Meet The Teachers
The wonderful bunch here at Rangeview Primary School would love to say hello!
Liz Barr – Principal
I feel very honoured to be the principal at Rangeview, an excellent school with hard working passionate, professional staff who care for our students. Our families give enormously to our school and care about their child’s education. The relationships we build across the school community matter and I am fortunate to work with students, teachers and non-teaching staff and families to be the best that we can be. Outside school I enjoy time with my family and friends, love to garden, travel, play and watch sport and be creative.
Marika Ferguson – Assistant Principal: Student Engagement & Wellbeing
I joined the school in 2017 as the Assistant Principal and feel very privileged to oversee the wellbeing and engagement of our student population. Prior to taking up the position at 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 vales 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.
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 five 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 activities 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 students’ 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 3 dedicated and enthusiastic staff members. 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 3 fabulous teachers in our level this year. Mrs Karen Hastie who has been teaching at Rangeview since 1998 and has taught in many different grades, Mrs Anju Mehta who has been teaching here since 2006 and has taught many different senior grades and a wonderful addition this year is Mr Mitchell Clark who is loving his first year at Rangeview. We all enjoy working with the Level 4’s 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 have many great activities to help our students grow socially, emotionally and develop a great sense of character and the most exciting one 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. 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 Leadership team as the year progresses.
Michael Sacchetta teaches Rangeview’s Physical Education and Sport program.
The main goal of the Physical Education program is to develop students’ fundamental motor and movement skills allowing them to participate in sports outside of school, while also understanding the importance Physical Education and Sport can play in a student’s social and educational development
The aim of the sporting program for the level 5/6 students is to develop life skills such as; teamwork and sportsmanship, while showing respect to both their teammates and opposition, accept winning and losing and being responsible for their actions.
Rangeview’s Visual Arts program is taught by two teachers, Deirdree Geilings and Shirley Van der Torreen. We have a wonderful time jointly planning our program, and have found that this shared role has great benefits for our personal professional development, and for our student engagement and experiences.
The main goal of Visual Arts at Rangeview is to embrace the artist in each child. The program is designed to allow personal growth within different art mediums and to develop understandings about the importance of art in our lives.
Shirley Van Der Toorren
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 Kyla Petrilli.
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.
E.A.L. (English as an Additional Language)
I joined Rangeview in 2016 as a German teacher. I have recently moved into teaching EAL, an area I have worked in previously and am passionate about. In this role, I am privileged to work with small groups of students who have recently arrived in Australia or speak another language at home.
In my spare time, I love baking, travelling and spending time with my family, especially my dog!
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.
At Rangeview primary School we have a widely skilled group of Educational 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.
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