About Us

RESERVOIR WEST PRIMARY SCHOOL 

 

PRINCIPAL Mr Bruce Kearney
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL Mrs Laureen Adderley
BUSINESS MANAGER Mrs Christine Fraser
 

Reservoir West Primary School was established in 1954 in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. An extensive rebuilding program was completed in 2010 to provide the community with a modern architecturally designed school comprising four buildings with facilities and equipment that allows teaching and learning to be flexible, engaging and stimulating. Six relocatable buildings have been provided to cater for increased enrolments. Covered basketball courts and assembly areas, extensive playground equipment, grassed and synthetic turf areas provide students with a safe, secure and practical playground environment.

The school serves a socially, economically and culturally diverse community. The school’s Student Family Occupation (SFO) index has changed significantly from 0.57 in 2011 to 0.5051 in 2017, which indicates that the socio-economic status of the student cohort is in the mid to high range. The school's SFOE index is 0.4006 and the proportion of students with a language background other than English is 46 per cent.

Student enrolments have increased from 254 in 2010 to 591 in 2017. This rapid increase in enrolments has resulted in the school receiving an enrolment ceiling since 2013.

In 2017, the school employs 46.7 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff, consisting of 35.1 FTE teaching and 11.6 FTE non-teaching personnel. The leadership profile includes a Principal, Assistant Principal and six Leading Teachers. The teaching staff is experienced however, 25 per cent are graduate teachers. School services provided by the Department of Education and Training (DET) funding include a speech therapist, and support teachers and integration teacher aides who provide significant welfare, literacy, numeration and extension support. The school also employs a Counsellor and Speech Therapist. The School Council manages a growing School Age Care program which caters for 60 students and also conducts Vacation Care.

Reservoir West Primary school provides a comprehensive curriculum based on the Victorian Curriculum. The school has developed literacy and numeracy continuums, which are supported by an extensive assessment schedule. Whole school agreements are outlined for curriculum areas and include expectations, assessment tools, common language and evidence-based instructional strategies. The coherent, school wide methodology applied to planning, assessment and the sharing of effective practices has built a unified teaching approach focused on making a positive impact on student learning. The diverse learning needs of students are catered for through purposefully designed teaching and learning programs.

The school uses Information and Communication Technology (ICT) routinely across the curriculum and students have access to a comprehensive range of specialist subjects. In addition, an integrated program covers the areas of History, Humanities, Health, Civics and Citizenship. At present, Science is taught as an individual subject due to the school’s involvement in the Specialist Science Teacher’s Initiative, and utilises the e5 instructional model through which students are taught how to work in a systematic manner.

Students are currently organised for learning in a mixture of straight and composite classes. The new facilities have provided the opportunity for flexible groupings of students and collaborative teaching. In 2017, there are twenty-five home-groups, supported by specialist teachers and support teachers who work as a team to deliver a comprehensive curriculum. The school curriculum includes the specialist areas of Science, Spanish and Music, Physical Education, Health and Sport, Library, Visual Arts, ICT and English as an Additional Language (EAL) is also provided. A High Achievers' Program also allows the advanced students in Years 5/6 to be extended. A whole-school Welfare and Discipline policy and Student Engagement Policy has enabled students, teachers and parents to work together in a safe, secure and simulating environment where we can all strive for excellence.

 

     

2017 STAFF LIST

 

