Staff - 2022

​​​​2022 Sonny.jpgFoundation Principal - Mr Sonny Smith

I have been an educator since 2000 and started my teaching career at Sacred Heart, Booval. After 4 years there I joined Edmund Rice Education at St Laurence's College, South Brisbane and Nudgee Junior College, Indooroopilly for 11 years.

I re-entered Brisbane Catholic Education in 2015 and spent time at St James, Coorparoo, St Oliver Plunkett, Cannon Hill and Immaculate Heart, Leichhardt before accepting the position as Principal at St Ann's School, Redbank Plains. 

I feel very blessed every day to have been appointed to this community and work on an open and transparent platform where I am listening to the voices of our families to make sure we are developing a strong faith based and learning community. Please feel free to pop in and have a chat at any time during the school term.

Most of my time outside of school is taken up chasing my children Grace (Year 10), Kobe (Year 9) and Jobe (Year 6) across most of South East Qld as they play a multitude of sports and instruments. I am a firm believer in creating a good balance for children between outside and inside play. We have a dog named Jacko (he is a Jack Russell and my children named him) and my favourite holiday destination is Melbourne, but only for a holiday. I always love coming back to Brisbane.

The Year 2022 brings some difficult challenges for our school with the current world health crisis. Our staff are committed to ensuring that the challenge will be met and your children will achieve to their potential. I look forward to working with you as we are “called to be who we are dreamed to be". ​

2022 Katie.jpg​​Assistant Principal Religious Education (APRE) - Mrs Katie O'Kane

I started my teaching career in Brisbane Catholic Education in 2005 where I was a classroom teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sunnybank. During this time, I taught many grades and enjoyed building a strong Parish-School connection. Since 2018 I have been part of many BCE communities including St Francis College, Crestmead, St Mark's, Inala and St Oliver Plunkett, Cannon Hill. In 2019 I was appointed as the Foundation APRE at St Ann's School, Redbank Plains. 

Throughout my career I have enjoyed being part of many diverse communities. It is a privledge to commit myself to the establishment of a new Catholic school and grow a community of faith, hope, love and courage. 

Outside of work, I spend time with my family and taking my children to their various afterschool activities. We are an active family who enjoy the many adventures of life. 

My life is inspired by the words of St Mary MacKillop, 'Never see a need without doing something about it'. I bring this commitment and passion to the St Ann's School community as we build a welcoming and supportive environment where your children can grow, flourish and enjoy life. 

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 Primary Learning Leader (PLL) - Ms Kathleen Andzue

Hello!  My name is Kathleen Andzue and I'm super excited to be the Primary Learning Leader at St Ann's School, Redbank Plains.
I have three children with Francis plus a dog (Haku) that the kids call the fourth child. As a family we love the arts, especially music and have a passion for the outdoors. You'll usually find us out at the beach or lake swimming, kayaking or fishing. I also love to read and can cook a pretty decent chicken curry – well, my family think so.

I come to St Ann's after spending ten years at St Francis College in Crestmead as an Arts Teacher, Classroom Teacher and Primary Learning Leader. I've taught in New Zealand and Nauru and recently went to Singapore, observing teaching and learning practices.
​I feel very fortunate to be part of the St Ann's Community and look forward to working with you all.​

2022 Myra.jpgFinance Secretary/​Office Manager – Mrs Myra Charteris

I’m very excited to have the opportunity to bring my finance experience to St Ann’s Primary School.
I’ve had extensive school administration experience in both the public and private sector with finance and business administration. 
In my spare time I love to travel with my family overseas.  I also enjoy hiking and bushwalking.
I’m looking forward to helping the families of St Ann’s and being part of the St Ann’s community. 

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Administration Secretary / Workplace Health & Safety Officer – Mrs Kiarni Loff

​​​Hello, I am Kiarni. I am new to the school and am very excited to join the team at St Ann’s.

