Governance and Leadership


Tyndale Christian School is an independent, co-educational, inter-denominational school governed by a Board of Governors appointed by Tyndale Christian School Incorporated. Leadership in the School flows from the Board of Governors, through the Head of Schools (Mike Potter) to the Principal and his leadership team, to staff and student leaders.

The School Association has a single member – Tyndale Christian School Inc. (Salisbury East). The Board of Governors of Tyndale Christian School is made up of persons who have, or who have had, a direct relationship with the School, whether this is as a parent, staff member or former student. The Association appoints up to twelve of its members to the Board of Governors, who are the custodians of the School's Vision, Mission, Core Purpose and Values. Members of the Board of Governors are elected at the Tyndale Christian School Annual General Meeting  held in May of each year.

The Board of Governors appoints the Head of Schools who, as the Board’s Chief Executive Officer, oversees the management of the Schools on a day to day basis. The Head of Schools reports directly to the Board of Governors, and the School’s Principal and Business Manager both report monthly to and are accountable to the Board.

The Principal has developed a leadership team, made up of the Deputy-Principal, Business Manager, and Office Manager. The School has also appointed staff to Positions of Responsibility.


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Tyndale Christian School is governed by a Board of Governors elected by the Tyndale Christian School Association.

The role of the Board of Governors is to serve God by upholding the Christian values and the Constitution of the Association on which the School has been established.

The Board also ensure that the School meets its social, ethical and operating objectives:

  • Clearly articulate the Vision and Mission of the School;
  • Establish policies aimed at achieving the Vision and Mission;
  • Appoint a Head of Schools who is equipped to provide leadership in achieving the School’s Vision and Mission;
  • Support the Head of Schools and assess his or her performance;
  • Govern by policy determination, establishing executive policies and limitations for execution by the Head of Schools;
  • Ensure that in achieving the Vision and Mission, the Head of Schools is provided with resources which are adequate and appropriate;
  • Ensure effective organisational planning and adequate resources;
  • Ensure the accountability of the Head of Schools and itself (the Board);
  • Ensure legal, ethical and spiritual integrity and maintain accountability; and
  • Recruit and orient new Board Members and assess board performance.

The current Board of Governors are:

Mr Ashley Bennett  Board Chair 

Mrs Sarah Baeker  Deputy Board Chair

Mrs Tammy Phillips Treasurer 

Mrs Naomi Porter   Secretary

Mrs Olivia Dykes

Mr Alan Howard-Jones

Mr Jesse Ngatia

Mr Matthew Green - Strathalbyn Representative 

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Mr Sam Cheesman joined the School as Principal in January 2020 having already taught for 21 years across four schools and two countries. His experience includes working at SPH International Kemang Village, in Jakarta, in its inaugural year of 2010. He has previously held leadership positions in pastoral care, academic roles and boarding. He first trained as a teacher of Geography and middle school Mathematics before undertaking a Master of Education in Leadership and Management at Flinders University. Sam is married to Heather and they have two adult children, Bella and Jack.

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Miss Danielle Kuhlmann joined the Tyndale Christian School Murray Bridge staff in 2009 as the Finance Officer and was appointed Business Manager in 2015 and then she was appointed Business Manager for Strathalbyn in 2017. She is an Associate Member of the Institute of Public Accountants and has a Diploma of Accounting. Miss Kuhlmann is responsible for all the financial and non-academic functions of the School. Danielle is passionate about seeing the educational services of a school supported through sound business management.

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Ms Narelle Kluge joined Tyndale in 2008 after completing her Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Drama and English at Tabor College. Narelle has taught a variety of subjects including English, Drama, Workplace Practices and Personal Learning Plan. She is passionate about helping students find their calling and educational pathway towards lifelong learning. Narelle was appointed Secondary Curriculum Leader in 2017 after several years as a Faculty Leader. As an old scholar and local member of the community, Narelle values the community of Tyndale and the Biblical principles the school is founded on. She is currently continuing her studies with a Master of Education.

