School Improvement Team

Blayne Wallis

Principal

It is with great pride and appreciation that I lead Newport Gardens Primary School.

This learning community has welcomed me in 2020 and I feel very fortunate to have been tasked to work alongside such a committed staff, capable and delightful children and a parent community who support and guide our learners. This partnership is integral to any school, but I firmly believe this is where we excel.

I have worked within the Department of Education for 20 years. Over this time I have worked in many school settings alongside a variety of communities and supported children, teachers and parents to ensure that all children succeed.

As a child-centred leader I am committed to living my values: integrity & growth. I am fortunate to be able to live these values each day alongside our children, parents and teachers in creating a space where we ‘Nurture the Future’.

Olivia Atanasovska

Assistant Principal

Creating an environment that promotes and nurtures growth, inclusiveness and improvement is something I am mindful of every day, whether it be at school, homelife or through sports. I believe an integral and critical role of an Assistant Principal is to explicitly role model exemplary behaviour through the use of positive language. I am a cyclist enthusiast and I am always practising these values when I am leading a group of riders. This could be on a challenging ride through the hills of Kinglake or a leisurely ride along Beach Road. These values remind me of Newport Gardens Primary School’s values:

 Be safe
 Be a Learner
 Be respectful

My career has taken me all over the world. I have taught in London for one full year and I have had the privilege of working and living in New York City for five wonderful years. In NYC, I worked as an Education Consultant in schools all over Manhattan, The Bronx and Brooklyn. Before arriving to Newport Gardens PS, I was an Assistant Principal at a school specifically designed for students with Autism called, Jennings Street School. It goes without saying, I love to travel, meet new people and experience new cultures. My motto in life is, life is too short!

Tim Boylan

Leading Teacher

Amanda Morgan

Learning Specialist

Hi, my name is Amanda Morgan. I have been in education for 20 years and have taught across all year levels during this time…even spending two years as a specialist teacher (in Physical Education, certainly not my strength area but a sign that I am willing to give everything a go!). The two values that I feel describe me best in both my personal and professional lives would be ‘connection’ and ‘fairness’. I enjoy having strong connections with others, value family time and friendships. Having strong connections with students means that I can understand how each student learns best and ensures that we can have some fun during our learning journey together. Fairness is integral to the connections I make with others. Helping students to understand that fair does not always mean the same for everyone is an important part of my work as an educator.

Daniel Faoro

Learning Specialist

Hi everyone! My name is Daniel and I've been teaching since 2011 where I started my teaching career as a Physical Education and Performing Arts teacher. After my transition into the classroom in 2012, I developed a passion for embedding technology in my teaching and project based learning.

I have been at Newport Gardens Primary since 2018 and I absolutely love my role as a Learning Specialist and STEM teacher. I strongly believe learning should be fun and fairness is key to rich rapport building and student engagement.

In my spare time I enjoy playing drums, watching the footy (go Bombers) and playing Hockey.

Emma Butcher

Learning Specialist

My name is Emma Butcher, and this is my second-year teaching at Newport Gardens Primary School. I have been teaching for many years both here in Australia and in the United Kingdom where I am originally from. I feel very fortunate to be part of this wonderful community here in Newport. I am passionate about teaching and hope to foster curiosity, kindness and a lifelong love of learning in my students. This year I am excited to be sharing the role of Literacy Learning Specialist and look forward to the many new learning experiences and challenges this will provide. In my spare time I love reading, walking my two little dogs and exploring the Great Outdoors with my family!

Andrew Mitchell

Learning Specialist

My name is Andrew Mitchell and I have been a Learning Specialist at Newport Gardens Primary School since 2018. My role is an exciting one where I get to lead our school mathematics team. In my role we get to develop the skills and competencies of our students to become effective problem solvers and I get the opportunity to help develop staff members skills with planning and facilitating an engaging and rigorous mathematics program.

This year I am excited to be teaching a wonderful Grade 4 class for two days as well. I am very happy to be sharing the classroom teacher role and I’m looking forward to seeing wonderful growth from our students. It’s going to be a fantastic year.

When I’m not teaching, I am busy running after my own boys (Patrick aged 6 and Samuel aged 4) as well as finding some time for my hobbies, golf, running and watching the Mighty Richmond Tigers.

