Milkwood Steiner School, Darwin, Northern Territory

Jacqui Ryan| Reception / Administration

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Graham Baggs | Principal

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Dave Arthur

Dave Arthur | School Business Manager

  Bonjour mes amis. I am happy to be at Milkwood Steiner as the new Business Manager and relish the challenge before me. I have worked 12 years in Schools in the NT in similar roles both in the public and private sector. I have a large family with my wife Beverley and we have 6 children, 4 who have now left home. We have just returned from a 2 year trip living in Aurignac in France, a little village close to the border of Spain near the Pyrenees Mountains. I am a lover of wine, cheese and adventure and hope to meet you soon.

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Deidre Edward | Head Teacher and Class 3 & 4 Teacher

  Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts), Graduate Diploma in Education (Adult/Vocational/Qualified Early Childhood Educator), Associate Diploma in Ceramics, Cert IV in Training & Assessment, Registered Teacher (NT).

  My involvement with Steiner Education has been a long one. It started as it does for many parents with a young child looking for an alternative education path for their child, this led to me to Milkwood Steiner School. My involvement as a parent saw me in various voluntary roles and as my interest in Steiner deepened I became involved in any opportunity to learn and further my knowledge. My passion and love for Steiner education led me to teacher training; I have been involved in Education for over twenty five years in various capacities. In 2008 I commenced the Foundation Studies in Rudolf Steiner Education Course with Sydney Rudolf Steiner College. I am committed heart and soul to Steiner Education and I believe in life that education and learning is a continual process. I am a member of the Anthroposophical Society and have a commitment to deepening my knowledge of Anthroposophy.

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Wendy Watt | Kindergarten (Transition) / Preschool Teacher

  Bachelor of Education, Registered Teacher (NT)

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Carolyn Hall | Class 1 & 2 Teacher

  Bachelor of Education, Registered Teacher (NT)

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Penelope Johnson | Kindergarten (Transition) / Preschool Teacher

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Tara | Class 5 & 6 Teacher



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Dörte Petersen | Kindergarten Assistant | MSSA General Board Member

  Bachelor of Social Sciences, Certificate III in Education Services, Diploma in Naturopathy, Senior First Aid Certificate

  Originally from Germany I have always had some knowledge and interest in Steiner/Waldorf Education. Twenty five years ago I studied Social Sciences and worked as a Social worker until my twins were born in 1996. Their premature birth prompted me to expand my knowledge in health and spirituality which led to Diploma studies in Naturopathy. In 2004 we relocated Australia and I have been working in child care while setting up a small business as a Naturopath and Spiritual Healer. I started working for Milkwood Steiner School in the Kindergarten in 2013 and have enjoyed every single day being around extremely creative and caring children as well as very loving and dedicated staff.

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Caryn Dunning

Caryn Dunning | Teacher Assistant

  Certificate III in Childrens Services, Certificate IV in Student Support, Senior First Aid Certificate

  I have lived in the Territory for over 20 years and have been working with children for 16 of these. I have 3 children (2 grown up) and 2 grandchildren. I work across all grades from Kinder to Class 6 and enjoy my job immensely.

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Dan Davies | Music Tutor

  Bachelor of Music, Graduate Diploma of Teaching & Learning, Diploma of Music Industry (Technical Production), Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Registered Teacher (NT).

  Dan has a background in guitar, double bass, piano and violin and tutored and taught at Essington, NT Music School and the Centre for Youth and Community Music, lectured in music at Charles Darwin University and currently tutors at St Johns. He also plays double bass for the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and various local ensembles and bands.

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Diane Lucas | Relief Teacher

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Bernie Murray | Teacher Assistant

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Anthony O'Flaherty

Anthony O’Flaherty | MSSA Board Chairperson, Public Officer & Website Administrator

  Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP-AP), Masters in Training & Development (current), Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Geographic Information Systems, Advanced Diploma of Spatial Information Services, Graduate Diploma of Spatial Information Services, Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, Cert IV in Project Management, Cert IV in Training & Assessment, Cert IV in Asset Management (GIS Practices), CompTIA CTT+ Certified, Esri Certified Desktop Professional, Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) NT Committee Member and Spatial Information & Cartography Commission Representative.

  Anthony graduated from Mt Barker Waldorf School in 1992. Anthony has held private sector roles including GIS Analyst for the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway Project, however as that project drew to a close in 2003, Anthony pursued a career in Vocational Education & Training and became Lecturer and Coordinator with the School of Land Information Management Systems, TAFE South Australia. It was there that he was able to implement a range of training qualifications and gain valuable educational administration experience. Anthony relocated from Adelaide to Darwin with his family in March 2012. Anthony works for Esri Australia (geography technology specialists) and his partner Aida-Lucia (aka Lucy) works as a RN at the RDH. Together they have two boys, Finnean (10) and Darcy (5). Finnean is in Class 5 while Darcy is now in Preschool.

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David Jan | MSSA Board Secretary

  Bachelor Science (Geographic Information Systems & Environmental Science); Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment.

  David is married and has 3 children and is a life member of the Milkwood Steiner School.  He has been involved with the Steiner movement in Darwin since 1998 but left Darwin prior to the opening of Milkwood Steiner School to move to the South Coast of Western Australian for his eldest to attend the Golden Hill Steiner School in Denmark.  Moving back to Darwin in 2007 David’s family have been involved with Milkwood Steiner School ever since in various capacities.

BC (before children)
Prior to starting a family David spent many years in hospitality management. Other experience during this time also included being an owner operator of two small businesses and a fishmonger.

AC (after children)
Since starting a family David has been back to University where he gained a Batchelor of Science (Geographic Information Systems & Environmental Science). He also has a current Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.

His experience during this time includes working for;

  • an environmental consultancy conducting site assessments and mine site rehabilitation and monitoring,
  • a regional non profit Natural Resource Management group in the role of strategic planning and monitoring and evaluation, and
  • the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory managing policy development and corporate services. A core component of this current role is governance training for Local Government Elected Members in the Northern Territory.

David brings to the Milkwood Steiner School board a long history with both the school and Steiner education along with experience in business, management, governance and working with the Northern Territory Government at a strategic level.

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James Carlos

James Carlos | MSSA Board Treasurer

  Masters in Business Administration, Masters in Professional Accounting, Associate (ASA) CPA, Bachelor of Psychology, Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Forensics Major), Graduate Diploma in Public Policy (Major in Economics), QLD Govt Conflict Resolution Program, Masters in Public Policy (current candidate), Juris Doctor (current candidate), PhD (current candidate).

  James is a vibrant Treasurer with a wealth of experience. James has been working with the Northern Territory Department of Education since 2012.

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