Deputy Principal: Mr David Johnston
B Ed, M Ed (Learning Management), Grad Cert Religious Education
Mr David Johnston finished his tertiary studies in 1992 and began his teaching career in Canberra at St Peter’s Catholic College (now MacKillop Catholic College). His roles there included Head of Sport and Acting Head of Department, HPE.
After teaching in England for a year, Mr Johnston moved to Rockhampton and worked at the Rockhampton Grammar School for five years initially as an Assistant Head of Boarding House and Head of HPE and was then appointed the Director of Sport. During his time in Rockhampton he completed his Masters in Education specialising in Learning Management.
He then moved to Brisbane and worked for the Queensland Studies Authority for three years. He was the Standards and Assessment Officer for Health, Physical Education and Agricultural Science and during his time was promoted to the position of a Principal Assessment Officer, before moving to Redeemer Lutheran College in the south of Brisbane, where he spent five years as the Dean of Learning and Teaching. Prior to his appointment as the Deputy Principal, Mr Johnston held the position of Dean of Learning and Teaching at Nudgee College.
As an educator, David is committed to providing the students of Nudgee College with a balanced and holistic education that ensures each boy achieves his full potential and sets him on a path to reaching his full potential academically, socially and spiritually. David enjoys distance running, is married and has one son.
Dean of Identity: Mr Stephen Meara
Stephen Meara has been appointed Acting Dean of Identity for 2018.
Stephen grew up on the Darling Downs and went to boarding school at Downlands College in Toowoomba.
He studied Theology and Education at Sydney College of Divinity and Australian Catholic University in Sydney. Stephen started his teaching career in 1990 at Chevalier College in Bowral as a Religious Education teacher and Assistant Head of Boarding House.
After graduating with a Master of Theology Stephen moved to Darwin in 1995 where he was Assistant Principal Religious Education at St John's College for ten years.
Stephen arrived at Nudgee College at Easter 2005 to teach Study of Religion and work in Boarding. He has been a Head of Boarding House since 2007 and was also Director of Boarding 2015 - 2016.
Dean of Students: Mr Peter Todd
Dip Teaching (English, Legal Studies) (QUT), B Ed (QUT), Masters of Educational Leadership (ACU)
Mr Peter Todd completed his secondary schooling at Marist College Ashgrove, where he was a boarder from Innisfail in Far North Queensland. He attended the Queensland University of Technology to complete a Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education, after which he took up a post at St Augustine’s College in Cairns working in the boarding school and as a teacher of English, Religion, History and Legal Studies.
He commenced working at Nudgee College in 1995 as an English and Religious Education teacher, before taking on the Head of Year 8 role in 1999. During his time at Nudgee College Peter has also been in the roles of Director of Activities, Director of Years 5 to 9 students, Director of Middle School Students (Years 7 to 9), and Director of Students (Years 7 to 12). He was appointed to the role of Dean of Students this year.
Peter has always approached life at Nudgee College holistically, attending various camps and retreats, coaching Cricket, Rugby and Debating teams, and managing the Track and Field Team. He is focused on developing the students to become Nudgee College graduates, good men who are Signum Fidei - a Sign of Faith to all.
Dean of Learning and Teaching: Mr Andrew Newcombe
B Ed, M Ed (Leadership and Organisational Management)
Mr Andrew Newcombe holds the position of Dean of Learning and Teaching. He finished his tertiary study at Queensland University of Technology in 1993 after graduating from Ipswich Grammar School in 1989. Andrew commenced his teaching career at St. Peter’s Catholic College (now Mary MacKillop College) in Canberra.
He has also worked at Emerald SHS, The Rockhampton Grammar School, West Moreton Anglican College, Westbourne Grammar School, and spent some time in London. Before accepting the role at Nudgee College, Andrew spent 13 years working as a Head of Department: Mathematics, and has spent time working in boarding at The Rockhampton Grammar School.
Andrew has a keen interest in curriculum development and passion for educating students with an aim to creating deep thinkers. He is committed to preparing students to become lifelong learners who are able to be contributing members within an increasingly dynamic society.
Andrew’s other interests include Australian Rules Football, Rugby, Cricket, and Tennis. He is married to wife Jane and has two boys, Caleb and Jonas.
Dean of Operations: Mr Neil O'Hare
B.Bus (Acc), ASCPA, MBA (Int Bus)
Neil’s experience and formal training are in Engineering, Accounting and Commerce. His career includes more than 20 years’ experience in the Engineering, Mining, and Marine Industries. He has significant experience in project and general management, acquisitions, mergers, corporate restructuring, financial and corporate management. He has worked with companies such as: Clyde Industries (now EDI Downer), John Holland, and Thiess. Neil has successfully managed the implementation of new start-up businesses, innovative new products and managed businesses through high growth phases; holding the positions of Commercial Manager, Chief Financial Officer, General Manager, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.
In 2003, Neil acquired a fledgling engineering company. This Brisbane based engineering company specialised in mining, chemical, bulk handling and food processing equipment. Neil significantly grew the company, through M & A, developing new products, and services. In 2010 it was acquired by a New Zealand based company listed on the NZSX. In recent years Neil has provided expertise in: project, financial and commercial management, business development, capital raising, engineering and project services to various organisations. Neil is an Old Boy of Nudgee Junior and has a more than 40 year relationship with Christian Brothers education in Australia.
Dean of Boarding: Mr Christian Oneto
B App Sci (Ed)
Mr Christian Oneto has been appointed to the new position of Dean of Boarding at St Joseph's Nudgee College. This position will see Christian join the College Leadership Team as a renewed focus on developing the boarding experience at Nudgee College. Christian has worked at the College for the past eight years in a variety of roles in both the day school and boarding. He defines himself as a teacher first, believing the importance of academic enrichment is the primary focus of a boys education.
Christian’s immediate past role as Rowing Director at Nudgee College was marked with a number of great achievements, including the dramatic growth in the number of boys rowing, successfully winning the overall GPS championship and Open 1st VIII premiership five times in the past six years. Yet he would define his greatest success as leading the creation of the positive and passionate environment within the rowing community.
Christian grew up in Brisbane with a close connection to rural Australia where he would often visit his uncles on properties in South Western Queensland. This experience taught him the value of hard work and discipline but also instilled a love of country life. Christian has also taught overseas providing him a great breadth of experience but also an opportunity to teach a diverse curriculum and student body.
Christian will look to building upon the wonderful boarding life at Nudgee College by focusing on academic support, establishing good routines and continuing to foster a positive boarding community. Nudgee College Boarding prides itself on developing individual experiences for each boy to ensure they are maximising their time at Nudgee College, and more importantly their potential.
Christian is joined on campus by his wife Kym and three children, John (9), Sophie (7) and Chelsea (4).