Foundation

Tracey Thain

Team Leader

I have two loves, my family and teaching! I am lucky to have 4 amazing children who I enjoy spending time with especially on the holidays. At home I have 3 gorgeous rabbits named Archie, Snow and Groot. My family and school keep me very busy. In what little spare time I have, I enjoy shopping especially browsing through book shops and going on long walks. My favourite thing to do is reading a good book while enjoying a hot cup of tea.
I have a passion for literacy, and this carries over into my classroom. I love reading to my students and have a huge collection of much-loved picture story books.
I have been teaching for 30 years with most of those years being in prep and junior grades. Each year it is rewarding to watch my student’s abilities and confidence grow. In my classroom I strive to create an inviting and engaging space where students feel safe, listened to, valued and happy. I teach them to be respectful and the importance of having a growth mindset.
I feel extremely blessed to be a part of the Newport Gardens Primary School community where we have amazing teachers, supportive parents and wonderful students. I hope to be teaching here for many years to come.

Declan McMahon

Classroom Teacher

Who is Mr McMahon? I come from a country town situated on the Murray River in Victoria called Swan Hill. I started teaching at Newport Gardens Primary School in 2015 after completing a Bachelor of Education at Victoria University. I have a real passion for teaching and go out of my way to build respectful relationships with both the students and the school community.
When I am not teaching or planning lessons, one of my favourite things to do is to travel or go on an adventure. I have recently arrived back from the UK after living there for 7 months. My favourite countries I visited were Portugal and Turkey. Other things I enjoy doing in my spare time are watching Netflix, catching up with family and friends and going to the footy to watch the mighty Tigers! In 2020, I am lucky enough to be a part of the Prep Learning Community where I’ll be the teacher of Prep B. I am looking forward to supporting all students in any way possible, making sure they feel safe and watching them grow as learners and individuals.

Paige Ayre

Classroom Teacher

Each and every day is a new adventure, one that I am excited for. Being new to teaching, I believe it is important to embrace every opportunity that arises. Growing up in a big family, I have always enjoyed spending time and working with others. My family has taught me that even the smallest things can brighten someone’s day. This drives my teaching as I believe students cannot learn and feel safe until they know how much you care.
When I’m not in the classroom, you can find me out on the tennis court with my sister and cousins or working at my husband’s gym. If I’m not out and about, I love spending time with my 2 cheeky dogs, Willie and Pumba. Watching movies on the couch, baking a range of treats and reading a good book help me wind down after a busy day.
In 2020, you can find me exploring, creating and challenging the wonderful students of Prep C to achieve their best.

Ellie Gusman

Classroom Teacher

I always knew I was going to be a teacher. As an eight-year-old, I would practise teaching using my mini blackboard and chalk. I was thrilled when I became a teacher in 2012 after completing a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Teaching at The University of Melbourne. Teaching is my passion and I am particularly passionate about wellbeing, inclusion and inquiry learning. This year marks my eighth year as part of the Newport Gardens family. I have enjoyed watching my students grow into compassionate, lifelong learners, and I am grateful for the support and appreciation the Newport Gardens community has shown me over the last eight years.
When I am not teaching, lesson planning, preparing resources, laminating or thinking about teaching, you can find me playing tennis, reading a book, cheering on the Western Bulldogs, eating too much food and petting dogs. I have a big Labrador named Tyson, who loves to eat peanut butter and sleep. I love travelling and exploring different countries; Japan, Finland and the Czech Republic are my favourite places to date.

Lauren Thoolen

Classroom Teacher

A bit about me…… My name is Lauren Thoolen and I am a country girl who was born and raised on a farm in the town of Swan Hill. I spent my childhood being near the Murray River, feeding farm animals, water skiing in Summer and playing lots of sport. I love going home to the farm to visit my family and always consider it a mini holiday away from the busy city life! I got married in 2017 in the beautiful town of Echuca and I’m very excited about the next chapter in my life of being a Mum in mid-May 2020.
I have had the privilege of being a part of Newport Gardens Primary school since the beginning of 2015. During my time here I have taught Grade 1, 2 and Prep I am beyond which I have loved. I am very grateful to have started my teaching journey at NGPS and feel very blessed to be working in a school with amazing students, supportive parents and a wonderful teaching staff. I am passionate about student wellbeing and ensuring that each student comes to school feeling safe, supported and happy. Teaching student’s the importance of gratitude and kindness is something I have implemented into my teaching. I find joy in witnessing a child learn something new, knowing I have helped or influenced in some small way. I am an approachable person and love having a chat, so if you see me around please say a big Hello!