I am blessed to have an amazing husband, two beautiful children and two fur babies Coco, the Golden Retriever and Loui, the golden Labrador who are a huge part of our family. As a family we are very active and spend a lot of the time outdoors. We try to get away as often as we can when good weather windows form. That usually includes taking the boat out, camping and fishing. We love Fraser Island! You will often catch us there a few times throughout the year.
A little bit about myself. I love cooking and eating food and hosting BBQs for friends & family. I am a hairdresser by trade, that’s been my career for the past 10 years. I love to exercise daily it keeps the mind refreshed and motivated. I look forward to meeting the families here at St Ann’s so please feel free to stop by the office to say a quick hello. ​

2022 Linda.jpgEnrolments Secretary – Ms Linda Braga

Hello, I'm Linda and I'm excited to be introducing new families to St Ann's in my role as the Enrolments Secretary as well as getting to support the school community in administration.

I come to St Ann's from 6 years at St Aidan's, Corinda and other roles within government and education backgrounds.  I strive to always do my very best and leave a positive impact. I'm also a Mum to two teens so I understand how important the school journey is for children and their families. 

I look forward to showcasing all St Ann's has to offer.​

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Organisation & Media Secretary – Mrs Belinda Metcalfe

Hello! My name is Belinda Metcalfe and I am excited to join St Ann's as the Organisation & Media Secretary. 

You will find me in the office Wednesday-Friday. When I am not at school, I am spending time with my family and friends. My husband and I have three children and our dog Rusty. I love going to the beach, travelling and camping. 

I am looking very forward to being part of the St Ann's community and cannot wait to meet you all. ​

2022 Rebecca.jpgPrep Green Teacher – Mrs Rebecca Gillman

Hello! I am Bec Gillman, and I feel blessed to be joining the wonderful St Ann's community. I am looking forward to creating a positive, caring, and compassionate class environment to welcome our new Prep students into the school. For the past 6 years I have been teaching at St Matthew's in Cornubia where I have taught both upper- and lower-year levels. During this time, I have contributed to many aspects of curriculum and formation development, however my greatest accomplishments are from creating a warm and nurturing learning environment where children feel that they are safe, and they belong.

Outside of school, my passion is my family and my home. I have 4 gorgeous children and we like to spend time relaxing at the beach. My partner and I keep busy in our garden where we are creating an edible fruit and veggie forest. I like keeping active by coaching junior touch football and I have recently developed a love of playing golf, although I certainly need some extra practice! I look forward to meeting you very soon.​

2022 Russell.jpgPrep Green School Officer – Mr Russell Turner

Hi. My name is Mr Russell Turner and I am one of the foundation School Officers who started in 2020. I worked as the Prep School Officer at Immaculate Heart School, Leichhardt. I also worked at Sacred Heart Primary School Booval for nearly 20 years as an Outside School Hours Care Coordinator. At Sacred Heart I was involved in numerous Behavioural Management Programs helping children with needs.

I have been married for 33 years to my wife Christine who is a Behavioural Management School Officer at St Peter Claver Riverview. I have 4 children, 2 of which are school teachers.  We also have 4 grandchildren which keep us very busy but we have a very enjoyable family life.

In my spare time I am an amateur Bird Photographer which I enjoy very much and also like Deep Sea Fishing (just to keep the family fed). I like doing art, painting and drawings. On weekends we all get together for laughs and meals and just having family fun. I am excited to bring Catholic values and my experience working with children to St Ann's. ​

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Prep Red Teacher – Mr Ryan Gleeson

Hello, my name is Ryan Gleeson, and I am very excited to be teaching the students of Prep Red in 2022. I feel very fortunate and lucky to have the opportunity to begin my teaching career in such a wonderful school community with friendly staff, students and families.

Although this is my first year of teaching, I have been fortunate to have worked within schools for the past three years as a relief teacher and school officer. This experience across both the state and catholic sectors has provided me with the opportunity to develop my skills and teaching practices for this wonderful opportunity at St Ann's.

Outside of school I have many passions including spending time with family and friends along with involving myself in sport. Most weekends you will find me watching rugby union or going out for a round of golf.

I have recently moved from the Sunshine Coast and am eager to be involved in the Redbank Plains community. I am very much looking forward to meeting the families of St Ann's and to guide the students of Prep Red during the first year of their learning journey. ​

2022 Benita.jpgPrep Red School Officer – Mrs Benita Belsham​

My name is Benita Belsham and I am honoured to have been offered a position with St Ann's Redbank Plains. This year (2022) I will be working as a Prep Schools Officer. 

