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Dear College Community

What a wonderful end of year we are experiencing with graduation ceremonies, Christmas concerts, Presentation Evening and the upcoming Year 12 SACE results.

I am very excited to share with you the new additions to our Team for 2020.

Apart from the excitement we all share in welcoming our new Principal, Mr John Robinson, we are also delighted to announce:


In addition to Miss Julia Bartram (Reception Teacher) as announced in our Week 4 edition, Miss Helen Maidment will be joining us in Year 4 next year.  As a passionate environmentalist, Miss Maidment will work very closely with Mr Freebairn as we extend our Junior School Currency Creek EcoCentre Program with the Year 4 Focus classes. Miss Maidment has held several positions including at Goolwa Primary and Rapid Bay Primary Schools. Miss Maidment also holds specialist qualifications in Physical Education.

Miss Eva Zorkovic continues with us next Year in Year 5, alongside Mrs Suzi Wade.  Miss Zorkovic is an experienced educator who has held several appointments at the College and is well known to staff and students. Miss Zorkovic is a highly engaging teachers whose structured and organised programs are an excellent preparation for Year 6 and Middle School. Both Miss Zorkovic and Mrs Wade will benefit from the experience of Mr Jim Dunbar, who will be spending one day per week in each of these classes.


Along with Mr James Panozzo, as announced in our Week 6 edition, we welcome Mr Nathan Brown to the College. Nathan is an experienced teacher who has also had industry experience, as well as having taught in Victoria and SA at various schools including Thomas More College and Woodcroft College. Nathan’s broad subject range will be a highly valued addition!


Mr David McLaren will be joining our Year 6 team. David will join Mrs Sarah Viney and Mrs Alison Alcorn, all of whom have Middle School experience that is so crucial to this important final year of Junior School. David has had a wealth of experience in both teaching and Leadership. He has held the positions of Head of Middle School at Investigator College and Head of Junior School at St Peter’s College in Adelaide.

Mrs Natalie Redwood will be teaching in the Middle School in the areas of English and HASS. Mrs Redwood is experience in both Middle and Senior School levels in these areas.

We also welcome back two of our Senior teachers,
Mrs Rebecca English (Mathematics, Legal Studies) and Mrs Rachel Coghlan (Drama) following their leave this year.


Sadly, we also say goodbye to a number of staff who pursue new chapters in their lives.

After decades of dedicated service to the College, Mr Barry Burt will be concluding his service at the end of the year. Barry has been with us for such a long time and has been such an important part of the Investigator family that I know he will be dearly missed.

We also say farewell to Mrs Eloise Lambell, who has served cheerfully and efficiently as our receptionist. We will miss Eloise’s smiling face and kind heart.

As you will be aware, Mrs Sandi Grimmett will be leaving us at the end of the year after many years of distinguished service to the College, most notably as a dynamic teacher of Reception.

Mrs Jane Wadham also concludes her many years of exemplary service to the College. We thank Jane for her passionate and expert contributions to Investigator College.

Mr Richard Sharp will conclude his Wellbeing role at the College at the end of this year. I’m sure you will join me in thanking Richard for his positivity, his sage advice and his support.

I thank also, Mrs Sarah Hockey, Miss Amanda Bolt, Mr John Davidson, Mrs Emma Foreman and Mr Mick Emmett for all their work in 2019 and wish them well as they undertake new positions in 2020.

I do hope to see many of you at the many end-of-year celebrations. I take this opportunity to thank students, staff, families and the Board for their support during my three terms as Acting Principal.

Mr Andrew Panozzo
Acting Principal



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