Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Wesley College key people

Glen Waverley

The Glen Waverley campus has approximately 1,200 students from early childhood through to Year 12. Set on 54 hectares of open fields, it is situated 20 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.

  • Richard Brenker
    Richard Brenker
    Deputy Principal & Head of Campus - Glen Waverley

    Richard has been a member of the Wesley teaching staff since 1981, enjoying a variety of roles, responsibilities and experiences. These have included Geography classroom teacher, Head of Learning, Acting Head of Senior School, Head of Middle School at St Kilda Road campus and, more recently, Head of Houses, Head of Senior School at Glen Waverley and Deputy Principal.

    Richard has also taught at a coeducational boarding school in the United Kingdom for a year.

    Richard has had the privilege of taking Wesley students on tours of Thailand and Indonesia and has also been involved in the development of the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School in the Kimberley. He completed his Master of Education in 2008.

  • Sheriden Vella
    Sheriden Vella
    Deputy Head of Campus

    Sheriden studied for a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Drama and Sociology, before obtaining a Bachelor of Teaching in both primary and secondary education. Starting her teaching career in 2000, Sheriden worked initially in the government sector and then moved into the independent school system, teaching both Drama and Humanities. 

    As Head of Drama she directed, produced and stage managed several musicals, plays and gala evenings before finding her passion for pastoral care. Initially a Deputy Head of Years 7 and 8 in the middle years, Sheriden then went on to become a Head of House in the senior years. 

    With a love for sport and cocurricular activities, Sheriden has also enthusiastically participated in sporting programs, as well as cultural and service tours on a local, national and international level. Sheriden is a firm believer in the role community and connectedness plays in a school and considers these elements, along with rich and engaging curriculum, as fundamental to developing students who will lead us into the future.

    Prior to assuming this role, Sheriden was the Head of Middle School at Glen Waverley.

  • Jill Caple
    Jill Caple
    Head of Senior School

    Jill joined Wesley College in 1986 and holds a Bachelor of Education, a Graduate Diploma in Careers and a Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration.  Jill has spent much of her time at the St Kilda Road campus, where she held a variety of roles including careers counsellor, Head of Houses, Head of Senior School from 1992 to 2000, Acting Deputy Head of Campus, and Victorian Certificate of Education Coordinator.

    In 2013, Jill spent a term at the Glen Waverley campus as the acting Victorian Certificate of Education Coordinator.  She returned halfway through 2014 as acting Head of Senior School and from the beginning of 2015, was appointed the Head of Senior School.

    Jill thoroughly enjoys working within the diverse and caring community at Wesley.  She is very proud to be both a Wesley College staff member and a current parent.

  • Simon Thompson
    Simon Thompson
    Head of Middle School

    Simon completed his secondary education at Wesley’s Glen Waverley campus before studying for a Bachelor of Science and then a Diploma of Secondary Education with Biology and Science Methods at The University of Melbourne.  He previously worked at Wesley at Clunes as a residential teacher from 2002 – 2004 before moving to the United Kingdom as the Head of Maths and Science at Hartcliffe Engineering Community College.  Since returning to Australia in 2009 he has worked in the independent school system as a Head of Science and Head of House. 

    Simon considers the pastoral care of students and the relationships between students, staff, and parents all crucial to the success of students at Wesley College.  He believes passionately that we are all lifelong learners and, in fostering a love of learning, hopes that our students all leave school with the same fond memories and skills that he did.

    Prior to assuming this role, Simon was the Head of Middle School at the Elsternwick campus.

  • Robert Gow
    Robert Gow
    Head of Junior School

    Robert has been an educator for more than 20 years, working in the government sector and then moving to the coeducational independent school system. He has previously held positions as Head of Primary and Deputy Head of Campus at two other independent schools.

    He holds a Bachelor of Education, a Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration and a Masters of Education from Melbourne University. He is a member of the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia and enjoys the collegial network of school educators and professional learning.

    Robert has a passion for Physical Education, cocurricular activities and Outdoor Education and he instils in young people the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle. He values the authentic connections made between students, staff and parents and the impact connectedness has on academic and social success. He passionately encourages students to become lifelong learners, to reach their full potential and be positive local and global citizens.

  • Graham Bartley
    Graham Bartley

    Graham grew up in Glen Waverley, attending Scotch College in the 1970s, then studied Arts/Commerce and Dip Ed at The University of Melbourne.  He taught in country Victoria before entering the Uniting Church Theological Hall in Melbourne.  Graham was ordained as a Minister of the Word and served as parish minister at Stratford Uniting Church for almost seven years before accepting the call to be Chaplain at Scotch Oakburn College in Launceston. After ten years at Scotch Oakburn, Graham has returned to Glen Waverley and loves the opportunities presented by serving as Chaplain at Wesley College.

    Graham likes the Wesley emphasis on educating the whole person and values being involved with students and staff in a range of activities, intellectual, sporting, musical, outdoors and spiritual.