Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Wesley College Clunes

Key Staff

  • Ben Marsland
    Ben Marsland
    Head of Clunes

    Ben Marsland joined Wesley's St Kilda Road campus as a Music teacher in 1997. Since then, he has directed several senior music ensembles, including the Wesley College Big Band, taught IB Diploma, VCE and VET Music and Design, and worked in curriculum development with the International Baccalaureate Organization.

    Before moving to Clunes, Ben was Year 10 Curriculum Coordinator, Chair of the Arts Awards Committee, Assistant Head of Learning at St Kilda Road, and worked in the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School Induction Program. This motivated him to undertake postgraduate educational research studies in experiential learning and make the transition to Clunes. More recently, Ben completed a Master of Leadership in Principal Preparation at Monash University.

    As Head of Wesley at Clunes, Ben has built on the established success of the Clunes Year 9 Program, overseen the ongoing implementation of the MYP at Clunes, and helped write the next chapter of the Wesley at Clunes story.

  • Jonathan Collenette (Clunes)
    Jonathan Collenette
    Head of Programs and Staffing, Clunes
    Jonathan completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education specialising  in Secondary Geography Teaching in 2009 at Exeter University, UK. Following this he moved to Adelaide, Australia where he worked as a Secondary Geography Teacher for 5 years. In 2015 Jonathan joined the team at Clunes as a Teacher. During his time here he has also worked as a House Leader, facilitated the running program and has worked to further develop the Environmental Sustainability Program. This year Jonathan began in the role of Head of Programs and Staffing. 

    His current role involves the day-to-day organisation of the program, including overseeing the daily activities of students. 

    Jonathan has special interests in sustainability and outdoor activities.
  • Kelly McKay (Clunes)
    Kelly McKay
    Head of Welfare – Transition, Clunes
    Kelly McKay began her teaching career at Avila College teaching both English and History. In 2009 She was appointed Assistant Principal at Yarrawonga College P-12 (Middle Years). Following this she was appointed Head of Year 9 at Goulburn Valley Grammar in Shepparton.

    She completed her Master of Educational Leadership and Administration in 2009. Kelly has also completed studies that focus on leadership in rural and regional areas and has spent the majority of her career in rural Victoria.

    Kelly has been extensively involved in curriculum development and in 2011 co-authored Year 8 and Year 10 English textbooks for Pearson Education. She has led teaching and learning in all of the schools she has taught as well as introducing restorative practice and wellbeing initiatives.

    Kelly commenced at Wesley College Clunes as the Head of Welfare – Transition at the beginning of 2018. Prior to this she was the Acting Principal at Moama Anglican Grammar. 

  • Vivienne Desmarchelier
    Vivienne Desmarchelier
    Head of Welfare – Houses, Clunes
    Closely connected to nature and people Vivienne’s career in education reflects a strong commitment to holistic, experiential learning.

    She brings a breadth of experience and knowledge with a Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Education, Diploma of Education in Secondary, followed by a Master of Education in Pastoral Guidance and Diploma in Community Services.  Further Studies in Steiner Education Secondary, Diploma in Yoga Teaching, Family Day Care and Austswim enhanced her engagement with community and families in Central Victoria during early parenting years.

    Fortunate to work in many adventurous educational settings such as Knox Grammar, SCEGGS Darlinghurst, Mt Erin and Girton Boarding school; as well as both secondary and primary appointments in state and independent Steiner schools, Vivienne joined the Clunes team in 2000.

    Vivienne’s ongoing commitment, experience and appreciation for the Wesley @ Clunes Program brings her to be living on campus with her family, in her current role as Head of Welfare – Houses.