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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.

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Shari Finlay

Acting Director of Students

With 15 years’ experience in education, Shari has taught in Richmond, Emerald and Townsville. As well teaching Mathematics and Science, Shari has worked in Boarding and coached School Netball for many years. She loves sharing in learning experiences with students and thrives on being able to ignite their passion for knowledge. In taking on the role of Head of Faculty – Science, Shari wants to continue to build and promote the community of Science enthusiasts at St Patrick’s College Townsville. In particular, she is very excited about playing a part in the growth and development of future female scientists. Shari and her husband can often be found watching live sport or cheering on their two children from the sidelines.

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 is an experienced educator with a passion for teaching and student wellbeing. With 19 years of experience under her belt, she has worked with diverse groups of students in various educational settings. Originally from Townsville, and a local at heart, Tenille's thirst for adventure has led her to explore numerous countries with her family, as well as living and working overseas in England and Singapore. During her time in England, Tenille had the incredible opportunity to work as a teacher and lead the Learning Centre for ESL Students at Wembley Stadium in London. 

In 2018, Tenille joined our expert teaching team, bringing a wealth of expertise with her. In 2019 she took on the role of Head of HPE, combining her love of physical education and enhancing academic performance. In 2020, Tenille embraced a new challenge as Head of Year 12, working closely with graduating students by guiding them through their final year of school and preparing them for life beyond the classroom. Tenille finds great joy in supporting student's personal and academic growth, and helping them navigate their way towards a successful future.

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

"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

Melissa has years of experience working for private and non-for-profit organisations to support children, adolescents, and families. Melissa has clinical expertise in working with a wide range of mental health disorders, with a keen interest in working with young people who have complex needs including trauma, disabilities and are from diverse backgrounds. Melissa provides consultation and strategies to staff and parents within a school context, to support students with a wide range of learning and social emotional needs.

As a Townsville local, Melissa has developed strong relationships with community services and other health professionals to form a holistic approach that improves outcomes for young people and their caregivers. Melissa regularly engages in professional development, with a keen interest in the presentation of ADHD and ASD in females.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time with family and her two dogs, cooking, relaxing at the beach and engages in volunteer work for the Make a Wish Townsville Branch, and the Ronald McDonald House Charity.

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Courtney Zagami

College Psychologist

Courtney is a Registered Psychologist with over ten years’ experience in the mental health industry. With a background in government, not-for-profit and private industry, Courtney is an experienced practitioner with experience in a range of therapeutic approaches and an in-depth knowledge of local support services. Courtney enjoys working with the adolescent population and supporting families to access support and find solutions to difficult circumstances. Her calm, easy-going and professional manner, provides invaluable support for our Pastoral Care Team. Using a warm, compassionate and light-hearted approach, Courtney is able to provide practical tools to aid in ongoing student wellbeing.

Outside of College life, Courtney enjoys being outdoors, keeping fit, cooking, reading and exploring the world on adventures with her husband and three young children.

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Jessica John

Acting Head of House - Powers

Jessica joins the College with nearly 15 years' experience in education, teaching a range of subjects including English, Maths, Humanities, HPE, and Philosophical Inquiry. Jessica has experience in Pastoral Care/Curriculum Leadership, with her main goal being to inspire students to achieve academic success and become lifelong learners through creative, purposeful, and engaging learning experiences. 

Teaching hasn't always been Jessica's trade, having worked previously as a photographer travelling around Queensland and New South Wales taking family portraits! She enjoys reading, gardening, snorkelling, camping and travel, and LOVES living close to our beautiful Strand. 

Jessica looks forward to further developing her teaching and learning with the students here at St Patrick's College Townsville. 

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McKye Turner

Acting Head of House - Principalities

McKye’s career as an educator stems from an admiration for his own teachers at school. Hailing from Mitta Mitta in country Victoria, McKye specialises in English, but has also held positions as a Year Level Coordinator and Middle Years Engagement Leader.

McKye hopes to support his students to be independent, empathetic, responsible and resilient learners, and looks forward to helping them create and share their stories.

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Gemma Stevens

Deputy Head of Boarding

Gemma's journey through education has been a global adventure, driven by her passion for fostering learning and growth in young minds. With a wealth of experience spanning state, private, and independent schools across the UK, South Korea, and Australia, she brings a unique perspective shaped by diverse cultural landscapes. Gemma has a Bachelor in Sport and Physical Education and having held leadership roles including Head of Year, Second in Department, Director of Boarding, and Housemistress, Gemma's commitment to student welfare and development is at the core of her professional ethos.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Gemma's interests are as varied as the countries she's called home. She loves all sport, travelling, cooking, volunteering, reading, and gardening.

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Tallisha Harden

Indigenous Community Engagement Officer

Meet our new Indigenous Community Engagement Officer, Tallisha Harden. Formerly a Speech Pathologist and Deadly Choices Ambassador with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, Tallisha is a professional footballer and co-captain of the NRLW North Queensland Toyota Cowboys team! Tallisha is a proud descendant of the Argun Tribe of Badu and Wadagum Tribe of Mabuyag but having lived in both Brisbane and the Central Coast, her diverse background enriches our community. Armed with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology, she enjoys spending her free time with family, friends, her beloved sausage dogs, and indulging in interests like gardening. 

Tallisha's passion for empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices will undoubtedly have a positive impact on our College community.

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Meg Corica

Health Centre Nurse
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St Patrick’s College Townsville
45 The Strand (PO Box 721)
Townsville Qld 4810
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T (61) 4753 0300
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A Ministry in Mercy Partners

Acknowledgement of Country: We give thanks and respectfully acknowledge the Wulgurukaba people, the Traditional Custodians of this beautiful country whose land our College shares. We recognise their ongoing deep spiritual connection to this Country, and the care they gave for thousands of years. We also acknowledge the Bindal people as the neighbouring Custodians of their Country. We pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples here today.