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

English Teaching Staff

Grace Whitton
Keren Myers
Micheal Bushell
Stuart Ferguson
Sheridan Wilkins                                                     

Learning and Support

Bronwyn Porter
Melissa Bevan-Wright
Robert Brown
Wayne Symons

ATSI Support

Dennis Moran

Mathematics Faculty

Head Teacher

Rod Jones

Teaching Staff

Patricia Daniel
Ian Edmondson
Hugo Rojas

Creative and Preforming Arts (CAPA) Faculty

Head Teacher

Peta McKenzie

Teaching Staff

Dearne Curtis
Kathy Davis

Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) Faculty

Head Teacher 

Chris Summerhayes                                            

Teaching Staff

Grace Whitton
Keren Myers

Technology and applied studies (TAS) Faculty

Head Teacher

Karen Pickering

Teaching Staff

Robert Cain
Tim Roberts
Steven Wilson

Careers Advisor

Josh Conliffe

Science Faculty

Head Teacher

Peta McKenzie

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


Lisa McCallum


Emily Azzopardi

Wellbeing Officer

Bonnie Keys

School Administration

School Administration Manager

Tina Gruessing

School Administration Officers

Kim Edwards
Sharon Green
Leanne Harrison
Jacqueline Kinsela
Imogen Park

General Assistant

Robert Ellis

Farm Assistant

Jarrod Breen

Technical Support Officer (TSO)

Robert Gill

School Learning Support Officers (SLSO)

Angella Cantrill
Lorraine Daly
Imogen Park
Catherine Ellis
Elissa Liondis
Suzannah Tapim
Charlie Thompson 
Diane Garner
Joshua Weston


Cindy Walker

Year Advisor

Year 7 - Timothy Roberts

Year 8 – Stuart Ferguson             

Year 9 – Steven Wilson             

Year 10 – Warren McKenzie

Year 11 – Patricia Daniel

Year 12 – Kath Balcombe