Meet Our Team

As the founding Principal of Mary Queen of Heaven Primary School I am very excited about the opportunities we have to work in partnership with our families and community to create something special.

Inspired by the words and work of Saint Mary of the Cross Mackillop, I aim to  “Never see a need without doing something about it.”

My journey to Mary Queen of Heaven comes with extensive experience as a Principal and school leader in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Relationships are at the heart of all that I do.   Knowing the story of a child, their family and their community helps to shape the way that we can work and learn together. Building strong, trusting and respectful relationships comes before anything else.  Mary Queen of Heaven will be a welcoming learning community where dreams are lived and the impossible is made possible.

A focus of my leadership in my previous schools has been to develop a culture that places the student and their individual learning needs at the heart of the educational process, and I am very much looking forward to building this into the culture of Mary Queen of Heaven.  Mary Queen of Heaven will provide opportunities to enable every child to reach their full potential.  I will also be focussed on building strong partnerships with the community.  I strongly believe that the active engagement of the community can have a profound impact on the culture of the school and the education of our children.

Mary Queen of Heaven will be the sister school of St Carlo Borremeo, Greenvale and School of The Good Shepherd, Gladstone Park.  Right from the beginning I will be developing a close relationship between these two school communities as we operate as three schools in one Parish.

In addition to working with the school’s builders and architects to create an inspiring, contemporary physical space, this year I will also be searching for engaging, passionate educators who are committed to fostering nurturing relationships with children, working in partnership with families and collaborating with colleagues to ensure that every child is understood, nurtured and supported.  

Away from school I am a proud mother and wife. I am an avid reader, particularly of autobiographies and biographies and I have a life-long interest in wellness and fitness. Spending time with family in the great outdoors is what brings me joy away from my work. When the weather is right you may see me walking or running in the neighbourhood.  Be sure to say hello!

I feel privileged to have this opportunity and thank you for entrusting your precious children into our care. I know together we can do great things.  

Mrs Renae Gentile
Founding Principal

My name is Teresa Mattei and I have been recently appointed as the Office Manager/Bursar at Mary Queen of Heaven Primary School.  I come with years of experience in working in Catholic schools and I have a strong connection with the Catholic Church.

Prior to being appointed to this position, I had the privilege of working with Renae Gentile for 5 years, during which time we developed an excellent working relationship, built on trust, integrity, respect and authenticity. The prospect of collaboratively working with Renae once again, and with Mary being our beacon of light as we lead the Mary Queen of Heaven Primary School community into the future, is very exciting and appealing! In sharing the same vision and values:  kindness; loyalty; honesty; respect and inclusiveness and being inspired by Mary and her grace, our school community can be assured that you will be embraced into a warm friendly environment, where you will  always be made to feel valued, supported, safe, respected and connected as a MQH community.  With great anticipation, I am very excited to meet you all very soon!

My name is Steven Avis and I am extremely excited to be joining the Mary Queen of Heaven Primary School team. I have a passion for teaching and love seeing students reach their ‘A-ha’ moment in the classroom.

In my role as STEM teacher, I aim to provide students with unique and challenging projects and activities that will allow them to use their own problem-solving and analytical skills to complete different tasks and activities. I believe that teaching is an inclusive practice between student and teacher and allowing students to be themselves and have a voice in the classroom is paramount.

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, playing guitar and playing chess. I have been playing chess for most of my life and have been a chess coach in several capacities, teaching students as young as 4 to play the game. I have played in several tournaments and hope to continue to do so in the future.

I am an avid AFL fan (GO PIES!) and try to get to as many games as I can.

I am looking forward to being a part of the Mary Queen of Heaven Primary School community and meeting you all soon!

Hi my name is Bianca Simone and I am so grateful and excited to be part of the Mary Queen of Heaven’s community as the Lote, Arts, Music and Movement (LAMM) teacher.

I am a dedicated educator with 18 years experience having worked with primary and secondary students at an independent school as the music and choral director. My passion for music commenced at an early age having sat my first singing exam at the age of five. This opened many opportunities including a career in performance and teaching.

As a mother of three young children and as an educator, I understand the importance of creating a fun, engaging, safe and supportive environment that enriches the learning development for all students. I believe that each student learns differently and as teachers it is our role to cater for all learning styles to bring out the best qualities in each one of them. I take pride in building relationships with students, parents, colleagues, families and the wider school community and I look forward to sharing this journey with Mary Queen of Heaven’s school. As a practising Catholic, through music I will nurture students’ faith in developing an understanding of Jesus’ and Mary’s love to ‘let the light shine’ through all students.

Can’t wait to commence our musical journey together.

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