Introducing Two New Teachers

Introducing two of our new teachers in Middle School and Senior College – Mr Mark Peters and Mr Tony Horsley.   We are so thrilled to have both of them join our community.  Our students are already benefitting by having their dedication and passion for teaching.

Let’s get to know both of them a little bit.

Mr Mark Peters

Tell us about your teaching role:

“I’m teaching Geography and Business Studies and I’m a Pastoral Care Teacher for Year 7 Maroon.”

Where have you come from and where have you studied?

“My family moved to the Northern Illawarra five years ago from the Sutherland Shire and for the last six years I was a HSIE Teacher and Year Coordinator at Shire Christian School.   I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics at Sydney University before studying a Graduate Diploma in Education at University of New England UNE.”

Tell us a little bit about your personal life:

“My wife, Shannon and I have been married for nine years and we have three children ( Abigail 9 mths, Malakai 3 yrs and Willow 5 yrs) We have been attending Bulli Anglican Church for the last four years.”

What are you most looking forward to teaching here at Cedars this year?

“I enjoy being active and exploring God’s creation and am looking forward to encouraging Geography students to become informed and active participants in the world around them at a local, national, and global level.”

Mr Tony Horsley

Tell us about your teaching role:

“I am teaching Year 9 Extension Maths, Year 10 Extension Maths and Year 12 Extension 2 Maths.”

Where have you come from and where have you studied?

“I was most recently working at Southern Highlands Christian School teaching Extension Maths to Year 10 and doing project work for the Principal.  This latter role is based on my 25 years experience as Principal in six schools.  This role is continuing in 2021  in addition to being a teacher of Maths at Cedars.

I was Executive Principal of Illawarra Christian Education, which governs ICS and Calderwood CS from 2015 to 2019.

I studied at the University of Sydney where I gained a B.Sc. majoring in Pure Maths, Applied Maths and Mathematical Statistics.  I also have a Graduate B.Ed from UNE in Mathematics teaching.”

Tell us a little bit about your personal life:

“I have played tennis, cricket and rugby and I also like bushwalking and whitewater canoeing (I think I am past this now!).  I like model trains, photography, computers and reading Maths books at tertiary level.  I am married to Jenny, who is the Children’s Minister at Figtree Anglican Church.  I am the father of seven children, six sons and one daughter, who is the youngest at age 27.  I have 11 grandchildren.”

What are you most looking forward to teaching here at Cedars this year?

“I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with the Cedars community and teaching Maths to our talented Mathematics students.  I love seeing young people grow and learn, particularly in the context of being in God’s family.”

One fun fact about you!

“A fun fact, now that is hard.  All my jokes are “Dad” jokes.”