Grade 1

Emma Butcher

Learning Specialist

My name is Emma Butcher, and this is my second-year teaching at Newport Gardens Primary School. I have been teaching for many years both here in Australia and in the United Kingdom where I am originally from. I feel very fortunate to be part of this wonderful community here in Newport. I am passionate about teaching and hope to foster curiosity, kindness and a lifelong love of learning in my students. This year I am excited to be sharing the role of Literacy Learning Specialist and look forward to the many new learning experiences and challenges this will provide. In my spare time I love reading, walking my two little dogs and exploring the Great Outdoors with my family!

Hannah Margetts

Team Leader

My name is Hannah Margetts. I grew up in Dimboola, a small country town in Western Victoria. I had a wonderful childhood where I spent many days swimming in the river and bike riding around town with my friends. I moved to Geelong to study Public Relations at Deakin University and went on to complete a Masters of Education. I now live in Yarraville, and love visiting the Sun Theatre to watch a movie and eat my favourite food –popcorn! I am obsessed with dogs, and love walking my Toy Cavoodle Kevin whenever I can. I am ambitious, and love to challenge myself by learning about new topics through books and podcasts. I am also in the middle of training for a half marathon along the Great Ocean Road!

Sophie Boukidis

Team Leader

Hello, my name is Sophie Bouikidis. As a child, I spent a lot of my time with my loving, loud and crazy Greek grandparents who took care of my two brothers and I. I grew up trying many different sports but now enjoy playing soccer for a local women’s team. After high school I went on to study a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University, majoring in Criminology and Journalism and then spent some time working in magazine editorial before moving to complete a Masters of Education. I love to travel and have visited 15 countries so far but am always dreaming of the next destination! I have been at Newport Gardens since 2017 and am currently teaching Grade One. The two values I believe best describe me in both my personal and professional life are trust and loyalty. As a teacher I believe it is important to build a sense of trust with my students and support them to become the best versions of themselves!

Kasia Dunvely

Classroom Teacher

Hello everyone! My name is Kasia Dunlevy and I am a Grade One teacher here at Newport Gardens Primary School. I am thrilled to work at this beautiful school, and I am grateful to have, what I believe as, the most rewarding job in the world. In my 15-year career, I have worked with many age levels, both primary and secondary, and I love coming to work each day.

I grew up in a house full of music where both my parents played piano, guitar, violin and sang. My favourite artist of all time is David Bowie. I love reading, arts and theatre and will definitely see all sorts of creativity and art incorporated into our classroom.

I am bilingual and love any chance I get to speak Polish. I love snow and pierogi, which are Polish dumplings. I come from a family of over 30 teachers!

As a kid I was always surrounded by teachers, with my great-grandfather and my mum as my most important role models. As I went through my academic career, I looked back on the values that had been instilled in me as a child by my primary school teachers, and once I understood the impact they had on me, my path was clear. Respect, kindness, openness and integrity are only a few of the crucial values I hope to inject into my students so that they can be the best versions of themselves every step of the way for the rest of their lives.

Grade 2

Kate Parkes

Team Leader

I began my teaching journey in 2011 and have taught students from Foundation to Grade Four. This is my third year at Newport Gardens Primary School and I am very privileged to work with such an incredible group of children and to be a part of the NGPS community.

As a teacher, I value the positive relationships that I form with my students and the ability to see them grow as both learners and individuals. My classroom environment is calm and inclusive where all students feel safe, happy and valued.

In my spare time, I enjoy going to Pilates/yoga, seeing a movie at the Sun Theatre, visiting the NGV and exploring new cafes and restaurants.

