Canowindra High School

Strive to do well

Telephone02 6344 1305

Our staff

Get to know our school staff. We're all here to help.

Our professional, university-educated teachers encourage students to develop a love of learning and a desire to succeed. They maintain the highest integrity and concern for your child’s wellbeing.

The principal is responsible for the educational leadership and management of our school. If you would like to speak to the principal, please contact us to make an appointment.

Our school administrative staff can answer inquiries or direct you to the appropriate staff member for help.

Canowindra High Schools executive team


Neryle Smurthwaite

Deputy Principal

Duane Rhall 

English Faculty 

Head Teacher

Chris Summerhayes (Rlg)

English Teaching Staff

Robert Brown
Micheal Bushell
Stuart Ferguson
Michelle Burn                                                   

Learning and Support

Bronwyn Porter
Melissa Bevan-Wright
Robert Brown
Wayne Symons

ATSI Support

Suzannah Tapim

Mathematics Faculty

Head Teacher

Rod Jones

Teaching Staff

Patricia Daniel
Ian Edmondson
Kirsty Maye

Creative and Preforming Arts (CAPA) Faculty

Head Teacher

Rebecca Allen (Rlg)

Teaching Staff

Dearne Curtis
Kathy Davis

Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) Faculty

Head Teacher 

Chris Summerhayes (Rlg)                                          

Teaching Staff

Amanda Graham

Technology and applied studies (TAS) Faculty

Head Teacher

Tammy Nash (Rlg)

Teaching Staff

Robert Cain
Tim Roberts
Steven Wilson

Careers Advisor

Josh Conliffe

Science Faculty

Head Teacher

Rebecca Allen (Rlg)

Teaching Staff 

Kathleen Balcombe
Janeen Coutanche

Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) Faculty

Head Teacher

Rod Jones

Teaching Staff

Samantha Dunk
Warren McKenzie 
Zac Rue


Robert Brown (Rlg)


Emily Azzopardi

Wellbeing Officer

Bonnie Keys

School Administration

School Administration Manager

Tina Gruessing

School Administration Officers

Kim Edwards
Leanne Harrison
Jacqueline Kinsela
Imogen Park

General Assistant

Robert Ellis

Farm Assistant

Jarrod Breen

Technical Support Officer (TSO)

Renato Marcentoni

School Learning Support Officers (SLSO)

Angella Cantrill
Lorraine Daly
Catherine Ellis
Elissa Liondis
Suzannah Tapim
Charlie Thompson 
Diane Garner
Marty Ferguson
Chloe Walker
Rebecca O'Dea


Cindy Walker

Year Advisor

Year 7 - Amanda Graham

Year 8 – Timothy Roberts            

Year 9 – Stuart Ferguson             

Year 10 – Steven Wilson

Year 11 – Warren McKenzie

Year 12 – Patricia Daniel