Our School

Vision & Values

At Woodlands we are passionate about providing each and every student with the opportunity to learn and succeed. Our staff are dedicated and committed to developing a learning environment which maximises the educational needs of every child. At the heart of the educational program of learning and experience at Woodlands is the welfare and happiness of our students.

Woodlands offers a stimulating learning environment that aims to nurture responsible, confident and caring students who have high self-esteem, self discipline and respect for others. We aim to ensure that our students become resilient, compassionate, adaptable and well-informed members of their community.

We provide a welcoming, friendly and caring learning environment where individuals are encouraged to live by the values reflected in our school house names; Loyalty, Friendship, Endeavour and Perseverance.

Our School Vision of ‘BE YOUR BEST’ permeates every aspect of school life at Woodlands. It is a belief, attitude, philosophy and way of thinking that pervades every thing that we do and at every level.

Principal’s Message

Welcome to Woodlands.

Our school provides a welcoming, friendly and caring learning environment where individual are encourage to live by the principle of ‘BE YOUR BEST’.

At Woodlands we strive to;

  • Celebrate success
  • Have high expectations in everything we do
  • Develop a community of active learners, with a love of learning
  • Teach children how to learn
  • Constantly build positive, productive relationships
  • Develop, guide and challenge or students to become model citizens and future leaders
  • Develop resilient and positive students.

I invite you to share in and contribute to the uniqueness of Woodlands.

Staff

School Leadership Team

Matt Gallagher

Matt Gallagher

Principal

Matt Amery

Matt Amery

Assistant Principal

Eve Campbell

Eve Campbell

Curriculum Coordinator

Katrina Hooke

Katrina Hooke

Student Wellbeing Coordinator

Student Wellbeing Team

Devin Walker

Devin Walker

Support Inclusion Coordinator

Sarah Roney

Sarah Roney

Thrive Positive Education Coordinator

Alex Graham

Alex Graham

Educational and Developmental Psychologist

Fiona Biss

Speech Therapist

Administration

Carolyn Page

Carolyn Page

Business Manager

Kellie Absolom

Kellie Absolom

Office Manager

Michelle Mogyrossy

Michelle Mogyrossy

Rachel Batson

Rachel Batson

Kirby McLean

Kirby McLean

Lisa Dugan

Lisa Dugan

Foundation Team

Sammie Simmons

Sammie Simmons

Justine Whyte

Justine Whyte

Karen Truman

Karen Truman

Sarah Di Paolo

Sarah Di Paolo

Rachel Nicholls

Rachel Nicholls

Georgia Mackenzie

Georgia Mackenzie

Year One Team

Jessica Allan

Jessica Allan

Molly Exton

Molly Exton

Helen Senysyn

Helen Senysyn

Shandy Iurato

Shandy Iurato

Anna Gibson

Anna Gibson

Rachel Caveney

Rachel Caveney

Jaimee Fox

Jaimee Fox

Year Two Team

Briony Jenner

Briony Jenner

Lisa Hallal

Lisa Hallal

Angela Muehllechner

Angela Muehllechner

Kellie Gallagher

Kellie Gallagher

Vicky Isom

Vicky Isom

Jacqui Jahn

Jacqui Jahn

Year Three Team

Kylie Hammond

Kylie Hammond

Lindsay Ponchard

Lindsay Ponchard

Adam Salerni

Adam Salerni

Catherine Lancaster

Catherine Lancaster

Claire Schuurman

Claire Schuurman

Cobi Reynolds

Cobi Reynolds

Year Four Team

Kristy Wheeler

Kristy Wheeler

Petra Morton

Petra Morton

Jane Whitehead

Jane Whitehead

Jessica Atchison

Jessica Atchison

Harrison Whitehead

Harrison Whitehead

Year Five Team

Nick Allan

Nick Allan

Rebekah Bonnamy

Rebekah Bonnamy

Robert Salerni

Robert Salerni

Kim Brnjac

Kim Brnjac

Elise Miller

Elise Miller

Allison Gaiser

Allison Gaiser

Year Six Team

Jenifer Polydor

Jenifer Polydor

Charlie Pascazio

Charlie Pascazio

Laura Porter

Laura Porter

Jayden Crew

Jayden Crew

Jarrod Hicks

Jarrod Hicks

Tara Hallal

Tara Hallal

Specialist Team

Josh Dowling

Josh Dowling

Student Engagement & Physical Education

Rob Birnie

Rob Birnie

Physical Education & School Camps

Paul Schaus

Paul Schaus

Science

Laurence Hall

Laurence Hall

Digital Arts, Digital Technology & Physical Education

Julie Morgan

Julie Morgan

LOTE - Auslan

Matthew Gough

Matthew Gough

Performing Arts

Kirsty Livera

Kirsty Livera

Visual Arts

Lisa Block

Lisa Block

Visual Arts

Kristen Clowes

Kristen Clowes

Visual Arts

Nicole Schroth

Nicole Schroth

Performing Arts

Will Sederino

Digital Technologies & Physical Education

Karen Burke

Karen Burke

Library Technician

Tutor Learning Initiative Team

Devin Walker

Devin Walker

Tutor Learning Leader

Dianne Gordon

Dianne Gordon

Tutoring Program

Classroom Support & Integration Team

Kerry Hann

Kerry Hann

Robyn Sheppard

Robyn Sheppard

Andrea Gigl

Andrea Gigl

Cindy Miles

Cindy Miles

Laura Accary

Laura Accary

Megan Halstead

Megan Halstead

Rina Shaw

Rina Shaw

Harriet Holden

Harriet Holden

Jackie McCann

Jackie McCann

Robyn Kepley

Brianna Ryan

Facilities & Grounds

Rob Brnjac

Rob Brnjac

Maintenance

Jon Watson

Jon Watson

Grounds Gardener

School Council

What is a school council and what does it do?

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, the Woodlands School Council plays a key role in:

  • supporting the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students
  • school accountability and improvement processes, and
  • the endorsement of key school planning, evaluation and reporting documents.

Membership
Our School Council consists of 8 elected parent members, 4 elected members of staff, and the Principal, with two optional School Council appointed community members.

Terms of Office
The term of office is for two years.

Who is on the school council?
There are three possible categories of membership:

  • A mandated elected parent category.
    More than one third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be parent members at their child’s school.
  • A mandated elected DET employee category.
    Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
  • An optional community member category.
    Its members are co-opted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be community members.

 

The term of office for members is two years. Half the members must retire each year and this creates vacancies for the annual school council elections.

Child Safety & Wellbeing

Child safety and wellbeing at Woodlands Primary School: information for families and the school community

Woodlands Primary School is committed to providing a child safe and child friendly environment, where students are safe and feel safe.

Our child safety and wellbeing policies outline the measures and strategies we have in place to support, promote and maintain the safety and wellbeing of our students:

  • Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy
  • Child Safety Code of Conduct
  • Child Safe Standards Risk Register
  • Child safety Responding and Reporting Obligations Policy and Procedure
  • Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy
  • Bullying Prevention Policy
  • Volunteers Policy
  • Digital Learning Policy

(All these policies can be found here)

As valuable partners in promoting and maintaining child safety and wellbeing at Woodlands Primary School we welcome and encourage your feedback.

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions in relation to our child safe policies and practices, please contact the principal or assistant principal.