Cameron Shaw

Classroom Teacher

My name is Cameron Shaw and I am a Grade 2 teacher here at Newport Gardens Primary School. I have worked with all age levels and I love coming to work each day and inspiring my students to achieve.
My classroom is a friendly and welcoming space where students are encouraged and supported to reach their full potential. Learning is every day. It's gradual and incremental. It shouldn't be rigid. My teaching style is practical and individual. I want my learners to come away asking more questions after the days end.... that's when I know I have done a good day’s work.
On a personal note: I live in the hustle and bustle of the city with my partner Cruz and our dog Yoshi. I probably drink too much coffee and eat too much chocolate. I still get my daily news from the prehistoric newspaper and most Saturday mornings you’ll find me at the 3 Little Monkeys café in the city...eggs benedict with smashed avocado!

Vanessa Nobrega

Classroom Teacher

Hi! My name is Ms Nobrega. I am a super passionate teacher that strongly believes in a positive learning environment, which engages student’s interest.

My husband, daughter and I migrated to Australia in 2008 from the United Kingdom. We have lived happily in Melbourne since. I have taught across several year levels.

In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, reading, bike riding, hiking, camping and generally any outdoor activities, including spending time with my newly arrived Grandson.

A few favourites of Ms Nobrega’s:
Colour: Green
Food: Avocado
Place to visit: Patagonia

Caroline Watts

Classroom Teacher

Hi I’m Caroline one of the Grade 2 teachers for 2020. For the last three years I have loved being the Performing Arts teachers at NGPS. I am really excited to have my own class this year and use my creative skills in the classroom. In my spare time I love to go to the beach with my kids, read a good book or go for a walk in nature.

Grade 3

Eve Hartley

Team Leader

Hello, my name is Eve Hartley and have been at Newport Gardens since its transformation and construction from Hobsons Bay Primary School in 2011 to the present day. I have taught in various schools across the Hobsons Bay area over the many years I have been teaching and enjoy living and working within my local community. I have taught across all year levels, and even specialist areas such as PE, Art and Numeracy Intervention, I am very passionate about Numeracy and problem solving!
The two values that I feel describe me best are caring and commitment. I care deeply about the emotional and social wellbeing of my students and colleagues at Newport Gardens and always strive to build a friendly and approachable rapport with others. I am committed to being the best possible teacher I can be. Even though I have been in education for many years, I am committed to expanding my knowledge and learning through professional development, and to implement new ideas to create an engaging classroom. I enjoy a challenge and like to instil the same positive mindset within my students. I am committed to the continuous growth of myself as a teacher and to the educational growth of students at Newport Gardens.

Tanya Nguyen

Classroom Teacher

Hello there, my name is Tanya Nguyen and I’m teaching Grade 3 this year.

My journey to Newport has been quite a ride, and I’m not just talking about the commute up and back, but I have thoroughly enjoyed my years here and I look forward to coming to school every day. It makes me really happy when I hear that the students feel the same way, as I always aim to promote an environment of fun, acceptance and striving to do one’s best in my classroom.

I love reading books and could spend all day buried in one (or many). If you were to judge me by my “cover”, you’d see a quiet, soft-spoken, short Asian who’s heavily dependent on her glasses, but we all know how the old saying goes… you can’t judge a book by its cover. As you get to know me, you’ll find that I am always willing to listen and learn, I’m passionate and dedicated to my job and I love to bring creativity into absolutely everything I do.

Each day brings a new experience, and I enjoy being challenged while I learn and grow alongside my students. I understand that every student is different and that they all need to be accommodated for. That’s why it’s so important to me that I build a good relationship of trust and understanding with my students to make them feel valued and heard. I hope that I can provide each and every student of mine a safe space where they can grow up to be proud of themselves and have fond memories of.

Jodie Moore

Classroom Teacher

Hi, I’m Jodie and I’m really excited to be teaching Grade 3C this year. I have been working at Newport Gardens for a few years now, both in my own class as well as a working across a range of year levels in a relieving role. Prior to teaching I spent several years in the corporate world, arming me with a range of skills that have been invaluable in the classroom.
As a teacher I believe that my students come first, and I strive to teach and support them in an engaging and individualised way. I also set high expectations for students, encouraging them to strive to achieve their personal best, providing a safe and supported environment where they feel confident to take risks with their learning. I know learning is optimised when there is a partnership between school and home, and I encourage open communication.
When not at school I spend my time watching my son play sport and walking my dogs. I also love a good book and movie.