I have experience working with secondary students from Grade 10 to Grade 12. Helping them path their way towards their career goals while still being able to successfully complete their QCE. 

I am a busy working mum of three children who love playing sport. I have been involved and volunteered with local junior sports for the last 7 years and will continue to do so. I have also enjoyed volunteering at my children's primary school working with prep, year 1 and year 2 classes. 

I feel very blessed to be a part of the St Ann's Community, and I look forward to being able to help the students path their way through their early years of primary school. 

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Prep Gold Teacher – Ms Lara Martin

Hello! My name is Lara and I am guiding the children of Prep Gold during the first year of their primary learning journey. I am but one link in the important chain that will comprise their life experiences. I have been teaching in the Early Years for the past nine years and my journey has led me to St Ann's for my tenth.

I am very family oriented and love spending my time with those closest to me. My personal interests include photography, art exhibitions, long brunches and scenic walks around the Great South East.

I'm looking forward to a wonderful year of learning and growth with my littles!

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Prep Gold School Officer – Mrs Jo-Anne Pitt

Hi. My name is Jo-Anne Pitt and I began at St Ann's in the foundation team as a Prep School Officer. Prior to this I was a Prep School Officer at Ipswich Grammar School for 3 years and before that I was at Emmaus College for 7 years. I enjoy working with children and assisting them with their education. 

I am married and have 2 grown up children.  In my spare time I enjoy spendi​ng time with my husband, family and friends. We love going to the beach and seeing new places. Gardening and cooking is also another passion of mine.​

I am excited to be part of St Ann's and working with your child as they start their educational journey in 2022. 

2022 Annie.jpgSupport Teacher - Prep – Mrs Annie Badcock

Hello, my name is Annie Badcock (Ms B) and I'm blessed to be joining St Ann's as the Support Teacher Early Years Prep.

I have five adult children and one grandson. My husband and I love spending time at the beach, and you will find us there most weekends. We love fishing, sitting by a campfire and spending time with our family and friends. I also enjoy walking and yoga.

I come to St Ann's after teaching at several different schools throughout Brisbane over the past twenty years. My area of specialty is teaching in the Early Years with additional qualifications in Learning Support and Guidance Counselling.

I look forward to meeting the St Ann's community and being a part of the learning journey for the students and families of St Ann's.

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Year 1 Green Teacher – Mrs Teresa Cheyne

Hi. I'm Teresa. I am so excited to be the Year 1 Green Teacher for our wonderful students at St Ann's. I've previously worked with students at St Mark's, Inala and am very happy to be working at St Ann's. 

When I'm not at school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also love baking and can't wait to share my love of cooking. I am so excited to be part of the St Ann's community working with the Year 1 students and their families. ​

2022 Rhiannon.jpgYear 1 Red Teacher – Ms Rhiannon Lowe 

Hi, my name is Rhiannon. I'm very excited to be teaching Year One this year. I feel very lucky to be working with the staff, students, and families at St Ann's. 

I recently moved to Brisbane from Hervey Bay. I love to spend my free time at the beach with my friends, family, and my dogs. I also like to read books, watch movies, and go for long walks.  

I pride myself in forming rich relationships with students, staff, and families. As well as creating a safe, happy, and inclusive classroom environment. I can't wait to see how the students at St Ann's grow and strive this year.

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​Year 2 Green Teacher – Mrs Miranda Kunde 

Hello! My name is Miranda and I am excited to be one of the teachers at St Ann's.

Teaching has been my passion since I was a young teenager and it is so rewarding to be involved in the educational journey of children.  In my spare time, I enjoy playing, coaching and umpiring hockey. I love spending time with my family and enjoy catching up with friends on the weekends.

I am very excited for the year ahead, working with you and your child as they continue their learning journey. 

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Year 2 Red Teacher – Ms Bianca Brugioni

Hi I'm Bianca Brugioni!

I am originally from South Africa, I moved to Australia with my family as a child and completed my schooling in Australia.

