Meet the Faculty
Way back in primary school, Matt Krenske decided that he wanted to be a Health and Physical Education teacher. He enjoyed learning about the many factors that influence the development of wellness, and found the ON YOUR FEET approach towards problem solving to be engaging and motivating. Skip forward 25 years or so, and Matt is still passionate about encouraging others to adopt healthy and active lifestyle choices. Co-ordinating the Health and Physical Education department has been an exciting challenge for him, particularly recently with the arrival of the Australian Curriculum. Matt and his team strive to help students develop as ACTIVE AND HEALTHY PROBLEM SOLVERS in HPE, where the theoretical content taught holds lifelong relevance, and as INTELLIGENT PERFORMERS in our elective subjects SPORT SCIENCE and SENIOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION.
Alexa Wood holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition) from QUT and a Graduate Diploma of Education and Certificate in Religious Education from Australian Catholic University. She has a keen interest in health and fitness and worked in this field before moving into education. Alexa taught at Bunbury Catholic College in Western Australia for four years as a HPE and Science teacher and Sports Co-ordinator. In 2012, she joined St Hilda’s School as the acting Head of Sport, before moving into her current position of Head of Year 10. Alexa is the mentor for the Non Nobis Solum portfolio and is also involved in World Challenge, having recently taken a group of students to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. She teaches across the Health and Physical Education and Science faculties
Emma Pinkerton graduated with a Bachelor of Education-Physical Education from Queensland University of Technology. She began work at St Hilda’s School in 2005 as the Opens Basketball coach. In 2006, Emma joined our Health and Physical Education faculty, teaching and continuing her involvement with basketball, as well as softball and cross country. She has also held positions of Head of Year in Middle School and Indigenous Support Teacher. “I place great value on maintaining high levels of health and fitness, and am passionate about the power of role-modelling to younger generations regarding health and physical activity participation. I believe that students deserve meaningful physical education classes that introduce a variety of movement experiences, as well as analytical health discussions and activities, which set the foundation for lifelong physical activity, health and well-being. This empowers girls, and assists with building and maintaining self-confidence.”
Olivia Salter graduated from Griffith University Gold Coast in 2015 with a Bachelor of Primary Education, specialising in Health and Physical Education. For the past five years, Olivia has taught swimming, focusing on learn-to-swim with younger children. She also enjoys participating in a range of sporting pursuits including netball and touch. She is continuing her studies by undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Theology.