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Mr Cameron Lock joined Tyndale Christian School Strathalbyn in 2007 and has taught extensively in the Middle Primary classes.  He holds a Diploma in Justice Administration and a Bachelor of Education (Primary) specialising in Physical Education.  Cameron is passionate about developing students’ spiritual, academic and leadership abilities in order to equip them for Secondary education and life outside of school.  He was appointed as Deputy Principal in 2016.  Cameron is married to Leah and has four daughters, Grace, Naomi, Elise and Talia.

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Kelly joined Tyndale in late 2017 after completing her Masters of Teaching (Early Childhood) as a mature-aged student. She taught in our Strathalbyn Early Learning Centre in 2018, then in our Murray Bridge Early Learning Centre in 2019 and returns to us now in the position of Early Learning Centre Director under the guidance of Susan Hodgins, our Executive Director of Early Learning.

Kelly is a passionate advocate for God-honouring, child-centred Early Childhood Education and she is proud to be a life-long member of the Adelaide Hills community.

Through her roles as an Early Childhood Teacher, a Sunday School teacher, playgroup and creche coordinator, Junior sports administrator and as a mother of three children born 2011-2016, Kelly has developed a strong awareness for the age-specific development and learning needs of young children. Her pedagogical approach centres on cross-curricular, inquiry-based learning opportunities in a play-based learning environment, where children receive appropriate support and instruction whilst maintaining control of their own learning journey.


Jessica joined Tyndale Christian School in 2019 as an upper primary teacher, and continues to teach as well as focusing on developing our primary curriculum.  Jessica graduated from Tabor College Adelaide in 2005 with a Bachelor of Education and has spent her past 14 years teaching, and running her family business with her husband. Jessica has a passion for developing and implementing curriculum that encourages excellence, inquiry and generates opportunities for all students.  Jessica is married to Ben and has two children, Amelia and Christopher.


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Mr Nicholas Simons joined Tyndale Christian School Strathalbyn in 2004 as a Maths/Science teacher. His passion has been in the Middle School years, being appointed Middle School Coordinator in 2016, and Secondary Coordinator in 2017. His university studies focussed on Ecology and Genetics. This interest is now expressed through the Agriculture and Environmental programs. He has returned to study his Masters of Education in Leadership and Management at Flinders University in 2017. He has also been part of his church Oversight Team and Management Team, stepping down from these roles in 2016 to focus on his new role within Tyndale Christian School. With his wife Carla, they have seven children.

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Mrs Emma Jones joined the Tyndale Christian School Strathalbyn staff back in 1996. Emma has been the teacher of Reception to Year 2 classes and relief taught from the ELC to Year 12. Emma holds a Bachelor of Teaching specialising in Physical Education and a Bachelor of Education specialising in Music. Emma has a heart for children with special needs and an interest in working with teaching staff to differentiate the curriculum and offer strategies to maximise the learning opportunities of all students. Emma started up a primary small class in 2012 for students requiring learning support and has introduced a similar secondary class in 2019. Together with Mr Phil Jones, she has 3 children.


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Ms Lynette Colebatch joined the School in 2011 as a Student Services Office Receptionist. In 2012 Lynette was appointed Office Manager and Enrolments Officer. Prior to commencing at Tyndale Christian School Strathalbyn, Lynette worked in Real Estate as a Property Manager. Lynette studied a Diploma in Youth and Community Work (Christian) while working in full time Christian Ministry for 13 years. Lynette has three daughters, Laura, Ayesha and Emily, two sons-in-law Jason and Nick grandchildren, Benjamin and Bethany.

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Early Learning Centre 
2 Chapel Street
Strathalbyn SA 5255

Administration, Primary, Middle and Senior School
28 East Terrace
Strathalbyn SA 5255

Postal Address

a PO Box 642
Strathalbyn SA 5255
p 08 8536 5400
f 08 8536 5444

Office Hours

School Terms 8am to 4pm
School Holidays 9am to 3pm



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Main Administration Office
p 08 8536 5400

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