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 our site gives you a sense and feeling of what an amazing school Skye Primary School is.

We are a school formed through strong, caring and positive relationships, priding ourselves in a safe, supportive and inclusive school environment for all. We promote healthy relationships and foster engagement and school connectedness, providing a positive school climate where students’ learn and develop self-management, awareness, empathy, resilience, pride in self and positive relationship skills. Our school values of Respect, Responsibility, Relationships and Resilience lie at the core of all of our work. We encourage and welcome strong parent and family partnerships between home and school that create a support network for each individual student’s learning, wellbeing and engagement.

We enjoy a strong school culture where teachers and students work together and where student voice is heard and respected. Students take responsibility for their own learning, becoming more independent, self-aware and influencing their learning through collaborative decision-making processes. Student leadership is a strong feature in our school where students have access to a range of structured leadership roles across the junior, middle and senior school areas.

With a major focus on curriculum development and 21st century learning, our dedicated staff are continually improving their knowledge and skills ensuring we are delivering relevant and engaging learning programs. Our Literacy and Numeracy programs are complemented by our whole school inquiry-based approach to learning about the world. We are fortunate to be able to provide quality ICT access to all of our students, with classes enjoying ICT access in an integrated approach across all curriculum areas.

We offer high quality specialist and extra curricular learning programs that engage our students across a breadth of areas including our highly creative visual and performing arts programs, science, physical education and sport, and Auslan languages program. All of these programs come together to support our educational vision of developing highly creative literate and numerate students who are happy, healthy and resilient.

We are proud of our school’s physical environment and the facilities. There has been significant improvements to our buildings and grounds and we are continually enhancing our settings to provide our students with the highest quality learning and play environments we possibly can.

We offer parents a semi-rural feel to your child’s primary schooling years – with visitors to Skye Primary School commenting on the positive, friendly and welcoming feel of our school. I invite you to come along to Skye Primary School and experience this feeling for yourself!

We look forward to the opportunity to develop a long and successful partnership with you and your child as we share your child’s learning journey together.

Jane Briffa
Principal

Leadership Team

We are very excited and proud to be the new Leadership Team at Skye Primary School.

We are lucky to be leading an amazing hardworking staff who work collegiately and collaboratively together in the best interests for our school and all of our students.

We are proud of our students as they learn together, include others in their play, and work hard at being the very best that they can! Our students represent our school proudly!

We enjoy positive and close working home-school relationships with our parents and community members. Working together with parents is highly important to us as we support and develop our students throughout their primary school years, right from transitioning into prep, through to graduating proudly as a Grade 6 student.

We aim to make a difference for all of our students, socially, emotionally and academically.

Jane Briffa
Principal

Renée Kennedy
Assistant Principal

Cherie Bradley
Assistant Principal

Linda White
Leading Teacher

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

Prep

Taryn Clough
Prep Teacher

Clare Game
Prep Teacher

Kate Perrins
Prep Teacher

Year 1 and 2

Amanda-Lee Bongers
Year 1 & 2 Teacher

Belinda Davis
Year 1 & 2 Teacher

Amy Koslow
Year 1 & 2 Teacher

Vanessa Newman
Year 1 & 2 Teacher

Judith O’Grady
Year 1 & 2 Teacher

Fiona Torrington
Year 1 & 2 Teacher

Kim Weissenburger
Year 1 & 2 Teacher

Year 3 and 4

Dave Anderson
Year 3 & 4 Teacher

Margaret Gibson
Year 3 & 4 Teacher

Michelle Kredjik
Year 3 & 4 Teacher

Lisa Male
Year 3 & 4 Teacher

Jan Mulholland
Year 3 & 4 Teacher

Vanessa Nestor
Year 3 & 4 Teacher

Year 5 and 6

Tatiana Deans
Year 5 & 6 Teacher

Sherrie Griffiths
Year 5 & 6 Teacher

Helen Hamill
Year 5 & 6 Teacher

Ashley Herrmann
Year 5 & 6 Teacher

Jenny Kelly
Year 5 & 6 Teacher

Helen Meadows
Year 5 & 6 Teacher

Shelley Welsh
Year 5 & 6 Teacher

Kate Wilson
Year 5 & 6 Teacher

Specialist Team

Karen Walker
Auslan

Tess Beltsos-Russo
Visual Arts

Anita Deeds
Performing Arts

Bob Goodbourn
Science

Steve Jackson
Physical Education

Education Support Team

Jenny Addison
Education Support

Anita Blenkiron
Education Support

Kerry Brand
Education Support

Rachel Clarke
Education Support

Anne Forsyth
Education Support

Perianne Hajdu
Education Support

Karen Lewis
Education Support

Tania Mathieson
Education Support

Samantha Mitchell
Education Support

Lisa Snelling
Education Support

Tanja Sucic
Education Support

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