Kinross Wolaroi’s strength is its people. It is through the success of our teams of people that the School continues do great things. Our strong values based culture is a key part of looking after students. We do this by ensuring our people can be involved in the future of the School and look for new opportunities for people to grow and develop. Our current leadership team are:
- Principal - Dr Andrew Parry
- Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School - Mr James Boyd
- Head of Preparatory School - Mr Rob McLean
- Head of Student Wellbeing - Mrs Emma Bylsma
- Head of Teaching and Learning - Mrs Serena Lewis
- Director of Boarding - Mr Matthew Curran
- Director of Co-Curricular - Ms Heidi Anthony
- Director of The Regional Engagement Enterprise - Mr Tom Riley
- Business Manager - Mr Greg Alderson
Dr Andrew Parry is one of the best credentialed educators in Australia with academic qualifications including a Doctor of Philosophy (University of Cambridge), Master of Philosophy (University of Cambridge) and a Master of Education (University of Sydney). Andrew possesses a lifetime of experience of living and working in leading independent schools in Australia and England and brings with him extensive operational experience across all aspects of the life of a boarding school.
A true ‘Renaissance man’, Andrew has represented Australia on the rugby field and coached sport at representative levels. He is an artist, musician and student of architecture, history and philosophy. Andrew is driven by the opportunities educators possess to inspire and empower students to discover and realise their full potential and believes education should be deliberately structured to develop the whole person. He is widely regarded as a leader who engenders the passion necessary for students of all levels and abilities to develop academically, culturally, socially, physically and spiritually. Throughout his career, Andrew has demonstrated a strong capacity to build dynamic teams and unify and engage communities.
Dr Parry was commissioned as the fifth Principal of Kinross Wolaroi School in January 2017 after being the Deputy Headmaster of The King's School in Sydney for many years, where he earned the respect and admiration of students, staff, parents and alumni as an outstanding educator and passionate leader.
Mr James Boyd joins Kinross Wolaroi School in 2019 as the Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School.
Mr Boyd was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He read History at the University of Durham and completed his PGCE at the University of Buckingham. Mr Boyd has over 18 years of experience as an educator in a mix of co-educational and single sex Independent Boarding Schools, in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. He has held the positions of Director of Boarding, Housemaster and Director of Rugby during his career to date. He has taught Modern History to HSC, A Level and IB Diploma Level and has led numerous School tours to Russia, the First World War Battlefields, Sri Lanka, Canada and New Zealand. He is a strong advocate of co-education and believes that this helps to ‘future proof’ our pupils. In a co-educational environment Mr Boyd believes that girls and boys can learn to live alongside each other, support each other in the classroom, in the co-curricular domain and, perhaps more crucially, they learn to develop mutual respect for each other; a skill that is vitally important for today’s society.
Outside of the classroom Mr Boyd is passionate about all sports and co-curricular involvement. He sees this an extension of the classroom and knows that these activities can help to nurture and develop pupils with diverse needs. The opportunities for personal growth, being a member of a team, leadership skills and developing resilience are invaluable in his eyes. Mr Boyd is a keen sportsman himself; he has represented Scotland on the rugby field and has also coached his country at age-grade level.
James Boyd is married to Caroline, who originally hails from regional Victoria, and they have 3 children, Lachlan, Harriet and Angus – all of whom are pupils at the School.
Mr McLean commenced with KWS as a teacher of Year 5 and the Pre-School Sports Coordinator with KWS between 1981 and 1986. After a brief period away from Orange pursuing interests outside of education, Mr McLean returned and recommenced with KWS in 1989. Over the past 30 years Mr Mclean has been fortunate to be part of the tremendous growth across the entire school while also making many friendships across staff and families involved with KWS.
In addition to his role as a classroom teacher in the Preparatory School Mr McLean has held a number of key appointments at the School including as a boarding assistant in Weymouth House, Housemaster of Trathen House when it was home to 25 boy boarders from the Prep School as well as Housemaster in Stuart Douglas.
Mr McLean holds a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching. He was appointed as the Deputy Head of the Preparatory School in 2005 and Head of the Prep in 2006.
Mrs Bylsma is an innovative, dynamic and passionate educator who possesses the qualities to powerfully contribute to the development and promotion of a vibrant, safe and supportive learning environment for students.
