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The key functions of the St Columba’s Board are to provide advice on education matters relating to whole of parish including the school.

The purposes of the Board are to:

  • act as an advisory body to the parish priest and principal, on matters concerning education in the parish
  • act as a forum for discussion on matters concerning education in the parish primary school
  • provide a link between the parish priest, principal, teachers and parishioners in relation to the provision of Catholic education in the parish community
  • promote community development by fostering a strong interrelationship between parish and the parish primary school, Catholic secondary colleges and pre-schools.

Responsibilities include:

  • promote the Catholic ethos of the school and to support the Religious Education programs
  • provide advice on the development and review of school policies
  • plan for the future of the parish primary school and its ability to accommodate future enrolments
  • provide advice on budget planning and finance-related matters
  • contribute to the selection process for the school principal
  • ensure the appropriate provision of faith development and RE programs for children attending Government schools
  • foster adult education in faith.

Board Members

Father John Petrulis
As Parish Priest serving the communities of Sacred Heart St Kilda and St Columba Elwood for the last ten years. Our school community is a special focus of my ministry. I strive to work collaboratively with our Parish Team to support our principal, staff, children and their families.  Fostering a living relationship to our wider Parish community which includes the wonderful ongoing education of service to those in most need with our Sacred Heart Mission is also another call of my heart with you.

Daniella Maddalena
Daniella became the principal of St Columba’s at the beginning of 2015. She was previously the vice principal of St Joan of Arc.

Bern Bradley
Bern is the Deputy Principal of St Columba’s and leads the St Columba’s Student Wellbeing Services.

Mardi Gorman (Secretary)
Mardi is an education consultant and currently works in schools and networks of schools providing advice and support for schools in the area of literacy. She has two daughters at St Columba’s, Mia (Year 5) and Ally (Year 3). Mardi is looking forward to working alongside the leadership team and parent to ensure that all students are provided with a high quality, well rounded education.

Maria George
Parish Pastoral Associate. 30 years experience in parish leadership in various Melbourne communities – Wantirna, Noble Park, East Bentleigh, Eltham and now Elwood/St Kilda West. Main focus on pastoral liturgy, sacraments, funerals and bereavement support, pastoral care and Ecumenical and Interfaith dialogue.

Diana Nicoloudis
Diana is the PFA chairperson.  Diana has three children, Leo (Grade 2), Eva and Nina, and is committed to the provision of high quality facilities and learning experiences at St Columba’s.

Michael Ilott
Michael has two children at St Columba’s, Clare in Grade 3 and Eloise in Prep. Michael currently holds the position of Deputy Principal at CBC St Kilda.  Michael has extensive experience in Catholic education and prior to moving to Melbourne was the Director of Pastoral Care and Wellbeing at St Patrick’s College, Strathfield (Sydney). Michael has previously held senior leadership positions as a Human Resources Manager within the finance and commodities sector.

Simon Lewin
Simon has two children at St Columba’s (Joshua in year 2 and Olivia in prep) with Maya to commence at the school in 2018. Simon is a Property Development Manager and a senior member of a boutique developer company and has vast experience in the construction industry including working on numerous education construction projects.  With this experience Simon will add value and guidance to the implementation of the construction program planned for the coming years and is looking forward to working with the board to continue the growth and success of St Columba’s.

Rebecca (Becky) Matthews
Rebecca is a full time program coordinator so spends her days organising and coordinating the many moving parts of a large organisation digital transformation including people, resources, finances, reports, stakeholder management etc. She currently has two sons at St Columba’s, Maddock and Felix. Rebecca brings to the board fresh eyes, ideas and enthusiasm to get things done. She is passionate about harnessing the power of our small community to work together to achieve great things at St Columba’s.

Melissa Prime
Melissa is a successful business owner and active member of the local community.  Melissa is the mother of Dexter (Year 5) and Archie (St Kevin’s in Year 8) and is focused on developing ideas and strategies for engaging and retaining older students at St Columba’s.

Jeremy Smith (Chairman)
Jeremy is a partner at Gadens, where he has practised corporate and tax law for over 18 years. Jeremy has particular experience advising charitable and educational institutions on governance and legal issues. Jeremy is father of Ned (Grade 3) and Pippa (Grade 1), and is committed to the ongoing success of St Columba’s as the little school with a big heart.

2017 Board Meeting Dates
February Tuesday 14th
March Friday 14th
April No Board Meetings
May Tuesday 9th
June Tuesday 6th
July No Board Meeting
August Tuesday 1st, 29th
September No Board Meetings
October Tuesday 17th
November  Tuesday 14th (AGM)

If you would like to learn more about the board, or are interested in joining the board, please contact Daniella Maddalena.

Board Nomination Form