Our Staff

At St John Bosco School we have a dedicated team who work in collaboration to ensure each and every child is thriving and reaching their full potential. Relationships are at the heart of our teaching and learning and it is our role as educators to know each child's gifts, talents and challenges and nurture their own individual learning journey.


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Kate Turner 

Principal 

As an educator with over 25 years of experience, I have worked within many school communities. From the moment I arrived at St John Bosco at the beginning of 2020 I felt an instant sense of belonging.  I feel blessed to be leading the St John Bosco community, working alongside a team of dedicated staff who place the children at the heart of their daily work. Working in partnership with the children, staff and families we are continually striving for excellence to ensure our community is a shining light within the western suburbs. 

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Catherine Birchmore 

Religious Education Coordinator  

I have the privilege of leading our school community in the Religious domain. I am proud of our excellent Religious Education Program that integrates the authentic Catholic teachings with the inspiring ethos of our Salesian History. To enable our Saint John Bosco connection to be more accessible to our students we have established a sister school relation with the Salesian schools in Samoa. For over 20 years it has been an honour to witness the amazing growth of so many of our students from Reception to Year 6, and to continue to hear of their many celebrations into their adult lives.

 

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Dino Zandona 

Year 5-6 Teacher/Physical Education Teacher 

I feel very fortunate working in the St John Bosco school community. The best part of my work as an educator is the opportunity to form crucial and fostering relationships with students on a daily basis, as well as facilitating their development and growth whilst they progress on their learning journey. With my dual roles as a class teacher and specialist Physical Education teacher I have the unique opportunity to personally engage with all students and families from Reception to Year 6. I am passionate about coaching and developing young people in all aspects of their learning and instilling positive healthy and active lifestyles.

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Anna Terminello 

Year 5-6 Teacher 

As a class teacher in the Year 5/6 learning community, every day, I enjoy connecting with and building a trusting and positive relationship with my students. I am passionate about empowering the students with skills to become confident and capable young people. I have a particular interest and strength in teaching Literacy. I enjoy watching the students grow in their ability to express themselves. I am also the English as an Additional Language teacher and I work with students from Reception to Year 6 to develop their fluency in the English language.  

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Nicki Sharrad 

Year 5-6 Teacher 

I have taught all year levels at St John Bosco from Reception – Year 7. I feel privileged to work in such a welcoming and caring community. I am passionate about providing an engaging learning program for all students in a challenging, safe, and supportive environment. I strive to promote growth in each student and foster the development of the whole child, both academically and emotionally. I see myself as a facilitator of learning and I promote student voice and agency to provide genuine learning and leadership opportunities for our senior students. As a Curriculum Coordinator, I also work with our staff to explore and deliver engaging programs with contemporary pedagogy. I value the importance of developing positive relationships with our students and families and am honoured to be a part of their learning journey.  

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Emma Hudson 

Year 3-4 Teacher 

I feel very grateful to have been able to spend the past 13 years teaching at St John Bosco School. I love being part of such an enthusiastic, friendly and caring community of students, staff and families, where the focus is on developing the ‘whole’ child in partnership. I am passionate about ensuring that each and every one of my learners is supported on their own individual learning journey and encouraged to reach their full potential. My classroom is a warm and welcoming environment where my students feel safe in taking risks and learning in collaboration with each other.  Learning successes, persistence and effort is celebrated each day as part of the learning process. 

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Mark Black 

Year 3-4 Teacher 

I have been working in a variety of city and country schools for over forty years. Many things have changed, especially the use of technology to engage our students and assist with their learning. However, there are a few core points that have not changed. Firstly, having our students develop a meaningful relationship with their God. This is very rich in our schools now that we have such a range of faith traditions present. Secondly, is to have a strong relationship with the children. It is important that our students realise that we have their best interests at heart in our work together to make them independent and resilient learners.

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Susan Steer 

Year 3-4 Teacher 

I have passionately worked in Catholic Schools throughout my career, starting at Caritas College in Port Augusta and then St John Bosco in Brooklyn Park. The Salesian spirit of St John Bosco has always created a welcoming and happy place to teach and learn. I actively practice my Catholic faith and support all students in their own personal journey of faith. Children being joyful and positive in their life and their learning is a key to educational and personal success. I work together with the supportive and encouraging St John Bosco community to help our children be the best they can be.

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Amelia Le Duff 

Year 2 Teacher 

As I join the St John Bosco school community I feel overwhelmed by the warmth, kindness and generosity that surrounds me. Throughout my teaching career I have been fortunate enough to work in a range of different contexts, including country South Australia, Adelaide southern suburbs and several years overseas in a variety of London schools. I am passionate about the holistic development of all children and journeying alongside them, as they work towards achieving their learning goals. I believe relationships are at the heart and soul of everything we undertake in education and children thrive when they are immersed in dynamic and engaging learning experiences. I feel so privileged to be part of this wonderful community.