Grade 4

Andrew Mitchell

Learning Specialist

My name is Andrew Mitchell and I have been a Learning Specialist at Newport Gardens Primary School since 2018. My role is an exciting one where I get to lead our school mathematics team. In my role we get to develop the skills and competencies of our students to become effective problem solvers and I get the opportunity to help develop staff members skills with planning and facilitating an engaging and rigorous mathematics program.

This year I am excited to be teaching a wonderful Grade 4 class for two days as well. I am very happy to be sharing the classroom teacher role and I’m looking forward to seeing wonderful growth from our students. It’s going to be a fantastic year.

When I’m not teaching, I am busy running after my own boys (Patrick aged 6 and Samuel aged 4) as well as finding some time for my hobbies, golf, running and watching the Mighty Richmond Tigers.

Stephanie Caasalbuono

Team Leader

My name is Steph and I have been teaching in the education system for 11 years. I have taught both junior and senior school students and I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching each year level. In my personal life as well as my professional life, I value individuality, kindness and contributions and I model these values within my classroom. I believe that all students learn in different ways and my role is to foster this and support each and every student to achieve their goals. Additionally I believe, working in partnership with families to best support student’s academic, personal and social growth is an integral part of a student’s journey at school.

In my time outside of school, I love spending time with family and friends and checking out new places for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I enjoy spending time in my garden and reading, in particular biographies, when I get some downtime.

Sophie Bush

Classroom Teacher

I started at Newport Gardens as a graduate and I have been lucky enough to stay on and continue my teaching career here. I started my journey in the upper primary in grade six and I stayed there for two years. Within those years I taught with different teachers who mentored me and helped to develop my teaching strategies, I have had the privilege of working with Learning Specialists in Literacy, Numeracy and Inquiry. This year I am teaching in grade four which I am very excited about. Two of my values that I like to see inside my classroom and my personal life include collaboration, because I know that it is important to work together as a team. Whether it be as a classroom, as a learning community, as a staff, or a whole school community. I also value humour, I feel that building those connections with the students, families and staff members I work with leads to a happier work and learning environment. I participated in bringing SWPBS to Newport Gardens, this year I will continue to work closely with staff and students to ensure we remain a really positive place to learn and grow.

Chloe Wantrup

Classroom Teacher

Hi, I’m Chloe Wantrup and this is my third year at Newport Gardens. I taught Grade Two for the past two years and this year I teach Grade Four. I have two fur-babies, a cat named Oakland (Oaky) and a greyhound named Beanie. I love to travel and have visited 17 countries in the past five years, after the April school holidays that number will be 18.
It is very important to me that my students feel safe a supported in the classroom and I believe establishing relationships with students is vital. I am a strong believer in taking a break and getting our bodies moving. You will normally find my class outside having a play on the playground or running around the oval in between sessions during the day. I am looking forward to 2020 and beyond at NGPS.

Chloe Gray

Classroom Teacher

Grade 5

Laura Jenkins

Team Leader

Hi, I’m Laura and this is my second year at NGPS. This year my role includes Year 5 PLC leader and student well-being support.

I’ve been teaching for 9 years and have had the opportunity to teach in all sorts of schools during that time. I spent 5 years living in the UK where I taught in both London and Manchester.

After 9 years I still believe I have the best job in the world, even though I regularly get the question, “I don’t know how you do it every day”. I am passionate about student well-being and providing students with a safe school environment where they can thrive.

I believe it is so important that I enjoy what I’m teaching every day in order for students to be engaged and enjoying learning. Our school is an inclusive, engaging and positive environment for all students and I’m proud to be a part of a community that is so close to my own personal values.

In my spare time I love playing with my puppy, Bert and trying to find the best brunch spot in Melbourne. Unfortunately, I can’t do a weekend away in Paris anymore but try and travel as much as possible- yay for school holidays!

