Coffs Harbour Christian Community School

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Student Welfare Team

The WELFARE TEAM provides an extensive support network to assist all students with their personal, social, emotional and learning needs. We aim to provide a positive, safe and caring learning environment which recognises each student and encourages them to reach their potential.

Terrence Yardley – Terrence has been at Christian Community School since 2007 and is currently the Head of our Junior School Campus. Before he was a teacher Terrence worked as a youth pastor at a local church and in student support services at Orara High and Tyalla Primary. When he decided on a career change, he was torn between becoming a policeman or a teacher, teaching won. Terrence completed a Bachelor of General Studies and a Bachelor of Teaching. Terrence is married to Carlee and they have four energetic children.
Debbie Searle – Deb had been a Training Manager for many years before taking on the management of a Long Day Care Facility. From 1999-2007 she was a Youth Justice Conference Convenor and has been teaching since 2003. Deb has been at our school for 12 years and is the Head of Middle School. Deb has a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Counselling and Mediation; Human Resource Development and Human Relations. She also has a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training.
Paul Edwards – This is Paul’s tenth year at CCS. He was previously a Clinical Nurse Consultant in child and adolescent mental health with both local and state-wide responsibilities. Paul heads up our Student Behaviour Support Services / Student Welfare (Years K to 12) and previously co-ordinated the schools Christian ministry and mission trip to Bali. Paul has been married to Nicki for 22 years and they have five children. He has a Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, a Diploma of Christian Ministry, a Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Nursing (mental health) and Doctor of Philosophy.
Dave Sochon – Dave is our Head of PDHPE and Senior School Behaviour Management Co-ordinator. Dave joined us in 2008 after a number of years in Outdoor Education, working for schools such as St Andrews Cathedral School and The Illawarra Grammar School. He has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Education and History, a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education and a range of short course qualifications in education and youth welfare. Dave is married to Laura and they have three children.
Matthew Pratley – Matt is a Co-ordinator 2 in our Middle School and has been teaching with us since 2002. He was originally trained as a primary school teacher at Southern Cross University. Matt has taught in a variety of schools in Australia and the UK. He is currently teaching a year 8 Home Room class, Indonesian from years 6-8, over sighting Middle School Literacy Programs and is in charge of Middle School Boy’s discipline. Matt has a Bachelor of Teaching; Primary and a Diploma of Applied Linguistics. He is married to Penny, a former secondary Art teacher, turned artist. Together they have two wonderful children.
Maureen Hamilton –Maureen is an experienced teacher and counsellor who has worked across all age groups, from babies to adults, and also across a range of cultures. She started work as a teacher at the junior campus of our school in 1987 and is currently employed part-time as a girl’s counsellor and additionally offers teacher support for senior students who have English as an additional language. Maureen is married to Dave, has three adult children, is a grandparent, and lives at beautiful Emerald Beach. Maureen has a Diploma of Teaching, Diploma of TESOL, Diploma of Counselling and Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.