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Lauren Pryor 

Year 1 Teacher 

St John Bosco School holds a special place in my heart. I grew up in this community throughout my primary years and I feel honoured to return and teach the next generation of young people. I am currently furthering my study in Catholic Education and as I enjoy learning myself, I foster this attitude within my classroom. I place importance on establishing positive relationships so that children can feel supported and be guided to stretch their thinking. It is such a pleasure to witness the children grow and make connections to their world.

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Giovanna Burgess 

Reception Teacher 

My teaching career spans 22 years and I have been teaching at St John Bosco School for the past 14 years. I am passionate about nurturing the 'whole' child and valuing the uniqueness and creativity that each child brings to the many learning opportunities they are presented with each day. Watching my students grow and assert their place in the world is extremely rewarding and I look forward to continuing to build strong, meaningful relationships that will sustain a love for lifelong learning!

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Gloria-Rita Cirillo 

Reception Teacher 

I have been teaching at St John Bosco School since 2018. I feel fortunate to be teaching at a school that is part of a welcoming community, with happy and respectful children, supportive parents and knowledgeable and passionate staff. Developing positive relationships with the children I teach is at the forefront of my work so that I am able to support each child on their learning journey as they develop and grow with important skills and capabilities needed for lifelong learning.

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Jane Bamford 

Inclusive Education Teacher 

I have been teaching at St John Bosco School since 2006 and I love being a part of such a vibrant and welcoming community.  As the Inclusive Education Coordinator I am very fortunate to work with our teaching staff to ensure that all students have access to a differentiated curriculum and an inclusive learning environment. My passion is helping students develop both academic and emotional intelligence enabling them to be active, resilient and social members of our school and the wider community. 

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Robyn Windham 

Performing Arts Teacher 

I have been the Performing Arts teacher at St John Bosco for 9 years. I enjoy working with all the children in our community from Reception to Year 6. During the Performing Arts lessons we explore Dance, Drama and Music. I love working with the children so that they can grow and become Tuneful, Beatful and Artful individuals through singing, playing, dancing and creating. I enjoy working with the St John Bosco Choir each week in preparation for the annual Catholic Schools Music Festival. I keep up to date with Professional Development to ensure I have current skills and knowledge to develop the creativity of all our St John Bosco children. 

 

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Reena Aftab 

Japanese Teacher 

I joined the dynamic and welcoming community of St John Bosco in 2017 as the Japanese teacher. My understanding of language and culture assists in developing an intercultural capability in communication, laying the foundation for quality teaching and learning.  I thrive on new challenges and enjoy working with children and young people, encouraging them to use their talents in a supportive and inclusive learning environment. I am committed to providing my students with a variety of learning opportunities and experiences through comprehensive immersion in the Japanese language and cultural activities. 

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Rici Hardy 

Classroom Education Support 

I have been involved with the St John Bosco Community for the past 21 years.   I am a part of the wonderful learning support team and enjoy working in conjuction with both the teaching staff and children as we strive to achieve the best outcome for their learning and well being journey.  

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Mary Jessup  

Classroom Education Support 

Over the last 35 years I have been involved in Catholic Education as a Junior Primary teacher, mother of four and as an Education Support officer in the SJB community since 2013.  I believe strongly in supporting childrens well being and nurturing their development through building positive relationships and connections. My aim is to assist students to be the best they can be, to have self compassion and to believe in themselves as successful learners .  I have a passion for early literacy development and am fortunate to be involved in delivering Literacy Intervention programmes and supporting students in the Junior and Senior levels at SJB. 

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Kerry Mooney 

Classroom Education Support 

I have worked at St John Bosco for 8 years, previously having worked in early education for 15 years in Victoria and NSW. This year I am working in the Year 1/2 Learning Community.   It is exciting each year to watch the children grow in confidence, develop their social skills and care for each other, while becoming great learners.

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Franca Jeffery 

Classroom Education Support/Library Manager 

I am part of our Curriculum Support Team and work in the Senior Unit.  I enjoy the opportunity I have supporting our students’ academically, socially and personally on their learning journey. I believe developing a relationship with the student is paramount as we work together to achieve their full potential.

I also manage our school library.  The school library is the heart of interactive learning – with a collaborative space that encourages students to explore literature, technology, the world around them and current events.  There is a constant flow of new books for our students to access as well as resource books for our teachers’ to use.  It is a welcoming place for students to use and explore during class time or at lunch. 

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Kos Skouroumounis 

Maintenance  

I have been part of the community for over 12 years. Intially as a WHS Coordinator combined with the role of the school maintainence and grounds person. In recent years I have developed a passion to nurture the school grounds which includes the creation of a native garden, an orchard and a vegetable garden where I am fortunate enough to work alongside the children to explore the fundamentals of horitculture.  I have embraced the community. My colleagues, children and families are extremely grateful for my passion for the environment. The community is more than a workplace it is part of my family.

