From the Principal

Sonja Mercer

Welcome to our School Newsletter for Week 9


I'm writing to you on the last day of the 2020 school year, and hasn't it been a rollercoaster?!

We don't usually send a newsletter out in week 9 of term 4, but now that we've gone digital, it is much easier to get our newsletters out to families, even when there are fewer students on site.

I'd like to thank you all for the kindness and generosity you have shown me over the last six months. I am excited to hand the reins over to Mr Steven Barclay for 2021 and return to my role as Senior Years Leader, but I will never forget what I've learned and had the chance to experience as Acting Principal. 

You will find below a table of our staffing arrangements for 2021. Please note that sometimes things change over the holidays so, whilst this staffing plan is pretty certain, there may be a tweak or two.

RoleStaff MemberPlus
Principal Steven Barclay 
Deputy PrincipalJenny CoeHome Ec and VET Leader
Senior Years Leader Sonja MercerEnglish and Workplace Practices
Middle Years Leader Cody TwyfordEnglish, PE and Tourism

Quality Learning and 

Teaching Coordinator

Lauren AmeyMaths
Learning Centre TeacherRos FrancisYear 9 Classes and learning intervention
Art TeacherCenise MacdonaldIPP and Research Project
Science TeacherVincent VellaPsychology, Biology and HASS
Maths TeacherDouglas FraserBusiness Innovations and HASS
Music TeacherVacancy 
Student Wellbeing LeaderEsther McCannYear 8 classes, PE and Spanish
Aboriginal Education TeacherTarni Reeves

Tech Studies, Digital Tech 

and Enterprise and Business

Student Services OfficerAmanda TuckwellLab Tech
Finance OfficerPaula Thomas 

Aboriginal Community 

Education Officer

Jeannie Ryan 
Administration OfficerSarah Mercer 

Classroom Support 


Tracey ChallansMacqLit literacy intervention

Classroom Support 


Tarran Jones 
IT OfficerSteven Lovegrove 
Clerical OfficerPenny O'Dowd 

This year we farewell some staff and welcome some others, we also have some teachers starting or extending their leave for 2021.


Farewell to: Strali Vo, Jeshurun Tan, Jon Ovan, Melanie Cornish-Fidler, Brett Wittwer and Karen Heness. We thank you for hard work and dedication to PHS.


See you again soon to: Kaitlyn Havers, Ben Hussell, David Marino and Sue Randall as they take leave for 2021. 


Welcome to: Cenise Macdonald, Vincent Vella, Douglas Fraser and Tarran Jones. We look forward to having you as new team PHS team members!


I hope to share news with you about our new music teacher very soon.


I wish all members of our PHS and Peterborough community a restful and relaxing holiday period. Here's to a shiny and bright 2021.


Sonja Mercer

Acting Principal