Naracoorte South Primary is a community school. People matter here. We educate the whole child in partnership with their families and the community, valuing the unique story each child brings to our school. Our values of Responsibility, Pride, Resilience and Opportunity were devised through consultation with children, families and staff and are reflected across the school and through the actions of students and staff every day.
Our school sits on 4.5 hectares and includes ovals, a gymnasium, modern playground and several nature play areas including a mud kitchen, a running creek and an outdoor classroom. Students also utilise the native scrub adjacent to the school for cubby building, exploring and camp fire cook outs.
Our classrooms are designed to be engaging spaces that inspire learning, collaboration and inquiry. Our junior primary teachers use the Walker Learning Approach, a pedagogy that is based on the relationship with the child, and develops critical thinking skills, resilience and problem solving, while providing children with the time and space to explore their own interests and strengths.
Aspects of the Walker Learning Approach are now visible in middle and upper primary classes where a strong student voice and self-directed learning is encouraged and valued.
Naracoorte South Primary School staff are continual learners, accessing the most recent training and development opportunities and working in partnership with families and outside agencies to best support our students.
As a KidsMatter school, wellbeing is at the core and sits alongside literacy and numeracy in our Site Improvement Plan. At NSPS we know that happy kids are successful kids, both at school and in life. We provide specialist subjects in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), history, drama, physical education and Indonesian language, and provide extracurricular sports, dance and drama opportunities to name a few.
We invite you to view our website which provides an overview of our focus, programs and facilities. A principal’s tour is always welcomed and is available by appointment.
Kym ShepherdDeputy Principal
Cathie BigginsCounselor/Arts Teacher
Lily GillFoundation Teacher
Mandi BrownFoundation Teacher
Lucy GowerFoundation Teacher
Chelsea GalpinYr 1/2 Teacher
Ashleigh AndersonYear 1/2 Teacher
Lucy CappellutiYr 1/2 Teacher
Liz CrickYear 1/2 Teacher
Tracy HahnYear 1/2 Teacher
Catherine FlintYear 3/4 Teacher
Sam BakerIT/Year 3/4 Teacher
Samantha GaleYr 3/4 Teacher
Sile LegoYr 4/5 Teacher
Liam JanssanYr 5/6 Teacher
Josh CotherYr 5/6 Teacher
Trudy LaneYr 5/6 Teacher
Tanya McCullochIndonesian/HASS Teacher
Chelsea BrightonAboriginal Education Teacher
Prue McFarlaneJP PE Teacher
Cheryl KrammBusiness Manager
Sally MathiesonOffice Manager
Deb HenschkeOffice Manager
Vicki GillOffice Assistant/SSO
Ginny HarvieCanteen Manager
Tracy EbertOn Leave
Student voice is valued and constantly sought at NSPS. There are many opportunities for students to show leadership across the school.
Our students have a student council structure called “Kids In Charge” or KIC. All students a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer in Term 1 and then classes elect representatives to the KIC Committee.
KIC is the formal “voice” for students. It has two places on the school Governing Council and places on all school sub committees.
KIC runs many social, charitable and sporting functions and, as part of its role, ensures that students can have “fun” at school. They also run our intention assemblies held every two weeks to set the social learning intention for the whole school.
KIC works with the Deputy Principal.
The EAGS (Environmental Agricultural Group ) is led by SSO Ian Henderson. EAGS consists of 4 senior (year 5/6) leaders who also take part in the YELP (Young Environmental Leaders Program) run by Natural Resources. We also have members from year 5 and 6. EAGS meets with Ian every week to make plans and work on environmental projects around our school. They have been involved with planting, propagating and investigating and making identification signs/posters in our school Nature Park.
Other opportunities for leadership include House Captians and Junior House Captain, Mental Health Ambassodors and STEM Ambassodors.
The Governing Council is the liaison group between the school community and the school personnel. Led by an elected chairperson it operates in an advisory and supportive capacity re: the governance of the site. While members oversee the general well being of the school, this committee assists and advises on local management which is the role of the principal.
The Council is elected at the Annual General Meeting in March each year. It consists of parents, principal, deputy principal and elected staff members. Members are elected for a period of two years. The total number of members must be no more than 18 and more than half the number must be parents. The council meets once a month on a night agreed upon by each new council.
2022 GOVERNING COUNCIL
Chairperson – Monique Crossling
Deputy Chairperson – Megan Heffernan
Secretary – Catherine Flint
Treasurer – Bec Henschke
Parent Members – Brooke Slotegraaf, Lauren Crossling, Amelia Wood, Alice Norcock, Diana Schinckel, Sima Muhammadi & Michael Brighton
Staff Members – Jess Edwards, Kym Shepherd, Liam Janssan, Samantha Gale
Student Members – Vea Peciller, Max Lush, Syd Ebert, Pippa Harvie