that will help the Staines community grow in godly character. Adam has taught a range of year levels and subject areas from childcare to Senior Secondary over the last 20 years.  He has recently moved from Livingstone Christian College, our sister school on the Gold Coast, where he was Head of Curriculum and Head of School: Secondary.  Adam is married to Kirstie and has four daughters.  Together they are members of Liberti Church, Carrara.


HOECHMrs Christine Hoerlein


Principal’s Assistant – supporting HR & PR

Christine Hoerlein joined Staines Memorial College in October 2011 as Principal’s Assistant. Christine’s career in education started in Central Queensland in 2002, following her 20 years in the banking industry. Christine has worked in both country and city schools and enjoys the bush environment at Staines Memorial College.

Christine and her family relocated to the SE corner for work and university purposes and together are members of the Baptist Church.



Mrs Jenny Houwen


Administration Assistant

Jenny joined our College in 2012 as a teacher aide and in 2013 started as Administration Assistant. Her role is to assist our Deputy Principal – Head of Teaching, completing Queensland Studies Authority data entry for the Senior School and provide general administration support in the Kindergarten.
Jenny can be found in the office Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 3:00.



Mrs Laura Hopkins


Registrar – currently on Maternity Leave

Laura joined our College in 2007. Over the years, she has had many roles. Laura currently processes all student enrollments, from tours through to starting on the first day. Laura’s efficiency and eye for detail means she is well suited to her compliance responsibilities that are required of schools by a range of government authorities.

Laura loves spending time with her husband and family and serving in Children’s Ministry in her church.


Ms Lynda Winders



Lynda moved to Staines Memorial College from our parent company, Christian Community Ministries in 2016 to fill the role of Registrar whilst Laura is on leave. Lynda has quickly endeared herself to staff, students and families alike with her joyfulness and attention to detail. Outside school hours, Lynda loves to garden and renovate.



Mrs Debbie Price


Fees Advisor

Debbie joined our team in 2010. Her helpful, caring, thoughtful nature greatly suits her role. Debbie is our receptionist and gladly assists our parents and visitors at Staines. Debbie’s role also incorporates the issuing and collecting of the College fees for families.

Debbie is devoted to her husband Rob and two adult children. She loves God and this is most evident through her actions.



Mrs Sue Petersen


Kindergarten Director

Mrs Sue Petersen is our inaugural Kindergarten Director. Kindergarten commenced at SMC in January 2015. Sue comes to us as a well experienced teacher, kindergarten director, mother and grandmother. Sue has been blessed with the gift of never-ending patience, kindness and friendliness and our little SMC Kindy children are growing and learning quickly with her guidance. The purpose built Kindergarten is situated on the College grounds and enjoys the bushland environment with the kookaburras and kangaroos close by.



Mrs Amanda Magee


Student Services

Mrs Amanda Magee is a friendly face you’ll find in the Student Services room where she does everything from caring for sick students to liaising with parents and staff.
Amanda has a swag of qualifications and experience which she happily shares with staff, students and parents. Amanda’s career began as a nurse and specialised in midwifery. Amanda is a very creative person and you’ll often see her at handmade expos and craft markets selling her personally designed children’s wear.  Amanda has a busy family life with 5 children who all share her enthusiasm for learning and serving.


Teaching Staff

Mrs Leanne Abbott Teacher
Ms Juanita Anable Teacher Aide
Ms Cassandre Black Kindy Teacher
Mrs Amanda Bray Teacher; Careers Development & VET Co-ordinator
Mrs Meagan Casey Teacher
Mrs Judi Coleman Admin Assistant
Mr Justin Coluccio Teacher
Mr Joshua Coluccio Teacher Aide
Mrs Melissa Coluccio Teacher
Mr Leroy Corea Teacher
Mrs Rebecca Coulter Teacher
Mrs Liz Crook Teacher Aide
Mrs Julia Davies-Hopkins Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs Janine Davis Teacher
Ms Bonita Enkera Teacher Aide; Uniform Shop Convenor
Ms Melissa Fanning Teacher
Mr Mark Ferres Teacher
Mr Phil Gibson Teacher
Mrs Annette Gillert Teacher Aide
Mr Peter Gillert Teacher Aide
Mrs Kathleen Gillespie Teacher Aide
Mrs Chrissy Goodridge Teacher Aide
Ms Monica Gough Kindergarten Teacher
Mr Carl Gustafson Teacher
Ms Catherine Hardcastle Teacher
Mrs Jocelyne Harris Teacher Aide
Mrs Jenni Hillier Teacher Assistant
Mrs Nathene Henry Teacher
Mrs Uta Ito Teacher
Mr Brendan Johns Teacher
Miss Felicity Johnson Teacher Aide
Mr Tunoa Johnson Teacher
Mrs Michelle Kirkby Teacher
Mr Nick Makin Deputy Principal – Head of Teaching and Learning
Mr Adam Marsh Deputy Principal – Christian Character Development
Mrs Janeska Marshall Teacher
Mrs Linda McClelland Teacher
Mrs Jill McIntosh Kindy
Miss Jenny Merrit Teacher
Ms Amy Millerick Teacher Aide
Ms Mary Oliver Teacher
Mrs Tanya Pardede Teacher
Miss Nicole Petersen Teacher
Mrs Sue Petersen Kindergarten Director
Mrs Rachelle Piamonte Teacher Aide
Mr Robert Price Teacher Aide / Bus
Mrs Wendy Pritchard Teacher
Mr Rod Rashleigh Trade Training Tutor
Mrs Kate Reid Teacher
Mrs Joy Robson Teacher
Mrs Chantelle Rogers Teacher
Mr Nathan Sands Sports Co-ordinator
Mr Norton Sands Principal
Mr Brock Saunders Teacher
Mrs Lindsay Saunders Teacher
Mrs Rebecca Scurr Science Lab Assistant, Administration
Mrs Suzie Sodenkamp Teacher Aide
Mr Jan Volschenk Teacher
Ms Jaclyn Webb Teacher
Mrs Lisa Zhou Teacher

Administration, Chaplains and Property staff

Mr Alf Bittner Bus Co-ordinator & Driver
Mrs Marlene Foote Counsellor
Mrs Vicki Jackson Chaplain
Mr Errol Statham Bus Driver
Mrs Christine Hoerlein Principal’s Assistant (HR & PR)
Mr Andrew Hopkins IT
Mrs Laura Hopkins Registrar
Mrs Jenny Houwen Administration Assistant
Mrs Vicki Jackson Chaplain
Mr Peter Jenyns Chaplain
Mr Wiki Kaio Bus Driver
Mr David Lennox Property Services Co-ordinator
Mrs Amanda Magee Student Services
Mrs Debbie Price Administration Assistant (Reception & Fees Advisor)
Ms Lynda Winders Registrar

Additional Regular Support Received

Ms Claire Tang Senior Accountant, CCM Schools
Mrs Carol Van Luyn Administrative Officer – Finance, CCM Schools
Mr Andrew Lennox Director of Planning & Development, CCM Schools
Mr Kevin Bray Project Manager, CCM Schools
Mr David Roake “Media Muscle”
Mr Jason Jarrett “Trusted Communications”

Local churches network including Springfield Regional Churches and the wider Ipswich area.