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Karlene Grinham

- teaching Principal

Mrs Grinham is a woman of proven integrity and in all areas of her life demonstrates a passion for healthy community and relationships.  She is an intriguing mix of being bold and courageous as well as fun-loving and a little ‘out there’ crazy, looking for opportunities to have a joke and encourage others to celebrate achievments.

Mrs G. has an amazing ability to communicate with students, and enjoys mentoring them to develop positive, assertive skills in this area.  She is a fair, supportive leader, with true leadership qualities that are a blend of being humble, confident, firm and relational.

I see the Principal as really kind and lovely. She cares about everything and deals with any problems. I really love my principal.
— Marilla

Mrs G. is gifted in her ability to understand things with a perceptive awareness of the psychology of issues that surround and underpin situations.  She boldly acknowledges that this is something God has enabled her with and sincerely enjoys journeying through experiences with students and their parents.

Quality Christian education excites Mrs G. influencing in her leadership and teaching in the classroom and throughout the school.

Mrs G. has a long-term, solid Christian foundation, with a faith that informs who she is and how she functions as a person, a Principal, teacher, wife and mother. 

Mrs G. is passionate about God and her relationship with Him, and obeying what He has called her to do.



Matthew Lake


Mr Lake is a man of noble character.  He is consistently reliable, diligent and steadfast.  The students really enjoy being with him, and these character traits help to create a place of safety for them.  Our students benefit greatly from such a solid male role model and the staff love who he is and what he contributes to the team.

For the students, their experience with Mr Lake brings an intrinsic respect and admiration, helping to build a sense of trust and dependability. The learning environment Matt fosters in the high school is one of focus, purpose and enjoyment - a great mix.

Mr Lake is an interesting mix of talents and abilities.  He teaches Maths with excitement and interest. He teaches Food Technology and loves it.  He takes groups of High School students trekking through the bush, climbing and roughing it.  He’s passionate about Science and how God’s nature is tied in to every facet of the world of Science. He enjoys taking time to observe, appreciate and photograph the world around him.  

Mr Lake joins in the learning with us. He doesn’t just give us instructions. He helps us too.
— Eden & Matt

Mr Lake has a visible passion for his family and loves spending time with them. The love for his children motivates him in his care for other people's. 

Mr Lake is a great asset for our school community, for what he brings academically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.  We are blessed to have him as a part of our staffing team.

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Miss Upson is a vibrant, enthusiastic and joy-filled woman who delights in working with students. She approaches all learning with enthusiasm and a desire to make learning accessible by all her students across all                                                                                   their learning styles.

Miss Upson is very supportive and will help you when you don’t understand things. She is descriptive, funny and inspiring.
— Toby

This year, 2018, Miss Upson is the Homeroom teacher for Grades 3-6 and also teaches Grades 7 & 8 Music. She brings a sense of adventure and fun to her classes with her 'out-of-the-box' thinking and deliberately gets to know her students on a personal level. Her caring and grounded manner with the students facilitates her building meaningful and trustworthy relationships.

Eduction is vitally important to Miss Upson, who is a keen learner herself. Her ability to develop interesting and meaningful learning experiences, and her on-going celebration of new learning, combine to provide an environment seeking excellence in education and character.

Miss Upson combines her passions for her Lord and people  as she involves herself in the wider community volunteering in children's ministry and worship band in the local Eastgate churches, where she is also dearly loved.

It was with great delight we welcomed Miss Upson to our staff team at the start of the year. She has quickly become a part of the Hinterland family and is treasured by students, parents and staff alike.



Kym Thompson 

-teacher: K-2

Mrs Thompson carries a sweetness and light that her students warm to.  This is complimented by her nurturing reliability that enables children, especially young children, to feel safe and that they can count on her.

One of Mrs Thompson's personal interests is education. Her own love of learning impacts her classroom and students in such a way that learning is a delight and pleasure for all.

Mrs Thompson teaches really well. We do lots of fun things and that helps me learn.
— Cassidy

Mrs Thompson is such a lovely, warm and caring person, who is dedicated to the development of the complete young child.  Her academic understanding of how young children learn is comprehensive, setting her students up with excellent foundations for their academic development.  Preparing the way for a positive school journey.

Mrs Thompson's passion for Christian education and her personal love for God are foundations for her Godly character. She is loved and cherished by our students and valued highly by staff for her professionalism and steadfast commitment to the school community and her lovely family.


sandy shipway

- teachers' aide

Sandy is understanding and very helpful. She is just so pleasant. She has a lovely, sunny disposition.
— Ronin

Sandy is a valuable member of our staff team.  She works with both the students and teachers - supporting the students in specific learning skills, enhancing their in-class learning.  Sandy's ability to come alongside the students in a mix of strong guidance and sweet understanding, provides a safe place for the student to grow in ares of need.


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I love her passion for books and her passion for children to read books.
— Naomi

Every Friday morning Mrs Ferguson arrives at Hinterland with a beaming smile and positive manner that is completely contagious.  Mrs Ferguson is an avid reader who simply loves God, loves books and loves children reading books.

Mrs Ferguson takes seriously the responsibility of resourcing our beautiful library with current, relevant, uplifting books.  She is always on the hunt for the next interest grabbing, quality book to add to our collection. When Mrs Ferguson's excitement for books and her passion for children is coupled the result is a buzz of enthusiastic children keen for their next good read. 


Kathy Gauci

-Office Assistant

Miss Kathy brings to our staff team a beautiful ability to mix her empathetic approach to relationships with her efficient and reliable office skills.  She is a valuable member of our team, working  2 days a week in our Front Office.  Kathy is our "go to person" for many admin organisational areas, taking on all these tasks with a smile and a laugh. 

Miss Kathy has a real desire for all people to get to know Jesus and the peace He can bring to their lives.  Her dedication to her relationship with Him is evident in her relationships within Hinterland Christian College as she happily takes the time to listen and pray for our community members. 

Miss Kathy is welcoming, smiley and kind to all of us.
— Sierra, Kyla-Jay and Montana