Catholic Education South Australia

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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Sara Hart 

APRIM 

At the beginning of 2021 I joined the St John Bosco community as the Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission (APRIM).  I am very fortunate to be a part of a contemporary Leadership Team which has the dignity and individual needs of every child at the forefront of our service to the school and wider community.

I believe in a holistic approach encapsulating Reception – Year 6 students, parents and staff and wider community. Living, learning, leading and thriving in life enlivening the strong St John Bosco foundational values of belonging, service, loving kindness and excellence.

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Nicki Sharrad 

Year 5-6 Teacher & Leader of Learning 

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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Giovanna Burgess 

Reception Teacher & Leader of Learning 

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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Amelia Le Duff 

Reception 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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Jessica Rushby 

Reception Teacher 

I am excitedly joining the St John Bosco team in 2022 and already feel warmly welcomed by the community. I am passionate about early childhood education and have taught Reception for the past seven years. My class environment embraces strong relationships, fun, and authentic, meaningful learning experiences. I'm a reflective educator and believe in the immense capability of each and every child. I am looking forward to further getting to know the children, families and staff of St John Bosco.

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Sue Croese 

Year 1-2 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.

 

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Susan Steer 

Year 1-2 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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Nicole Puopolo 

Year 1-2 Teacher 

I have appreciated the sense of welcome from the St John Bosco School community. I am very excited to be working within the early years at St John Bosco School and bring with me over 8 years of experience.  I believe that learning best takes place when a child feels safe, welcomed, understood and valued as an individual, therefore my teaching adopts a holistic approach, placing the child at the centre. I strongly value the respectful relationships I build with students, enabling me to create an authentic learning environment where all students flourish as learners. I aim to inspire, motivate and instil a lifelong love of learning in the students I teach, encouraging them to explore their curiosities and interests. Parents are a child’s first educators and in working in partnership with families I support and empower students to be the best version of themselves.

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Rebecca Werner 

Year 1-2 Teacher 

I feel fortunate to be able to share my passion for early childhood education and teaching at St John Bosco School.  At St John Bosco, there is a real sense of relationships and community – a feeling of welcome, togetherness and of love.  As an educator, I  place children at the heart of everything I do, believing that they are strong and capable beings.  I feel blessed for the magical moments I experience when learning alongside children and to be working within a faith-inspired community where each individual is valued, everybody belongs, and where not only the mind and body are nourished, but also the heart and spirit.

 

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Helena Burns 

Year 3-4 Teacher 

I feel so blessed to have joined the wonderful Saint John Bosco School community. I am passionate about providing a curriculum that challenges and engages every child, which develops and nurtures the whole child – intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. I seek to work in partnership with students, parents (child’s first teacher) and families to support each child to grow and learn the best that they can. I hold the dignity of the child at the centre of all that I do and strive to form positive relationships with all in the community – students, families, colleagues and the parish. I provide a warm and welcoming learning environment, where children feel welcomed, nurtured, safe to take risks and thrive in 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. 

Leah Bellifmini 

Year 5-6 Teacher 

It has been an absolute privilege to join the SJB School community this year. I have already been overwhelmed with the kindness and support from staff, children and families. Throughout my teaching career I have had the opportunity to work in both Primary and High School settings, within the Catholic Education sector. Most recently, I have taught and led the Year 7s with their transition to High school. Throughout my 15 years of teaching, I have taught all year levels, from Reception to Year 9. I am passionate about providing children with learning opportunities that are dynamic, engaging and centered around their interests. I deliver experiences that allows the children to grow as a whole person. I place significant importance on relationships and endeavour to build a strong rapport with children and families alike. I look forward to getting to know all members of the SJB community in the near future.

Marianne Pope 

Year 5-6 Teacher 

I passionately join the St. John Bosco community, a unique place of joy, wonder and welcoming. I have taught within Catholic Education for almost 20 years and I feel privileged to have taught within Early Childhood settings, supporting children’s journey into school life, as well as Reception through to Year 5-6 children. I believe that all children possess extraordinary potential for learning and have the right to be respected and valued in their own identity, uniqueness and difference. I believe that relationships are imperative for quality teaching and learning to flourish. These relationships are nourished by mutual respect and working collaboratively. In togetherness with the children, we create a learning environment that fosters interdependence, exploration, curiosity and communication.  

