Meet Our Staff
At the top of the list when measuring the quality of a school has to be the quality of the teaching staff. We are beyond fortunate to have a team of teachers truly dedicated to positive outcomes for all children.
Meet our staff below!
Marika Ferguson – Principal
I joined the school in 2017 as an Assistant Principal and now feel very honoured and privileged to take on the position of Principal from the beginning of 2022. Prior to Rangeview, I was an Assistant Principal at a mental health special school and I have a background in psychology, transitions and special education.
Here at Rangeview we embed the values of Respect, Responsibility, Teamwork and Learning. In addition to this we are beginning to embrace the 24 character strengths. We explicitly teach the Rights, Resilience and Respectful Relationships curriculum and we celebrate diversity in every classroom. I am proud of the warm, inclusive and positive behaviour shown by our students in our classrooms every day.
Kate McLeod – Assistant Principal: Teaching & Learning Excellence
As Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning Excellence, I am privileged to work closely with our dedicated staff to continually improve practice and deliver curriculum with a focus on success for every student in a supportive and productive learning environment. I joined Rangeview in 2014 and I am a proud member of our school community. Away from school I savour time with my family, our many pets and my friends. I enjoy renovating, gardening, watching netball and football.
Liam Sommers – Assistant Principal: Wellbeing & Engagement
I had the privilege of joining Rangeview at the beginning of 2022 as an Assistant Principal – and I’ve loved every minute at this wonderful school so far! One of my roles is to oversee the wellbeing and engagement of our student population, which has never been more important given the challenges of the previous two years. Previously, I was a Leading Teacher at Croydon Hills.
I am passionate about supporting students to develop a growth mindset and the willingness to give everything a go. Outside of school, I love spending time with my family and I enjoy all sports, especially football and soccer.
Our team believe that the staff, families and students of Rangeview are what make our school a wonderful place to learn and experience many opportunities. We take pride in supporting families, students and staff in many ways. As a Business Manager, Colleen understands the importance of supporting families to meet the financial commitments of the programs the school offers while ensuring we are able to commit to maintaining our facilities and grounds.
The office team assist in organising important events, activities and excursions and communicate to families via our fortnightly newsletter and general notices. The team have families and children who range in age from primary school to adults, and so appreciate the importance of having supportive and caring members of the school staff, particularly our role in offering support to students through first aid.
Our Foundation team is made up of four highly dedicated and enthusiastic teachers, each bringing their own particular skills and experience to the team. We work collaboratively to provide an engaging and stimulating program, which caters for each individual learner.
As a team, we find it a privilege to be part of our students’ lives. We find it particularly rewarding seeing the positive progress each child makes toward achieving their personal learning goals. It’s always a joy to celebrate their learning with them.
Outside of school, we collectively enjoy a range of activities, from spending time outdoors to enjoying music events, and from participating in sporting endeavours to spending time with our families.
Welcome to Level 1 at Rangeview Primary School. We are a friendly team dedicated to teaching your children in a warm and nurturing environment. We encourage independence in our students and celebrate each and every success. It’s great to see the children all learning together in different ways, and we are so grateful for all the parent (and wider community) help and support we receive. Even though we are all different, we all aim high for our students.
Teachers in Level 2 work closely together to offer a wide range of learning experiences for our students. We make students feel valued in a safe and happy environment. Caring for each student is a priority for us. Students are encouraged to achieve their best through hands on learning that challenges their thinking. Students practise strategies for early literacy and numeracy learning in many different ways. The assistance of parents to help with our home reading program is highly valued. As teachers, we share our own leisure interests and experiences with the students such as football, basketball, golf, bike rides, travel and favourite recipes. Level 2 is a great team!
The Level 3 team is made up of a group of highly enthusiastic and dedicated teachers. We create a safe and engaging classroom learning community where our students are able to achieve their best. We provide an array of different opportunities for our students to develop socially, emotionally and academically, working independently and learning to work collaboratively as part of a group. Our Flora and Fauna program helps our students to become global citizens. Through this program, students participate in cooking, gardening, healthy eating, and conservation and the environment rotations. We enjoy watching and helping our students to mature throughout the year.
Welcome to the Level 4 Team at Rangeview!
