Mr Wayne Stewart – Head of Boarding
With 20 years’ experience in boarding and teaching, Mr Stewart has worked nationally and internationally at leading institutions, including in South Africa, Saudi Arabia and across Australia. He comes to WAS from the Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) in Brisbane, where he led 450 students and 60 Staff as Director of Cricket in the highly competitive GPS competition. Mr Stewart is a passionate educator and mentor, with extensive coaching and development experience. He is joined in boarding by his wife Mrs Kirsty-Anne Stewart (Head of Trinity) and their two children.
Mrs Laine McIntyre – Boarding Housemother
After a thorough campaign to attract a Boarding Housemother for Booth House, Laine McIntyre commenced in the role in 2019. Laine is well known to the students and school community, and is a familiar face to our boarders as she has previously driven the boarding bus and worked in the boarding kitchen with Jay’s Catering. Laine is herself a mother of one (son Johnathan), and plays a key role in supporting our boarding students during their time away from home.
Mr Alexander Kertesz – Assistant Head of Boarding
Having previously worked as a high-performance coach in professional sports, Mr Kertesz is Assistant Head of Boarding as well as Coordinator of Athletic Performance & Physical Development at Whitsunday Anglican School. Mr Kertesz has a wide range of experience in boarding schools, including as Assistant Boarding Housemaster at the renowned Shore School in Sydney. He resides on campus with his wife Elise and their three children.
Mr Alex Barker – Assistant Head of Boarding & Academic Staff
Mr Barker is an English, Humanities & Science teacher who initially joined Booth House in 2016, and was in an Acting role as Assistant Head of Boarding at WAS for much of 2017. Previously Alex taught for six years at Melbourne’s elite Caulfield Grammar School where he also worked in Morcom Boarding House. He has extensive educational experience including in metropolitan and regional Victoria, in the remote NT community of Arlparra, and internationally across Japan, Laos and Nepal. Mr Barker has returned to Booth House from April 2021 along with his wife Nobuko and their children after three years living in Japan.
Mrs Annette Webb – School Nurse
One of the most important aspects of boarding life is that of a boarder’s health and wellbeing. A Registered Nurse, Mrs Webb has the role of caring for our boarders in their time of need. Boarders have access to Mrs Webb throughout the School day, morning and afternoon clinics in Booth House, as well as 24/7 on call access.