Mrs Bylsma joined the faculty of KWS in 2009 and since that time has held a number of leadership roles including Year 12 Coordinator, Careers Advisor, Acting Director of Studies and Acting Director of Co-Curricular. Mrs Bylsma took up her current appointment in January 2018.
She has over 20 years of teaching experience and holds a Bachelor of Education (University of Sydney) and a Master’s of Science Education (Macquarie University) where she was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for academic excellence. Mrs Bylsma is also involved in the Advanced Leadership Program with the National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative (NESLI).
Mrs Lewis has vast experience as an educational leader and teacher in both the United Kingdom and Australia. In England, Mrs Lewis was Head of English and Languages and Chair of Teaching and Learning at Allertyree Woodlands School in Derbyshire. She has been an educational advisor to the school Principals and Heads in the UK and presenter at educational conferences in the area of Teaching and Learning. Since emigrating to Australia in 2014, Mrs Lewis has taught at Knox Grammar School and The King’s School as the Literacy Coordinator K-12.
Mrs Lewis has a First Class Honours degree in English Literature and Psychology (BSc) and a Certificate in Education from Keele University, UK. She was appointed as the Head of Teaching and Learning in January 2018.
Prior to his appointment as the Director of Boarding for KWS in January 2018, Mr Curran has been working in the UK for the past 12 years, most recently as Head of Boarding at Ardingly College, West Sussex where he led a dynamic and innovative co-educational boarding community of over 300 students. Mr Curran has taught Mathematics and worked in boarding at Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire, UK and at St Joseph’s College in Sydney where he was also Master in Charge of Cricket.
Mr Curran has taught HSC Mathematics and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and holds a Bachelor of Science, and Master of Teaching from the University of Sydney.
Ms Anthony commenced at KWS in 2012 as the Coordinator of Instrumental Music. She had previously taught in Canberra where she had been the Acting Head of Music at Radford College. Ms Anthony grew up in the country and was keen to settle in a rural area after her time spent in Canberra. Since 2016, Ms Anthony has held the position of Head of Performing Arts at KWS and has been actively involved in KWS Performing Arts Co-curricular activities. In addition to her work with Choirs and Bands in the Music program, she has undertaken the roles of Musical Director, and then Director of KWS Senior School Musicals. She is a keen supporter of the local theatre and arts scene and has developed strong community connections in the Central West through these platforms, which complement her work with Performing Arts at KWS. As a passionate Music and Drama teacher, Ms Anthony is an advocate for Arts Education and was a founding member of the ACT Music Educators Network.
Ms Anthony holds a Bachelor of Music from the Australian National University, and a Diploma of Education from the University of Canberra. She also completed a leadership program as part of the National Excellence in Schools Leadership Initiative.
Mr Riley was appointed to the faculty of KWS in January 2017. Mr Riley has previously taught at MLC Burwood, where he was the Assistant Head of Learning and Curriculum (Science) and for much of 2016 was the Acting Head of Science, and The King’s School.
At King’s Mr Riley was the project lead for the Future Project, a dynamic and visionary program where scientists from the University of Sydney and Industry work directly with students on collaborative research projects. Students also publish papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and engage in international Science competitions and conferences. Tom also taught Biology, was an Assistant Boarding Housemaster and coach of the 2nd XI Cricket Team.
Mr Riley holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma of Education from Macquarie University. He is a member of the Professional Learning Advisory Committee of AISNSW and a Trustee of the educational charity The Bujagali Trust, Uganda.
As Business Manager, Mr Alderson is charged with contributing to, and delivering on, the strategic vision of the School in terms of its financial wellbeing and the provision of resources to achieve the intended educational outcomes set by the Principal. At an operational level, Mr Alderson is responsible to the Principal for all corporate support functions in the School including financial management, admissions, engagement, property, catering, transport, health services and human resources matters. Mr Alderson is a member of the School’s Senior Management Team and serves as Clerk to the School Council and to the Kinross Wolaroi Foundation.
Mr Alderson has sixteen years’ experience as a business manager in Independent Schools and has served as a non-executive director in both commercial and not-for-profit enterprises. Prior to his work in schools, Mr Alderson held a number of senior executive position in the media, entertainment and telecommunications industries in Australia, India and the United Kingdom. He served as an Air Traffic Control Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force before moving into private enterprise.
Mr Alderson holds a Master of Business Administration and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was appointed as the Business Manager for Kinross Wolaroi School in September 2014.