Our School

Principal’s Welcome

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Skye Primary School’s website. We hope you find the information within these pages informative, and that you gain a sense of the wonderful learning community we have at Skye Primary School.

At Skye PS, we pride ourselves on providing a safe, supportive and inclusive environment that relies on positive and caring relationships for all. Our dedicated staff are committed to delivering programs that foster academic excellence, student wellbeing and engagement. We work collaboratively to engage in professional learning, continually building on our knowledge and skills to ensure that best practice is evident in every classroom.

The School Values – Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Relationships – underpin who we are as a community. They provide students with a framework to develop core principles that empower them to make positive contributions to both their school and wider communities. A consistent approach to establishing routines and protocols that focus on school wide positive behaviours, assists us in providing calm and orderly learning spaces.

Our aim is for students to graduate from Skye PS as confident, independent thinkers and problem-solvers who are equipped to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Our academic program incorporates explicit and direct instruction to support the design and delivery of effective lessons in Literacy and Numeracy. We use an Inquiry-based approach across other curriculum areas to enhance the skills and attitudes that assist our students in becoming life-long learners. We offer a wide range of engaging specialist and extra-curricular programs that, while supporting the development of academic knowledge and skills, focus heavily on the wellbeing and general capabilities of our students.  

2020 sees the beginning of an exciting building project at Skye PS commencing with the building of our brand gymnasium, complete with a full-size basketball, scheduled to start in August. Our administration block and library will be relocating to create a whole new front of school, alongside our new parent carpark. The following phases will see the redesign of some of our older classroom spaces and the building of a new Arts/STEM centre. While it is an exciting venture, we have been working very closely with the design team to ensure that our school retains the semi-rural community feel that makes our school unique. We are very lucky to have a number of beautiful open spaces for our children to enjoy their play time.   

At Skye PS we know that building strong family partnerships that link home and school is paramount to the development and success of our students. Parents and families are welcomed in our community and we strongly encourage them to be actively involved in all aspects of their child’s education. We offer a number of events throughout the year where we can come together to share in and celebrate learning at our school. 

The best way to get a feel for our school it is to see it for yourself. We warmly encourage you to attend one of our school tours or contact the office to arrange a personal appointment.

I look forward to the opportunity of meeting you and sharing in your child’s education.

Jane Briffa

Principal

 

Leadership Team

Under the leadership of our Principal, Jane Briffa, the Executive Leadership team strive to ensure that continued school improvement is a priority. They oversee the educational policies and daily running of the school and are responsible for ensuring that everyone who is part of our school contributes to the success of the Strategic Plan. The Leadership team work collaboratively within our professional learning community to ensure that our students are cared for by excellent teachers who provide high quality teaching and learning experiences.

 

Jane Briffa
Principal

Cherie Bradley
Assistant Principal

Lisa Male
Leading Teacher

Jenny Kelly
Learning Specialist

Belinda Hazzledine
Wellbeing Coordinator 

School Profile

Skye Primary School has been serving our local community since 1873. We started as a humble school providing education for just 26 students, to a school that has now grown to over 500 students.

Skye Primary School has been considered a semi-rural setting over the past years, and are proud to have maintained our ‘semi-rural feel’ with the extensive housing development that has occurred around the school over the recent years.

We are proud of our school’s physical environment and facilities, with significant improvements to our grounds over recent years. We boast extensive areas for our students to play, with a separate enclosed prep playground area, 2 junior playgrounds, 2 middle-senior school playgrounds, a football oval, a newly developing soccer field, 2 basketball courts and hardcourt areas for play, a quiet sit down area in our sails area, as well as extensive play space around our buildings.

Our architecturally designed buildings are airconditioned and provide modern facilities necessary to provide the optimum learning environment for our students.

We have a large hall that is used for Physical Education lessons, assemblies and special events. We offer high quality specialist learning within our Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Auslan and Science programs.

Nurturing and educating children is seen as a shared responsibility between home and school, with Skye Primary School building strong relationships with our community and working closely with parents and carers as active partners in their child’s schooling and education.

