Noelene Bellingham is set to join Mount Sinai College as principal in September 2023 after an extensive local and international search, with support from external search firm ANZUK, the college board and senior representatives of staff.
President of the Mount Sinai board Daryn Saretzki said Billingham will bring a wealth of experience from her prior roles as Head of Primary at Kesser Torah College since 2016, and Head of Primary at Al Sadiq College from 2008-2015.
“We are truly fortunate that Noelene will be joining the Mount Sinai family and taking the helm at one of the strongest points in our history,” Saretzki said in a letter to parents.
“We have incredible teaching staff, a strong administration and a wonderful senior leadership team. We are also lucky to have really strong enrolments underpinned by a beautiful group of students and parents.
“All this supports our well-deserved reputation for epitomising our ‘6 kinds of best’ values, and is in no small part due to the leadership, vision and stewardship of Phil Roberts over the past 21 years as principal.”
Billingham began her teaching career at Waterford West Public School in Queensland before moving to London, where she taught early primary school, coordinated curriculum and was recognised for her best practice teaching.
Furthering her education, Billingham completed a Master of Education in School Guidance Counselling and an Educational Leadership course.
Since returning to Australia, she has taught and held leadership positions in the public and independent sectors. After a long tenure at Al Sadiq College, she moved to Kesser Torah College in 2016 as the Head of Primary where she embraced the Jewish community and its values.
“I am so excited about joining Mount Sinai College and am looking forward to working with the students, families and educators of our community as we continue to build on our Jewish heritage,” Billingham said.
Current principal Phil Roberts will finish at the school at the end of term two.