The School is a not-for-profit company under the jurisdiction of the ACNC. The Company comprises about 14 Members from whom the six Company Directors are elected. The Board of Directors is responsible for the proper operation of the School and the School’s strategic direction. They delegate the day-to-day management of the School to the Principal, whom they appoint.
The School has a Business Manager, Principal, Deputy Principal and coordinators in the primary school and high school. In accordance with the Company Constitution there is an Education Committee comprising the Principal, Deputy Principal, Realm Coordinators and one – two other experienced teachers. This Committee is responsible for setting and implementing the education policy in the School. This is done in close collaboration with the teaching staff and generally consensus is reached on educational and administrative matters.
Each class teacher is responsible for accepting new enrolments and liaising with parents on all matters pertaining to the students in their class.
Tracey O’Leary, (Diana Scott), Greig Scott, Jane Greenslade, Vicki Coulthard
Tracey O’Leary – Principal
I have had a long association with Steiner Education and have been teaching at Linuwel since 1994 when I began as a part time dance teacher. My role at the school quickly grew and I became a full time high school guardian in 1996. Since then I have completed two high school cycles and an eight year primary cycle. In 2014 I took on the role of Education Leader.
I have a Bachelor of Children’s Literature and an Advanced Diploma of Rudolf Steiner Education. Teaching became a part of my biography early in life, achieving dance teaching qualifications in my teens through the Royal Academy of Dance (London) and British Ballet Association (Australian branch). I taught a classical ballet unit at University of Western Sydney and danced professionally in various companies such as Folklorico Australia and the corps de ballet of Opera Australia. My passion for dance and acknowledgement of traditional dance’s integral role in cultural identity saw me teaching in schools throughout multicultural Australia, travelling to New Zealand, Asia and Europe to study, perform, choreograph and teach dance styles.
I have more recently facilitated orientations and inductions for new intakes of students at the Sydney Rudolf Steiner College and taught units of the Advanced Diploma course offered by the College.
I am committed to the belief that Linuwel School should continue to strive to provide an arts based educative experience that encourages students to be their authentic, individual best through the development of a strong will, healthy social life and clear, critical thinking. Through this path, the school will endeavour to equip our students to meet our contemporary world with purpose and direction.
Siubhan Sadler – Business Manager
My Linuwel journey started in the late 1980s when I came to the Kindergarten as a precocious 4½ year old. I was privileged to be taught by Margaret Caisley (one of the school’s founders) in Kindergarten, Diana Scott for Primary and Tracey O’Leary for High School.
I left Linuwel to continue my studies with the HSC followed by Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Newcastle. I worked for seven years as an energy efficiency and waste reduction consultant throughout NSW. During that time I became highly proficient at spreadsheets and working with small and medium businesses to achieve the environmental outcomes they wanted while still being able to maintain or improve their budget bottom line. I maintained a connection with Linuwel through my younger siblings who were also making their way through the school.
When I came to work at Linuwel in mid-2017 I had no idea what was in store for me. I thought I was coming on to provide temporary relief in finance. But as time went by, my role expanded – almost without me realising it – until at last the Board, through Greig Scott (Business Manager) and Tracey O’Leary (Head of School), asked me to consider taking on the role of Business Manager as he moved towards retirement.
Stepping up to a role of this importance and breadth is an exciting new challenge for me. I bring my passion for numbers, spreadsheets, systems and resource efficiency to the role and I look forward to working to ensure that Linuwel is here to continue to provide future generations of children with the same wonderful Steiner education that I received.