  TIME FRACTION RESPONSIBILITY LEARNING AREA
Bruce Kearney 1.0 Principal  
Laureen Adderley 1.0 Assistant Principal  
Barb Balliro 0.8 5/6BC LA1
Sandra Marino 0.2 M 5/6BC LA1
Melinda Vangelista 1.0 6V       Year 5/6 Team Leader LA2
Kane Richardson 0.6 M T W 6RW LA3
James Weaving 1.0 Th F 6RW LA3
Annemarie Honeybone 1.0 5H LA4
Paul Wickham 1.0 5W LA5
Bec Wallbridge 1.0 5B LA6
Peter Merrick 1.0 4M LA17
Rhonda Johansen 1.0 4J      Year 5/6 Team Leader LA18
Antoinette Loche 1.0 4L LA19
Helen Angelopoulos 1.0 4A LA20
Flora Kossivas 0.8 T W Th F 3KM   Year 3 Team Leader, Senior School Co-ord LA8
Sandra Marino 0.2 M 3KM LA8
Kylie Garlick 1.0 3G LA25
Emily Wellington 1.0 3W LA26
Katherine Sardiniaris 1.0 2S LA27
Charlotte De Kretser 1.0 2D    Year 2 Team Leader LA28
Amber Mahony 0.6 M T Th 2MC LA30
Kahli Calafiore 0.4 W F 2MC      LA30
Wes Morton 0.6 W Th F 2FM LA23
Arlia Fennell 0.4 M T 1/2FM LA23
Bridget Caddy 1.0 1/2C LA24
Jacinta Trask 1.0 1T    Year 1 Team Leader LA21
Ziya Burke 1.0 1B          LA22
Bianca Schopf 1.0 1S LA29
Sophie Hawkes 1.0 Prep H LA9
Alex Van Nugteren 1.0 Prep V Foundation Team Leader LA10
Jen Livaditis 1.0 Prep L LA11
Kelly Vanderwert 1.0 Prep K LA12
Flavia Vangelista 0.6 M T W Support      Leading Teacher  
Robyn Griffin 1.0 Support      Leading Teacher, Junior Co-ordinator  
Tash Vargas 1.0 Spanish/Music/Library  
Jorge Leiva 0.8 M T W Th Spanish/Music/Art  
James Weaving 0.6 M T W Physical Education/Sport  
Arlia Fennell 0.6 W Th F Physical Education  
Lorraine Wollmer 0.5 M T W Library  
Tonia Kingston 1.0 Support     Support Team Leader  
Daniela Conte 0.8 M T W F Art/Support                       
Wes Morton 0.4 M T Art  
Peter Shadbolt 0.6 M T W ICT  
Flora Kossivas 0.2 M Senior School Co-ordination  
Kahli Calafiore 0.6 M T Th Support  
Barb Balliro 0.2 Th Science  
Jan Stanley 0.4 M T English as an Additional Language (EAL)  
Jacqui Duxson 0.4 W Th Support  
Carol West 0.2 M Support  
Leigh Tangee 1.0 Student Wellbeing and Support  
Christine Fraser 1.0 Business Manager  
Gayle Langley 1.0 Administrative Assistant  
Gill Kearney 0.6 M T F Admin/Communications  
Jo Blom 0.8 M T W Th F First Aid/Administrative Assistant  
Gaylene Andrews 0.8 M T W Th F Integration Aide  
Abi Haouli 0.8 M T W Th F Integration Aide  
Mandy McDonald 0.8 M T W Th F Integration Aide  
Craig Morgan 0.8 M T W Th F Integration Aide  
Jessica Richardson 0.8 M T W Th F Integration Aide  
Grace Harb 0.8 M T W Th F Integration Aide  
Jake Mitchell 0.8 M T W Th F Integration Aide  
Liz Murray 0.8 M T W Th F Integration Aide  
Gina Salvatore 0.8 M T W Th F Integration Aide  
Sally Thomson 0.8 M T W Th F Integration Aide  
George Zeinos 0.2 Th Computer Technician  
Luke Labigang 0.1 M Computer Technician  
Val Collins   School Age Care Co-ordinator  
Marie Allen   School Age Care  
Kim Harris M W F Canteen manager  
Linda Lewis T W F Counsellor  
Connie Pane M T Speech Therapist  
Anne Sheahan Th Psychologist  
Umit and Buket Calisir   Cleaners  

 

Reservoir West Primary School provides a friendly and caring environment in which a love of learning is developed and personal growth and wellbeing for all students is enhanced. The following values and priorities underpin all that we do:

 

FACILITIES

Commencing in 2007, Reservoir West Primary School underwent a complete rebuilding program that has provided a bright and modern architecturally-designed school equipped with facilities and equipment that allow teaching and learning to be flexible, engaging and stimulating. The completed Masterplan consists of four buildings: Library/ICT/Administration/Art Studio, Music/Gymnasium and two classroom wings with flexible learning areas. A large oval, covered basketball courts and assembly areas, extensive playground equipment, considerable areas of synthetic turf and covered areas and 2.4m security fence provide our students with a safe and secure environment. With our recent dramatic increase in enrolments, the school has been provided with seven relocatable buildings housing fourteen classrooms.

 

THE CURRICULUM

The teachers and staff at Reservoir West are dedicated and committed to delivering well-prepared and challenging programs in all domains of the Victorian Curriculum. Programs marked * are conducted by a specialist teacher or professional instructor. Excursions and visiting performers enhance the units of work being studied.

 

TEACHERS

A balance of experienced and younger teachers place an emphasis on providing individualised learning for our students in a team-oriented environment. All staff are committed to continued Professional Learning.

  

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

At Reservoir West parents are encouraged to participate in and support their child through:

School Council

Parents and Friends’ Association

Classroom Helpers’ Programs

Assisting in classroom and specialist programs

Fundraising and social opportunities

Canteen

Sporting teams and excursions

Visiting the school during open sessions

Attending assemblies, special days or activities

 

UNIFORM

Gender-inclusive compulsory school uniform is available from our supplier AGS Prints.

Sunsmart School – School hats are compulsory Terms 1 & 4

 

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

School Captains

House Captains and Vice-Captains

Student Representative Council

Office and Admin duties

Prep & 5/6 Buddy System

Buddy Grade System

 
STUDENT WELFARE

High level of student supervision in the schoolyard, including the use of walkie-talkies for emergencies

Stident Wellbeing Officer

High expectations for student behaviour

Many staff Level 2 First-Aid trained (Teaching and Non-Teaching)

Whole-school Student Code of Conduct

Guidance Officer/Psychologist/Counsellor

Speech Pathologist

Program for Students with Disabilities   

 

COMMUNICATION AND REPORTING

Parent information sessions

Weekly newsletter

Informative and up-to-date website

Three formal Parent/Teacher Interviews

June and December written Achievement Reports

Open-door policy with approachable staff and teachers

Regular ‘open school’ opportunities

 

Please attend one of our Open Sessions or contact the Principal for a personal tour of the school to discuss your child's educational needs.