Bianca Wray-McCann

Classroom Teacher

Hi my name is Bianca or you may know me as Miss Wray-McCann, Miss Ramiken, Miss Razorcan or Mother Teresa if you’ve been talking to Mr Galletti! I am a 3rd year graduate and I have been lucky enough to spend my first three years teaching at Newport Gardens in both Grade 3 and Grade 5! I have previously worked as an integration aide and as a co-ordinator at Mackellar Primary School OSHC. Within my 4 years working in OSHC I did one-on-one work with a variety and varied level of additional needs students which has only strengthened my strong belief in the need for equality and inclusion. I believe in building strong, mutually respective relationships with my students and trying to make school a fun and supportive place for everyone to be. Within my classroom, I like to have a good balance between having fun, often having a joke around with my students, as well being able to have moments, conversations and lessons of a more serious tone. My students know me as a teacher who loves plants, crazy socks, Vegemite, having a laugh and hopefully making school fun!

Cassie Wylaz

Classroom Teacher

Hi, my name is Cassie, and this is my second-year teaching grade 5 at NGPS. I am a family orientated person who grew up with a close family of 5. I developed my passion for teaching while teaching and coaching swimming for 5 years. I also have had the incredible opportunity to teach in Nepal in 2017 which was an extreme eye opener. I got to experience the significant difference of teaching in a disadvantaged country which makes me appreciative of the teaching resources I have access to today.
I believe it is important for students to build a positive attitude towards learning and it brings me joy in having the responsibility of assisting with this. I enjoy spending time and building relationships with each student. From the past year I have developed an understanding of the strong and passionate community that Newport Gardens represents, and it gives me pleasure to be a part of it.

Grade 6

Amanda Morgan

Learning Specialist

Hi, my name is Amanda Morgan. I have been in education for 20 years and have taught across all year levels during this time…even spending two years as a specialist teacher (in Physical Education, certainly not my strength area but a sign that I am willing to give everything a go!). The two values that I feel describe me best in both my personal and professional lives would be ‘connection’ and ‘fairness’. I enjoy having strong connections with others, value family time and friendships. Having strong connections with students means that I can understand how each student learns best and ensures that we can have some fun during our learning journey together. Fairness is integral to the connections I make with others. Helping students to understand that fair does not always mean the same for everyone is an important part of my work as an educator.

Mark Galletti

Team Leader

Hello, my name is Mark and I’m here to help.
I’m a grade 6 teacher at Newport Gardens this year. I started teaching in my 30s and have been working at this school since 2002. I have had the opportunity to teach at every year level and really enjoy playing my part in helping your children to grow and develop their ability to think for themselves and question everything. I believe learning should be fun, where possible and you can often hear me singing and whistling around the place.

Amanda Spinks-Cooper

Classroom Teacher

Hi my name is Amanda Spinks-Cooper, I’m originally from Tasmania where I grew up and began my teaching career in Physical Education and First Aid. After years of teaching PE I decided it was time to go into the classroom where I could further develop not only my teaching skills but also student teacher relationships, which is hard to do when you only see each class for an hour a week. I enjoy developing these relationships and getting understanding students’ needs and learning styles. When not at school I enjoy playing basketball twice a week and hanging out with my dog Audrey.

Piera Marzella

Classroom Teacher

Specialist Teachers

Daniel Faoro

Learning Specialist / STEM

Hi everyone! My name’s Daniel and I have been teaching since 2011. Before I started teaching, I was heavily involved in playing in a range of bands and was lucky enough to play a variety of shows around the country, supporting some of my favourite bands. I’ve been a drummer since I was 8 years old and still play quite often now.
During my first couple of years teaching I was a Physical Education and Performing Arts teacher before moving to the classroom. This transition to the classroom lead me to develop a real passion for 21st Century Learning and how technology can be used as an effective tool to engage and develop learning in students.
I’ve been at Newport Gardens Primary School since 2018 and I absolutely love my role as a Learning Specialist amongst this great community. Above all else, I enjoy having fun in the classroom and helping students develop their passion for curiosity and problem solving. Engaging students with humour I feel is important to develop strong relationships and build rapport.
In my spare time I enjoy playing Hockey, watching the Footy (go Bombers!) and playing lots of board/video games.

