Governance and Leadership


Tyndale Christian School is an independent, co-educational, inter-denominational school governed by a Board of Governors appointed by Tyndale Christian School Incorporated. Leadership in the School flows from the Board of Governors, through the Head of Schools (Mike Potter) to the Principal and his leadership team, to staff and student leaders.

The School Association has a single member – Tyndale Christian School Inc. (Salisbury East). The Board of Governors of Tyndale Christian School is made up of persons who have, or who have had, a direct relationship with the School, whether this is as a parent, staff member or former student. The Association appoints up to twelve of its members to the Board of Governors, who are the custodians of the School's Vision, Mission, Core Purpose and Values. Members of the Board of Governors are elected at the Tyndale Christian School Annual General Meeting held in May of each year.

The Board of Governors appoints the Head of Schools who, as the Board’s Chief Executive Officer, oversees the management of the Schools on a day to day basis. The Head of Schools reports directly to the Board of Governors, and the School’s Principal and Business Manager both report monthly to and are accountable to the Board.

The Principal has developed a leadership team, made up of the Deputy-Principal, Business Manager, and Office Manager. The School has also appointed staff to Positions of Responsibility.


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Tyndale Christian School is governed by a Board of Governors elected by the Tyndale Christian School Association.

The role of the Board of Governors is to serve God by upholding the Christian values and the Constitution of the Association on which the School has been established.

The Board also ensure that the School meets its social, ethical and operating objectives:

  • Clearly articulate the Vision and Mission of the School;
  • Establish policies aimed at achieving the Vision and Mission;
  • Appoint a Head of Schools who is equipped to provide leadership in achieving the School’s Vision and Mission;
  • Support the Head of Schools and assess his or her performance;
  • Govern by policy determination, establishing executive policies and limitations for execution by the Head of Schools;
  • Ensure that in achieving the Vision and Mission, the Head of Schools is provided with resources which are adequate and appropriate;
  • Ensure effective organisational planning and adequate resources;
  • Ensure the accountability of the Head of Schools and itself (the Board);
  • Ensure legal, ethical and spiritual integrity and maintain accountability; and
  • Recruit and orient new Board Members and assess board performance.

The current Board of Governors are:

Mr Ashley Bennett Board Chair
Mrs Sarah Baeker Deputy Board Chair
Mrs Tammy Phillips Treasurer
Mrs Naomi Porter Secretary
Mrs Olivia Dykes  
Mr Alan Howard-Jones  
Mr Jesse Ngatia  
Mr Matthew Green Strathalbyn Representative





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Mr Mike Potter joined the School as Principal in July 2000, after almost thirteen years working as Assistant Principal at Cavina School, a British Preparatory School in Nairobi Kenya. Born in South Australia, Mr Potter completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Geography, and a Diploma of Education at the University of Adelaide. Mike is married to Dani, and they have five children, Leah, Benjamin, Haylee, Daniel and James. Dani is also a qualified teacher and until their return, was Headmistress of a kindergarten.


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Mr Bruce Hicks joined Murray Bridge as Principal in 2013 after being Deputy and a teacher at Tyndale Strathalbyn since 2002. Prior to that Bruce had been a teacher and principal in the state system as well as a period of time in private enterprise. Bruce was born at Penola and grew up at Frances in the South East of South Australia. Following his secondary education at Naracoorte, he attended Wattle Park Teachers’ College gaining an Advance Diploma in Education and then gained his Bachelor and Masters’ degrees by correspondence from the University of SA and Deakin University respectively. Bruce is married to Melita, and they have six children, Sharma, Perrin, Nahtahnya, Jed, Kunika and Joshua as well as 10 grandchildren. While Melita is a qualified teacher, she has run her retailing businesses for the past 30 years in Mt Compass.


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Mr Gary Johns has worked as a Business Manager in Christian schools since 2008 before joining Tyndale Christian School Murray Bridge in 2017. Prior to that, he worked as an accountant in the State Government for 18 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, is a Certified Practicing Accountant and is responsible for the financial and non-academic functions of the School. Gary is married to Karyn and they have four children and two grandchildren.


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Mrs Meredith Lockery joined the Tyndale staff in 1997 as a Special Education teacher. She has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) at Sydney University, a Bachelor of Education Junior Primary/Primary and a Master of Special Education at Flinders University. She also has completed family therapy training at Bower Place in Adelaide as a counsellor of individuals, couples and families. Meredith oversees Teaching and Learning across all Tyndale Schools and works closely mentoring the staff at Murray Bridge. Meredith is married to Peter, and they have four adult daughters, two sons-in-law, one grandson and a grand dog!


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Mrs Jenny Jansen joined Tyndale Murray Bridge in 2010, and taught Reception and Year 1 classes for 10 years. Jenny was raised in Whyalla and completed the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education as a mature age student. Jenny is married to Tony, a Community Nurse, and they have five adult children, Hannah, Tim, Nick, Kate and Olivia. They are also grandparents to one grandchild and are looking forward to more!!  Jenny became the Learning Support Leader in 2020. She is passionate about supporting students, along with their families and wider community, to reach their full potential. She believes that students are unique in the way they learn, and that all students will have improved outcomes through a nurturing and stimulating educational environment.


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Miss Susan Hogins joined Murray Bridge in 2017 and is also the Director of Early Learning at Tyndale Strathalbyn. Susan has been teaching in both primary and Early childhood settings. Susan is passionate about seeing children develop academically, socially and emotionally through a rich play based curriculum.


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Catherine Grant has worked in various educational settings across Adelaide in both Catholic and Independent sectors. Cath joined the team at Tyndale Murray Bridge in 2017 as both Reception teacher and Junior School Coordinator. She has a passion for enabling students to become life-long learners and seeks to provide opportunities for students to reach their learning potential through rich, collaborative, inquiry-based investigations. She strives to provide opportunities for students to connect with their own thinking and learning but also provides the space for innovative and creative ideas. Catherine has a Bachelor of Music (Specialising in Music Education), a Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary/Primary) and is currently studying a Masters of Education (Leadership and Management) through Flinders University.


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Mr Tim Howard is passionate about equipping and empowering students to thrive, bringing various vocational pathways alive and supporting them to make conscious and educated decisions about their future. Having worked across several industries, he sees the value in developing transferable skills that open doorways into the workplace.


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Since graduating in July 2011, Lyndsae has had the privilege of working at all three Tyndale campuses, commencing at Tyndale Murray Bridge in January 2017. Coming on board with the first group of Year 11 Tyndale Murray Bridge students, then moving into the role of SACE Co-ordinator in 2018, she is honoured be part of the development of SACE in the Senior School at Murray Bridge and to see students succeed in their SACE (with many students the first in their families to do so). 


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Mrs Tania Gutteridge joined Tyndale in 2009 and is the Enrolment Officer and Office Manager. Tania loves meeting with new families and helping them with their transition into Tyndale School-life. She is married to Robin, has three children, one daughter-in-law and a great-dane named Leo. Tania and Robin love to spend their time off cruising the river and lakes on their classic timber boat.


Main Administration Office
136a Adelaide Road
Murray Bridge SA 5253

Postal Address

a 136a Adelaide Road
Murray Bridge SA 5253
p 08 8531 4600

Office Hours

School Terms 8am to 4pm
School Holidays 9am to 3pm



To report student attendance please phone or email one of the following:

Main Administration Office
p 08 8531 4600

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