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Visions & Values

Pentland Primary Values | Teamwork

At Pentland Primary School, we strive to create a highly functioning learning community that encourages, motivates and supports students to reach their full potential and build lifelong learning habits. We prioritize quality teaching and providing students with a wide range of educational opportunities, tailored to their individual needs and abilities. In addition, we value creating a caring and supportive environment, where children feel happy and engaged during their time at Pentland.

Pentland Primary School aims to provide students with a range of educational opportunities that enable them to reach their full potential and grow academically, socially and personally. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive, developmentally and differentiated curriculum program covering a wide range of skills in a caring and supportive environment.

Pentland Primary core values are teamwork, happiness, respect, trust, honesty, communication, learning, pride and persistence.

Teamwork – when we all work together to get things done

Happiness – when we feel pleasure, delight, gladness, joy, cheerfulness, elation, jubilation, contentment

Respect – the regard we show each other by treating them with consideration, courtesy, attentiveness, appreciation, esteem, admiration

Trust – when we can count on each other to do the right thing, when we have faith or confidence in the certainty of something

Honesty – truthfulness, sincerity, faithfulness, openness

Communication – passing on or making things known to each other

Learning – finding out, trying new things, gaining experience, getting better at doing things

Pride – feeling happy and satisfied about ourselves, our peers and our school community

Persistence – trying hard, not giving up

Student Voice & Leadership

The key aspects of our Student Voice and Leadership program are the implementation and utilisation of student voice, agency and leadership. These aspects of our programs improve our students’ outcomes in relation to their sense of school pride, sense of belonging and their levels of engagement.

Student agency refers to the level of autonomy and power that a student experiences in the learning environment. Student voice and agency are intrinsically linked. Agency gives students the power to direct and take responsibility for their learning, creating independent and self-regulating learners.

Student leadership is not confined to a small group of individuals, as leadership potential is inherent within all learners. Student leaders have an increased sense of responsibility to help others and to model leadership principles and values. Trust, autonomy and relationships are enhanced through the development of leadership qualities.

At Pentland Primary School we offer a plethora of leadership opportunities for all students.

This may be through representing their class (Level Three to Level Six) as part of our Junior School Representative Council, or in a learning environment where the guided inquiry delivery of Integrated studies allows them to lead the direction of their learning and to collaborate effectively in teams.

In Level Five and Six, all of our students are part of the ‘Buddy Program’ where they demonstrate responsibility and caring in a supportive environment. Each year every student is allocated a Foundation ‘Buddy’ who they develop a caring relationship with over the year. Students meet regularly and the Buddy Program allows for collaborative activities that are led by the students. They assist the younger students in reading, numeracy and other activities.

At Pentland Primary School we have student leaders in the following areas:

School Captains, House captains (for Perkins, Newcombe, Fraser and Lewis) and Shadow House Captains.

Each of the roles carries a variety of responsibilities designed to promote the school values of teamwork, happiness, respect, trust, honesty, communication, learning, pride and persistence.

Staffing

Principal

Andrew Harrison – Principal
Brianna Jones – Assistant Principal
Sky Walter – Assistant Principal
Daniel Romeo – Acting Assistant Principal
Adrian Alimic – Acting Assistant Principal

 

Leading Teachers

Ebony Terry – Foundation Leader
Stacey Hamilton – 1/2 Leader
John Saliba – 3/4 Leader
Dianne Coles – 5/6 Leader

Foundation

Ebony Terry – Foundation Leader
Liam Ross – Teacher
Samatha Keehner – Teacher
Baden Walsh – Teacher

 

1/2

Chenoa Thorp – Teacher
Lisa Moss – Teacher
Lyndon Smith – Teacher
Mirjana Sarancic – Teacher
Nur Zenaidee – Teacher

 

2/3

Stacey Hamilton – 1/2 Leader

3/4

John Saliba – 3/4 Leader
Sam Bowman – Teacher
Sarah Browne – Teacher
Pauline Wells – Teacher
Susan James – Teacher

 

4/5

Georgia Kerton – Teacher

 

5/6

Dianne Coles – 5/6 Leader
Kieran Harman – Teacher
Jezlyn Bray – Teacher

Specialist

Jarrod Impiombato – Art
Michael Egan – Physical Education & Chinese
Claire Attard – Music
Claire Martin – Physical Education

 

Learning Specialist

Rick Wells – Numeracy
Chris Lowery – Writing

 

Educational Support

Fiona Antonello – Business Manager
Katrina Filbey – Office
Karen Berton – Office
Shannon Maier – Support
Rose Wells – Support
Natasha Mohendru – Support
Georgia Vlassopoulos – Support
Rachel Peixoto – Support
Karen Mercieca – Support
Colleen Moloney – Support
Kaylene Closter – Support
Aleisha Alimic – Support
Caitlin Evans – Support

School Council

Pentland School Council has the important role of ensuring effective functioning of the school. Not only does it give parents an official voice on school matters, but it has joint responsibility for the development of educational policies, maintaining facilities and grounds, overseeing financial operations and ensuring a quality education for all of our students.

Pentland Primary School Council oversees the school within the guidelines set out by the Department of Education and consists of elected parents and community members, staff members and Principal. The roles of our School Council include:

  • Acting as a channel regarding whole school issues, policies and practices
  • Determining goals and priorities of the school within the framework of the school plan and state guidelines
  • Approving and monitoring the school budget and ensuring all monies are expended for proper purposes
  • Developing the student code of conduct and dress code
  • Overviewing the buildings and grounds and ensuring they are kept in safe working order
  • Reporting annually to the school community and the Department of Education
  • Generally stimulating interest in the school

What the School Council is not responsible for is the day to day operations of the school such as staffing arrangements, concerns relating to individual students, complaints about teachers or implementation of policies.

School council meetings are held in the staffroom. Elections are held each year and committee membership is open to all interested members of our school community.