About Kambala

Located in Rose Bay and overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbour, Kambala is a vibrant, independent day and boarding school for girls aged up to 18 years.

We offer a choice of learning pathways. Girls can achieve the IB Diploma or the NSW HSC. Kambala inspires academic excellence, with the School consistently ranking among the top non-selective girls’ schools in Sydney.

At Kambala, each girl is recognised as an individual and valued for her unique qualities and talents.


Celebrating learning; inspiring young women

Since our pioneering days in the late 1800s, the Kambala community has shared a common goal: to educate ‘the whole girl’.

Kambala began as a humble class of 12 girls, taught in a terrace house in Woollahra by Miss Louisa Gurney, the daughter of an English clergyman. Louisa was later joined by Mademoiselle Augustine Soubeiran who became Co-Principal. The School moved in 1891 to a larger property in Bellevue Hill called ‘Kambala’.

In 1913, with an enrolment of nearly 50, the School moved again to its current site, on New South Head Road in Rose Bay. The School operated within the Tivoli townhouse, the home of Captain William Dumaresq. Tivoli has undergone several extensions and restorations; today, it remains the home to Kambala’s boarders in Years 7 to 9, who enjoy some of the best harbour views Sydney has to offer.

In 1926, Kambala became a Church of England Foundation School with an independent council.

Kambala has strengthened its reputation for academic excellence and the education of the whole girl through continually evolving teaching and learning practices, improving facilities and expanding the opportunities provided to students.


  • Louisa Gurney (1887–1914)
  • Augustine Soubeiran (1891–1914)
  • Minnie Roseby and Clara Roseby (1914–1927)
  • Flora Stewart (1927–1932)
  • Fifi Hawthorne (1933–1966)
  • Joyce Gibbons (1966–1984)
  • Barbara Monk (1984–1987)
  • Peter Moxham (1988–1999)
  • Roderick West (1999)
  • Margaret White (2000–2013)
  • Debra Kelliher (2014–2017)
  • Shane Hogan (April 2017–present)


Shane Hogan

Children need to be happy to learn, so the school environment must be one that focuses on the welfare and happiness of its students.

Mr Shane Hogan, a highly experienced and respected educator and leader, was officially appointed as Principal of Kambala in October 2017 after serving as Acting Principal for six months.

Shane is a former Principal of St Ignatius’ College, Riverview (2002–2013) and has previously filled a similar role as Acting Principal for St Vincent’s College (2014), a boarding and day school for girls in Potts Point. He joins us from The Scots College where he has been the Director of School Improvement for the past two years.

Shane is passionate about educating the whole girl and providing a happy and safe environment for students, staff and the broader community.

“I believe that schools must be places that not only challenge students academically and spiritually, but places where students feel safe, comfortable, cared for and accepted. For students to enjoy school, staff also need to feel appreciated and valued. Central to my educational philosophy is a genuine commitment to the wellbeing of all staff and students.”



Michael Nicholls, BA, BCom, LLB, GDipLegPract, ACA ,CPA

Business Manager

Michael is the Business Manager and Company Secretary of the School. He Reports to the Principal and the School Council.

Katherine Mar, BA, GradDipEd, DipEdStud

Head of Senior School

Katherine is responsible to the Principal and oversees the wellbeing, attendance and academic care of all students from Year 7 to Year 12 and the efficient functioning of relevant staff.

Stuart Coppin, MEd, BBehavSc, GradDipSocSc, GradDipEd

Head of Junior School

Stuart is responsible for the wellbeing, attendance and academic care of all students from Early Learning (Hampshire House) to Year 6 and the efficient functioning of relevant staff.

Danielle Kassoua, BBus(HRM&IR)

Human Resources Manager

Danielle is responsible to the Principal for the management of the overall Human Resources function at the School. She works closely with staff and other business units to promote Kambala as an employer of choice in order to attract and retain high quality staff.

Tamara Lang, BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clin)(Hons), DPhil

Head of Strategy and Counselling

Tamara is responsible for providing proactive leadership in the design, implementation and overall coordination of effective practices and programs that will aid the School in delivering its Strategic Plan. In addition, Tamara is responsible for managing the School Counselling staff and processes.