Carla Murray

Team Leader / Visual Art

Hello, I'm Carla and I am the Visual Arts Teacher at NGPS!
I live in Altona North with my partner, Max who is also a primary school teacher. I enjoy growing my own vegetables at home in my garden; taking my dog, Beau for a walk to the dog beach; spending time with my family; acquiring new knowledge by listening to podcasts about nature and culture and spending quiet time working on slow creative projects like drawing, printing and sewing.

Daniel Jerabek

Japanese

My name is Daniel Jerabek and I have been the Japanese teacher at Newport Gardens Primary School since 2015. At this school and in my life I hold these two values to heart – Honesty and Humour. Honesty challenges you to be the best person you can be. Humour fosters the environment to be open and honest even in difficult situations. This is my dream job, and I am absolutely honoured to be sharing my passion of Japanese with your children and the Newport Gardens community.

Wes Coles

P.E

My name is Wes Coles and I am the Pe Coordinator here at the school. I am really enthusiastic about all sports, and I enjoy introducing students (and parents) to sports and games that are undiscovered! My background is English and although you may have trouble understanding me you will know that I am a fun, smiling teacher who has the boundless energy needed to keep up with the kids! Outside of school I play professional soccer, am a proud father of 3 large dogs (all girls) and am currently learning how to make a quiche.

Kym Maxwell

Performing Arts

As a Performing Arts teacher I help the students express their stories through movement and media, and also re-tell the stories of others developing an understanding of culture and place. Together the students and I develop new skills and produce visual, performative, musical and creative arts media to form new understandings of ourselves in group work and as individuals. Through inquiry in The Arts, we are able to make meaning of our world and meaningful contributions to society. I am a passionate arts teacher with a deep commitment to media and movement arts. I love learning with, through and alongside children. I have really enjoyed becoming a part of the Newport Gardens Primary School Community. Please come and say Hi!

Administration

Deidre Shay

Business Manager

Kelly Shay

Administration / Accounts Receivable

Support Staff

Emma Leunig

Student Welfare

Vera Trezise

Education Support

Anna Basile

Education Support

Hi I’m Anna Basile, I have been working with Children for the past 30 years. 24 years as an Early Childhood Educator for Victoria University and 1 year at the Newport Gardens Early Childhood Centre. I began my new journey of Education Support at Newport Gardens Primary School 5 years ago.
Since starting at this school, Learning is one of my key values. I believe that each day is a new learning for me. Because of this, I have been able to extend my skills to learn new intervention programs such as Levelled Literacy Intervention, The Zones of Regulation, Social Detective, Superflex and Braille. These programs have allowed me to work closely with students and run some amazing group sessions, where I feel I have been able to have a positive impact.
I’m also grateful to be given the opportunity to work with some wonderful teachers and students here at Newport Gardens Primary school.

Angela Martino

Education Support

Ian Henderson

Maintenance

Debbie Robinson

Education Support

Hi my name is Debbie,
I am an Education Support staff member working in the year 4 community and helping students in grade 2 with LLI. I have been in the role for 15 months after 25 years in retail management with Target. Outside of work I coach in softball, the sport I love and have played since I was 10 years old. I coach juniors from under 12s up to under 18s at the Altona Hawks softball club. I am married with 2 beautiful children who are 17 and 15 years old. One of my biggest values is my family. My family is everything. I see myself as a very loyal person in all aspects of life whether it be friends, work and sport. In my role at Newport Gardens, I am very passionate about learning more about it as I believe every child is deserving of an education and I love being involved in their journey.

Jo Keesmaat

Education Support

Hey! My name is Jo and my main role at Newport Gardens PS is to support students in accessing education in the best way that meets needs of the individual child. This means I work alongside teachers to determine together the most effective way to teach and support students with additional needs.
My personal and professional belief is that each of us, as people, have an equal opportunity to access every aspect of life and what it can offer. No matter what gender, culture, language, religion or ability I will always, in my position here at Newport Gardens PS and beyond, do my best to ensure that we all have the same opportunities for success.
It has been an absolute pleasure to have been in this role for 17 years, 9 of those has been at Newport Gardens! Wow that flew! My position is one of the most rewarding ones and I feel thankful that I get to do this almost every day.
I am a parent of two grown children, Holiday and Zach. In my spare time I love a good sleep in, a good read and some retail therapy! 😉

George Anghel

Education Support