Providing vision for excellence in Christian education

Supporting Christian education is much more than sending your children to a school where someone else can teach them about the bible. ‘Parent-controlled’ or ‘parent governed’ schools were founded on the premise that God has equipped teachers, administrators, and others to work in partnership with parents in the Christian community, and parents retain the primary responsibility for the education of their children.

Not only do parents – by God’s grace – model Godly character at home, they are also active in the stewardship of their own gifts of planning, finance management, research, teaching, and leading, and there are those who are called to administer these in various ways within the PVCC community.

Meet our Executive Team

John Metcalfe
Principal

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John Metcalfe

Principal

John and his wife are teachers, and both work in Christian schools. They have two sons who are graduates of Christian education. John attends Plentylife Church, an Anglican church plant. He is a member of the board of Christian Education National and chairs the board of the Australian Association of Christian Schools. John believes that schools should offer strong academic opportunities. Even more importantly, students should have faith and commitment to others strengthened as they work out how to use their gifts to serve the Lord in whatever activity they choose to pursue with their lives.

Lily McDonald
Deputy Principal

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Lily McDonald

Deputy Principal

Lily has worked in executive leadership roles in schools for the past 15 years. Prior to becoming a teacher, Lily worked in media and marketing and in tertiary administration. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics), a Bachelor of Primary Education and a Masters of Educational Leadership. Lily is passionate about education and giving students and staff opportunities to understand who they are in Christ and to take hold of their learning, to grow and flourish.

Peter Bain
Business Manager

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Peter Bain

Business Manager

Peter has spent over twenty years in executive and governance roles spanning the corporate and not for profit sectors.  He has worked in various fields including health, education, international aid, aged care, disability, and housing.  He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.

Board members

Our college Board is the governing body of PVCC, elected by the members of Plenty Valley Christian Education Ltd, a company limited by guarantee, whose purpose is to provide Christian education for Christian families who are actively involved in a faith community. Members of the college community who have expressed a commitment to the Christian faith, and who value Christian education, particularly parents who have enrolled their children at PVCC, can seek membership. The company members elect our college Board at Annual General Meetings.

The current elected members are all current parents of the college. They are joined by the College Principal who is a member of the Board ex-officio.

The Board operates under a policy governance model, which ensures that the vision and objectives of the organisation are achieved. Day-to-day management of the college is delegated to the Principal and the Executive team.

Val Ciacia
Chair

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Val Ciacia

Chair

Val is married with four children, three of which attend PVCC. Val has been on the college board for 9 years. He attends Bundoora Presbyterian Church. Val is also the Australian Director for World Outreach International, a missions organisation committed to preaching the gospel to unreached people groups. Val has a Masters of Education and Bachelor of Ministry and is committed to working towards ensuring PVCC provides a quality Christian education to its students.

Ange Smith
Vice Chair

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Ange Smith

Vice Chair

Ange has four sons and one daughter-in-law. All of her children have been or are current students at PVCC, and Ange has been a part of the PVCC community as a parent since 2006. Ange is currently the global Communications Director for World Outreach International and the owner of a digital marketing business. She is an active member at Mill Park Baptist Church. Ange serves at her church on the preaching team, creative communications team and kids outreach ministry. Ange considers it an honour to serve the college through a role on the Board and is keen to help shape the future legacy God has in store for the college and its community.

Willem Prinsloo

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Willem Prinsloo

Willem has been part of the PVCC Board for the last 6 years where he has served in different roles, most recently as Secretary. Willem is a member of Bundoora Presbyterian Church. He works for a large multinational company heading up the Australian and New Zealand business. Willem and his wife have two children at PVCC. He is passionate about the college and desires to see it flourish.

Ken MacRaild

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Ken MacRaild

Ken has been connected to the PVCC community for the past 21 years. His wife was previously on the teaching staff and his daughters are current students at the college. Ken works as the Senior Regional Sales Manager (Australia and New Zealand) for an international company based in Canada. Ken and his family attend Plentylife Anglican Church. Ken has served in many volunteer positions within the wider Doreen community. Ken welcomes the opportunity to continue to serve on the college Board. His aim is to provide thoughtful, prayerful and considered input as the Board makes decisions about the strategy and direction of the college.

Chris Craig

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Chris Craig

Chris and his wife, a Primary teacher, have three children, all having attended PVCC since their Prep year. Chris is a trained Social Worker. His main work area for the past 24 years has been in the Out of Home Care and Child Protection Field (predominantly in the area of Foster Care, Residential Care and Lead Tenant Services). Chris also provides training in aspects of child safety, behaviour management techniques, trauma training and social work theoretical perspectives for the Out of Home Care field. Chris is a long-serving member of Bundoora Presbyterian Church.

Vanessa Odgen

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Vanessa Odgen

Vanessa has been a parent at PVCC for over 11 years. She and her husband have four children. Vanessa attends Plentylife Anglican Church in Doreen where her husband is the pastor. Two of Vanessa’s children have graduated PVCC in recent years, and two remain in Secondary. She works as a Cardiac Clinical Nurse Consultant for St Vincent’s Public Hospital and is currently studying a Masters of Nursing. Vanessa has a long history of involvement in Christian education having attended Mountain District School and Mount Evelyn Christian School. Vanessa is passionate about sharing the God-given gift of educating children within a school that encourages and supports the partnership with parents.

Christine Ernest

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Christine Ernest

Christine has been a PVCC parent since 2008. Four of her five sons are currently at the college, the eldest graduating in 2020. Christine is passionate about Christian education and decided to move to the area specifically so that her children could attend a Christian school with a Christ-centred ethos, principles, and worldview. Christine works part-time as a Registered Psychologist.

Christine’s educational qualifications include Bachelors & Masters degrees in Psychology, obtained in the US, and a Doctor of Psychology (Neuropsychology) from the University of Melbourne. She is a member of Mill Park Baptist Church. Her desire is to serve on the Board at PVCC and help maintain the strong Christian foundations and the community spirit instilled by the founders, and to support the student’s growth in wisdom and knowledge, in Christ.

Garreth Le Page

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Garreth Le Page

Gareth has been involved with PVCC for the past 15 years in a professional capacity as a master plan and landscape designer. Gareth grew up in a Christian household and is a member of Eltham Presbyterian Church. He and his wife have two daughters, both of whom attend PVCC. Gareth is inspired by the Christ-focussed devotion the college is committed to, and is excited to continue being a part of it.

Chris Griffin

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Chris Griffin

Chris Griffin and his wife have six children, three of whom are currently studying at PVCC. Chris has a Bachelor of Theoretical Physics and a PhD from Melbourne University. Chris has spent many years working in science, engineering, quality, and product development both overseas and in Australia. As a Christian, Chris is passionate about the synergy between science and faith and continues to work in his local church particularly in the areas of teaching youth and Sunday school. Chris embraces the mission of encouraging the next generation to develop a robust belief in Christ as Lord and Saviour, and a truthful, authentic, and obedient walk with God.