New South Wales

President Sue Hammond  
Secretary Carol Howard  
Treasurer John Boesenberg  
Vice Presidents

Jacquie Seemann
Nathan Croot
Joanna Ernenwein

Executive Members Margaret Baker  
  Jenny Moes  
  Joanne Worrad  
  Paul Robson  
  Lucy York  

The Chapter wishes to express its thanks to Deborah Vitlin for her outstanding contribution to the NSW Chapter as president 2015 -2018 and prior for many years as a Committee member.



Annual General Meeting with speaker: 26 November 20194 – 6 pm

AGM including panel discussion relating to parents and students harassing teachers.

Sydney Grammar School, College Street Darlinghurst



Education Law Seminar - 26 March 2019

NSW ANZELA Chapter held an Education /Law Seminar on Tuesday 26 March 2019 at Sydney Grammar, College St Darlinghurst.

NSW has found that a panel format is an interesting and successful process to present a multi- pronged approach to dealing with difficult situations within schools.

The March seminar consisted of a: Facilitator - Michael Waterhouse, Director, Legal Services NSW Department of Education, Principal - Julie Ross, Kogarah High School, Lawyer - Jacquie Seemann, Partner, Thomson Geer, Senior School Counsellor – Anna Ponnudurai, PLC Croydon and Youth Liaison Officer – Sn Constable James Bottalico, Burwood.

The panel were provided with an authentic hypothetical scenario relating to the complex situations school staff face when dealing with challenging student behaviours.

Beth is more than her behaviour…

Beth, aged 13, is in Year 8. She lives with her mother Jane, her stepfather Fitz and step brother Charlie aged 8. Beth’s biological parents split she was 15 months old because of domestic violence. Beth’s biological father, George, who has a history of substance misuse, rarely sees her although Family Court orders give him supervised contact with Beth.

Beth’s behaviour has been increasingly challenging at home and at school over the last 12 months. She is disruptive and disrespectful in class, skips some classes and sometimes does not attend school at all. She has recently changed peer groups. Beth is also posting inappropriate photos to her boyfriend, receiving nasty Facebook comments and her family is moving to a regional location.

It was clear from the proceedings that each panel member drew upon their relevant area of expertise in the school and legal sectors to dissect and discuss the administrative and legal issues that arose.

The 30 plus audience members joined in on the discussion and asked relevant and penetrating questions of our experienced panel and during the afternoon tea individual discussions provided an opportunity to develop relationships and to discuss current situations/problems arising in both public, religious and independent schools.

Prior to the discussion Joanna Ernenwein, Teacher, Sydney Grammar School, recipient of the 2018 inaugural Robert Horton Memorial Scholarship reported on the Robert Horton Scholarship, her experiences at the 2018 Annual Conference ‘Capricorn and Beyond’ and promoted the 2019 Conference ‘The Conference’ to be held in Melbourne 2-4 October.

It should also be noted that the seminar provided 1.5 CPD points for lawyers and 1.5 hours of Professional Development for educators.

The NSW Chapter would welcome ideas and topics for future seminars. We can be contacted at



Scholarships and Grants

The NSW Chapter offer one scholarship and two grants for eligible persons to attend the ANZELA National Conference each year. The Committee requests lawyers and those NSW education employees in public, private or independent schools, students in either law or education who would not be funded by their employer consider applying.

The Scholarships are: 

The Robert Horton Memorial Scholarship is offered by the NSW Chapter of ANZELA to teachers, educational administrators, or early career lawyers with an interest in education to extend the reach and knowledge of the practice of education law. It is offered each year with a value of up to $3,000 to, in part, enable the recipient to attend the ANZELA Annual Conference.

Two Chapter Grants are offered by the NSW Chapter to students in either education or law, teachers, educational administrators, or lawyers with an interest in education to extend the reach and knowledge of the practice of education law. It is offered each year with a value of up to $2,000 to, in part, enable the recipient to attend the ANZELA Annual Conference.

Applications opened on normally opened by June 1 and will close on or near the end of July.

Further information and application forms are below.

NSW ANZELA Scholarship and Grants Application_Form

Robert Horton Memorial Scholarship - Information

NSW ANZELA Chapter Grants - Information


For further information Information about the 2019 National Conference to be held 2-4 October 2019 in Melbourne


NSW Chapter Reports

2018 NSW President's Report

2017 NSW President's Report  

2016 NSW President's Report  


ANZELA National Conference 2018

2018 ANZELA Conference Report 

Photos - ANZELA 2018 National Conference

By Joanna Ernenwein 2018 recipient of the inaugural Robert Horton Memorial Scholarship.