Wayne Chapman - Principal
Wayne Chapman has been Principal at Mt Maria College, Petrie since 2019. Prior to this role, he was in an advisory role at Brisbane Catholic Education for the introduction of the new QCE and Tertiary Entrance system in Queensland. Wayne has over 20 years experience in senior school leadership and holds master's degrees in education (IT Education and Leadership).
Known for his expertise in the science of teaching and particularly the convergence of technology, curriculum and secondary schooling, he travelled overseas on a scholarship to study middle schooling and had his research published. Wayne has been a lecturer at ACU educating pre-service teachers, has presented to peers at the Queensland Catholic Education Commission, at a Pre-Olympics conference and to a ministerial education delegation from the Maldives researching inclusive educational practices and capacity building for teachers.
An innovative leader, Wayne is committed to building teacher capability and developing future focused and skilled educators. He is responsible for starting the youth camp program for Edmund Rice Education in Queensland, and has taught in city and regional schools, coeducational and single sex schools with both boys and girls, and has worked in private and systemic education systems.
Wayne is currently the Treasurer of the Catholic Secondary Schools Principals Association, a member of the Brisbane Catholic Education Senior Religion Committee and has been President/Treasurer of the Association of Catholic Secondary Schools Deputy Principal/Assistant Principal Association. He has also held previous roles as member and Chair on numerous committees for Australian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, the Queensland Catholic Education Commission, and the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
Kerry Maher - Deputy Principal
Kerry Maher has been Deputy Principal at Mt Maria College Petrie since 2019. With over 35 years in secondary coeducational schools, and over 10 Years in Catholic educational leadership, she is an expert in curriculum delivery including the development of learning programs that promote excellence and equity in education. She has a particular expertise in supporting students with diverse learning needs to ensure they develop the skills and dispositions to successfully transition from secondary school to post-school study, employment, or vocational training.
As an education expert, Kerry led the 'School to Post School Transition' project on behalf of Brisbane Catholic Education. Her leadership of this project has brought lasting benefit for the college in particular the development, flexible pathway for students, to attain their Queensland Certificate of Education, reach their potential and realise their personal goals.
Solution focussed and determined; Kerry stands for equity for all learners. She firmly believes that with the right support, all learners can achieve their potential and find their unique pathway to becoming strong community contributors post school. She knows the key to successful student learning outcomes is strong supportive partnerships between home and school.
Donna Appleman - Business Manager
Donna Appelman has been the Business Manager at Mt Maria College Petrie since 2020. A CPA for 20 years and a member of the Association of School Business Administrators (ASBA), Donna has over 25 years of financial management experience across the education, early childhood, retirement living, aged care and building sectors. Donna's time with Churches of Christ saw her working directly with child protection and community services. Prior to this role, Donna spent two years as Business Manager at St Michael's College, Merrimac.As a highly experienced accountant, Donna has worked with complex company structures, managing up to eight entities, and a company delivering 50 services across Queensland. She has experience with the NDIS scheme, and has held independent Board positions at St Mary's College, Ipswich and with property development company the Leyshon Group Pty Ltd. Donna is passionate about her role at Mt Maria College Petrie and is instrumental in managing building projects that sees the Petrie campus transformed into some of the best learning spaces in the area. With a proactive approach to achieving best outcomes, Donna is a positive person who is very approachable, she encourages families to contact her if seeking advice on enrolments and school fees.Donna is active within the college community and strives to be present at college events to get to know families, and to share her passion for developing a college that has great learning spaces and the right amount of open space for the students to enjoy.