The FergHSC team is made up of highly experienced HSC teachers all of whom have HSC marking experience as well as our team of ex-excellent students who are our tutors/mentors to the current students. At FergHSC you will find a team of professionals who are committed to life long learning and believe in the power of education in opening the doors of opportunity.

Fergus Gardiner, Director of Studies

Fergus Gardiner - Director of Studies Fergus has been in the teaching profession for over 30 years. He has taught in Victoria, Queensland and New south Wales. In Queensland he was instrumental in introducing school work experience programs, establishing Film & Television Courses and was for many years a State Moderator for student assessment. On returning to NSW in 1984 he was a HSC classroom teacher for many years at schools across Sydney, as well as having a number of years marking HSC English with the NSW Board of Studies. In 1996 Fergus set up FergHSC tuition centre in Bondi Junction, which has created 1000′s of HSC success stories. Fergus also built the FergHSC online service which provides HSC courses and expert essay marking for students across the state. Fergus remains passionate about the power of education and life-long learning to open the doors of opportunity and create a rich and rewarding life for all of his students.

On a personal note, Fergus is married to the fabulous Carol.They have two fabulous adult sons, two fabulous daughter-in-laws, two gorgeous grandchildren and a very naughty Portuguese Water Dog named after the legendry All Black rugby player ‘Danny’ Carter. When not working on the business, Fergus’ loves nothing more than watching his grandson and the All Blacks play rugby, playing with his grandchildren, skiing, trying to hit a golf ball, cycling and of course lots of reading.

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Tim Kennedy

Tim Kennedy was a school classroom teacher for many years until recently when he decided to move to tuition full time. Tim has been tutoring students across the North Shore to HSC success since 2000 as well as tutoring students at the FergHSC Bondi Junction tuition centre. Tim has marked the HSC for the NSW Board of Studies for many years and now contributes to the marking of the hand written Mock Trial Exams as well our online essay submissions.


Jesse Gardiner

Jesse is the business manager as well as being our resident motivator and study coach. Jesse joined FergHSC in 2008 after a number of years working at an international investment bank. Jesse is studying to be a life coach and business coach and is passionate about working with students to help them overcome obstacles and achieve the best possible ATAR they can. Jesse has a Bachelor of Business from UTS graduating in 2003. On a personal note Jesse also happens to be Fergus’ son and when he isn’t working on developing the business, he is reading biographies, in the surf at Manly, training for a fitness challenge event or on the golf course with his wonderful new wife, Sarah.
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Carol Gardiner

Carol joined the business officially in 2012 as a consultant whilst maintaining an ongoing interest in the company she co-founded – Botton & Gardiner, designers and suppliers of public space furniture. Carol’s expertise in customer service and strategic direction is a significant addition to our team. Carol is thrilled to be bringing this expertise to the family business.

She has of course been contributing to the business for many years being Fergus’ wife and Jesse’s mother. Carol is responsible for all things concerned with the administration of the business. On a personal note she loves watching her grandchildren grow up (which is happening very quickly) and enjoys yoga, reading, travelling, skiing and spending time at their beach house in Pacific Palms with the family. She too thinks that Danny is naughty but adorable and sees him as being a work in progress.

Carol Gardiner


“Today’s tutors, tomorrow’s leaders”


Adrian Guerrera - Team Leader

School: St Aloysious 2006

University: Graduate Chemical Engineer with Honours 2012


Phoebe Katelaris - Senior Tutor

School: PLC 2011

University: Sydney University


Mash Islam - Senior Tutor

School: Sydney Girls High 2011

University: UNSW


Neil Barmecha - Senior Tutor

School: Scots 2010

University: Commerce, Sydney University


Theo Naoum - Senior Tutor

School: Cranbrook 2011

ATAR: 99.15

University Course: Actuarial Studies at UNSW

Goals and Aspirations Beyond Uni: Travelling around the world and living a good life.

What does Theo do for fun? Hanging out with friends and going to festivals and concerts.


Finola Sulman - Senior Tutor

School: SCEGGS Darlinghurst

ATAR: 97.3

University Course: Bachelor of Arts (To major in History) at the University of Sydney

Goals and Aspirations Beyond Uni: To travel the world.

What does Finola do for fun? Exercise and going out with friends.


Isobel Bakewell (Izzy)

School: Kambala

ATAR: 96.65

University Course: Communications (Journalism)/ Law at UTS

Goals and aspirations beyond Uni? Be happy and successful.

What does Izzy do for fun?  Go to the beach and shop online :)


Michelle Cheng - Tutor

School: Sydney Girls High 2011

ATAR: 98.55

University Course: Commerce (Liberal Studies) at UNSW

Goals and aspirations beyond Uni? Gain a top notch accouting job that will fund my dream to open my own bakery, get fit, do more volunteer work.

What does Mish do for fun? Bake, try out new restaurants, hang out with friends, listen to chill music.


Brea Comino - Tutor

School: Kincoppal Rose Bay 2012


Tom Connolly - Tutor

School: Sydney Boys High


Alex Galego - Tutor

School: Waverley College

ATAR: 97.85

University Course: Architecture at UNSW

Goals and aspirations beyond Uni? Travel and work all over the world.

What does Izzy do for fun?  Photography, painting, drawing, going out with friends

Isabelle Gebicki - Tutor

School: Sceggs Darlinghurst 2011

ATAR: 98.70

University Course: Global Studies at Sydney University

Goals and aspirations beyond Uni: Finding a job that will pay me to travel lots!

What’s fun for Isabelle? Swimming and lots of baking… and planning my next adventures.



Peter Oatley - Tutor

School: Shore 2012

ATAR: 97.50

University Course: Commerce at Sydney University

Goals and aspirations beyond Uni: Pursue an enjoyable line of work that interests me, travel Europe and/or South-East Asia, and finally to move out of home.

What’s fun for Peter? Play Squash, sit back and relax while watching the Summer of Cricket, Fishing and also a round of Darts

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Alex Turner - Tutor

School: Shore 2012