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Leanna Vita 

OSHC Director 

I have been working as OSHC Director at St John Bosco School since the begining of 2019.  My favourite part about working in OSHC and being a part of the SJB school community is the close- knit relationships I am able to build as I interact with the children. My role as Director at our service is uplifting, rewarding and always exciting, as the children, staff and I navigate new concepts, connect over mutual interests and curiosities, and share experiences together.  

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Karen Matthews  

Administration/Enrolment Registrar 

Serving our school community is something I thrive doing. I love seeing the happy faces of students who come into the administration area of the school every day. In my role, I enjoy collaborating with students, parents and staff. I believe a school should be a warm and welcoming place and this begins as people walk through the entrance of the school where often I greet members of our community.

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Louise Kennewell  

Administration/Marketing & Communications Manager 

I am very privileged to have been a part of the St John Bosco Community for the past 15 years. During my time working in Administration I feel very lucky to have developed many relationships with the children, their families and the wider Community as we guide them through the early years of their educational journey.  It gives me great joy to watch our children grow to become confident and caring learners as they develop their own personalities and lifelong friendships in such a supportive and inclusive environment.

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Elaine Cram 

Administration 

As an Education Administrator, having worked in the public, private and catholic education system for almost 18 years in Adelaide and Brisbane and a mother of 2 daughters who have recently finished their senior schooling, I believe there are few decisions in life as important as being a parent and choosing their childs first school.  Having worked at St John Bosco school now for 8 years I believe that this school provides all the necessary tools for children to develop and grow up to be caring and capable young adults.  It is always a pleasure to meet and welcome new families and students to our school and be involved with their child's journey.

 

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Sue Croese 

Year 2 Teacher  

I have been teaching in Catholic Education for nearly twenty years now. Confident welcoming students initially attracted me to Saint John Bosco School and I continue to feel privileged to be part of the learning journey of so many outstanding young people. I originally taught Reception classes but more recently have been part of the Year 1/2 teaching team. As an educator in the early years of schooling I enjoy the opportunity to build on my young student’s love of learning and their natural curiosity about their world, while providing a sound foundation in Literacy and Numeracy.  I strive to follow the example of Saint John Bosco and create a respectful learning environment that develops my student’s spiritually, socially and physically as well as academically. Each student’s achievements are a celebration and each year is a new adventure as we pray, talk, laugh, play and learn together.

 

Evelyn Grantham 

WH&S Coordinator 
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Katerina Andrushenko 

Bursar 

I have been working in the financial field for over 15 years.  I am honoured to be the Bursar at St John Bosco school and have been a member of the community for the past three years and keenly contribute to the school.  I am a collaborative team player that oversees responsible and sustainable financial management for the school.  I am always available to discuss financial matters with families to ensure everyone can access a quality Catholic Education.

 

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Rosy Caltabiano 

Uniform Shop Manager 
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Pasquale Vita  

OSHC Educator 

I am an aspiring teacher currently completing my Masters degree in Secondary Teaching and have worked at the OSHC for just over two years. I take great pleasure in developing relationships with the students, getting to know them on a personal level and watching them grow and mature. St John Bosco School has provided me with a fantastic opportunity to improve my skills as an educator in a friendly, welcoming community which I am grateful to be a part of.

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Adelle Smith 

OSHC Educator 

At the start of this year I was lucky enough to be warmly welcomed into the St John Bosco community as a new OSHC Educator. As an aspiring teacher myself, my favourite part of working here has most definitely been getting to know and building relationships with the children, their families and my fellow co-workers. I also am privileged that I am able to aid and watch the children’s personal growth and be part of their learning journey’s.

Amaya Milne 

OSHC Educator 

One of the best things about working here at St John Bosco School is the opportunity to build close relationships with the children as we care for them and assist them in their learning journeys. I began my work with the OSHC department at the beginning of 2020 and find the warm and welcoming culture a privilege to be a part of and to be able to contribute to. It is also providing me with valuable experience as I continue my studies to become a qualified teacher.

Janelle Reyes 

OSHC Educator 

I have worked here in OSHC at St John Bosco School for over two years now has been enjoyable and fulfilling. The best part of working here would be getting to know and developing relationships with the children, as well as my colleagues, the school community and the children’s families. I am grateful for the conversations, sharing many moments with the children, and for being able to be a part of this stage in their lives and learning. I value learning from my colleagues, and from the experiences with children every day.

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Matthew Maiolo 

OSHC Educator 

I started as an OSHC Educator at the beginning of this year and have enjoyed developing relationships with the children, their parents and the school community. As an aspiring teacher, I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to assist the children in their learning and development in this stage of their lives.

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Tamara Golic 

OSHC Educator 

I began my journey at St John Bosco in 2016 as an OSHC Educator. Over the years I have built many strong relationships with the students, staff and families. I have seen many of the students grow into confident and independent individuals, this has been the most rewarding experience. OSHC has also helped me develop further experience and skills as a teacher that I will take with me now on my teaching journey.