Ainslie van Onselen , LLB, GradDipAppFin, M AppFin, GAICD

President, appointed 2018, current parent

Ainslie van Onselen has served on several boards, including Child Australia, as deputy chair of the WA Insurance Commission, chair of the Migration Institute of Australia and is currently a Commissioner on NSW Legal Aid. Ainslie is a senior executive at Westpac and a former Managing Director of RAMS Home Loans. Prior to her career in banking Ainslie was a litigation partner and on the Legal Practice Board of WA. Ainslie has two daughters at Kambala and lives locally having grown up in regional Australia.

Catherine Happ, BBus, BMus, MIR

Vice President, appointed to Council 2017, current Kambala parent

Catherine has worked as a ministerial adviser to senior government officials and has been a respected Investment Adviser at JB Were for the past 21 years where she is currently an Executive Director. Catherine is also a Board member for The Butterfly Foundation, which provides support for those with eating disorders.

Andrew McGill, BCom, LLB, FFin

Appointed 2014, Chairman of the Foundation and current Kambala parent

Andrew is a former Managing Director and CEO of Treasury Group Limited, an international funds management business. Currently he serves as Non-Executive Chairman of PM Capital Global Opportunities Fund Limited and
Non-Executive Director of PM Capital Asian Opportunities Fund Limited – both listed investment companies. Previously in his career, Andrew worked primarily in private equity but also in investment
banking and management consulting. He is an active member of North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club where he is also involved in coaching junior athletes.

Patria Mann, BEc, CA, FAICD

Honorary Treasurer since May 2016, appointed 2010, Old Girl, current Kambala parent and KOGU nominee

Educated at Kambala, Patria is a chartered accountant. She worked for the international accounting firm KPMG for 17 years, including eight years in London. Patria is now a professional Non-Executive Director and is currently on the Boards of Amalgamated Holdings, Ridley Corporation Limited, Allianz Australia and Perpetual Superannuation Limited.

Sophie Bartho

Appointed 2017, current Kambala parent

Sophie is a current parent with three daughters in the Senior School. She works in brand strategy and communications, advising CEO’s, Chairpersons and Boards on their communications, reputational risk, change and crisis management. Sophie leads brand and marketing strategy and management across business services and consumer product categories including customer acquisition and retention. Previously, Sophie built and ran her own full-service marketing and communications agency for 17 years, working with well-known brands and corporations such as Coca-Cola, Campbell's, Arnott’s, Johnnie Walker, Baileys, Unilever, Allied Domecq, SC Johnson, Nestlé, Westpac, AMP Capital and ANZ.

Dr Prudence Gibson, PhD

Appointed 2016, Old Girl and current Kambala parent

Prudence is author of two academic books, she has published over 300 essays for major newspapers and journals and is regularly invited to speak at literary events. She has acted as liaison/programmer on the UNSW/Sydney Writers Festival partnership 2014 and is a member of the editorial advisory board of the academic journal, Evental Aesthetics. She teaches Creative Writing and Advanced Media at UNSW.

Emily Smith, BCom

Appointed 2011, Old Girl and KOGU nominee

Educated at Kambala and the University of New South Wales. Following a degree course in Commerce, she undertook programs at Georgetown University and Trinity College at Oxford University. Emily worked as an associate equities analyst at Salomon Smith Barney before moving to Deutsche Bank 10 years ago where she currently is Senior Equities Analyst and Director.

John Comino, DipLaw(SAB), AccSpec(Property Law), FANZCN, MBA(Exec)

Appointed 2010, previous Kambala parent

Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and High Court of Australia in 1974, John was appointed Notary Public in 1988 and Property Law Accredited Specialist in 2007. He was elected Councillor to Woollahra Council in 1995, serving until 2008, and as Mayor of Woollahra from 2001–2004. John is Vice-President of the Vaucluse Branch of the Liberal Party (NSW) and Woollahra Liberals Local Government Conference. He is Chairman of the Eastern Suburbs Business Enterprise Centre & Clearly Business – Business Enterprise Centre, Sydney.

