2023 Staff

Administration staff

Principal: Mrs Elizabeth Blackwell
Relieving Principal: Mr Simon Reid
Deputy Principal: Mrs Joanne Dixon
Deputy Principal: Mrs Aleisha Niebieszczanski
Manager Corporate Services:  Ms Mandy Rodgers
School Officer: Mrs Gail Preston (Monday,Tuesday)
School Officer: Ms Laura Ferrero (Wednesday,Thursday, Friday)

Teaching staff

Kindergarten: Mrs Michelle Mee, Mrs Kym Szwedzicki
Pre-Primary 1: Mrs Nina Loleva
Pre-Primary 2: Mrs Chrissie Minissale, Mrs Tammy Norton-Smith
Year 1: Mrs Georgia Upton
Year 1: Mrs Anita Tombides, Mrs Rachel Berry
Year 2: Mrs Wendy Tusak
Year 2: Mrs Leigh-Ann Chipps
Year 3: Mrs Joanna Barton, Mrs Skye Cannon
Year 3: Mrs Gemma Hopetoun-Smith
Year 3/4: Mrs Lauren Tsironis
Year 4: Mr David Watson
Year 4/5: Ms Jacqueline DeBrass
Year 5: Mrs Deborah Zaltsman, Mrs Joni Gardner
Year 5: Mrs Kylie Powell
Year 6: Ms Kylie Lund/Mr Clint Degebrodt

Music: Ms Anja Cirkovic, Mrs Rachel Berry
Visual Art: Mrs Abigail Fenwick
Physical Education: Mrs Kate Scott, Mrs Jenny Carruthers
Japanese:  Mr Mark McGuffin Science: Mrs Joni Gardner

Education Assistants

Mrs Kerri Ziino
Miss Cindi Sharpe
Mrs Sandra Carrick
Mrs Mandy Mansfield
Ms Rachel Day
Mrs Julie Carmichael
Mrs Cheryl Walker
Mrs Yuki Matooka

Library: Mrs Jo-Anne Moore, Mrs Sandra Carrick
Technical Support: Mr Simon Dewar
Head Cleaner: Mr John Scott
Cleaners: Mrs Angela McLean, Mr Nathan Fernandez, Ms Gerta Grisule, Mr Conaugh Anderson
Gardener: Shaynen Tysoe

Psychology Service

We are supported by the Department of Education’s Psychology Service. Mr Richard Luyke is at Kapinara on Wednesdays. The service provides support across the following three areas:

  • Behaviour Working with students, parents and schools to identify and change target behaviours
  • Learning Conducting assessments of students experiencing learning difficulties and/or disabilities at school and supporting schools to make appropriate curriculum adjustments
  • Mental health and wellbeing Providing direct support for students experiencing mental health and well being difficulties, and supporting schools to maximise the development of positive mental health and wellbeing

School Chaplain – Melissa Caley

School Chaplaincy services are designed to contribute to existing wellbeing and pastoral care services. within the school. While the term ‘chaplain’ suggests that the program might have a religious focus, or reference a specific faith, this is not the case. The program is about supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of students and families within our school community. Notwithstanding this, students’ engagement with a school chaplain is completely voluntary and parents may elect for their child to not be part of the chaplaincy program.

Nurse – Kate McGahern

Community Health Nurses work in schools to promote healthy development and wellbeing so students may reach their full potential. A major part of my work is focused on early intervention and the School Entry Health Assessment program. They work over a number of Primary Schools in the area and are not based in any one school.

Community Health Nurses serve as a health contact point for children and their families, providing information, assessment, health counselling and referral. The services provided are free and confidential. To learn more about the role of the community nurse please click on this link  – Who are the Community Health Nurses?

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