ICS Leadership Team

Mr Simon Lainson - Principal

BEd, Grad Dip in Bible and Ministry

Simon joined the staff team at Illawarra Christian School in 1999 and was appointed Principal in 2008. He has a Bachelor of Secondary Education Humanities and Social Sciences from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Bible and Ministry from Sydney Missionary and Bible College.

Simon is married to Sarah, and they have five children. He values the partnership his family enjoys with Illawarra Christian School through his children’s education. Simon is a member of Wollongong Baptist Church, where he serves as an elder. As chairperson of the NSW/ACT Christian Education National (CEN) Principals’ Network and a member of the CEN Hub Board and CEN NSW/ACT State Council, Simon plays an active role in the wider Christian education community.

Simon is passionate about equipping staff and students with a faithful, Christ-centred worldview that informs all of life. He is excited to be leading a community of Christian educators, parents and students who learn and grow together under God’s grace.

Mrs Jo Fahey - Deputy Principal

BCA/LLB, Grad Dip Ed

Jo has been teaching at Illawarra Christian School since 2003. Prior to her appointment as Prep–12 Deputy, Jo served in a number of infants/primary leadership roles. Jo graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Creative Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Education. She is currently completing her Masters of Educational Leadership through the National Institute for Christian Education.

Jo is married to Brett, and their two children attend Illawarra Christian School. As Music Ministry Coordinator at Harbour Church, Jo enjoys writing songs for the congregation, and she also values her weekly growth group.

Jo is enthusiastic about considering leadership from a biblical perspective and is keen to contribute to developing future leaders in Christian schools. She is also excited about building a positive school culture and community that reflects God and his purposes at Illawarra Christian School.

Mrs Cathy Wade - Coordinator of Teaching & Learning

BA, Dip Ed

Cathy taught in several state schools before joining the English staff at Illawarra Christian School in 1990. She was Head Teacher English until 2016 and was appointed Coordinator of Teaching and Learning in 2014. In this role, Cathy promotes a culture of growth in the school community, guiding staff in their professional learning, facilitating their professional development, and improving student learning opportunities.

Cathy attends Figtree Anglican Church, where she has been involved in the music ministry for many years. With her husband Jim, Cathy particularly enjoys spending time with her adult family and grandchildren.

Cathy is excited about the opportunities for teachers to increase their effectiveness as they impact student learning. She loves the performance and development culture at Illawarra Christian School, where teachers and students continually strive to grow in their teaching and learning practices so that they might best serve and honour God.

Mr Timothy Hewitt - Coordinator of Administration - Education

BSc (Hons), Dip Ed

Tim is a former Illawarra Christian School student who returned to join the staff team in 2013. He graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Geosciences and is currently completing his Masters of Educational Leadership through the National Institute for Christian Education.

Tim and his wife, Lyndel, have two sons, both of whom attend Illawarra Christian School. The family worships at Figtree Anglican Church, where Tim enjoys his home group and opportunities to lead prayer during services.

In his executive role, Tim is responsible for administration processes including timetabling, examination organisation, and oversight of accreditation and registration compliance. Tim has a long-standing commitment to Christian education. He values the part he plays in equipping young students for a God-honouring life beyond school, particularly in his role as careers advisor.

Mrs Simone Brown - Coordinator of Student Learning Opportunities

BA, Grad Dip Ed, Post Grad Dip Phsych

Simone began teaching at Illawarra Christian School in 2001 after several years experience in Queensland schools. She has taught K–6 classes and also secondary Japanese. In 2015 Simone was appointed to a primary leadership position, and she commenced her role as Coordinator of Student Learning Opportunities in 2017.

Simone is married to Trevor and has four children, all students at Illawarra Christian School. She is a member of St Marks Anglican Church, where she is involved in music and children’s ministries.

Simone monitors student performance in order to determine and facilitate effective learning paths for individuals. Her role also involves oversight of the school’s enrichment and learning support programs. Simone is dedicated to identifying the individual passions, gifts and needs of students and to providing opportunities that enrich student learning outcomes. She is energised by innovations in education and is excited about the direction teaching is taking.