Catherine McAuley is committed to recruiting and retaining high-quality professionals to build a learning culture that supports the college Moral Imperative and Mission. Mercy calls for the highest levels of professionalism and emphasises excellence in all things.

  • Our approach is researched informed
  • We aim to operate between “best practice” and “next practice”
  • We have a clear and deliberate approach to ongoing staff professional development
  • At the centre of all that we do is a commitment to meet students at their point of challenge and work with them to grow

Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Bill Wright has appointed Fr James Odoh as chaplain to Catherine McAuley Catholic College. Fr James will play a key role in supporting and developing the ministry and faith life of the community.


Peter Antcliff 

Foundation Assistant Principal 

Mathew Bailey  

Teacher (PDHPE & Religion) 

Sharon Beckett 


Kylie Benedetti 


Richard Brown 

Teacher (TAS) 

Bronwyn Denham 

Leader of Learning (PDHPE, CAPA, LOTE) 

Alicia Dibben  

Leader of Learning (English & HSIE) 

Ben Dibben   

Teacher (PDHPE & Acting Leader of Wellbeing)  

Scott Donohoe 

Foundation Principal 

Kylie Ellis 

Finance Officer 

Bernadette Enright 

Administration Assistant 

Tony Gallpen 


John Herron

Teacher (Inclusive Pedagogies)

Taylor Joyce 

Teacher (Science/Mathematics & Acting Leader of Wellbeing)  

Luke Kelleher  

Leader of Learning (Science, TAS & Mathematics) 

Matthew Klopper  

Teacher (Mathematics/Science) 

Jonathon McCallum 

Teacher (Religion/HSIE) 

Aleeah Maffesoni  

Teacher (Art/Languages) 

Louiza Mavros  

Teacher (Music/Visual Arts) 

Jenny Newling  

Teacher  (Inclusive Pedagogies) 

Leticia Nischang  

Teacher (TAS/Languages) 

Fr James Odoh 

College Chaplain 

Tim O'Neill

Leader of Learning (Inclusive Pedagogies) 

Penny Sears  

Teacher (Languages) 

Eli Simpson 

Head of House (Wati Discovery House) 

Neville Spence 


Linda Thompson  

Learning Mentor (Inclusive Pedagogies) 

Liz Toscano 

Executive Assistant to the Principal 

Keira Ussher 

Laboratory/Food Technology Assistant 

Sarah Watson  

Leader of Learning (Religion & Ministry) 

Melanie Walker  

Teacher Librarian/Lead Teacher (HSIE) 

Geraldine Whiteside 

Leader of Learning – Inclusive Pedagogies (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Joshua Wright

Aboriginal Education Worker