I am an avid traveller and have spent many a school holiday overseas, exploring various countries and cultures. I always feel like experiencing another way of life adds something a bit special to my own. I recently spent a year in Canada, completing my Masters of Education degree.

I have been teaching since 2014 and still firmly believe it is what I am called to do. I am so excited to be part of the St Ann's community. 

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Support Teacher – Year 1 & 2 – Mrs Karyn Oudyn

Hello! My name is Karen Oudyn and I am part of the foundation team at St. Ann's.  My surname is of Dutch origin and is pronounced “O' Dane".

I have been teaching in BCE schools for 30 years and for the past 28 years I have been privileged to teach at the unique, diverse learning community of St. Mark's.

My family means the world to me and I am blessed with a wonderful husband, three beautiful children and an adorable grandson. When not at school, my days are filled with family time. Together, we enjoy picnics, barbeques and each other's company. I also have a love for stargazing and bush walking.

I eagerly look forward to meeting the families of the St. Ann's community.

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Year 3 Green Teacher – Mr Conor Dallmann

Hi, my name is Conor Dallmann and I will be the Year 3 teacher at St Ann's School in 2022.

Teaching has always been my passion; this will be my 4th year teaching primary school students and I have been coaching children and adults of all ages in Judo and Brazilian Ju-Jitsu since I was 16. I was fortunate enough to be selected to represent QLD and Australia in these sports for a number of years as well as competing as a sponsored athlete while I was completing my university studies.

I pride myself on forming quality relationships and you will often find me out playing soccer with students during their break times. I am a firm believer that it takes many people to lift a child up to their fullest potential and it is a privilege to be a part of their journey.

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Year 4 Green Teacher – Ms Belinda Mastroianni

Hello! My name is Belinda Mastroianni and I am blessed to be a part of the St Ann's teaching team. I joined the St Ann's team with over 7 years of teaching experience. Prior to St Ann's I was teaching Year 4 at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Gatton. Over my teaching career I have taught across the curriculum in Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4. I have successfully piloted and implemented a 1:1 laptop program and am excited to implement digital technologies across the curriculum to enhance all student's learning and engagement.

As a teacher, I pride myself in creating a safe, supportive, engaging and inclusive environment where students can be risk takers, taking responsible for their own learning. I value collaboration and encourage open communication. In my free time, I enjoy travelling to new places, going on adventures or just spending time with my family and friends. It is a privilege to begin this new adventure and I cannot wait to be a part of your child's learning journey.  

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Year 5 Green Teacher – Mrs Megan Danesi

Hello my name is Megan Danesi and I am excited to be joining the St Ann's community. Throughout my career I have been fortunate enough to combine my love of teaching with my love of travel. This has allowed me to teach in a range of Queensland communities within the Brisbane Catholic Education Diocese and in the United Kingdom. My broad experiences have helped me to develop a skill set that I cannot wait to share with the St Ann's community.

I am looking forward to working closely with you to help deliver the best learning experiences for your child.

​ School Officer - Support – Mrs Kathy Bamkin 

Hello, my name is Kathy, and I am pleased to be a part of St Ann's School community for 2022 as a School Office Student Focus.

I have previously worked as a teacher aide and as a community support worker. When I am not at school, I spend my time with my husband and our two children.

I enjoy the great outdoors, gardening and catching up with extended family and friends. I am excited to be part of the St Ann's community. 

2022 Kellie.jpgVisual and Performing Arts Teacher – Ms Kellie Holmes 

Hello! My name is Kellie Holmes and I am your child's teacher for The Arts this year.

When I'm not at school I enjoy roller-skating, swing dancing and playing keyboard in an 80's cover duo. I am hoping I can spread my love of art, and the joy of music and dance throughout St Ann's.

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Teacher Librarian – Mrs Libby Felsman

Hello. My name is Libby Felsman and I am excited to be a part of the St Ann's school community as Teacher Librarian. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, especially outdoors. We also love cooking and trying different types of crafts, especially box construction. Reading is one of my favourite hobbies and I enjoy reading a wide variety of books.

I have been working as a Teacher Librarian for over 10 years now and I love it! There is so much about my job that I love. I love seeing a student's eyes light up when they are describing a book they have enjoyed. I also love seeing how proud students are when they move into reading chapter books independently. I look forward to creating all sorts of different opportunities to encourage the students at St Ann's to enjoy reading.

