An Education Designed for Girls

Our Pastoral Team

St Patrick's College, Townsville

"Our expert teachers are industry leaders, drawing on their real-life experiences to engage and inspire our students to be intelligent, confident, active learners."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Cameran Triffett

Deputy Principal

With a love of travelling, Cameran has studied and taught in the UK and USA, completing a Bachelor of Arts Journalism, Bachelor of Business International Business and German, a Graduate Diploma of Education, and a Master of Arts in American Studies at the University of Alabama. He taught at the Bulmershe School in Reading, UK and at the Cathedral School in Townsville before joining St Patrick’s College Townsville three and a half years ago. Cameran has held curriculum leadership roles as Head of Faculty - English, The Arts and Languages as well as senior leadership roles including the Director of Students, leading student wellbeing and pastoral care at the College. During his time at St Patrick’s College, he has built strong relationships with staff, students and parents and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the College. In 2020, Cameran will continue to serve the College as Deputy Principal.

St Patrick's College, Townsville

"Our expert teaching team make St Patrick's College Townsville the school of choice for young women of the future."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Maria Franettovich

Director of Students

Maria has been teaching for over 30 years and has a depth of experience in pastoral care and supporting students' emotional and social wellbeing. She began at the College in 2009 and has held a variety of roles including Pastoral Dean, Head of House and Teacher. Maria holds a Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) and a Bachelor of Education as well as Certificates in Business Administration, Business, and Training and Assessment. Maria's passion lies in teaching business, particularly in delivering the Certificate III in Business, a valuable qualification for students as they seek employment or further study. With a positive psychology approach to caring for our girls, Maria has well developed relationships with students enabling her to connect with each and every girl and she is much loved and respected by students and staff.

St Patrick's College, Townsville

"Nothing is more important than empowering girls to become young women of the future through an expert education designed especially for girls."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Megan Christie

Director of Boarding

With over 20 years' experience in education, having held a variety of academic and pastoral roles in secondary schools across Queensland, Megan Christie represents a positive, strong role model for St Patrick's College girls and leads by example. The College is excited to announce that Megan will continue her role as Director of Boarding in 2020. Megan works closely with a caring and nurturing boarding team to deliver a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment. St Patrick's College Townsville's boarding and pastoral care focus is based on a positive psychology approach – the science of human flourishing. With a commitment to student well-being, our boarding team, pastoral leaders and teachers support our boarders to make good, healthy choices and to develop self-respect and respect for others. Megan and her team are committed to ensuring that boarding at St Patrick's College Townsville is a happy and fulfilling experience for your daughter, providing a 'home away from home' environment.

St Patrick's College, Townsville

"Nothing is more important than empowering girls to become young women of the future through an expert education designed especially for girls."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Tenille Hambly

Head of Year 12

Tenille graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2004 with a Bachelor of Education majoring in Human Movement. After working in boys’ schools for more than ten years, including St Laurence’s College in Brisbane and Ignatius Park College Townsville, Tenille made the move to St Patrick’s College in 2018 as Sports Coordinator and Head of Faculty for HPE. A particular highlight of her 16-year teaching career has been her appointment in London as the Lead Teacher of ‘The Learning Zone’, a program which operated out of Wembley Stadium and incorporated football to engage students in learning. Tenille is a very active person having been involved in athletics at local, state and national levels. Her sporting achievements were recognised in 2000 when she was awarded the Pierre De Coubertin award for demonstrating Olympic qualities and spirit. Outside of school Tenille is a busy mum of three. She enjoys the beach and loves to run when she has the opportunity. In 2020 Tenille takes on the new position of Head of Year 12, providing support to our senior students.

St Patrick's College, Townsville

"Our expert teachers are industry leaders, drawing on their real-life experiences to engage and inspire our students to be intelligent, confident, active learners."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Meg Henderson

Head of Year 7

When Meg began as a teacher at St Patrick’s College Townsville in 2019, she said it felt like ‘coming home’. A proud alumnus graduating from the College in 2001, Meg has retained strong friendships with her graduating cohort over the years and values the importance of developing a network of strong, powerful, independent women from an early age. With over 14 years Teaching experience formerly of St Kieran’s Catholic School in Mt Isa and Marian Catholic School in Townsville, Meg brings with her a wealth of knowledge and a specialty interest in working with junior students during some of the most important transitions of their lives. in 2020, Meg takes on the role of Head of Year 7 while Mrs Woods takes maternity leave. She is a busy mum of three and loves to maintain an active lifestyle as an open-water swimmer.

