The Executive is responsible for implementing the strategies devised by the Board. Kilvington’s Executive therefore ensures that all organisational changes are introduced in the smoothest and most effective manner possible.
Early in his career as a teacher, he worked at Elwood College as Student Welfare Coordinator. Following that, he fulfilled the roles of Chaplain, Counsellor and Daily Organiser at Kilvington Girls’ Grammar. In late 1999, Jon was appointed Head of Middle School at Kingswood College. While at the College, he led the development of an experiential City Campus for Year 9 students.
From 2003-2007, Jon held the role of Deputy Head (Pastoral Care) at St Michael’s Grammar School in St Kilda. During this time, his expertise in pastoral care had a deep impact, as well as his talent for school operations.
In 2008, Jon returned to Kilvington Grammar as Principal where he was instrumental in the decision to move to a co-ed school after a 90 year history as a girls’ school. He then spearheaded the School’s successful transition which resulted in considerable enrolment number increases and a thriving school.
Jon has trained and practised as a Baptist pastor working with young people in the Blackburn and St Kilda areas.
In 1995, through the St Kilda Baptist community, he was responsible for establishing Machaseh House, which provided 16-18 year old students, who were unable to live at home, a safe and secure environment so that they could complete their secondary education and improve their opportunities in life. Jon served on the Machaseh House Board for 18 years, six as Chair.
Jon has completed two degrees – a Science degree from Monash University and a Theological degree from Melbourne University.
Jon’s passion is to see all young people achieve their very best, and to become responsible and involved global citizens by helping others.
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Davina joined Kilvington Grammar as Deputy Principal in 2017. She has held teaching and leadership positions with The Hamilton and Alexandra College, St Michael’s Collegiate, Korowa Anglican Girls’ School and Caulfield Grammar School.
She holds a Bachelor of Music Education, a Master’s degree in Educational Management and a Professional Certificate in Positive Education from the University of Melbourne.
Having taught extensively in both Junior and Senior School settings, Davina has broad experience in managing curriculum development and the professional learning of teachers whilst focusing on whole school initiatives that nurture and sustain a culture of collaborative learning.
Davina is a strong advocate of empowering today’s students to be a generation of self-directed, lifelong learners who display ongoing ownership and commitment to learning with passionate purpose and strong curiosity.
She is an author of curriculum resources that are used in schools throughout Australia and overseas.
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Head of Junior School
Sebastian was appointed Head of Junior School in September after performing as Acting Head of Junior School throughout 2016.
Sebastian joined Kilvington as a Junior School teacher in 2011. During his time here, Sebastian has worked as a Junior School Teacher and has held the roles of Prep – Year 2 Junior School Coordinator and Junior School Administration Coordinator.
Sebastian holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) degree. He has particular strengths in leadership and pastoral care.
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Head of Senior School
Matt Brinson has completed a Bachelor of Science (Zoology, Marine Science and Geography), Graduate Diploma of Education and Master of Education (Science and Information Technology). He has taught at Deakin University, Beaconhills College, Methodist Ladies’ College, and Northcote High School.
In 2004, Matt was nominated for the BHP Billiton Science Teacher of the Year Awards. In 2004 to 2005 he was the curriculum collaborator for David de Rothschild’s Adventure Ecology polar expedition. He is widely published including: “Using Picture Story Books in the Classroom”, Let’s Find Out – STAV Primary Teachers Magazine 2006; and has contributed chapters to Longman / Pearson Education’s “Geography 2 – Oceans and Rainforests” and “SOSE 2’ – Rainforests”. He has presented at the Science Teachers Association of Victoria (STAV) Science Teachers Conference and the Annual Geography Teachers Association of Victoria (GTAV) conference.
As well as Head of Senior School, Matt is the former Academic Dean of Science, oversees the Pastoral Care of all students Years 7-12, manages the implementation of Australian Curriculum P-12, and oversees the introduction of iPad and BYOD technology into the Science curriculum.
As an educator, Matt’s philosophy is that each student should be given the opportunity to develop life skills through group interaction experiences and by independent experiences. He is passionate about instilling respect for self and others in the community of which acceptance, celebration and appreciation of diversity is a cornerstone. His overall goal is to help students develop a love for learning, to teach clear thinking based on research, analysis and problem-solving, and to set and achieve realistic and fulfilling goals.
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Dean of Operations
Alex was appointed to the role of Dean of Operations in 2019. She has since been appointed to the School Executive.
She has extensive experience in managing the day-to-day operations in an education setting including time-tabling and daily organising. Alex has successfully introduced new programs to streamline business processes increasing efficiencies and staff morale.
Alex also has a teaching background specialising in Performing Arts.
She has a Master of Business Administration, Postgraduate Certificate of Education, and BA hons in Popular Music and Recording. She is a member of AHRI (Australian HR Institute) and a Life Member of ADMIS (Association of Directors of Music in Independent Schools).
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Director of Business
Joining Kilvington in 2018, Hirian brings 20 years’ experience in strategic planning, project management, corporate governance, financial management and leadership and negotiation skills in the education and commercial sectors.
His 11 years’ experience in the education sector includes senior management roles with Fintona Girls’ School and St Margaret’s, Berwick, Grammar School.
Hirian has a double degree in Accounting and Computing, is a past President of the Australian School Business Administrators (Vic), and currently is a Fellow of the Australian Certified Practising Accountants (CPA).
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Director of Marketing and Development
Camilla has more than 30 years marketing, communications and PR experience in senior management, consulting and startup roles in Melbourne and Sydney.
A strategic thinker, her experience includes general management and business development, stakeholder management and community engagement, brand development, public relations, campaign development, and social media strategy and implementation.
Prior to Kilvington, Camilla held marketing and communications roles with the Australian Childhood Foundation, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the Australian Scholarships Group.
Camilla has worked as a freelance journalist with The Age, BRW, and marketing magazine, B&T.
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Director of Admissions
Liz joined Kilvington Grammar as Director of Admissions in 2015 bringing with her a unique combination of teaching, administration, management, and customer service experience.
She previously held the position as Registrar and Enquiry Manager with the Australian International School (AIS) in Singapore. She also held a teaching position with the AIS. Liz has held roles with Stage and Screen Travel and Qantas.
Liz is a qualified primary and secondary teacher specialising in Biology and Health Education, and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science.
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