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Carolyn Blanden (Principal Fairfield & Blacktown)

Carolyn has over 30 years’ experience in both private and independent education settings. She brings 12 years of Principal expertise to her role as Principal of both the Fairfield and Blacktown Warakirri College campuses. Carolyn is committed to providing educational opportunities to support young people in achieving their goals to become independent and confident members of the community.


Jennifer Lawrence (Head of Campus Fairfield)

Jennifer has over 20 years’ experience in secondary education across multiple schools in South Western Sydney. Jennifer is responsible for the day to day management of the Fairfield campus, and acts as an interface between community groups and Warakirri to assist students in accessing cost free support services.


Darren Mexsom (Coordinator Blacktown)

Darren has worked within alternative education for young people who have disconnected from mainstream education for over 20 years. Darren oversees the day to day running of the Blacktown campus and takes a personal approach to ensure student’s circumstances are understood and their education is tailored around personal needs.


Melissa Hodder (School Counsellor)

Melissa has a background working with youth facing mental health challenges, homeless youth, and complex family situations. Melissa provides students with confidential counselling sessions as needed and works with students to enhance their wellbeing and develop education plans.


Chris Khoury (Coordinator Fairfield)

Prior to Warakirri Chris has worked within the State Department of Education System. He looks after student welfare and liaises with NESA (New South Wales Educational Standards Authority) to ensure students are appropriately supported.  Chris is also the communication point for parents and carers and he provides regular updates on student progress.


Alissa Ghadban (Coordinator Blacktown)

Before coming to Warakirri, Alissa worked within the state education system. Alissa is responsible for the administration and coordination of welfare through NESA (New South Wales Educational Standards Authority) and ensures students are supported. Alissa also takes care of updating parents and carers on educational and personal progress.