Junior School

After the successful introduction and continued success of Years 5 & 6 at Downlands, the College is delighted to welcome Year 4 students in 2019. 

Downlands Junior School students will be based in the spacious, newly renovated Junior School Precinct in Mooney Wing.

The growth of the Downlands Junior School means that our education team has grown and we are delighted to introduce the new staff members joining us in 2019. We are extremely fortunate to have secured the services of a wonderfully diverse group of passionate educators.

Year 4 – Mrs Kara Locke
Kara has been teaching for 26 years in a range of educational contexts within Education Queensland. Her strengths and experience lie firmly in the Middle Primary years and in providing students with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills to create a springboard for future learning success in their later years of schooling. Kara is passionate about cultivating positive parent partnerships and establishing an engaging and rigorous classroom culture which promotes students' self-discipline, organisational skills, resilience and care for each other.

Year 6 – Mr Michael West
Michael has a Diploma of Teaching Primary and a Bachelor of Education and comes to Downlands with over 16 years teaching experience in Catholic Education throughout the Toowoomba Diocese. Michael has a wealth of life experience embedded in his teaching to support students to grow, not only academically, but also personally, culturally, spiritually and socially. Michael has a great deal of experience teaching in the Middle to Upper Primary year levels. His teaching philosophy is centred around building positive relationships with his students, their parents and the wider school community. Michael has a long history in both school and club rugby coaching. He is very keen to be a part of our vibrant, exciting and evolving Junior School and will be a wonderful asset.

Learning Support Teacher – Ms Mary Green
Mary comes to Downlands from All Hallows School where she served as Head of Department for Learning Support and Enrichment in Years 5 to 12. She has a diverse teaching background and has taught in New Zealand, Taiwan, New South Wales and Victoria. Mary’s work history reveals an enthusiastic and experienced educator in the field of Inclusive Education, providing students with innovative opportunities to achieve, learn and grow. Mary also possesses a passion for literacy and her skill set as a Teacher-Librarian will be a great asset to the Downlands Junior School.

Teacher of Years 4 to 6 – Ms Rosanne Pietsch (Music and Drama Specialist)
Rosanne has 15 years classroom teaching experience in both Queensland and New South Wales. She has taught at a number of different schools including St Ignatius College in Sydney and Loreto College in Brisbane. Most recently, Rosanne has enjoyed being the Flute Tutor in the Downlands College Music Immersion Program and conducting the Years 5 and 6 Immersion Band. This follows on from 2017 where Rosanne completed a year-long contract at Downlands teaching students from Year 5 through to Year 12. Rosanne has a Master of Education and brings with her a wealth of real-world experiences which can only enhance the teaching and learning culture of the Downlands Junior School.

On behalf of the students and staff of Downlands College we extend a warm welcome to all members of the Junior School team. 

Downlands Junior School - Staff Structure

  • Learning Support Teacher – Ms Mary Green
  • Teacher of Years 4 to 6 (Music and Drama Specialist) – Ms Rosanne Pietsch
  • Year 4 Blue – Mrs Kara Locke
  • Year 4/5 Red – Mrs Leigh Lucht (Curriculum Team Leader)
  • Year 5 Blue – Miss Katelyn Hannah
  • Year 6 Red – Mr Michael West
  • Year 6 Blue – Mr Keith Blaikie (Junior School Team Leader)

 We look forward to another fantastic year in 2019.