Dr Giselle Gerber, MBBS (Medal, Hons1), BSc (Med), FRACP, FRCPA

Appointed 2018, Archbishop nominee, Old Girl and current parent

Giselle was educated at Kambala and the University of NSW, graduating in Medicine with the University Medal. She currently works as a Consultant Haematologist at Prince of Wales Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick, and is responsible for clinical care, laboratory oversight, junior doctor supervision and training. She also chairs a working party for NSW Health Pathology. Giselle established the HOW Collaborative (Haematology in Obstetric and Women’s Health) – a national multidisciplinary collaboration that focuses on research, education and advocacy for women with Haematological disorders, especially in pregnancy. Giselle and her husband have three daughters and a son, and are active members at St Luke’s Anglican Church, Clovelly.

Matt Carolan, BAppSci(Bld)

Appointed 2018 and current Kambala parent

Matt has 34 years’ experience in the property development and construction industry in Australia. For the past six years he has been the Projects Director and National Head of Development and Executive Director of Urbanest Australia, a purpose-built student accommodation developer and operator. Previously, he held Directorship roles in privately owned Construction and Property Development companies for 24 years, since 1989. Matt has a strong interest in supporting Women in Sport, Design and the Property Industry.

Graham Humphrey, BArch, PostGradDipUrRePl, ARAIA

Appointed 2018 and current Kambala parent

Graham has had a long career in Architecture, Interior Design and Planning. For 20 years he was the Sydney Director of an International Design practice with upwards of 200 employees and, since buying out the Sydney Practice in 1997, had been the Managing Director. He is now a Consulting Director of his firm. He is a member of the Assessment Panel for Woollahra Council IHAPS Board. He is an Examiner at the Board of Architects, a Member of the Building and House Committees at RSGC, and is the Honorary architect for St Michaels Church, Vaucluse.

Jane Robinson, DipTeach, DipTheol, GradDipEd, GradCertSpEd

Appointed 2018, Old Girl, former parent and former Kambala Staff member

Educated at Kambala and Sydney University (STC), Jane taught at Kambala in the Junior School and then, following her husband’s career, taught in North Western Sydney and then the British School of Brussels, Belgium. Jane’s particular focus was in Special Education, working as an education consultant for Lifestart in Sydney before teaching in Canberra at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. She has four adult children and three grandchildren.

Emanuel Confos, BA, Dip Law, LLM

Appointed 2016, current Kambala parent

Emanuel is a partner with the global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright in their construction and major projects group. Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, he was a partner at Gilbert + Tobin. Emanuel commenced his legal practice in 1998 and is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Society of Construction Law Australia.



Our Vision

Inspired learning. Empowering young women of integrity.

Our Mission

Kambala’s mission is to challenge and nurture every girl to realise her full potential for personal and academic excellence. We honour our heritage and Anglican traditions while creating an environment of innovation and change. As a community we embrace diversity, foster inclusion and celebrate our capacity to make a difference in the world.

Our Values

Humanity | Courage | Curiosity | Respect



It is an exciting time in Kambala’s 131-year history and Kambala’s Strategic Plan 2019-2023 will lead us over the next five years and build on the ambitions and direction of our heritage.

At Kambala we nurture and challenge every girl to realise her full potential. We do this by focusing on four strategic pillars:

  • Academic excellence
  • Care
  • Community
  • Sense of place.

Our Strategy is underpinned by our core values and an evolved vision and mission, which best represents Kambala’s heritage and future.




In order to provide students with the widest choice of possibilities, Kambala girls can elect to achieve either the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or the NSW High School Certificate (HSC) in Years 11 and 12. Kambala’s history of HSC and IB graduates further demonstrates our commitment to and pursuit of academic excellence, nationally and on a global scale.


  • HSC – The School consistently ranks among the top non-selective girls’ schools in Sydney.
  • IB Diploma – Our Diploma students consistently achieve Diploma scores well above the world-average.
  • NAPLAN – Kambala consistently performs substantially above national averages.



Student and staff wellbeing is a key priority for Kambala. All members of the School community have the right to enjoy a safe and positive environment that promotes tolerance and respect. We recognise the importance of raising girls who are resilient and have a connection with life’s journey and a global perspective. At Kambala:

  • Learning takes place in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Personal possessions and School property are treated with care and respect.
  • School values are upheld by the wider community.
  • A Christian ethos underpins our interactions.
  • Bullying and harassment are not tolerated.