Our School

Principal’s Message

Welcome to the Melton West Primary School website. We hope this provides you with a picture of what our vibrant school has to offer. I would feel very honoured to take you on a school tour, answering any questions you have about what our school has to offer. Please call the office to book a time to meet with me. I know choosing a school for your child is a very important decision. The connection between the school and families is critical for each child’s learning potential. It needs to be a respectful partnership, where people feel valued and their thoughts, concerns and opinions heard.

At Melton West Primary School, we have a strong focus of working as a Professional Learning Community, where there is a shared responsibility for all learners across teams and teachers work collaboratively to determine how best to support student learning based on what they can do and the direction for future learning. Through working as a Professional Learning Community we have created a culture of learning, where professional learning amongst staff is valued and embraced and the confidence children show in their ability to learn is enhanced every day. We have been working hard on increasing our community engagement with families and have a vision to incorporate a culture of learning for our parents so that they too can continue to support their child, as their first teacher. All staff at Melton West Primary School are committed to their work and are well respected educators.

We have a strong focus on ensuring children have a sound understanding of the core subjects of English and Mathematics, as well as enrichment programs such as Art, Science and Physical Education. Information Technology, including computers and iPads, are integrated across the curriculum. We are proud of the reputation we have as a school who respects and values our Indigenous history, through connecting strongly with our parents who have an Indigenous background as well as introducing the local Indigenous language of Woiwurrung in 2015. We have plans to form connections with many of the other culture groups represented at Melton West in the very near future.

We have a developed a vision to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all students to achieve their full potential. We will do this through an engaging and inclusive curriculum, with high expectations of students as individual learners and thinkers, who become valued members of the wider community. Our values of respect, communication, trust and teamwork all working towards building positive relationships with all, underpin all decisions we make.

I hope you find Melton West Primary School a welcoming place for you and your child. I look forward to meeting you.

Moving forward

With the

Passion to

Succeed

Michelle Costa

Principal | Melton West Primary School

Values

  • Communication
  • Respect
  • Teamwork
  • Trust

Profile

Curriculum

Our curriculum will:

  • centre on children learning higher order thinking skills and how to learn and apply knowledge in real life situations
  • be child centred and encourage responsibility and ownership. We believe learning should be relevant to the child
  • have a commitment to developing positive self esteem, sound values, effective life skills and positive behaviour in our students
  • value students for their individual talents and challenge them to achieve their personal best
  • encourage open minds, creativity and ingenuity
  • aim to develop our students’ critical thinking, decision making and problem solving skills
  • encourage our students to have a positive attitude towards mistakes and learn from them
  • facilitate student competence and confidence in using technology
  • seek to address all learning styles
  • aim to support our students’ intellectual, social, emotional, physical and artistic capacities
  • use an integrated approach so students can see links between subjects and connect new skills to previous knowledge
  • have a commitment to provide our students with additional skills we believe are important in a changing world, including tolerance and empathy for others; reflective learning and thinking; communication skills; multi-cultural understandings; and leadership skills
  • effective use of leisure time
  • provide opportunities for regular assessment, forming an integral part of our curriculum so student learning can begin from where the student is at, and they can receive on-going feedback about their growth.

Our teachers are highly skilled in working as a Professional Learning Community using data to inform their teaching, and have a commitment towards their ongoing training, learning and development.

School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support

The goal of School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support at Melton West Primary School is to create and maintain a positive and supportive learning environment that enhances our school culture and maximises academic and social growth.

The School-Wide Positive Behaviour Matrix translates Melton West Primary School’s three key expectations – be safe, be respectful and do your best – into expected behaviours.

Enrolment

Please phone the school on 9743 5818 to arrange a tour of the school with the Principal or Assistant Principal.

Staff

Principal Class

Principal
Michelle Costa

Assistant Principals
Katarina Cvitkovic
Jennifer O’Connor

Leading Teachers

Literacy, Data & Enrolment Leader
Sarah Marshall

Numeracy Leader
Courtney Templeton

Leader of Prep
Elizabeth Cassar

Leader of 1/2
Daniela Zuniga

Leader of 3/4
Jayden Spudvilas-Powell

Leader of 5/6
Nadine Mills

Admin

Business Manager
Bernadette Stepnell

Office Manager
Bernadine Hetherington

PA/Admin
Stephanie Sistov

First Aid Officer
Sherrie-Ann Brezina

Education Support Staff

Brooke Apollonio
Dianne Baldacchino
Catherine Barnes
Michelle Brown
Tracey Caines
Trudy Day
Donna Delgadillo
Madelaine Denham
Tamara Higgins
Emily Hrkac
Jane Macdonald
Sue Marshall
Alana Martyn
Jen Mega
Lorna Naidu
Leanne Reddrop
Deborah Simpson
Leanne Solomon
Jill Soulas
Brittnee Stowe
Cherrie Taverner

Classroom Teachers

Prep B
Keili Burns

Prep C
Elizabeth Cassar (LT)
Sarah Ralph

Prep M
Mallory Bland

Prep P
Paul Cathro

Prep S
Rebecca Salem

1/2 A
Aira Agarano

1/2 D
Jenna Davies

1/2 G
Gordon Webb

1/2 P
Lydia Parker

1/2 T
Monica Todarello

1/2 W
Charlene Waldron

1/2 Z
Daniela Zuniga (LT)
Leonie Hooke

3/4 A
Joanne Agius

3/4 B
Laurence Gatt

3/4 H
Katie Hawke

3/4 J
Jayden Spudvilas-Powell (LT)
Jessica Pfister

3/4 K
Emma Keyes

3/4 L
Lyndon Smith

3/4 M
Lee Blackman

3/4 S
Nicole Spiteri

5/6 B
Kate Bytheway

5/6 F
Kerri Fraser

5/6 M
Matthew Misiano

5/6 N
Nadine Mills (LT)
Liza Dearing

5/6 S
Tina Stamoulis

5/6 T
Jacinta Thunell

5/6 V
Vanessa Moore

Subject Teachers

Prep Art / Physical Education
Sally Shoebridge

1-6 Art
Nichole White

1-6 Physical Education
Deena Henaway

P-2 Science
Ashlyn Butcher

3-6 Science
Ryan Bird

Specialist Teachers

GRIN Teacher
Leonie Hooke

Mathematics & Science Specialist Coaches
Ryan Bird
Jayden Spudvilas-Powell

EAL Teachers
Nadine Jankowski
Natalie Marcock

LOTE Specialist – Woiwurrung Language
Mathew Gardiner

LOTE Specialist – Indonesian
Sarah Merry

Wellbeing Team

Primary Welfare Officer
Margaret Campbell

P-2 Inclusion & Engagement
Sarah Ralph

3-6 Inclusion & Engagement
Liza Dearing

Psychologist
Tom Lothian

Community Engagement
Tolley Cacavas

Speech Therapists
Sophie Cirillo
Jessica Li

Technicians

IT Technician
Stuart Olthof

Library Technician
Karen Poulton

Facilities

Our main buildings contain 24 classrooms, a Science room and well equipped Library, as well as other flexible learning spaces. A multi-purpose room provides cover for PE sessions in hot or inclement weather as well as a meeting place for larger groups of students. The gardens and grounds provide shade areas for active and passive play and sport facilities.

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