St Patrick's College, Townsville

"Nothing is more important than empowering girls to become young women of the future through an expert education designed especially for girls."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Jaimee Seebohm

Head of House - Thrones

Jaimee began her career as a professional basketballer in 2005, attending the Australian Institute of Sport for three years before later representing Australia at a Junior level and playing for the Sydney University Flames WNBL until 2013. A career change saw her complete a Bachelor Degree in Human Movement and Health Education at The University of Sydney, graduating with the Vice Chancellor’s Award. Since then she has worked in education for eight years, teaching at SCEGGS Redlands, St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney and St Francis Xavier College Hamilton in New Castle. A passionate HPE and Mathematics teacher, Jaimee joined the College in 2019 and has been a welcome and enthusiastic addition to the team. In 2020, Jaimee continues to support students as the Head of Thrones House.

St Patrick's College, Townsville

"Our expert teachers are industry leaders, drawing on their real-life experiences to engage and inspire our students to be intelligent, confident, active learners."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Lisa Mowbray

Head of House - Princes

Lisa is passionate about women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and has more than 15 years’ experience working as a Registered Nurse and a Laboratory Scientist in the oil and gas industry, including on off-shore oil rigs. Lisa decided on a change of career, taking her passion for STEM into the classroom. Lisa teaches Science, Biology, Mathematics and Certificate III in Health Services.

St Patrick's College, Townsville

"As industry leaders and experts in their field, our teachers draw on their real-life experiences to inspire our students to be intelligent, confident, active learners."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Jordan Stewart

Head of House - Dominations
Teacher - Chemistry & Science

Jordan has quickly become a powerhouse of the STEM Department since joining our team in 2018. She completed her Bachelor of Education (Secondary) in 2017 and specialises in Chemistry, Biology and Junior Science. In 2019 Jordan was a finalist for the Australian Education Award’s ‘Education Rising Star’. She is passionate about STEM and says she is excited to be in a teaching environment that actively promotes girls in science and prepares students for careers in the STEM fields. In 2020 Jordan is looking forward to inspiring her students to be critical and creative thinkers. She will also take on the role of Head of House for Dominations while Lucy Towers is on maternity Leave. 

St Patrick's College, Townsville

"Our expert teaching team make St Patrick’s College Townsville the school of choice for young women of the future."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Jillian Turner

Head of House - Powers

Jillian is enormously excited to be joining the St Patrick’s College Townsville team in 2020 as Head of House for Powers. An experienced English and Drama Teacher who has been nominated twice for National Education in Teaching Awards, Jillian loves working with students and is passionate about teaching and supporting young women to be intelligent, confident and active learners. A former Head of Music and the Arts, her passion for theatre and performing arts has seen her produce and direct 14 productions and six plays throughout her career. Spamalot and Rock of Ages, were two of her favourites. With extensive experience working as a Head of House and Boarding Parent, Jillian will be a welcome member of the College’s dedicated Pastoral Care team.

St Patrick's College, Townsville

"Nothing is more important than empowering girls to become young women of the future through an expert education designed especially for girls."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Melissa Capponi

College Psychologist

An experienced provisional psychologist with a background in the NDIS and Uniting Care’s CASPAS Program, Melissa jumped at the opportunity to support the young women of St Patrick’s College Townsville in 2020. She brings with her a genuine passion for working with young women and helping them develop a toolkit of strategies to be healthy, resilient and strong in navigating the complex journey of teenage-hood with greater confidence. As a Townsville local, working across non-for profit and private agencies, Melissa has developed strong relationships with community services. Melissa is a strong role model, channelling the Mercy ethos through her volunteer work with Make A Wish Australia, of which she is the President of the Townsville Branch. Outside of work Melissa enjoys an active lifestyle, walking her dogs along The Strand.

St Patrick's College, Townsville

"Nothing is more important than empowering girls to become young women of the future through an expert education designed especially for girls."

Amber Hauff | Principal

Beth McDonald

Health Centre Officer

Beth joined the St Patrick’s College Townsville Health Centre in 2018 after an extensive career as a nurse and midwife. She trained at Geelong Hospital and later went on to work at the Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne and the Deniliquin Hospital in Murrumbidgee. A busy mother of five, Beth assisted with the family business in Civil Engineering at which time they relocated to Townsville. Having been a local now for over twenty years,  Beth has loved being back supporting the health and wellbeing of young people in her role at the College.

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St Patrick’s College Townsville
45 The Strand (PO Box 721)
Townsville Qld 4810

College Administration:
T (61) 4753 0300
F (61) 4753 0336
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