Meet our Senior Leadership Team
Principal – Mr Paul Sjogren

Paul Sjogren was officially commissioned as the eighth Principal of Trinity Anglican School in 2017. Before this, he was Head of a Wigan Boarding House at Ballarat Grammar School, Head of Mathematics at Whitsunday Anglican School in Mackay, and Director of Senior School and Deputy Principal at St Andrew’s Anglican College on the Sunshine Coast. He has also taught overseas in Indiana and Florida in the USA.

A product of regional Anglican school education, Paul is an advocate of the moral and ethical foundations that underpin Anglican education. He emphasises the importance of giving students the opportunity and support to reach their potential in all aspects of their schooling.

Paul has an unmatched commitment to optimising student academic achievement. He nurtures a supportive and engaging culture and values the importance of extension experiences to build character and resilience.

Paul believes that truly outstanding schools can balance the global and digital future needs of students with the traditional values of hard work, tolerance, teamwork, leadership and service. As a result, Paul has created a positive, engaged, award-winning school community that is growing quickly and achieving amazing outcomes.

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Deputy Principal – Mr Tim Manea

Tim Manea joined Trinity Anglican School in 2016 as the Director of Innovation, Teaching & Learning. Before arriving at TAS, Tim held several positions at St Mark’s Anglican Community School in Western Australia, where he taught for 17 years, including in roles such as Dean of Curriculum and Head of the English Faculty. Tim was also the recipient of the Peter Foss Scholarship at St Mark’s ACS, as well as being selected as a distinguished Educator in Residence with Rubicon International, based out of Portland, Oregon.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Diploma of Education from the University of Western Australia and is finalising his Master of Education Studies from the same institution.

As a senior leader at Trinity Anglican School, Tim oversees the implementation of the Australian Curriculum, ensuring that it is directly aligned to the strategic goals of the school. The result of this work has seen steady and sustained growth in the academic results across the school – including NAPLAN and QCAA end of Year 12 data.

In 2021, Tim was appointed the Deputy Principal – Head of Teaching & Learning at Trinity Anglican School, and he hopes to continue to influence the educational landscape in Cairns and beyond. He looks forward to a continued focus at TAS on producing students who think and act locally and globally.

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Head of White Rock Campus Secondary – Ms Joanna Baker

Joanna Baker has experience leading change and innovation in curriculum, pedagogy and student wellbeing, and is a teacher of English and Humanities.

She joined TAS in 2021, bringing with her a plethora of experience and passion from roles such as Director of Teaching and Learning, Senior Years Program Leader, and Instructional Designer.

Joanna completed her undergraduate studies at the Queensland University of Technology. She has since completed a Master of Education (University of Melbourne) and Graduate Certificates in both Cognitive Psychology (Flinders University) and Educational Leadership and Management (Queensland University of Technology).

Joanna is passionate about expanding opportunities for students to engage with local and global communities. She is also committed to working collaboratively with staff to ensure that graduates are equipped with the capabilities and values they need to thrive in a dynamic and changing world.

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Head of White Rock Campus Primary – Mr Peter Gazzola

Peter Gazzola moved to Cairns in 2018 after accepting a contract role as Head of Primary at the White Rock Campus. Feeling a strong connection with the values and community of TAS, he has remained in this role and continues to share his passion for innovation and technology.

Peter graduated from the Australian Catholic University as valedictorian before teaching in the Catholic school system in Victoria where he held senior roles as Deputy Principal, acting Principal and played a valuable role in the development of strategic plans.

He is a passionate advocate for technology in the classroom and even pioneered initiatives to combine technology with inquiry through embedded ICT and laptop programs before being seconded to the independent system at Ivanhoe Grammar School and St Andrew’s Anglican College.

Peter has recently attended conferences both in Australia and overseas and has also published articles on implementing effective change for schools in the ISQ Catalyst and the Independent Learner magazines. Peter’s son is the Head Coach for the Marlin Swimming Club, and his daughter, who graduated from RMIT with Honours in Architecture, is completing her Masters at the Bartlett School of Architecture at the University College London.

 

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Head of Kewarra Beach Campus Primary – Mrs Mary Kershaw

Mary Kershaw joined Trinity Anglican School in 2015, before being appointed as Head of Primary at Kewarra Beach Campus in 2017.

She is a graduate of the University of New England where she completed a Master’s Degree in Special Education, Guidance and Counselling. Prior to TAS she was a Middle School Coordinator, Learning Enrichment Coordinator and Acting Principal in New South Wales, Townsville, Ayr and Cairns.

A dedicated educator, she is committed to creating a positive learning culture that supports holistic and inclusive education.

Mary is a passionate and exemplary advocate of nature-based learning and sustainability and has pioneered many initiatives at the Kewarra Beach Campus.

Mary is married with two adult sons, both of whom are TAS graduates. Nicholas is a Software Engineer with the Department of Natural Resources, Mining and Energy in Brisbane, and Vincent is a Defence Scientist with the Department of Defence, Science and Technology in Sydney.

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Head of Cocurricular – Mr Darren Osmond

Darren Osmond joined TAS as the Director of Activities in 2006, before becoming Head of Co-Curricular and Director of Outdoor Education. He has over 25 years of experience working in the Outdoor Education, Recreation and Sports Industry and has travelled widely to approximately 30 countries.

Darren’s knowledge of the tropical environment from an Outdoor Education perspective is unrivalled, supported by his degrees in Exercise Science (Human Movement), Outdoor Education and Education. He has undertaken higher-level training in several areas, including Lifeguarding and Rescue, Wilderness First Aid, and Mental Health First Aid.

His role extends as the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Leader and as the World Challenge Leader, having led Expeditions to Borneo, Ecuador, Tanzania, Nepal and India.

His passion has created an innovative department that has more recently been a finalist in the 2018 Noreen Wilcox Teaching Awards, 2020 Outdoor Queensland Awards in the individual category, Outdoors Queensland Outstanding Achievement Award and the Australia Education Awards Best-Co-Curricular Program category. Darren has presented at many state and national outdoor education conferences and has been published in Outdoor Australia magazine, The Cairns Post, and PAKMAG.

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About the TAS Leadership Team