About us

Meet the school principals

Our principals are committed to the continued growth of our school and leading our community into a future of relevance, opportunity and development.

Mr Rohan Deanshaw

Rohan Deanshaw, Principal at Macquarie College.

Our College has been my focus since 2019, and I feel privileged to be a part of a community of high-quality, nurturing and future-focused teaching and learning professionals. We are supported by a broad range of partners, such as the Future Schools Alliance, the Association of Independent Schools NSW and the Collaborative Learning Network. Together with various tertiary institutions and business entities, we offer an exciting, experiential learning environment for all students.

Prior to Macquarie College, I was Principal at Kempsey Adventist School. Leading the growth of this school was a real career highlight of mine. I have also been a teacher and Deputy Principal of the Secondary School at Heritage College in Victoria. As Principal of Macquarie College, I’m passionate about providing our students with an environment where they can learn within a supportive, Christian context. While we maintain proud traditions of academic excellence and a broad suite of extracurricular activities, we also provide a learning environment that is intentionally future-focused.

We’re committed to providing each of our Preschool to Year 12 students with age-appropriate skills and dispositions to equip them for the workplaces of tomorrow. I commend the Macquarie College program to you, a community of faith and learning that’s committed to supporting young people not only thrive today, but also equipping them to embrace the emerging opportunities which will be presented in the global workplaces and communities of the future.

Miss Tonia Bentley

Tonia Bentley, Deputy Principal K-12

Throughout my career, I have taught a range of Junior School grades and worked in learning support and administration. Most of my career has been spent within the SDA school system, but I have enjoyed other systems and states as well. I also spent a year working in Cambridge, UK, which was a fantastic learning experience for me. In my personal time, I love to travel and challenge myself.

I enjoy the outdoors, walking and bike riding, as well as designing and being creative. Visiting an art gallery in a new town or city, combined with a visit to a cafe and a walk or ride, is how I love to spend my downtime. It is such a privilege to work at Macquarie College, a school where learning is valued. The College provides a setting where I can evolve as a professional and play a part in creating a future-focused, Christ-centred learning environment for children to thrive no matter their interests or talents.

Mr Aaron Williams

Assistant Principal (Community Engagement)

MC is an exemplar of current credentialing through comprehensive implementation of student-centred, data-informed, best practise.

Mrs Vanessa Baywood

Assistant Principal (Teaching & Learning)

MC provides a variety of teaching and learning approaches designed to equip young people with the skills and dispositions for the yet to be imagined communities and workplaces of the future.

Mr Aaron Hodges

Assistant Principal (Student Wellbeing)

MC staff value the uniqueness of all students, which enables a deeply integrated community, typified through authentic expression of the character of Christ.

Macquarie College is on a journey of adventure and possibilities. We are creating an environment that is even more student-centred and future-focused.