Meet Our Residential Tutors

Tom Chalkley

BSc (Melb.) MTeach GradDipRE (ACU)

Tom grew up in Shepparton and after finishing high school moved to Melbourne to run camps and retreats for Marist Schools around the country. After this ‘gap’ year, Tom started his Bachelor of Science at The University of Melbourne. His involvement as a student at St Mary’s commenced during this time and he spent two years at the College. Sport was a big part of Tom’s time at College and he was the St Mary’s male sports representative in 2016.

Tom then completed a Masters of Secondary Teaching/Graduate Certificate in Religious Education at ACU and is now a Chemistry, Biology and RE teacher.

Outside of his studies, Tom enjoys playing football and cricket. He is driven to help young people thrive and find purpose and connection in their lives.

Jiho Han

BSc DipMath (Melb.)

Jiho was born in South Korea and grew up in Adelaide. After high school, he moved to Melbourne to commence the Bachelor of Science under the Chancellor’s Scholar Program, residing at Medley Hall for two years. He is passionate about science and spent eight months studying chemistry and mathematics at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, under the Lin Martin Global Scholarship. Returning from overseas, Jiho spent three months as a research intern in chemical engineering, studying nanomedicine for oxygen carriers. He then moved to the Nanoscience laboratory for one month, where he fulfilled his passion for the environment in studying solar cells. He completed his Bachelor of Science and Diploma in Mathematics in mid-2019.

Jiho’s current interests lie in renewable energy - in particular, materials for energy harvesting and storage. He is currently researching luminescent nanoparticles for solar cells at the Nanoscience laboratory as part of his Master of Science in chemistry at The University of Melbourne.

Outside of studies, Jiho enjoys hiking and is a keen musician, playing piano and cello. He has participated in a variety of orchestras such as VYSO, MUBSO and the Australasian Orchestra.

Chai Jie

BMus(Hons) (Melb.)

Chai Jie grew up in Brisbane and moved to Melbourne in 2015, completing a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the University of Melbourne. She resided at Medley Hall for the first two years of her undergraduate studies. An avid pianist, performer and chamber musician, Chai Jie works as a teacher at music schools around Melbourne and was an intern with the Zelman Symphony Orchestra in 2018.

Alongside her studies, she regularly volunteers as a church pianist and helps to prepare community meals. In her spare time, she enjoys painting landscapes and running.

Chai Jie is currently undertaking a Master of Music (Performance Research), exploring piano repertoire of the 19th century.

Liam McGregor

BSc (Melb.)
Liam spent the majority of his schooling life in Bendigo, before coming to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Science in 2016. He lived at St Mary’s College for the first two years of his tertiary studies and he was a student mentor in his second year.

Liam is currently studying a Masters of Mechanical Engineering and participates actively in the university’s Formula Student Motorsport team, where in 2020 he will be taking on the role of Aerodynamics and Cooling Engineer, working on the team’s new electric vehicle. He is passionate about sport, in particular footy, cricket and Formula 1, and one day hopes to be an aerodynamicist in top tier motorsport or sports vehicle design.

Caitlin Smart

BMedSc(Hons) (Monash)

Caitlin first moved to Melbourne from her home in Camperdown, South-West Victoria, in 2015 when she commenced her medical studies at Monash University.

Now, as a final year medical student, Caitlin has returned to Melbourne after completing clinical placements in Mildura, Bendigo and Foster. Caitlin enjoys combining her studies with her love of travel - she completed a research year at Newcastle University in the UK and has volunteered with TeamMED - her university’s global health group in Uganda and India.

Caitlin will commence the year with a rotation at Mildura Base Hospital before returning to Melbourne where she will be studying predominantly at the Alfred Hospital with short stints at Monash Medical Centre and Sandringham Hospital.

Elizabeth Smart

BA DipLang(Spanish) (Melb.)

Hailing from Camperdown in South-West Victoria, Elizabeth moved to the city in 2013 to complete a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Melbourne, and lived at St Mary’s in 2013 and 2014. Elizabeth majored in Political Science and Sociology whilst also completing a concurrent Diploma of Languages in Spanish.

Elizabeth’s strong interest in Social Justice led her to work as a voluntary intern with YWCA Victoria, a social housing organisation, where she completed research that informed the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Elizabeth commenced a Juris Doctor at Monash University in 2019 after two years in Spain where she taught English and worked on her language fluency – and living the good life! Before coming home, Elizabeth walked the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela.

Amy Surkitt

BBiomed (Melb.)

Amy grew up on a farm near Warrnambool in South-West Victoria. Despite having a passion for languages in high school, studying both French and Japanese in Year 12, she realised that she also had a particular interest in health sciences and so commenced the Bachelor of Biomedicine at The University of Melbourne in 2017. Amy lived at St Mary’s for the first two years of her degree and was a student mentor in 2018.

Amy completed the Leaders in Communities Award during her undergraduate studies and regularly volunteers at Ronald McDonald House. In late 2018 she also volunteered in Cambodia as part of a health promotion program where she visited schools to educate children on health and good hygiene.

Amy is currently in her first year of the Doctor of Medicine degree program at The University of Melbourne.

Chin Yong Quek

BCom BE(Hons) (Melb.) MPH (Monash)

Originally from Singapore, Chin moved to Perth to complete his high school education before completing degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Commerce at The University of Melbourne. He went on to pursue a Master of Public Health, focusing in the areas of epidemiology and biostatistics, after his interest was sparked by an underwater medic stint with the Singapore Navy.

Chin absolutely loves college and is returning to St Mary’s for his sixth year as a Residential Tutor, after a hiatus of two years working in a global technology consulting firm and various digital-related government projects in Singapore. In 2020, he will be teaching at both The University of Melbourne and Monash University.

Outside of studies and work, Chin enjoys cooking and travelling. He is also passionate about volunteering – his contributions range from helping the disabled who require support, to empowering youths in challenging circumstances to become leaders.