Boarding Staff

Head of House

Our dedicated boarding team of 20 staff – 12 women and 8 men, with qualifications in areas such as teaching, nursing and counselling is ensuring a high level of individual care for every student. Many of the boarding staff live close-by, creating a close-knit community and all the boarding staff work together to provide a secure and friendly environment for the boarders.

Mr Neale Poole
Director of Boarding • Head of Sellars House – Boys



Scout Symons
Head of Wilson House – Girls

Scout has a broad background in boarding, legal work and finance in addition to a broad range of community work and service. Scout has a double degree in Law and Social Science. Prior to coming to Scots Scout was House Parent in Girls boarding at Nexus International School in Malaysia and has worked previously in boarding in Queensland.

“I was attracted to Scots based on the ideal around helping students become world ready citizens. I like that there is an emphasis on all aspects of wellbeing in and out of school.”

Other Boarding Staff

In support of each Head of House, there is a dedicated team of MODs (Mistress / Master on Duty), GAP Students, Academic Support Staff and cleaning staff who all assist with the specific needs of each boarder.

The MOD’s share supervision duties each day. Their duties include waking the boarders, getting them off to breakfast and ensuring they are ready for school. Each evening they supervise recreation and Prep time and are available for help, assistance and guidance. Our MOD’s are also responsible for many of the day-to-day tasks. They arrange and supervise games, activities and excursions after hours and on weekends, drive boarders to and from after school commitments if they cannot obtain transport and assist in other areas where needed, acting in the place of a parent.

Our Prep Tutors are our academic staff. They work with our boarders to promote academic progress, check the performance of boarders by looking at homework, discussing work matters and assisting with problems. Specialist tutors in all subject areas are available throughout the week to help the students with their homework.

Our School Nurse visits both houses each morning and will assess individual boarder’s needs, whether it be physical, mental, emotional or social. She liaises with other support staff to ensure the boarder’s needs are met. She also overseas any medical, dental and physiotherapy appointments for the boarders.

Our boarders also have access to our School Counsellor, School Psychologist, School Chaplain, Heads of House and the Head of Boarding, all on a regular basis with a focus on the boarders’ happiness, health and wellbeing. The staff team environment in boarding ensures that your child’s needs are always at the forefront of the boarding staffs’ minds.

Elsa Kilgour
School Nurse
Elsa joined Scots at the start of Term 3, 2017. She has an extensive nursing experience in areas including Close Observation Unit, Intensive Care Cardiothoracic, Medical Surgical, Maternity, Remote Areas, and as Flight Nurse for Care Flight International. Elsa has recently worked as a Remote Area Nurse/Midwife in an Aboriginal Community just out of Darwin NT.


Sam McDonald
Learning Assistant
Beth Bear
MOD Wilson House
Robyne Fulton
MOD Sellars House
Brigitte Bailey
MOD Wilson House
Kristen Zumbo
MOD Wilson House
Sue Mitchell
MOD Wilson House
Scott Nicolson
MOD Sellars House
Daisie Thomas
MOD Wilson House
Tom Mewett
MOD Sellars House
Alison Mitchell
MOD Wilson House
Kevin Turner
MOD Sellars House

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