College Leadership

College Leadership

Dr. Janine Biggin

College Principal

Janine has been an educator within Catholic schools in Melbourne for over 25 years, having taught in single sex girls, boys, and co-educational settings. She has been a teacher of English, Literature, Religious Education and Humanities. Janine has regularly undertaken postgraduate study, completing qualifications in Education, including a Master of Education which included case studies of various learning and teaching models. Additionally, she has completed qualifications in Learning Diversity, Educational Leadership, Business Administration, and a Doctor of Education in Corporate Team-Based Learning.

As an educator, Janine believes strongly in meeting students at their point of need, personalising the learning journey for everyone. Janine and her family are all avid skaters, taking part in various skating sports. Her two adult children are also both going to work in education. In her free-time, Janine enjoys reading - especially a good thriller - and to travel with her family.

Nicole Allan

Deputy Principal - Learning and Teaching

Nicole Allan joined the community at the start of 2020. She is an experienced Deputy Principal of fifteen years, having undertaken Deputy Principal roles leading in Faith and Mission, Student Wellbeing and Learning and Teaching over her twenty-four year teaching career. Nicole is a Science (Biology specialisation) and Religious Education teacher who has also taught Maths, Health, Digital Tech and Humanities over her career.

She is passionate about ensuring every student in our community has a meaningful pathway through Emmanuel that will provide them with the capabilities required to thrive as an active, compassionate member of our society. Nicole aims to model that compassion for others to the community through actively being involved in social justice and living her Catholic faith authentically.

David Barr

Deputy Principal - Campus Leader - NDC

After completing his Arts Degree, David Barr opted to undertake his Diploma in Education in Perth. After a wonderful year of sun and study, David returned to Melbourne to commence his career in education. In 1981 he was most fortunate to be offered a six-week replacement position at St Paul’s College (now Emmanuel College) and has taught at the College ever since. During his lengthy journey at the College, David has held many positions, including Year Level Coordinator, Leader of HPE and ACC Sport, Senior Director of Studies, College Organiser, Timetabler and, for 26 years, a teacher of Year 12 English. He was also Secretary of the Associated Catholic Colleges Sports Association for 15 years.

During this time, David completed a Master's in Education with a focus on Professional Practice. In 2007 he was honoured to be appointed as the foundation Campus Leader of Notre Dame, and feels privileged to be a part of the campus growth over the years. In his spare time David enjoys gardening, fishing and following the mighty Blues.

Chris O'Malley

Deputy Principal - Campus Leader - SPC

Chris O'Malley has been teaching for close to 30 years in a number of Catholic Colleges. He first commenced at St Paul's College in 1995, then moved to MacKillop College in 1998 where he spent 15 years teaching in the areas of Music and Religious Education, and was heavily involved in the performing arts. During this time, Chris taught for a short period in Far North Queensland where he worked closely with Indigenous students and had a leadership role in student wellbeing.

Chris returned to Emmanuel College in 2012, where he has had a number of roles in his time back at the College. He has had a wide variety of leadership roles ranging from Director of Music, Pastoral Leadership, Faith Leadership and - over the past 11 years - as Deputy Principal both in Faith and Campus Leadership. Chris has degrees in music and theology, and a Master's degree in theology.

Mario Puopolo

Business Manager

Mario Puopolo has been the Business Manager at Emmanuel College for the past 12 years, and serves on various committees and the college advisory board. Prior to joining Emmanuel, Mario worked in senior management roles in various Universities, IT, architectural and consultancy practices in Australia and abroad. He has a broad range of qualifications in all facets of finance and governance and Mario is proud of recently earning an Executive MBA through ACU.

Mario is an advocate and example of life-long learning. Being a proud St. Paul's College alumnus (Class of 1982), Mario is passionate about the College and is constantly looking to improve facilities and amenities, along with business processes, for it to become a truly great experience for students, families and the community. Mario has two young children and enjoys camping, hiking and travelling with his family. A passionate Richmond supporter, he had the privilege of attending the 2017 and 2019 Grand Finals.

Kelley Revelman

Deputy Principal - Campus Leader - NDC

Kelley Revelman is one of the Campus Leaders at the Notre Dame Campus. She has been a Deputy Principal for 15 years and is passionate about supporting the wellbeing of all students. It is important to Kelley that Emmanuel College is a safe, calm place of learning where all students feel welcome and included.

Kelley teaches Religious Education but has also taught English, Humanities, Textiles and Food Tech. She loves reading and travelling, especially with her two young children. Every morning before school she swims at the beach, even in the freezing cold of winter - it is an inspiring way to start the day.

Mark Sciberras

Deputy Principal - Mission Integration

Mark Sciberras has been teaching at the College for over 20 years and is a dedicated member of the Emmanuel College community. During this time Mark served as the inaugural Chaminade House Leader at St Paul’s Campus for eight years, and then as the Pastoral Leader for another six years. Since 2020, Mark has been the Deputy Principal - Mission Integration.

Mark is a passionate Religious Education, Mathematics, Science and Biology teacher. He is a graduate from the University of Melbourne with a Degree in Science, ACU with a Graduate Diploma in Education, and Catholic Theological College with a Post Graduate Certificate in Theology. Mark grew up on a small farm and continues to have a passion for the outdoors. He has summited Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m), Everest Base Camp (5364m), and completed the Kokoda Track, plus numerous extended hikes through the Canadian Rocky Mountains. In 2015 he undertook a teaching exchange to Canada.

He is a keen Geelong supporter, reading enthusiast and strong advocate for social justice. Mark is a regular member at Queen of Peace parish. He is a proud husband, and father to his young daughter and puppy parent to his three-year-old spoodle Lulu.