Jaron Winter is a passionate Drama teacher who enjoys the creativity and challenge the subject presents. He is an avid traveler and has taught Drama across the world, heading Drama departments in schools in England, Japan and Botswana. These experiences have exposed him to numerous productions and theatre styles and has helped him when directing shows, including: ‘Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat’, ‘The Wiz’, ‘Singing in the Rain’, ‘Anne of Green Gables’ and ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’. He continues to study Drama, having recently completed his Masters in Education: The Arts at Deakin University, Melbourne. His latest project is an itunesU course focusing on acting, which he is completing in partnership with Griffith University after winning their Teaching bursary last year.
Annette Cooper was educated at an all girls’ school in Warwick UK and gained her teaching qualification from Southampton University UK.
She began her teaching career in Kenilworth, Warwickshire and moved to teach in her hometown of Leamington Spa. Whilst teaching some Primary French she was selected in a group of four Primary teachers to pilot a 6 month Primary Teachers’ course at the Sorbonne University in Paris, where she was required to teach French to Early Childhood French students as well as attending intensive language sessions at the University.
Arriving in Queensland for a one year contract with the Queensland Government in the mid-seventies she was sent to Mundingburra State School in Townsville. From there she moved to St Hilda’s to be the form teacher of the sole Year Five class of 15 students, then becoming the specialist teacher for Primary Drama, as well as teaching Year Eight French and Drama, and later French in the Junior School.
Annette has been a long-standing President of the Gold Coast Secondary Schools’ Drama Festival, a sessional lecturer in Drama at Griffith Gold Coast and an outside evaluator of curriculum documents for Drama. She is currently an invited Industry Representative in the Gold Coast campus of Griffith University’s TEIAG (Teacher Education Industry Advisory Group) which involves meeting with the University’s academics to give input into the design and implementation of courses for pre-service and current teachers.
Her love of the French language and Drama, together with a long-standing association with Tristania House are reflected in her current position at St Hilda’s.
Janette Kelly has been teaching music in Qld secondary schools for over 30 years. She developed an extensive Performing Arts Department at The Glennie School in Toowoomba and has since been Head of Department at All Saints Anglican School and currently at St Hilda’s School on the Gold Coast. Janette has been the chair of both the QSA Toowoomba and Gold Coast District Music Panels, President of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod Committee and on the founding Board of Directors of Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre.
Janette was also involved in the development of both the 2004 and 2013 Qld Senior Music Syllabii and the respective revision of the 2008 Music Extension Syllabus . In 2015, she has been part of the QCAA Senior Curriculum and Assessment Music Working Group. Janette was the recipient of an Australian Government Quality Teacher Program’s Recognition of Excellence in Teaching School Music Education Award in 2007 and is an active member of ASME Qld, co-convening their 2011 National Conference held on the Gold Coast and currently being Secretary of the ASME Qld Chapter.