About Us

Tech School Courtyard

About Us

“The vision for Whittlesea Tech School is to be a centre of technological innovation that builds the aspiration and confidence of students to engage in a future world of work, with the skills and capacities to successfully operate as global citizens.”

Located at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Epping Campus, the Whittlesea Tech School will connect education, industry and community with Science, Arts, Maths, Technology and Engineering, to drive innovation in Melbourne’s growth corridor in the North.

From mid-2018, over 12,000 students from 13 participating secondary schools across Whittlesea will have access to the Tech School throughout the year. Innovative educational programs developed in collaboration with industry, community and education, including teachers and students will nurture design thinking processes and develop key capabilities for work and life in the 21st Century. Most of all, the Whittlesea Tech School will be a creative outlet to inspire young people to be the innovators and entrepreneurs of now and tomorrow.


With authentic inquiry based problem solving at the core, students will partner with industry and community to undertake compact or extended inquiries around a theme which will transform twice a year, incorporating hands-on learning, mentoring, exhibitions, events and master classes.

The co-construction of Tech School Programs is of the key elements of professional development for teachers, positioning the Tech School as a learning incubator and enabling learning approaches and programs to be implemented in partner school settings. In addition, the Tech School will facilitate formal professional learning through conferences and speakers.

The Whittlesea Tech School is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to create the Education State, preparing Victoria’s young people with quality skills that industry needs and the knowledge to build careers and create jobs.

The Government is investing $128 million to establish 10 Tech Schools across the state in 2017 and 2018, with further funding to support ongoing operation.

Melbourne Polytechnic is committed to the future of the North of Melbourne in providing high quality contemporary learning experiences that create pathways to the careers of the future. The Whittlesea Tech School is a key part of this enabling this goal for all young people in our area.

Governance and Design

Marc Blanks

Executive Director

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Sandra McKechnie


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Stefan Schutt


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Howard Kelly

Tech School Committee Chair

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Tech School Committee Members

The Tech School Committee is one of the key governance functions of the Whittlesea Tech School. It is formed with key representatives from industry, secondary education, tertiary and higher education, local government and community.

The committee provides the valuable role of guiding the strategic development of the Whittlesea Tech School and brings valuable expertise, connection and experience to ensure that the Tech School is developed locally and responsive to local needs.

Chris Thompson

Regional Area Executive Director
Department of Education & Training

Cameron Whitford

Assistant Principal
(Property & Planning)
St. Monica’s College

Helene Alamidis

Principal Epping Secondary College



Howard Kelly

Strategic Adviser
Melbourne Polytechnic Whittlesea Tech School Committee Chair

John McDonald

La Trobe University


Kerrie Heenan

The Lakes South Morang P-9


Kim Stadtmiller

Executive Officer
Hume Whittlesea LLEN
Local Learning Employment Network

Marc Blanks

Executive Director
Banyule-Nillumbik & Whittlesea Tech Schools

Michael Grogan

Advanced Manufacturing Growth Sector


Sean McManus

City of Whittlesea

Sarah Rowe

Economic Development
City of Whittlesea

Sandra McKechnie

Director Whittlesea Tech School


Stefan Schutt

Director Whittlesea Tech School


The Program Development Sub-Committee

The Program Development Sub-Committee has the key focus of developing the Tech School Programs. This group guides the principles of the learning experience, ensuring that these engagements are authentic, future industry connected and correlate to curriculum outcomes.

Andrew Nicholls
Teacher Mill Park Secondary College

Carlin Grieve

Leading Teacher
Epping Secondary College

Marc Blanks
Executive Director Banyule-Nillumbik & Whittlesea Tech Schools

Jacqui Vassallo
Project Advisor- VCE Plus La Trobe University

Kaylene Kubeil
Education Improvement Leader Department of Education & Training

Kahan Churchill
Youth Services Coordinator City of Whittlesea

Laura Meney
The Lakes South Morang P-9

Skylie Massingham
Project Manager Melbourne Polytechnic

Tracey Kift
Teacher Marymede Catholic College

The Industry Advisory Sub-Committee

The Industry Advisory Sub- Committee is focussed on developing meaningful learning experiences
that develop the capabilities students require to engage in contemporary career pathways. This
committee provides valuable networks and advice to enable deep industry engagement based on
the selected inquiry focus.

Corey Jewell

Principal Lalor College

David Kilmartin

Senior Education Improvement Leader Department of Education & Training

Kim Stadtmiller

Executive Officer Local Learning Employment Network

Leonie White

Principal Thomastown Secondary College

Marc Blanks

Executive Director Banyule-Nillumbik & Whittlesea Tech Schools

Skylie Massingham

Project Manager Melbourne Polytechnic

Tony Lander

Director Industry and Government Partnerships Melbourne Polytechnic

Victoria Carrullo

Deputy Head, Vocational Education RMIT University

Student Advocacy Sub-Committee

The student agency Sub-Committee is composed of the Tech School Ambassadors from partner schools. This group has the key focus of ensuring programs meet the needs of young people. It also creates a platform where students are an equal partner in the development of Tech School programs and have agency in their ability to influence change.

Currently being formed.

The Website Team

The development of the Whittlesea Tech School website presented an opportunity to showcase the talents of young people solving a real problem for industry. The problem was the challenge presented to the Tech School team in effectively communicating with a wide range of stakeholders. The solution, an edgy web interface that connects the physical features of the building design to a virtual space and carefully captures the overall aesthetics and essence of the Tech School.

Working with Melbourne Polytechnic’s school of Information Technology’s teachers, four talented students were selected to work with the Executive Director and Project Manager. Scott Battye was appointed as Lead Consultant and supported by Senior Developer Thiago Barbosa dos Santos and Assistant Developer Lucy Hong.

This project highlights the synergies between the Tech School, providing hands on learning experience for secondary school students and the opportunities that Melbourne Polytechnic students working directly with industry while attaining qualifications. It is also a is an inspirational resource for secondary students and the community as they engage with the Tech School.

Thiago Barbosa dos Santos

Senior Developer

Scott Battye

Lead Consultant

Lucy Hong

Development Assistant