Mr Sholto Bowen OAM
BA (Psychology; Political Science); TTHD (Physics; Chemistry); MACE; FACEL; FAIM; OAM
Mr Bowen attended Parktown Boys High in Johannesburg and completed his tertiary studies at the Johannesburg College of Education, the University of the Witwatersrand and the Rand Africaans University. He was Head of Science and Senior Master (Administration) at St Stithians College, Johannesburg, before commencing teaching at Huntingtower in 1987.
At Huntingtower, Mr Bowen undertook a number of roles before being appointed Vice Principal and then Principal in 1999. Mr Bowen has been a Board Member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools since 2013 and has served as the Chair of this association from 2013-2015. He was also an Executive Member in 2013-2014 and 2004-2010. He was President of the Eastern Independent Schools of Melbourne in 2005 and 2006, serving as Vice President from 2003-2004 and 2011-2012.
He is President and Co-Founder of the International Association of Schools based on Christian Science. He is a founding Board Member of Elevating Education Everywhere (E3), formed in 2013 to support Christian Science based schools around the world, particularly in impoverished areas of Africa and South East Asia. He was also a Board Member of the Sunrise of Africa School in Kenya.
In 2014, Mr Bowen was presented with an Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Fellowship Award. An ACEL Fellowship (FACEL) is a special category of membership awarded to members who have made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of student and organisational outcomes.
In 2015, Mr Bowen was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to secondary education and to professional organisations.
Mr Noel Davies
BSc; Dip Ed; GDME (Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education)
Mr Davies attended Blackburn High and completed tertiary studies at La Trobe University, the State College of Victoria, Burwood, and Melbourne University. He majored in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. He has taught Mathematics, Science and Sport at Highvale Secondary College and Canterbury Girls Secondary College. He is a co-author of the Pearson Mathematics series of books and has presented many VCE lectures and at MAV conferences. Mr Davies joined the Huntingtower staff in 1995.
An accomplished educator, Mr Davies’ roles at Huntingtower have included being Head of Mathematics, VCE Co-ordinator and Daily Organiser. He was appointed Vice Principal in 2012.
Ms Dorothy Greiveson
Head of Junior School
BA; Dip Ed; MACE
Ms Greiveson attended Camberwell High and completed tertiary studies at Melbourne University, majoring in English and History. Her teaching experience at Huntingtower includes being co-founder of the Year 9 Program, Year Level Co-ordinator, VCE Co-ordinator, Director of Studies, Dean of Senior Students, director of musicals in both senior and junior schools and extensive participation in camps and leadership programs.
Ms Greiveson has played an integral part in curriculum development at Huntingtower and for the VCAA. She is author of a book on the issue of truancy in NSW and was appointed Head of the Junior School in 2010.
Mr Robert Kitchingman
BA (Econ); MBA
Mr Kitchingman attended Taita College in New Zealand and Huntingtower School before completing tertiary studies at the Universities of Wellington and Auckland and Principia College, Illinois. His career highlights include managing a division of ICI Paints in New Zealand from where he was seconded to ICI Dulux in London. He then managed Paton’s Macadamia Plantations with sales in 80 countries and a staff of 140.
He moved to Australia in 1997 and has been a Board Member of the Huntingtower School Association and a member of the Australian School Bursars. He was appointed Business Manager in 2005.
Mrs Shan Christensen
Head of Secondary School & Director of Curriculum
BA; Honours (History); Dip Ed
Mrs Christensen attended St Clare’s College in the ACT and completed her tertiary studies at the ANU and UNSW. She majored in English, Classics and Modern History with a Minor in Sociology. She has extensive teaching experience in 4 countries and has worked teaching the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement.
She has extensive knowledge of the external assessment of both History and English and has been involved with the marking of VCE and IB papers. She has also assisted in the writing of the HSC Trial Ancient examination.
Mrs Christensen joined the Huntingtower staff in 2006 and served as Head of English and Director of Curriculum before being appointed as Head of Secondary School in 2017.
Ms Melanie Beal
Dean of Senior Students & VCE Coordinator
BA; Dip Ed
Mel is passionate about education, teaching and media literacy and loves being able to help all students develop academic and life skills. Among her many achievements, she is particularly proud of the four times that Huntingtower has been awarded the Best Media School by Bond University. Many of her media students’ work has won both national and international awards.
Mel is also cofounder of The Simunye Project, an organisation which aims to empower young Australians who want to make a difference on a global scale. She is the energetic coordinator of the HT Grads, a subgroup of the alumni. She loves the opportunity this gives her to keep students connected to their school throughout their lives.
Mr Adam Somes
Head of Middle School
BA; Grad Dip Ed; EMAS; MACE; MACEL
Adam is a fifth generation teacher, and has worked in the field of education for the past 20 years. After starting his teaching career in Canberra, he moved to Melbourne and has served in a variety of teaching and school leadership roles. He is passionate about empowering students to reach beyond themselves and achieve their full potential. In doing so, he aspires to foster a love of learning that will carry them through their adolescent and adult lives.
In addition to his role at Huntingtower, Adam currently holds the position of Communications Manager for Adolescent Success, an Australian-based organisation dedicated exclusively to the education, development and growth of young adolescents. He is currently undertaking postgraduate research and study in the area of Adolescent Digital Wellbeing.
Dr Helen McDonald
Director of Teaching & Learning
BA; Dip Ed; MEd(st); PHD
Helen has been involved in many facets of education throughout her career including P-12 roles in curriculum and teaching and learning. She has also been a school principal for over 10 years at a multi campus independent school.
In all roles Helen’s main focus has been upon the students themselves, and the nurturing of a culture that supports their emotional and academic growth. She has both masters and doctoral degrees in education focussing on educational change and has several publications in educational journals.
Mr Bill Warrick
Director of Student Services
BA; MEd; GradCert Positive Education; Cert Peer Support
Bill brings a wide range of experience to his role as Director of Student Services. As Manager of Youth Activities, he developed 25 Youth Summits for the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, where he also initiated, created and developed the Church Alive global initiative. This involved the managing of 14 Church Alive Summits over five continents and helped unify hundreds of church members from all over the world.
Bill has worked in a variety of fields related to youth development including teaching ethics, designing and implementing several youth leadership programs and working for Outward Bound in their at-risk youth program. Bill’s experience also expands beyond education to include professionally managing investments, working as a prison chaplain for youth and adults and enjoying a lifelong love of the outdoors.