My name is David Hart and I have a long association with the School and have served on council for 8 years and am currently in my 6th year as council chair. I have a daughter in year 10 and both my other children have left Urrbrae and are now studying at the University of Adelaide. I work for the University of Adelaide in the Faculty of Sciences as a Senior Academic Support Officer based in the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine at the Waite Campus and my role is to support a range of student related administrative processes including program and course development, course advice and student recruitment.
During my years on the council I have endeavoured to increase the links between Urrbrae Agricultural High School and the University & co-located partners on the Waite Campus. This has included placing year 10 students in work experience and acting as a contact point for the school for student visits to the campus. I have also served on the ICT committee as one of the parent representatives and provided a link from that committee to the school council. In my last term I was the Council representative on the selection panel for the new Principle. I have been involved with both the current and previous External School Reviews.
I have been science coordinator at Urrbrae for six years, and feel extremely privileged to be work in such a supportive, enthusiastic and dynamic environment. For four of those years I have sat on the school council as one of the staff representatives. I have been teaching for 25 years in a variety of different settings. As well as roles in schools in South Australia and Queensland, I have held positions in China, Malaysia, Dubai, UK and the Philippines.
My passion has always been for helping students appreciate the magic of the world around them through an understanding of science. My main areas of study at the University of South Australia were ecology and geology, and I now teach Biology and Chemistry at a senior level, as well as all areas of middle school science. I also undertook a Master of Education at Deakin where I did research into the effectiveness of international agreements in shaping Australia’s environmental curriculum (so not crazy exciting stuff).
My world travels were an adventure shared with my wife and daughter, and I was extremely proud of my daughters recent graduation from Flinders University.
I have been Principal of Urrbrae Agricultural High School since 2017, and am passionate about our school priorities of Agriculture, Technology and the Environment. I was raised on a farm in the small town of Karkoo on Eyre Peninsula, where my parents had a Red Poll Stud (my father had a keen interest in genetics), along with a focus on broad acre cropping and sheep grazing.
I have been very fortunate to live and work in the country for the majority of my teaching career, including Murray Bridge High School, Mannum High School, Roxby Downs Area School and Clare High School. Being part of these rural communities has given me a unique perspective as Urrbrae’s leader, with a strong understanding of the rural and agricultural challenges facing the workforce of tomorrow.
I have travelled extensively throughout Australia with my husband and two sons, and my love of travel has extended to overseas destinations only since 2014 (and there is so much of the world to see!). I also play clarinet in the Pembroke Second Wind Concert Band, and read voraciously whenever I have the opportunity.
I am excited and proud to say that I am a parent representative and the nominated Treasurer of the Urrbrae School Council. My twin daughters are current year nine students.
I was raised on a farm in a small country town called Birstall UK until the age of thirteen when my parents decided to emigrate to sunny Australia.
On completion of high school I enrolled at The University of Adelaide to complete my degree in Dental Therapy. I have been employed with SA Health for 22 years, my current role is as a Hospital Unit Manger and Senior Surgical Dental Assistant in the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Unit.
My Husband, three children and two dogs are my biggest loves in life and they are my cheer squad who support my many interests. These interests include wildlife rescue, coaching recreational gymnastics, archery, fishing, reading and real estate.
I am passionate about my position on the council and feel privileged at the opportunity to associate with a school that has students who lead the way in creating a sustainable world.
My son started with Urrbrae in 2018 and I was keen from the get go to be involved with this amazing school and all it has to offer. The chance to be a part of the school council was an opportunity not to be missed and I am now into my second year serving on the school council. I have had experience of school council operations from our time in Western Australia; I was the Chairperson of Coogee Primary School Council for 2 years as well as an active member of the P&C. I have over 20+ years of administration experience both internationally and in Australia. I currently work at Defence SA, a state government agency, as the Executive & Administration Manager. Having exposure to the workings of government is always an advantage. I look forward to working with the dedicated parents and Urrbrae staff who serve on the council over the coming years.
I am a very enthusiastic parent for the aims and achievements of the school. My son Tom is in year 9 and it has been a treat to see him grow and develop in this schools environment. My son Mick is in year 7 and has put great enthusiasm into his application to attend next year and we hope to have a long association with the school. I have a background in Science and Ecology, and worked in State Government for 32 years, most recently as Principal Scientific Officer for the Rangelands Assessment Monitoring Program. I have also worked in the UK as an ecologist for the Worcester Wildlife Trust, primarily working on habitat management for Water Voles and the various Trust reserves. Currently I am assisting landholders and organisations in better management of land, in particular managing threats to habitat for threatened species. We have family on a farm in Keith in the SE and we have an 800 acre scrub block at Bangham that we manage for conservation and in particular habitat for the threatened Red Tail Black Cockatoo. I work closely with Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group, Woodcutters Road Environment Protection Association, Friends of Vulkathunha/ Gammon Ranges National Park and Friends of Belair National Park where we also run and education group for Upper Primary kids called Belair Bush Buddies.