At Skye Primary School we aim to provide stimulating learning programs in a purposeful and caring environment that enable every student to realise their full potential. In doing so we foster a learning environment rich in values, with our students provided with the opportunity and support to develop confidence and self-esteem within a flexible, happy and positive school environment, building core values of Respect, Relationships, Resilience and Responsibility.

Our main aim is to foster in students the qualities and skills that will enable them to adapt to an every changing world.

School Vision
All students at Skye Primary School will be literate, numerate, creative and socially responsible community members.

Belief

We at Skye Primary School believe that every person in our school community has the potential to assist each student achieving our vision.

Teaching Community

All staff will have the requisite knowledge, skills and behaviours to facilitate our students to develop into literate, numerate,creative and socially responsible community members.

Student Community

Students will be challenged to develop into literate, numerate,creative and socially responsible community members.

Parents & Community Members

Parents and community members will be positive active members of the school community. They will show enthusiasm for student growth and support the learning process.

School Values

​These values are reinforced through classroom programs.

RESPECT

At Skye Primary School we show respect and care about the feelings and rights of others.

We…

  • use manners
  • allow teachers to teach and others to learn
  • treat others with kindness
  • listen attentively
  • accept ourselves for who we are

RELATIONSHIPS

At Skye Primary School we create and maintain positive relationships.

We…

  • include others
  • cooperate with others
  • solve problems in a positive manner
  • appreciate the differences in others

RESILIENCE

At Skye Primary School we are resilient and work through challenges effectively.

We…

  • are persistent and don’t give up
  • know it is ok to make a mistake
  • use a range of strategies to solve a problem
  • face challenges with a positive attitude
  • move forward when things don’t go our way

RESPONSIBILITY

At Skye Primary School we take responsibility for our learning, behaviour and school environment.

We…

  • take care of ourselves and our belongings
  • look after our learning environment and the school yard
  • can be trusted to make good choices
  • are in charge of our choices
  • recognise that our choices can impact others

Staff

Administration Office

Michelle Drew
Administration Office

Wendy Jones
Administration Office

Belinda Schodde
Administration Office

Sheree Jones
Administration Office

Prep

Emerald Gatti
Prep A Teacher

Helen Meadows
Prep B Teacher

Dave Anderson
Prep C Teacher

Shelley Murphy
Prep B Teacher

Year 1

Margaret Gibson
Year 1A Teacher

Iesha Galati
Year 1B Teacher

Hailee Eade
Year 1C Teacher

Year 2

Judith O’Grady
Year 2A Teacher

Vanessa Nestor
Year 2B Teacher

Anita Blenkiron
Year 2C Teacher

Taryn Clough
Grade 2A Teacher

Year 3

Kate Perrins
Year 3A Teacher

Helen Hamill
Year 3B Teacher

Year 4

Ashley Herrmann
Year 4/5A Teacher

Fiona Torrington
Year 4B Teacher

Kim Weissenburger
Year 4C Teacher

Sherrie Griffiths
Year 4/5A Teacher

Belinda Davis
Year 4B Teacher

Year 5

Ashley Herrmann
Year 4/5A Teacher

Andrew Keenan
Year 5B Teacher

Jenny Kelly
Year 5C Teacher

Sherrie Griffiths
Year 4/5A Teacher

Sherrie Griffiths
Year 5C Teacher

Year 6

Amanda Bongers
Year 6A Teacher

Lisa Male
Year 6B Teacher

Jan Mulholland
Year 6C Teacher

Jac Jackson
Year 6B Teacher

Specialist Team

Tess Beltsos-Russo
Visual Arts

Belinda Critchlow
Japanese

Steve Jackson
Physical Education

Inger Furlong
Kitchen Garden

Rachael Clarke
Library Teacher

Education Support Team

Jenny Addison
Education Support

Kerry Brand
Education Support

Kathleen Cox
Education Support

Perrianne Hajdu
Education Support

Karen Lewis
Education Support

Tarnia Mathieson
Education Support

Samantha Mitchell
Education Support

Tanja Sucic
Education Support

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