Meet the teachers and staff that will guide your daughter's journey throughout her schooling at our annual Welcome Cocktail Party.

Dr Burgis is a strong believer that an education should have both depth and rigour as well as breadth and engagement.

…education should have both depth and rigour as well as breadth and engagement.

DR PAUL BURGIS, PRINCIPAL

Principal, Dr Paul Burgis

PhD (UNSW), MEd, BEd, Dip Tch (Eng/His-sec), Dip Div/Miss

Dr Paul Burgis has been the Principal of the Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney since 2011. Previous to his appointment at PLC Sydney, Dr Burgis was Principal of Inaburra School, Menai (2006-2010).

Paul’s previous appointments include Program Director for the Master of Arts in Education and Principal Lecturer in Education at the University of Lancaster UK; Deputy Principal, Hillcrest College, Qld; Head of History at Eaglesvale School, Harare, Zimbabwe. His background is as an English and History teacher and he has taught or researched education in New South Wales, Queensland, Zimbabwe, Fiji, UK and the Philippines.

His area of PhD research was the development of student knowledge, attitudes and values regarding poverty from the close of primary school to the close of secondary school in Australian, Filipino and Zimbabwean schools. It was undertaken with the University of New South Wales.

Dr Burgis has overseen many significant changes to the College since he started in 2011 including the redevelopment of both Junior Schools; Evandale (Pre-K to Year 2) and  Hamilton (Years 3 to 6); the development of the "Learning Virtues" (Inquiry and Discipline; Courage and Purpose; Respect and Integrity), the initiative to undertake Cambridge IGCSE and 'A' level courses, implementing PLC Sydney’s parent portal and the renewed emphasis on STEM courses and service learning. The College has grown from 1175 to over 1400 students under his leadership.

Paul is married and has three daughters and lives in the local area. In his leisure time he enjoys reading history, theology, philosophy and poetry, supporting the Cronulla Sharks and wild bird photography. He worships with his family at Drummoyne.

Our Team

At PLC Sydney, we have a dedicated and passionate team of teaching professionals and support staff led by our Executive Team.

We value what each individual and the collective bring to the school.

The College Council is responsible for the overall governance of the College and setting the strategic direction to ensure the College continues its long standing tradition of academic excellence.

Comprised of approximately 15 members, the College Council is a combined council for both PLC Sydney and PLC Armidale. Council members are drawn from the College community and beyond and offer a wealth of skills, qualifications and expertise to the College.

The College Council is responsible for the overall governance of the College and setting the strategic direction to ensure the College continues its long standing tradition of academic excellence. 

Comprised of approximately 15 members, the College Council is a combined council for both PLC Sydney and PLC Armidale. Council members are drawn from the College community and beyond and offer a wealth of skills, qualifications and expertise to the College.

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Chairwoman: Mrs Leah Russell

Mrs Leah Russell is PLC Sydney's 11th Chairperson and the first woman elected. She is a Audit Partner with BDO. Previously she was a Partner of Crowe Horwath – a part of Findex. She has been a partner for over 12 years, and is responsible for audits of not for profits through to listed entities. Other roles that Mrs Russell has undertaken include being a Trustee of the NSW Presbyterian Property Trust, and three years as a College Council member for The Scots College.

Deputy Chairperson

  • Mrs Caron Balzer

Members

  • Mrs Kylie Alcorn
  • Dr Jenny Brown
  • Mr Tim Catterall
  • Mr Matthew George
  • Mr Luke Hall
  • Mr Ray Khoury-Harb
  • Mr Adam Ladkins
  • Reverend Fiona May
  • Reverend David Seaman
  • Mr David Su
  • Dr Madeleine Turner
  • Mr Minh Vo

Chairwoman of the Trustees is also an officio member of the College Council 

  • Ms Margaret Mackenzie

The Principal, Dr Paul Burgis is responsible for the administration of PLC Sydney. He is assisted in the governance of the College by the College Council and in the organisation and management of the School by the Executive Committee:

  • Principal: Dr Paul Burgis
  • Deputy Principal: Mrs Linda Chiba
  • Chief Operations Officer: Mr David Savill
  • Head of Junior School: Mrs Melissa Watters
  • Head of Administration: Ms Kerri Humphreys
  • Head of Compliance and Human Resources: Mrs Deborah Vitlin
  • Head of Curriculum: Ms Patricia Pollett
  • Head of Learning and Teaching: Dr Sarah Golsby-Smith
  • Head of Positive Student Care and Engagement: Mrs Maria Halkidis
  • Director of Boarding*: Ms Pauline Turner
  • Director of Marketing and Communications*: Ms Lynne Emanuel
  • Director of Enrolments*: Mrs Catherine Marvell
  • Director of Co-Curricular Programs*: Ms Jenny Clarke
    * Executive Committee by invitation

Our experienced Heads of Year and Stage Coordinators, provide our students with the day-to-day opportunities for care and support and are the first port of call for parental concerns or information regarding pastoral or academic matters. They have overall responsibility for the students in their year group, creating a sense of community and belonging for the girls.

Junior School Stage and Curriculum Coordinators 

  • Early Stage 1 - Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Coordinator: Mrs Elizabeth Lechlein
  • Stage 1 – Years 1 and 2 Coordinator: Ms Maria Pasarris
  • Stage 2 – Years 3 and 4 Coordinator: Mrs Roxanne Antonio
  • Stage 3 – Years 5 and 6 Coordinator: Ms Jane Edgecombe

Senior School Heads of Year 

  • Year 7: Ms Vivienne Migdanis
  • Year 8: Ms Belinda Corfield
  • Year 9: Ms Jayde Favotto
  • Year 10: Miss Michelle Mella
  • Year 11: Mrs Linda Eades
  • Year 12: Mrs Lauren Bruno
  • Assistants to the Heads of Year: Miss Alisha Vigna and Ms Georgina Beck
  • Assistant Head of Year 7: Ms S Ndhlova

Heads of Faculty are responsible for their learning areas and manage the academic program and curriculum development within their faculty across the Senior School. 

  • Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship: Mrs Rebecca Nichols
  • Christian Studies: Mrs Cassandra Morphew
  • Drama: Mrs Joanna Golotta-Maxwell
  • English: Ms Emma Owens
  • History: Mr Peter McHugh
  • Languages: Ms Rachelle Nicol
  • Learning Enrichment: Ms Catherine Phoon
  • Mathematics: Mrs Dianne Balkizas
  • Music: Mrs Casey Allen
  • PDHPE: Dr Tony Stojkovski
  • Science: Mrs Jo McGrouther
  • Social Sciences: Ms Gillian Carpenter
  • Technological & Applied Studies: Ms Jo Herrmann
  • Visual Arts: Ms Jo Knight

Staff with Special Responsibilities

  • Deputy Head of Junior School: Mrs Kate Wheatley
  • Assistant to the Head of Junior School: Mrs A Caldwell
  • Coordinator of Overseas Students: Ms Lee Ann Hansen
  • Coordinator of PLC Pathways: Ms Faraday Pang
  • Coordinator of the Transition Program: Ms Anna O’Brien
  • Director of Community and Alumni Relations: Mrs Philippa Zingales
  • Director of Cambridge International Courses: Ms Lisa Tabuteau
  • Director of Development: Mr John Da Cruz
  • Director of Facilities: Mr Stephen Welsh
  • Director of International Studies: Mrs Suellen White
  • Director of Mathematics Enrichment: Mr Gavin Sinclair
  • Director of Performing Arts: Mr Phil Harper,
  • Director of PLC Sydney Futures Centre: Mrs Rowena Barnett
  • Director of PLC Sydney Preschools: Mrs Mary-Ann Rizzo
  • Director of Research and Library Services: Dr Suzana Sukovic
  • Director of Technical Services: Ms Flo Anicete
  • Finance Manager: Mr Trevor Stokes
  • Head of Speech, Debating & External Public Speaking: Ms Lynette Hawkey
  • Head of Sport: Ms Belinda Harden
  • Head of Junior School Sport (Acting): Ms Sarah Antico
  • Manager and Curator of the Adelaide Perry Gallery (Acting): Mr Andrew Paxton
  • Psychologist (Clinical): Mrs Nese Sozen
  • Psychologist (Performance): Mr Gerard Faure-Brac

Junior School Faculty Coordinators 

  • English Coordinator: Mrs Carolyn Lain
  • Mathematics Coordinator: Mrs Rosemary Holland
  • Science Coordinator: Mrs Annie Martin
  • History Coordinator: Mrs Tamarra Glenn
  • Geography Coordinator: Mrs Jo Lukabyo