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Our Leadership Team

Chris England arrived at Shalom to take up the position of Principal in 2013.  He brings over thirty years’ experience in Education, with over nineteen of that in school leadership positions.  His previous position was as Principal of a primarily Indigenous (Maori) school in New Zealand.

 Chris has attained a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching.  This enabled him to gain experience in education as he taught Maths and Business Studies.  Later he was conferred with a Master of Education degree.

 Chris has been gifted with an extremely strong faith in Christ and this blends in very well with the Uniting Church’s faith principles.  As an extension of understanding of that faith, Chris believes that all humans are equal in God’s eyes and that all of his students can aspire to achieve great things, bringing pride to their families and ancestors.

Sandy Hindmarsh

Deputy Principal Sandy Hindmarsh has worked at the College since 2005, leading the multi-disciplinary Health & Wellbeing Centre team. Sandy takes a pro-active role in overseeing a holistic approach to students’ needs ensuring their spiritual, emotional, physical and educational wellbeing is a central focus.

Sandy graduated from Edith Cowan University in 1988 with a Diploma of Teaching, and completed a Bachelor of Education (4th year conversion) at Curtin University in 1998.  In 2005 Sandy completed her Masters of Education (Honours) by research at the University of New England.

Sandy has worked in education for over 27 years as a Teacher, Curriculum Improvement Officer, Deputy Principal, Program Coordinator, and Assistant Principal in various schools across regional and remote Western Australia and Queensland. Sandy has demonstrated success in working in challenging settings to implement programs that have enhanced student skills and addressed barriers to increase access to and success in education for Indigenous students.

Sandy is passionate about working in partnership with students, their families and communities to ensure that all children and young people are supported in their aspirations to achieve their personal best.


Tanya Salam

Serving as acting Head of Primary during 2016, Tanya Salam has worked at the College since July 1992 and has worked across the College for the past 15 years.  Tanya developed her passion for teaching as an Indigenous Educator whilst working as a Trainee Administrative Assistant at Pimlico High School.  With the positive influences and encouragement of family members already teaching in the education field, Tanya was inspired to choose teaching as a career.

After graduating from James Cook University in 1991 with a Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching, Tanya then began studying for her Bachelor of Education in 1998.  She has devoted her entire teaching career to Shalom Christian College since graduating and has worked in a variety of roles across the College, including learning support, Assistant to Principal in Primary and Head of Primary. 

As a pioneering teacher at Shalom, Tanya has been a part of the positive transition of the College since opening its doors in 1992.  Through her years of experience and growth as an innovative educator, she is a testament to the educational development and journey of Shalom learners.

Paul Tolliday

Paul Tolliday is the Head of Boarding and has been at the college since July 2012.  He has been in Education now for over 20 years and 12 years in Youth Work.  Paul has a Masters in Indigenous Knowledges (Mawul rom) through the Charles Darwin University, a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching – both also from the Charles Darwin University. 

Paul has extensive experience working with Indigenous communities and in Indigenous Education in the NT and Qld.  Paul coordinated two National Youth Reconciliation Conventions and has helped produce a number of resources to promote reconciliation in Australia. 

He has a strong Christian faith and is excited about linking Christianity with Indigenous culture.  For the time he has been at the college Paul has facilitated weekly church services, written programs for Indigenous Christian Education and encouraged the faith of the students.  Paul has strong relationships with students and staff, and has worked hard to develop a caring environment at the college where our students feel supported and listened to.

Joe Christensen

Joe Christensen

Joe Christensen is the Head of the Secondary School and has been working at Shalom since 2007. Joe graduated with a Bachelor of Secondary Education from James Cook University in 2004 majoring in Human Movement and Law. Joe grew up on a Cattle property near Biloela Central QLD and has worked in quite a number of diverse occupations which have given him a very practical outlook on education and lifelong learning styles and skills.

Joe’s passion and motivating factor for working at Shalom is his desire to see help young people develop the self-confidence, motivation and skills necessary to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives within both contemporary and traditional Australian societies. Before taking on the role of Head of Secondary Joe managed what was widely acknowledged as the most integrated Indigenous Sporting and Educational Academies in the country.  Joe’s commitment to lifelong learning and preparing young people for success in life rather than just success at school has seen him go above and beyond his regular workload.

Joe is very proud to be a part of an organisation that proudly provided pathways and opportunities for students to follow any path in life that they wish from Vocational through to Tertiary and an organisation that values each individual as a person and an opportunity for success not just a number in a classroom. Joe’s proudest professional and personal achievements have been being privileged enough to play a small role in the betterment of so many young Indigenous Australian’s lives and their successes which have followed them after graduating school.

Sharyn Ive

Sharyn Ive is Head of Teaching and Learning and has worked at the College since 2011. She has a Masters of Special Education through Griffith University and a Bachelor of Education from Australian Catholic University.  Sharyn has worked in education for over 20 years in various Brisbane Catholic Education Schools supporting students with diverse learning needs.  

She has extensive experience in assisting teachers with planning and developing classroom programs that promote successful outcomes for all learners. Sharyn has demonstrated success in working with teachers to improve the school's NAPLAN results and implement Phase 1 and 2 of the Australian Curriculum.

Sharyn works closely with the staff to implement best practise in the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners.  Sharyn is passionate about providing quality education for all students.

Our Valued Staff

Staff is crucial to any organisation and here at Shalom we couldn't deliver the care and attention to our students without the assistance of all of our staff who, in front of, and behind the scenes make things happen. We thank all of them for their tireless effort to ensure young Indigenous lives are off to a good start.

  • Teachers
  • Teacher aides and assistants
  • Community Liaison Officers
  • Counsellors
  • Health workers
  • Nurses
  • Administration and Finance staff
  • Information Communications Technology (ICT) Staff
  • Property and Ground staff
  • Boarding house parents
  • Chefs and Cooking staff
  • Cleaners
  • Kitchen workers
  • Bus Drivers