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

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 2018

Principal Class

Principal

Michelle Costa

P-2 Assistant Principal

Jennifer O’Connor

3-6 Assistant Principal

Katarina Cvitkovic

Leading Teachers

Leader of Data, Literacy & Enrolment

Sarah Marshall

Leader of Digital Pedagogies

Jayden Spudvilas-Powell

Leader of Numeracy

Courtney Templeton

Learning Specialists

Prep Learning Specialist

Elizabeth Cassar

1/2 Learning Specialist

Daniela Zuniga

3/4 Learning Specialist (Acting)

Rebecca Salem

Administration

Business Manager

Bernadette Stepnell

Office Manager

Bernadine Hetherington

PA/Admin

Stephanie Sistov

First Aid Officer

Sherrie-Ann Brezina

Prep Team

PLT Leader

Mallory Bland

Prep B

Keili Burns

Prep C

Elizabeth Cassar (Learning Specialist)

Mallory Bland

Prep G

Laurence Gatt

Prep N

Sarah Nolan

Prep R

Sarah Ralph (Inclusion & Engagement Coach)

Ashlyn Butcher

1/2 Team

PLT Leader

Aira Agarano

1/2 A

Daniela Zuniga (Learning Specialist)

Aira Agarano

1/2 C

Georgia Cobbledick

1/2 D

Jenna Davies

1/2 H

Leonie Hooke

1/2 L

Jacinta Lamanna

1/2 M

Matthew Misiano

1/2 P

1/2 W

Charlene Waldron

3/4 Team

PLT Leader

Klaudia Jellis

3/4 A

Joanne Agius

3/4 C

Rebecca Salem (A/Learning Specialist)

Jess Campbell

3/4 K

Emma Keyes

3/4 L

Lyndon Smith

3/4 P

Jayden Spudvilas-Powell (Leading Teacher)

Jessica Pfister

3/4 S

Nicole Spiteri

3/4 W

Gordon Webb

5/6 Team

PLT Leader

Jacinta Thunell

5/6 B

Brooke Slopak

5/6 C

Paul Cathro

5/6 D

Liza Dearing (Inclusion & Engagement Coach)

Neil Armstrong

5/6 F

Kerri Fraser

5/6 M

Vanessa Moore

5/6 S

Tina Stamoulis

5/6 T

Jacinta Thunell

Natasha Devine

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

Wellbeing Team

Primary Welfare Officer

Margaret Campbell

P-2 Inclusion & Engagement Coach

Sarah Ralph

3-6 Inclusion & Engagement Coach

Liza Dearing

EAL Teacher

Natalie Marcok

Psychologist

Tom Lothian

Psychologist

Burcu Akdeniz

Counsellor

Melanie Weinstock

Community Engagement

Tolley Cacavas

Speech Therapists

Sophie Cirillo

Jessica Li

Education Support

Brooke Apollonio

Dianne Baldacchino

Catherine Barnes

Michelle Brown

Tracey Caines

Trudy Day

Donna Delgadillo

Madelaine Denham

Tamara Higgins

Jasmina Hobbs

Jane Macdonald

Sue Marshall

Jen Mega

Lorna Naidu

Leanne Reddrop

Deborah Simpson

Leanne Solomon

Jill Soulas

Brittnee Stowe

Cherrie Taverner

Technicians

IT Technician

Waqas Iftikhar

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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