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Leadership team

Much educational research focuses on the importance of the teacher in assisting students to achieve. At Sunshine Coast Grammar School we invest in our greatest resources – the people. We encourage professional excellence in all staff. Teachers who are the leaders in their field, committed to their purpose of educating young people, and who are genuinely passionate about their work.

At Sunshine Coast Grammar School we have made a purposeful commitment to high quality education and our staff are committed to their own professional practice to ensure our school is well equipped to support student achievement in all endeavours.

School Principal

Mrs Maria Woods

I have been honoured to be Principal of Sunshine Coast Grammar School since July 2012. Prior to joining Grammar I was the Deputy Principal at Cannon Hill Anglican College in Brisbane for four years and also served a period as Acting Principal.

Prior to joining Cannon Hill Anglican College I served in a number of executive roles at St Margaret’s Anglican Girl’s School including Assistant Principal and Head of Boarding.

In 2011, I was awarded a Griffith University Professional Development Scholarship to undertake my Doctorate in Philosophy. Additionally, I am a member of the Australian College of Education and Australian Institute of Company Directors and I have presented at numerous conferences and events on Leadership and Innovation as well as in my own educational area of Drama and the Arts.

I believe it is important in my role to be involved in making a contribution to the wider business and educational community and as such I sit on:
– the Sunshine Coast Committee for the Australian Institute of Company Directors
– the University of the Sunshine Coast Educational Academic Advisory Committee

I also contribute to the Creative Schools Management Monthly Journal for Educators.
I am both personally and professionally invested in the school with both my children attending SCGS – my elder son in Secondary and my younger son in Primary. Similarly, many of our staff send their children to SCGS.

I look forward to welcoming you into our great School community sometime in the future.

Head of Secondary

Darren MacLeod-Paterson

I am honoured to introduce myself as the Head of Secondary at Sunshine Coast Grammar School for 2021. I began my career as a Science teacher in Western Australia before moving to North Queensland in the early 1990’s. Over the past 30 years, I have had the opportunity to hold a number of leadership positions including Head of Faculty, Head of House, Head of Sport, Head of Middle School and Dean of Students.

I have been a member of the teaching team at Grammar since 2009 and my greatest passion is teaching Senior Biology. My educational philosophy is to ignite a passion for learning in our students so that they can continue through life with a growth mindset. Developing our students not for today but for the future. I am very passionate about creating a learner centred environment built upon strong respectful relationships between students and their teachers.

Secondary School at Grammar builds upon the knowledge, understandings and skills that are cohesively and sequentially developed in our Primary School. In Secondary School we further develop and integrate the total learning process at home, at school and in the community. The student remains the focal point in all that we do and our aim is to provide each student with many options to meet their individual education goals.

Our curriculum is designed with a strong academic focus to meet the needs of students considering further studies post Year 12. We also recognise the need to provide suitable pathways for all students throughout the Senior Phase of Learning. Opportunities exist for students to be involved in School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships while support is ongoing for those who wish to work toward a Tertiary Rank. It is acknowledged that regardless of the pathway taken, all students have an obligation to uphold the specific academic demands that best prepare them for life beyond school.

Head of Primary

Mr Paul Clegg

I have been honoured to be the Head of Primary at Grammar since 2008. Prior to my appointment at Sunshine Coast Grammar I have been a Deputy Principal and Acting Principal in a range of Primary Schools throughout Queensland and a Primary School classroom teacher from 1991- 2000.

Some of my career highlights include presenting at State and National literacy conferences, travelling Queensland training teachers in proactive behaviour management strategies and leading and facilitating the teacher training workshops on the Sunshine Coast for the implementation of Prep in to Queensland.

My role as Head of Primary extends beyond Sunshine Coast Grammar school through my active involvement in the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia and the Sunshine Coast Independent Primary Heads Association.

My desire as an educator is to prepare our staff to be engaging 21st century teachers developing capabilities in students to thrive in the 21st century.

I extend an invitation to discuss the many benefits of your child or children attending our distinctive caring school.

Business Manager

Ms Lyn Stokes

I have been honoured to be Business Manager of Sunshine Coast Grammar School since 2016. Prior to this I was Financial Controller at the School from 2005 to 2016.

Before joining Grammar I was employed as a Corporate Services Executive in the in the NGO sector for over 10 years. My business experience prior to that encompassed several industries including retail, media, property development, accounting and insurance.

Since 2014 I have been the PMSA’s representative on the Block Grant Authority which is the body that advises government on capital grant allocations for all Queensland independent Schools. I am also a Director/Company Secretary of the Sunshine Coast Grammar School Foundation.


Jon Taylor

I have been honoured to be the Grammar chaplain since 2008. I trained as a Primary School Teacher, have a degree in Theology and I am a registered marriage celebrant.

My role involves being the Head of the Christian Education Department (P-12), leading Chapel services for all Year groups P-12, staff and families, and having a pastoral care role for all students and their families.

I have a heart for getting alongside people and building relationships, helping them through the journey of life. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have assisted in launching the ‘Grammar Helping Hands’ group, an example of both servant leadership and faith in action which has culminated in three trips to Timor-Leste so far

Our students are informed about the life, death and rising of Jesus Christ and given the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with God through Jesus. The lessons are based on the Christian values of honour, respect, humility, forgiveness, compassion, faith, hope and love.

Should you have any questions with regards to the Christian mission of our school please contact me on

early childhood education and care



I have been part of the Grammar family ever since Prep. So many doors have been opened for me at Grammar, providing me so many magnificent opportunities to thrive. All throughout my time at Grammar I have been continuously encouraged by teachers to not only achieve, but to extend myself in all areas. One area I aspire to is our…
Lily Woods, Student
Each of us are truly blessed to teach, learn and play alongside such passionate, respectful and caring people every day at Grammar. To share each day with staff, students and their families in a school community built solidly on service above self and looking outwards to others is indeed humbling.
Ben Princehorn
I am privileged to have worked at Sunshine Coast Grammar School since 1999. I enjoy working with like-minded people who are passionate about the education of young people. Sunshine Coast Grammar School provides students with the opportunities that will allow each individual to reach their true potential. I believe in a Grammar education so much, my son will spend his…
Jeannie Baxter-Reid, Teacher and Parent
We have two kids that attend the centre and this is now our 4th year. We did attend another centre for a short period but missed Grammar ELC so much we came back and couldn’t be happier! There are minimal staff changes which means we are familiar with every educator there and they know all the children. The number of…
Brooke & Trevor Smith
We couldn’t want a better place of care and education for our son. We have complete confidence dropping him to Grammar Early Learning Centre that he will be very well looked after and leave each day with a happy child. What more could we want as parents.
Ellie O’Hara
Riley has been at Grammar Early Learning Centre for over 18 months. She loves her teachers and has developed beautiful friendships with the other children. It has been wonderful to experience the warm and friendly atmosphere at the centre, each time we drop off and pick up! The teachers go out of their way for each child and shows genuine…
Liana Simpson
We moved to Queensland earlier this year and are in awe of the care and love given to both our children, Jack and Isla. The teachers seem to appreciate my children’s individuality and understand their challenges, the progress we’ve seen in both of them through the year has been wonderful.  We are so grateful to have a safe and fun…
Kate Taylor
Our family relocated from Hong Kong to the Sunshine Coast five years ago. When looking for a suitable school we chose Sunshine Coast Grammar because of its reputation and balance for academic and sporting excellence. We fell in love with the grounds and superb facilities at the school. The boys are all involved heavily with the music program and finding…
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