The Academy is a not-for-profit, independent, selective school approved by the NSW Education Minister.
- Teach a future-orientated curriculum so students are armed for tomorrow not today (or yesterday)
- Cater for motivated learners through creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication and problem seeking and solving
- Engage in Design Thinking and develop students’ ability to design and create solutions to real world issues and problems
- Sustainability - through responsible recycling, “nude food” programs and imparting knowledge of our impact on our environment
- Founded by local residents
- Partnered with local community
- A 21st Century School
- Years 3-6 in 2018, expanding to years 7 and beyond in future years
The Academy is located in the Community Arts Centre at the Western Plains Cultural Centre - the site of the former Dubbo High School, which was celebrated in the 100 years of secondary schooling in Dubbo in 2017.
The facilities provide our students access to amazing extra-curricular activities located onsite, as well as providing proximity to the Macquarie Conservatorium of Music, The Dubbo Regional Theatre, and council sporting fields.
Board & executive
The Academy is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of local business and community leaders. We have an Advisory Board and Advisory Groups who provide additional support.
The school principal is Mandi Randell. She is an experienced educator with two Master's Degrees, who came to teaching through underprivileged schools in New York, spent 8 years as 2IC in Newington College, and 2 years as Head of Teaching and Learning in Dubbo.
David Duffy - BBus, CPA, GAICD, JP
David is a Director/Founder of Business DNA and as a Business Catalyst, leads the business and personal development division in Dubbo servicing regional NSW. David is a specialist who focuses on assisting businesses and leaders to proactively address change and implement strategies through actions to achieve their personal and business objectives. He has a real understanding of business and leadership issues. He has spent the last 30 years as a business consultant, accountant and investment advisor in both public practice and the corporate environment, working with clients throughout Australia, specialising in regional NSW business for the past 15 years.
David is a qualified company director and has extensive company director experience working with private companies. He has been a director of international and national consulting and accounting companies; financial and investment planning company; regional development board; Dubbo Chamber of Commerce; two farm management and training company and numerous other private companies.
David specialises in strategic thinking and planning leadership mentoring and development, business development and redesign, marketing and sales development and business financial performance.
For the past 20 years David has an strong community involvement with children sports and education. He has either coached and/or being a former board of a Dubbo and District Preschool, Dubbo Junior Rugby Club, and is the current president of the Dubbo Horse and Pony Club.
Mandi first came to Dubbo in high school on Rotary youth exchange and attended Dubbo High School where she met her husband Fred Randell. Mandi returned to the US and completed her BA in Theatre and English.
Mandi became a teacher through Teach for America and taught in inner city NYC schools for four years while completing her two Master’s degrees (Master of Science in Secondary Education and Master of Arts in English).
In 2005 Mandi emigrated to Australia and worked for Links to Learning, a DET program for at risk high schoolers and The American International School before gaining a position at Newington College.
Mandi worked at Newington for 8 years as Assistant Head of English, Coordinator of Teacher Accreditation and Head of Sustainability. She then secured the position of Director of Teaching at Learning at MAGS in Dubbo in 2014 and completed 2 years in the role before leaving to join the Academy.
Rowena grew up in central NSW and completed her secondary schooling in Abbotsleigh in Sydney. She completed a BEd (Primary) at University of New England at Armidale.
After commencing her teaching career, Rowena took time off work to raise their four children and in the past two years has been teaching and doing educational advocacy in Dubbo.
John is a Chartered Accountant and has a Master of Tax through the University of NSW. He has completed MBA, majoring in Accounting, at the University of New England. John is Registered Tax Agent, Xero Certified Advisor, and a financial planner, working for Monitor Money.
John has extensive experience in business finance, planning and financial management. In 2014 John established his own practice and is excited by the potential of new ways of doing business.
Leanne is the co-founder and co-owner of Big Blue Digital, a digital business agency based in regional NSW, servicing clients all over the Australian eastern seaboard.
Big Blue Digital has a team of 15 with staff based in our regional head office, Sydney and Melbourne. We are experts in digital marketing, digital strategy, web development, online advertising and line of business applications.
Leanne has a broad technical and marketing experience in diverse areas;, and she has worked with many industries over the last 18 years of all sizes, in all sectors with people of all ages and abilities.
Shelvin Narayan was born in Fiji and grew up in Sydney. He has been calling Dubbo home for over 3 years with his young family. Shelvin is very passionate about education having completed his Bachelors in Business (Finance & Marketing) at University of Technology, Sydney in 2000. Then Master of Business Administration (MBA) in International Business in 2007 from University of East London. He is currently studying a Master in Cyber Security at La Trobe University.
Shelvin has been in the Insurance and Finance industry over 18 years. He has worked in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Japan over the period. Shelvin is a Director at Burmac Financial Services and was previously Branch Manager for Aon Risk Solutions in Dubbo. He is also a Fellow at Australian and New Zealand Institute for Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) and also on the board of The Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Fred was born in Orange and raised in Geurie - where he was school captain of the local public school - before attending Dubbo High School. He studied Information Systems at the university of NSW in 1996, where he developed a passion for the then newly-emerging Internet. He promptly joined an Internet agency, and in 2004 co-founded his own design agency, Boomworks, in Sydney, which grew from a staff of 2 to employ over 25 people.
Having recently returned to Dubbo, Fred has a strong, community-minded motivation. He has launched and coordinates a monthly event to support local original music artists, has provided support to the Dubbo Jazz Festival, is a volunteer member of the annual Dream Festival committee, and is a board member of the Macquarie Conservatorium of Music. He is a firm believer in creating a local education solution that can compete with the best schools in the state, which will help keep local talent in the area, and imbue them with a sense of pride in place.
Angela is the co-founder and director of Schuster Consulting Group Pty Ltd, a consultancy that provides services to public and private organisations including industry bodies, state and federal government departments and private enterprise within the agriculture and food production sectors within Australia and overseas.
Prior to establishing Schuster Consulting Group with husband Peter, Angela was the international marketing manager for ASX-listed Integrated Research where she was responsible for the development, project management and implementation of global marketing strategies and systems in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Australia.
Having relocated their business from Sydney to Dubbo, Angela, together with Peter and their two children, own a mixed farming operation south of Dubbo NSW where they manage approximately 700 cattle, 1,400 Merino and first cross sheep and 52 hectares of specialised irrigated cropping across a total of 1,000 hectares.
Angela holds a Masters of Business, majoring in Marketing from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.