My name is Alana Tonellato and I have worked as a Carer for 16 years and have a daughter that is currently in year 9 at Urrbrae.
Michaela is the fourth child out of five children and as with all the others, I have always tried my best to support them throughout their primary and high school years and think it is important to show this not only at home but also by joining and being apart of their school communities. I also volunteer my time and am a Team Manager for an Under 14 Girls football team.
My daughter was fortunate enough to have been accepted into Urrbrae in 2018 and I’m very thankful for this as it is a very unique school.
This is my second year on the Governing Council and I enjoy it immensely.
My Name is Christine Blunsden and I currently have a daughter in year 10 at Urrbrae and a second daughter in year 7. I grew up in the mid north, leaving to study a Bachelor of Science at The Adelaide University majoring in Environmental Science. I worked at the Botanic Gardens for a short time and have completed 20 years of service at SA Pathology (forrmerly IMVS) where I currently work in the Genetics department. I have recently completed my Bachelor of Medical Science specialising in Pathology hence I finally have time to join a school council. My country upbringing was something I felt my children were missing out on until my daughter started at Urrbrae in 2018. It felt like home to her and I both, as the facilities and opportunities have been far more suited to our views of a more sustainable world than any other school could offer. My recent studies have re-ignited my passion for learning and I would like to assist the current generation to fulfill their potential. The Ethos “Science with Practice” to me holds the answers to many local and global problems therefore our students armed with the knowledge obtained from Urrbrae’s unique curriculum will put them in the forefront of their generation. I aim to support this in my involvement on the Urrbrae Council.
My step-son Riley has commenced Year 8 at Urrbrae this year and we were thrilled with his admission to the school. I was raised on the Yorke Peninsula in a small country town and from my upbringing developed a real love and passion for agriculture. Now residing in Mile End in Adelaide we are a family of 5 with my partner Inga and 2 other siblings to Riley – Emilia (4) and Toby (5). Inga and I operate our own accommodation business and I am also a real estate agent for Harris Real Estate. I have previously been an elected member of the Copper Coast Council for 8 years which has provided me with important skills on governance and financial management. Currently I am the Chair of the Yorke Peninsula Tourism Board which is a position I have held since 2017, it has provided me with experience in leadership skills that will be an important attribute that I can bring to the School Board. Having come from a country town on the Yorke Peninsula I value the benefits of being part of a community and It would be an honour to have an active role at Urrbrae Agricultural High School by becoming a valued member of the School Board. I look forward to being a voice for all parents at Urrbrae and will be available to discuss any issues that you may have. Although I am a relatively new parent to the school I feel I will bring fresh & new ideas and have the drive, passion and dedication to advocate for a strong school community.
Currently I work at Dulux Australia as a Sales Account Executive and I have passed 10 years’ service within the Hardware industry. In total I have over 20 years of retail sales management experience with a number of leading multi-national companies. I am a married father of 2 school aged girls (1 being Mia in Year 8 this year) and we love to travel as a family as much as we can to many varied parts of the world (Japan, USA, Mauritius to name a few!). Also I am keen on most sports with Thoroughbred Horse Racing, Cricket, AFL and snow skiing topping the list. I nominated for the School Council position as I believe it is a great opportunity for myself to contribute back to the school community through active participation in school matters. Having an opportunity to voice my opinion as a concerned parent and to give advice on a variety of areas/projects and the general well-being of the school is very important to me.
My daughter Annabelle has recently started the school as a year 8 student. I work in the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist , Department for Health and Wellbeing in Adelaide and am a mental health nurse by profession. As a family we migrated to Australia in 2013 and have integrated ourselves into our schools, workplaces and communities both individually and as a family. We have taken opportunities that would not have been available in our previous life and absorbed them into everyday life. I have taken the opportunity to become a soccer coach, become involved in my local Suicide Prevention Network and support my children to work towards becoming Surf Lifeguards at their Lifesaving Club. I offer a broad range of experiences and knowledge as a school councillor.
In January 2015, Sam was elected to the South Australian Parliament as the Member for Davenport before becoming the Member for Waite in the 2018 state election.
Sam was born in Mildura and raised in Adelaide. He graduated from Marryatville High School, and studied at the University of Adelaide, completing a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) as well as becoming a member of CPA Australia.
Prior to entering Parliament, Sam worked for Pitcher Partners Chartered Accountants and the ANZ Banking Group. Sam held leadership roles in the Young Liberal Movement at both a State and Federal level, including serving as Young Liberal President. He is the presiding member of the Economic and Finance Parliamentary Standing Committee and the Issues Group on Suicide Prevention as well as sitting on the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee, Joint Committee on the Valuation Policies and Charges on Retirement Villages and the board of Reconciliation South Australia.
Sam has developed strong working relationships with residents and community groups in his electorate. He is an active member of many community organisations including the Lions, Blackwood Recreation Centre and Blackwood RSL.