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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 

English as an Additional Language or Dialect Teacher 

As the English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) Teacher at St John Bosco School, I work with all classes from Reception to Year 6, to build oral and written language skills in English, so that our EALD learners can successfully access the Australian curriculum content for their year level. English is the foundation of all learning. When our students become proficient users of the English language, their confidence develops in all curriculum areas, and they are better able to become agents of their own learning. My role is fulfilling as I have the privilege of watching our EALD students, progress in their ability to use the English language for many purposes and audiences, over their time at St John Bosco School. 

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Angela Rawson 

Japanese Teacher 

I am very excited to be joining the St. John Bosco community and to share my passion with Japanese language and culture with everyone. I have taught in the Catholic System in Adelaide for a total of 16 years and at various levels in Asia for 24 years. Yes, I’ve been teaching for a long time! I lived in Japan for three years and fell in love with the culture, language and the people. I have continued to study Japanese over the years to maintain my language skills. When I lived in other Asian countries such as Korea, China and Hong Kong, I could travel easily to Japan even for a weekend! Really looking forward to going back to Japan soon – I hope.

It is my goal for students to also develop an interest in Japanese language and culture and to develop skills in the four macro areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. It is a complex language and there are many layers to learn, such as different politeness levels used according to your conversation partner. We will also be focusing on Japanese festivals and other aspects of the culture such as food, clothes, manga and school life.

I look forward to meeting you all in the coming weeks and months.

Angela Rawson (sensei)

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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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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. 

Viki McGregor  

Classroom Education Support 

My name is Viki and I provide classroom support as part of the ESO team. There is a welcoming and nurturing feel to the community of St John Bosco School. We provide a supportive atmosphere within the classroom and strive to develop the whole person, spiritually, emotionally, and academically. I enjoy helping students to continue to improve and achieve their best.  

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Mim Scriva 

Classroom Education Support 

I am so fortunate to have been welcomed into the St John Bosco community with open arms. I have been deeply moved by the compassion and support shown by all the staff and children and feel blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community. Nothing is more rewarding that watching our students develop into confident and successful individuals. I am looking forward to working closely with the children and nurturing them in a safe and supportive learning enviroment so that they can reach their full potential.

Carmelina Cavuoto 

Classroom Education Support 

After 32 years working in early childhood education, I feel blessed to be able to continue my journey with the Saint John Bosco school community. 

My role as an Education Support Officer enables me to work alongside and build relationships with educators, children and the families.

I am passionate about supporting children to reach their full potential while nurturing their strengths and curiosities.

As part of my role, I coordinate and facilitate our Playgroup where I welcome families within our school and the wider community.

Playgroup provides children from birth to school age with opportunities to explore their world through hands on, active play and social engagement.

Lachie Camm 

Classroom Education Support 
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Katerina Andrushenko 

Finance Manager 

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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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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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.

 

Mirella Tsimiklis 

OSHC Director 

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 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.

 

Olivia Benedetto 

OSHC Educator 

I have worked at St John Bosco OSHC for over a year now while I finish my Bachelor's degree of Secondary Education specialising in Food and Technologies and minoring in English. In OSHC I enjoy providing students with opportunities for hands on learning so that they can learn skills suited to their wants and needs. Additionally, i enjoy putting my specialty of cooking into practice when we do cooking days in Vacation Care to teach students the life skills involved. My interests include cooking, shopping and spending time with my family and friends. 

 

Nicholas Pedicini 

OSHC Educator 

I have been welcomed into the St John Bosco OSHC with open arms and have been touched by the warmth and caring nature of all staff, students and their families. Building relationships with students and watching them grow into their own unique and wonderful person is something I value very highly. As a future teacher, I am excited to learn from my experiences of working with children and look forward to creating a safe environment to help foster their development.

Anastasia Nicou 

OSHC Educator 

Lucy Pike 

OSHC Educator