We have fabulous teachers in our level this year. We all enjoy working with the Level 4s and love creating a fun and enjoyable classroom environment where all the students are excited to learn, feel safe and take pride in their work. We take every opportunity to help our students grow socially, emotionally and academically – whilst also developing a great sense of character. The most exciting event is our Level 4 Camp in August! We love working together and you can often find us chatting and laughing with our students and parents at the end of the day outside our classrooms.
Our team really enjoy teaching Level 5/6 students as it allows us to work closely with them to further develop their leadership skills, and also begin preparing them for high school. There is nothing more rewarding than working with Year 5/6 students as they learn, grow, realise and achieve their goals. We provide strong opportunities to allow students to grow as citizens to help them transition smoothly into high school. It is extremely satisfying seeing the growth of the Peer Mentors and Student Leadership Team as the year progresses and also developing many wonderful qualities in all students.
The main goal of the Physical Education program is to develop students’ fundamental motor and movement skills, general fitness and also discover interests that will then allow students to participate in sports outside of school. We also want students to understand the important role that Physical Education and Sport can play in a students’ social and emotional development.
School values are also taught through our Physical Education program – we aim to develop life skills such as; teamwork and sportsmanship, while showing respect to both their teammates and opposition, accept winning and losing and to take responsible for their actions.
We have such a wonderful Visual Arts program at Rangeview!
The main goal of Visual Arts at Rangeview is for each child to embrace their inner artist and develop confidence and competence as an artist. The program is designed to allow personal growth within different art mediums and to develop understandings about the importance of art in our lives.
Rangeview’s Performing Arts Program is taught by two teachers, Megan Campbell and Ryan Evans.
The Performing Arts program encourages the development of imagination, creativity and skills in students through singing, dancing, drama, composition and playing a variety of instruments. The program aims to develop a love and appreciation for music and performance in every child, regardless of experience and skill level.
It is very rewarding to teach German to students at Rangeview, and to foster an enjoyment for language learning. There are just so many wonderful benefits of learning another language, including boosting students’ brainpower, enhancing problem solving, literacy and numeracy skills, opening the doors to many overseas work and travel opportunities, as well as fostering tolerance and respect for other cultures and ways of life.
We are very fortunate to have two passionate German teachers at Rangeview: Frau Ulrike Lindner and Frau Megan Taylor.
Students at Rangeview visit the German room every week and engage in a variety of language learning experiences to develop their language skills in fun and meaningful ways, including stories, games, songs, craft and cultural activities, audio-visual programs and role-plays.
‘Digi Tech’ is a very popular specialist subject for our Year 3 to Year 6 students. The expertise, enthusiasm and passion for this specialised area displayed by our Digi Tech teacher, Ryan Evans, is infectious – and the students love it!
From LEGO to coding to robotics – and countless other fascinating, engaging and hands-on learning experiences – this subject provides students with many varied opportunities to design, create, problem solve and evaluate technological solutions.
We are very proud to work with a range of students across the school who may require some additional support, or extension, with their learning.
The aim of the tutoring program is to target individual needs and differentiate the curriculum to ensure our students develop a strong, rounded understanding of the content.
E.A.L. (English as an Additional Language)
In this role, we are privileged to work with small groups of students who have recently arrived in Australia or speak another language at home. We are passionate about supporting students develop their English skills and the ability to positively interact and communicate with others at school and in their community.
Education Support Staff
At Rangeview Primary School, we have a widely skilled group of amazing Education Support Staff.
We are highly trained in a range of interventions and support strategies to assist students and teachers in the classrooms. Collectively we are very passionate about the care we provide for our students and their families.
Flora & Fauna
Students in Level 3 are fortunate enough to participate in our Flora and Fauna program. One of the activities that is included as part of the program is Cooking. Each week, we meet in the gallery kitchen and after running through our kitchen safety rules, we move onto cooking! Recipes are developed to make the most of the produce that is in season and available in our school vegetable gardens. Not only do students get to learn basic cooking skills and try different foods, we also learn about sustainability, growing our own food and using that in our cooking.
I have been a parent at Rangeview for a number of years, I am now also the Library Technician. Please come and visit me in the library and enjoy the world of books.
I work one day a week at Rangeview, and I love being involved supporting student wellbeing. I work with students on areas like their social skills, development of resilience and mindfulness strategies, and I run initiatives such as the Peaceful Kids Program.
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