Welcome to Freshwater

It is my privilege to welcome new families to Freshwater Christian College. For nearly forty years, we have been partnering with parents to raise, nurture and empower generations of young people to develop their God-given gifts and talents and live meaningful lives in serving their community. Freshwater Christian College is a place where every child can grow and flourish on their personal pathway to a purposeful future.

Mr Doug Holtam, Principal

Our Story

Freshwater Christian College has been supporting, encouraging and inspiring children at our Brinsmead campus, in the tropical city of Cairns, since 1983. The College was birthed out of the bold and courageous vision and faith of Freshwater Church to provide a biblically-focused education for children in the region. The College has consistently maintained its Mission to provide high-quality education, from a Christian Worldview perspective infused with biblical virtues and godly wisdom.

Our Story

Freshwater Christian College has been supporting, encouraging and inspiring children at our Brinsmead campus, in the tropical city of Cairns, since 1983. The College was birthed out of the bold and courageous vision and faith of Freshwater Church to provide a biblically-focused education for children in the region. The College has consistently maintained its Mission to provide high-quality education, from a Christian Worldview perspective infused with biblical virtues and godly wisdom.

Mission & Virtues

The College’s Mission – LIFE, LOVE, LEARN – defines our core purpose in creating an inspirational and holistic learning culture that celebrates and acknowledges the wonderful gift of life and the uniqueness of every child. Our Christian learning community is inspired by and dedicated to love, care and compassion.

We seek to educate the whole child, ensuring that every student is nurtured and encouraged to grow in the important character qualities that will serve them for a lifetime of positive engagement with their community. We educate our students to understand the importance of Compassion, Courage, Humility, Honour, Integrity and Wisdom. These six important College virtues represent the character qualities that we seek to develop in our students.

Our Leadership Team

Our highly qualified and experienced College Executive Team provides inspirational and visionary leadership for the College. This creative, innovative and cohesive team utilise a servant-leadership approach in building a whole-school culture of continuous improvement. The Executive Team meets on a regular basis and has a passion and commitment to ensuring that educational practice, research and policy are aligned effectively to empower the College to provide a blend of relevant and high-quality learning experiences for all Freshwater students.

Mr Doug Holtam, Principal

Our Principal since the beginning of 2018, Doug Holtam draws on twenty seven years of experience as an educator, both in Australia and overseas. With fifteen years in Chrstian School leadership, within four schools, across two states, Doug brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role.

Doug is a passionate learner and has added a Masters Degree to his Bachelors in Education, and recently commenced his Doctoral research with Monash University. Doug loves the beautiful tropical environment of Cairns and is married to Melissa who is also a teacher. They have four grown up children.

Mr Max Natoli, Deputy Principal/Head of Primary

Max joined our team in 2009 as Head of Primary and was also given the role of Deputy Principal in 2017. He started Primary teaching in 1985 and has been an educator in Christian schooling for 22 years.

Max has loved living in Cairns with his wife Danila, who has also taught at FCC for 12 years. Max and Danila have two married children and one granddaughter, with a grandson due in early 2021. Max has been an avid supporter of educational mission work in Mozambique and loves playing golf with his mates at work.

Mr Richard Schwarz, Head of Secondary

Richard Schwarz joined Freshwater Christian College as Head of Secondary in 2016. Moving north from Toowoomba, Richard has 20 years experience in Christian Schooling.

With a background in Senior English and IT, he is passionate about creating a culture of learning that is creative, relevant and relational, developing young leaders of character who will influence their community for God and for good. Richard moved to FNQ with Helen, the Curriculum Coordinator, and their four amazing girls.

Mrs Belinda Raine, Kindergarten Director

Belinda Raine has directed childcare services since 1995, in Welfare, Outside School Hours Care and Long Day Care. Belinda holds a Degree in Early Childhood Teaching and is currently studying her Masters in Educational Leadership.

Belinda pioneered the development of our Kindergarten and has a passion for high-quality education and child care, maximising developmental outcomes for children under five years of age and supporting families with young children.

Mr David Anderson, Director of Pastoral Care

David Anderson has served as a member of the Freshwater Christian College staff since 2006, and has thirty-eight years of experience in education. David is passionate about supporting young people in their learning, and has a particular interest in seeing the emotionally damaged restored to wholeness. David also has an interest in building resilience in young lives and is an advocate for the use of restorative practices in behaviour education. David and his wife, Anthea, love the outdoor lifestyle of tropical North Queensland and enjoy spending quality time with their four adult children.

Mr Ben Edward, Director of Operations

Ben Edward has been a part of the Freshwater Christian College community since May 2010. Previously in Canada, Ben worked as a Superintendent in Construction. He has extensive experience in youth work and many trade areas. Ben has an eye for attention to detail and is passionate about keeping the community safe as well as creating a beautiful, clean and peaceful environment, ‘A school in a Garden’ as you see it today.

Ben’s heart is to work with, and alongside, young people teaching them life skills wherever possible. He enjoys spending time with his Wife and two teenage children camping, motorbike riding, and waterskiing.

Miss Tess De Guzman, Chief Financial Officer

Tess has been serving at Freshwater Christian College since January 2017 when she felt God’s call to take on the role of the Chief Financial Officer at FCC. Born and raised in the Philippines, Tess is a qualified CPA and has had extensive experience in the accounting field. She had worked for a metal finishing company in Dubai for almost 6 years, before migrating to Australia. Before moving to Cairns, Tess also had experience working for a multinational company in Melbourne. Tess is passionate about God, people and building healthy relationships.

Freshwater Church

Freshwater Church has over 80 years of history in Cairns, ministering to the people in our City and beyond. Our church has many areas of ministry and outreach in our local community and worldwide, including the College. If you are looking for a church to call home or a top-quality Christian education for your children, we hope your choice is Freshwater.

Senior Pastors Stewart & Jane Moncrieff

College Master Plan

In 2019 the College engaged our architects, TPG, to prepare a Master Plan for the future growth of the College. The College Master Plan provides an aspirational framework to guide campus development and new investment. This is a key objective of the College Strategic Plan and incorporates the development of a range of new and inspirational ‘21st Century’ learning spaces, together with substantial enhancements to the College’s existing facilities.

The Master Plan reflects the College Board’s commitment to the ongoing provision of high-quality learning environments with buildings and spaces that both inspire and empower our staff and students to grow and develop their God given gifts and talents in our beautiful tropical setting.

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