SMGS Principal - Andrew Bell

Andrew Bell


With over twenty years of leadership experience in a several Independent Schools in curriculum, pastoral and administrative roles, Andrew is committed to leading exceptional learning opportunities to enable all children to fulfil their own personal potential in a range of abilities and interests at Snowy Mountains Grammar School. Andrew is passionate about our school meeting the needs of all students so they are well-prepared to thrive in a modern world and are positive contributors to society. As a life-long learner himself, Andrew is currently completing a Doctorate of Education researching the attributes and practices of expertise in the teaching profession.

Executive Staff

SMGS Head of Faculty – Human Society & It's Environment, Susan Plum

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Business Manager

SMGS Head of Curriculum, Darryl Nelson

Darryl Nelson

Head of Curriculum, Head of Faculty (Science)

After completing his PhD in Microbiology at Sydney University, Darryl completed post-doctoral positions in Victoria and in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK. Darryl has taught Science, Physics and Chemistry for 7 years and recently completed a Masters of Educational Leadership.

SMGS Head of Senior School, Kelli Wilson

Kelli Wilson

Head of Senior School

Since graduating from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Education, Kelli has been teaching children for over 25 years in both Mathematics and PDHPE. A career that includes being Director of Sport and Head of Winter School for our founding school Redlands.

SMGS Head of Junior School, Scott Frize

Scott Frize

Head of Junior School

Scott has over 15 years’ experience in education across the globe, including our founding school, Redlands. After moving to England to teach at the Warwick School, Scott returned to Australia to take on the role of Head of Boarding at SMGS. After almost 4 years in boarding, Scott moved into the Director of Junior School role which he holds to this day.

SMGS Martin Philpott

Martin Philpott

Head of Programs

Martin is an experienced educator with a passion for the outdoors. He has a background in Science, Technology and Mathematics and for the last 15 years has been leading the diverse Outdoor Education programs and Winter School residential program in Jindabyne. Martin is passionate about creating a diverse range of educational opportunities to motivate all students to achieve.

Middle Leaders

SMGS Dean of Students, Sue Sell

Sue Sell

Dean of Students (Year 11 – 12)

Sue is an experienced leader at SMGS and is driving force behind our artistic endeavours, with a passion for music. She has been a teacher at SMGS for many years.

SMGS Dean of Students, Tim Bland

Tim Bland

Dean of Students (Year 7 – 10)

Tim has been teaching at SMGS for over three years across a variety of subjects, including English, English Extension, Legal Studies, History, PDHPE and Geography. Outside of the classroom. Tim previously worked as a ski instructor and coach in Australia, Japan and America, and spent several years as the Perisher private ski school supervisor.

SMGS Head of Faculty – Human Society & It's Environment, Susan Plum

Susan Plum

Head of Faculty – Human Society & It’s Environment

SMGS Head of Faculty – Mathematics & Movement, Adam Lloyd

Adam Lloyd

Head of Faculty – Mathematics & Movement

Adam is passionate about learning and has taught for many years from primary through to the tertiary level. Prior to being awarded his PhD Adam completed a bachelor of Engineering (Hons 1) and Diploma in Education through the University of Newcastle and a Master of Education through the University of Melbourne. With a passion for mathematics and health behaviour, Adam likes to integrate physical activity into learning and everyday life.

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SMGS Head of Faculty – Creative Arts and Technology, Katie Witherdin

Katie Witherdin

Head of Faculty – Creative Arts and Technology

SMGS Head of Faculty – English, Languages & Drama, Adam Lloyd

Catherine Batson

Head of Faculty – English, Languages & Drama

After completing her Bachelor of Arts at the University of NSW, Cath has been teaching English and Drama in high schools for over 20 years including over 10 years at SMGS. Cath has ran her own co-curricular Drama school in 3 primary schools across Sydney and Jindabyne for over 5 years.

Over her career, Cath has taken on several acting positions as Head of Faculty in an academic role and Head of Stage in a pastoral role. She is currently Head of English, Languages and Drama.

SMGS Head of Boarding, Julie Wright

Julie Wright

Head of Boarding

SMGS IT Manager, Craig Moore

Craig Moore

IT Manager

With a background in commercial software and technology, Craig is an expert in technology and innovation with over 18 years experience across all aspects of technology, including over 12 years of experience across various levels of education.

SMGS Head of Pastoral Care, Cathy Kroenert

Cathy Kroenert

Head of Pastoral Care


Junior School

Scott Frize
– Year 6

Marcia Elliott
– Year 2 and 3

Ashleigh Pratt
– Year 4 and 5

Tavia Taylor
– Kindergarten and Year 1

Emma Smith
– PDHPE, Learning Enrichment Support

Barbara Bradshaw
– Teacher’s Aide

Senior School

Catherine Batson
(Head of Faculty – English, Languages and Drama)
– Drama and English

Tim Bland
(Dean of Students – 7-10)
– English, History and PDHPE

Anne Jones
– English

Krista Mower
– PDHPE and Mathematics
– Learning Support 7-12

Darryl Nelson
(Head of Curriculum)
(Head of Faculty – Science)
– Science, Physics and Chemistry

Callum Ross
– Geography, Modern History and Ancient History

Phil Ryrie
– Geography, Business Studies and Aviation

Sue Sell
(Dean of Students – 11-12)
– Music and Careers

Madonna Siegenthaler
– German and Geography

Sue West
– Mathematics

Kelli Wilson
(Head of Senior School)
– Mathematics and PDHPE

Katie Witherdin
(Head of Faculty – Creative Arts and Technology)
– Visual Arts

Susan Plum
(Head of Faculty – HSIE)
– Business Studies, Legal Studies, History and Geography

Adam Lloyd
(Head of Faculty – Mathematics and Movement)
– Mathematics

Chenelle Abdipranoto
– Mathematics and Science

Melissa Bell
– Enrichment Support
– Senior School Teacher

Danielle Ternes
– English

Amber Oakman
– Science

Specialist Support Staff

Cathy Kroenert
– Counsellor

Krista Mower
– Educational Support Teacher (Year 7 – 12)

Christine Ryrie
– Librarian and Multi-Lit Specialist

Emma Smith
– Educational Support Teacher (Kindergarten – Year 6)

Boarding Staff

Julie Wright
– Head of Boarding

Amelia Catt
– Boarding Supervisor

Kerrie Jesiolowski
– Boarding Supervisor

Kylie Fuller
– Study Supervisor

Tammy Vidler
– Activities Supervisor


Administration and Maintenance

Clint Adams
– Maintenance Manager

Brooke Darlington
– Marketing and PR Office

Christine Dicker
– Finance Officer

Angela Dutch
– Registrar
– PA to the Principal

Sharon Mallon
– Administrator

Llewella McDonald
– Cleaner

Craig Moore
– IT Manager

Caroline Richards
– Receptionist