About Us

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.

Staff

Jess Edwards

Jess Edwards

Principal
Kym Shepherd

Kym Shepherd

Deputy Principal
Cathie Biggins

Cathie Biggins

Counselor/Arts Teacher
Lily Gill

Lily Gill

Foundation Teacher
Mandi Brown

Mandi Brown

Foundation Teacher
Lucy Gower

Lucy Gower

Foundation Teacher
Chelsea Galpin

Chelsea Galpin

Yr 1/2 Teacher
Ashleigh Anderson

Ashleigh Anderson

Year 1/2 Teacher
Lucy Cappelluti

Lucy Cappelluti

Yr 1/2 Teacher
Liz Crick

Liz Crick

Year 1/2 Teacher
Tracy Hahn

Tracy Hahn

Year 1/2 Teacher
Catherine Flint

Catherine Flint

Year 3/4 Teacher
Sam Baker

Sam Baker

IT/Year 3/4 Teacher
Samantha Gale

Samantha Gale

Yr 3/4 Teacher
Sile Lego

Sile Lego

Yr 4/5 Teacher
Liam Janssan

Liam Janssan

Yr 5/6 Teacher
Josh Cother

Josh Cother

Yr 5/6 Teacher
Trudy Lane

Trudy Lane

Yr 5/6 Teacher
Tanya McCulloch

Tanya McCulloch

Indonesian/HASS Teacher
Chelsea Brighton

Chelsea Brighton

Aboriginal Education Teacher
Prue McFarlane

Prue McFarlane

JP PE Teacher
Cheryl Kramm

Cheryl Kramm

Business Manager
Sally Mathieson

Sally Mathieson

Office Manager
Deb Henschke

Deb Henschke

Office Manager
Vicki Gill

Vicki Gill

Office Assistant/SSO
Margie Johnson

Margie Johnson

Librarian
Carolyn Crouch

Carolyn Crouch

ACEO
Glenn Mathieson

Glenn Mathieson

SSO
Ian Henderson

Ian Henderson

SSO
Richanda Fiegert

Richanda Fiegert

SSO
Nikki Dolphin

Nikki Dolphin

SSO
Mary-Anne Hole

Mary-Anne Hole

SSO
Fiona Aitken

Fiona Aitken

SSO
Sima Muhammadi

Sima Muhammadi

SSO
Susie Sutherland

Susie Sutherland

SSO
Emma Cooper

Emma Cooper

SSO
Gavin Kluske

Gavin Kluske

SSO/GSE
Brodie Wild

Brodie Wild

SSO
Ginny Harvie

Ginny Harvie

Canteen Manager
John Stayte

John Stayte

PCW
Sue Spratt

Sue Spratt

PRT
Tracy Ebert

Tracy Ebert

On Leave

Student Leadership

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.

Governing Council

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