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School Officer – Library Assistant – Mrs Celine Casken 

Hi, my name is Celine Casken and I work as the library assistant in our wonderful school library. I have worked in both public and school libraries across three different states and now call QLD home.

I love spending time with my young son and husband and enjoy travelling, reading a good book or heading to the beach. I can't wait to share the joy of reading with our students. 

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Support Teacher Inclusive Education – Early Years (STIE) – Mrs Gemma Troughton

My name is Gemma Troughton (Mrs T) and I am the Support Teacher for Inclusive Education (Early Years) here at St Ann's. I like to think of myself as the bread in an inclusive education sandwich. At the centre is the child and all the other 'fillings' are made up of different experts assisting the child. For, example, classroom teacher, speech pathologist, guidance counsellor, EAL/D teacher, support teachers, school officers and external specialists are all in that sandwich. My role sits around these people (as the bread), to ensure all the shareholders are working together to enable the child (at the centre) the opportunity to successfully access the curriculum. You can find me here at St Ann's on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Support Teacher Inclusive Education – Upper Years (STIE) – Mrs Rebecca Errey

Hello!  My name is Bec Errey and I am very excited to be joining the St Ann's community as an additional Support Teacher for Inclusive Education.  I have been teaching in BCE schools for 12 years and for the past 10 years I have been part of the wonderful St Mary's community in Laidley.

A priority for me is forming positive relationships with staff, students, and their families.  I believe in being a positive role model to students and establishing a safe and supportive learning environment.  This plays a key role in how students perform and make choices throughout the school year and shapes their mindsets they will carry through life. 

My family is my whole world and I am very blessed to have two beautiful daughters, Ella and Evie.  We love to go camping to different places whenever we get the chance, from the sunny coast to exploring rainforests and remote locations in the outback.  Our chihuahua Bambi loves to come on our holidays as well!  

My working days are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  I am really looking forward to getting to know the St Ann's community and watching the students learn and grow in 2022!  My door is always open so please come and see me!

2022 Jenny.jpgGuidance Counsellor – Miss Jenny Xu

Hello! My name is Jenny Xu (Ms Jenny), and I am the Guidance Counsellor here at St Ann's. The role of Guidance Counsellor can vary greatly between schools and also within schools. Here at St Ann's, I am heavily involved in our Student Support Meetings that are held weekly and are aimed to work collaboratively to make school a safe, fun and positive learning environment for all our children.

My days at St Ann's are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The best process for contacting me is to leave a message at the office or email to the school is welcomed. If the matter is not urgent, the best place to start is with your child's teacher as they are the ones that see your child every day and will get to know them well. 

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English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D)  – Mrs Genevieve Machin

Hi! My name is Genevieve and I am the EALD Teacher at St Ann's School. I have been a classroom Primary School teacher for 16 years and also worked in International Schools in Italy and Switzerland. I love travelling and learning about people from other cultures and their languages.

I have 2 sons and a border collie. I enjoy taking our dog for a walk to the beach or to the dog park on the weekends. I also enjoy swimming and tennis.

I am looking forward to supporting your son/daughter with English this year and meeting you throughout the year.

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School Chaplain: Pastoral  – Mr Charles Mushosi

Hello! I am Charles and I am very excited to be the School Chaplain at St Ann's. I am originally from the central part of Africa “Heart of Africa" in the country called DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo).

I have been to 14 countries, mostly African countries and I have spent most of my life working for children in schools, centre's and parishes. I spend most of my weekends in church activities and I am strongly connected to my faith. I am looking forward to sharing that connection with you.

It feels so amazing to be part of the St Ann's community and I can't wait to meet and have a chat with you all. 

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Groundsman  – Mr Abdulrahman Adam

Hi, my name is Adam. I am the grounds keeper at St Ann's School. You will continually see me around the school, please feel free to say hello.

I enjoy playing soccer and watching Netflix. My favourite food is African cuisine. Every year we visit Stradbroke Island. I like camping. I've​ travelled around Australia, which I loved. My favourite place is 1770.