L-R: Matt Bartlett, Duane Smith, Gemma Novotny

New staff in Student Services

Our Student Services team has welcomed three new staff in 2021.

Duane Smith

Role: Aboriginal Islander Education Officer (AIEO)

I am a former student who graduated from Warwick Senior High School in 2017. It is very exciting to be able to return here to work closely with Student Services and to get involved with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. I am a Noongar-Yamatji man who believes in the importance of education and culture. My main role is to engage with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and to assist them with their education and engagement within the school.

Matt Bartlett

Role: Chaplain

My name is Matt Bartlett and I am joining the Student Services team here at Warwick Senior High School as the new School Chaplain. I hesitate to write “new” because, as you can see, I am far from it. Perhaps, you can think of me as the new, old Chaplain!

A bit about me…

  • I have 4 young adult children – 2 boys (25 yo and 19 yo) and 2 girls (23 yo and 21 yo). They all live in Perth and they continue to inspire me, challenge me, amaze me, confuse me, and fill my heart with joy.
  • I am a Youth Worker by “trade”, having started my foray into the Youth Work world the year after I graduated from Duncraig Senior High School (1989 – see, I am old!!!). I moved to the small East Kimberley town of Halls Creek to work with the Indigenous young people in that incredible part of our state. I studied as a mature aged student (2006-2009) at Edith Cowan University (ECU), where I received the Top Student award in my Bachelor of Social Science degree. Since then, I have been lucky enough to be a part time lecturer in the Bachelor of Youth Work degree at ECU for the past 11 years.
  • I have been a School Chaplain since 1995 (see, I am old!!!), across three schools in the northern suburbs – Belridge Senior High School (1995-1999), Connolly Primary School (2005-2012) and Ocean Reef Senior High School (2005-2006, 2010-2020).
  • I have also been privileged to spend the past 18 months working nights and weekends as a Residential Youth Worker at Oxford Foyer, Leederville – a youth housing service founded on the idea that ending youth homelessness can be achieved through education, training and sustainable employment.
  • I love board games, reading, coffee, cooking, the beach, playing netball and volleyball, and getting into the outdoors, especially with a backpack or on a bike. Since turning 40 a few years ago (you do the maths), I have completed the Bibbulmun Track (1000+km), the Munda Biddi Trail (1000+km) and the Cape to Cape Trail (132km). I have dreams of hiking the Overland Track (Tasmania), the John Muir Trail (California) and the Camino de Santiago (Spain).

I am really looking forward to becoming part of the community here at Warwick. Please get in touch if there is anything I might be able to assist you or your child with, or just come and say “hi” – remember, I’m the newbie.

Gemma Novotny

Role: Upper School Student Services Manager

I begin my journey at Warwick Senior High School as Year Coordinator for Years 10, 11 and 12 for 2021, joining the Student Services team.

My philosophy of education has always been to encourage students to be aspirational in their goals, by promoting a sense of self worth, self awareness, and personal identity allowing them to be accountable for their well being, preparing them for future success.

I have completed a Bachelor of Sport Science Degree at Edith Cowan University, and followed this with a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education in Health and Physical Education. After working in several Perth metropolitan schools as a Health and Physical Education teacher, I became Head of Interschool Sport at John Wollaston Anglican Community School for 4 years followed by Head of House at Peter Moyes Anglican Community School for 5 years. Realising that my passion was pastoral care, I soon became a part of the Student Services team as the Lower School Coordinator at Ocean Reef Senior High School from 2018  to 2020.

In 2021, my role will be to support the holistic needs of students in Senior School and I am keen to get to know the 2021 Student Council as I will be working closely with them also.

I am looking forward to working with the Senior School cohorts, supporting them whilst they are on their important journey to future success.