Meet our Executive Staff

Luke Schoff - Principal

I feel privileged to be the Principal at St James Lutheran College.

I have a great passion for, and deeply understand, Lutheran education and how it uniquely helps shape the lives of young learners. I bring to St James a rich background in teaching and learning, pastoral care, positive psychology and the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Previously I was Assistant Principal at Immanuel Primary School, Novar Gardens South Australia. Prior to that appointment I spent five years in teaching and leadership roles in International schools in Asia; firstly in Nanjing China and then Yokohama Japan. I started my teaching career at St Andrews Lutheran College on the Gold Coast.

Along with my Bachelor of Education, my further academic qualifications include a Post-graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and a Graduate Diploma of Theology in Education from Australian Catholic University and Australian Lutheran College respectively.

I have a strong commitment to my own professional ongoing learning and remain intimately networked through professional associations and collegial networks.

I live in beautiful Hervey Bay with my wife Emily and my two school aged sons, Harry and Oscar. I am a keen traveller, photographer and cook and enjoy entertaining at home when I get a chance.

Kelly Stirling, Deputy Principal

As Deputy Principal of St James Lutheran College, I take great pride in the school we are developing and the teaching and learning programs that are delivered here at all levels. 

I came to Hervey Bay from WA, where my experience has been across a variety of schools in a variety of year levels and contexts. I began my career as a primary school teacher in a country Catholic school before moving to a Lutheran College back in my home town of Rockingham, WA. At Living Waters Lutheran College, I taught Years 6-9, co-ordinated year groups and curriculum areas as well. It was at LWLC that I was nominated for and won the “Outstanding New Educator of the Year” Award. I then returned to the Catholic sector and my “alma mater”, Kolbe Catholic College as Head of Year, Service Learning Coordinator and later, as part of the Senior Leadership Team as Head of Religious Education. During my time at Kolbe, I also completed my Masters in Religious Education.

I came to St James Lutheran College in 2014 as Deputy Principal and continue to serve my community and God in the work I have privileged to be called here to carry out. We have an amazing community here at St James and I look forward to sharing in the school’s growth and progress into the future.

Jane Campion, Head of Primary School

Being the Head of Primary School is a dream job and the culmination of a long and highly rewarding career in education. The lines of passion and profession are blurred as I get to spend my days working alongside amazing staff and facilitating such a fabulous learning environment for our young students. 

Hervey Bay has been home on and off for me since 1983 and I am always so proud to promote what our region has to offer. I started my career as a Kindergarten Director in Cairns, travelled and worked overseas in Japan and China and then returned home to work in Toowoomba and then back in the Bay.

I have been able to be a classroom teacher for so much of my career but have had the opportunity to combine that with other roles that have allowed me to facilitate learning environments, write curriculum and mentor so many teachers. Dean of Studies, Head of Learning Support and Deputy Principal are positions that I held with pride and they all provided challenge, personal and professional growth and the opportunity to inspire students to follow their dreams.

When I am not at school, you will find me at the beach. It is my happy place and where I can be found on weekends with my head in a book, another passion of mine – reading. I love travelling and spending time with family and friends. 

St James is a wonderful learning place where families feel valued and safe. Students are at the centre of everything we do, inspiring them to learn and empowering them to serve in a Christian context. 

It is an exciting time to be in such a progressive school with beautiful agile learning spaces, play spaces that entice the children outside to play and a rich and rigorous curriculum that allows the children to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare them for a world that is ever changing.

Alan Aulsebrook, Business Manager

As St James LC Business Manager I am responsible to the Principal for the Macro level financial and administrative functions of the College as well as the day-to-day management and good order of the property.

I commenced my role at St James LC in 2014 following thirteen years as Business Manager in the Victorian Catholic Education system with Emmanuel College, Warrnambool. Prior to this I was for 12 years CEO of a regional adult education provider, SEAL Inc. These experiences have strengthened my resolve to deliver sound business management, which I know in turn supports the delivery of sound educational outcomes.

Married to Fiona since 1988, together we have four children the youngest of which, Elke is studying at St James LC.

Since completing my initial tertiary Bachelor in Applied Science I have since completed Graduate Certificate in Accounting, Graduate Diploma in Business (Management) and more recently a Diploma Business (Governance).