Specialist Programs

 ​​​​​Teacher Librarian

Mrs Nikki Carpenter is the teacher responsible for the Resource Centre at St Francis Xavier.  All children are encouraged to borrow from the Resource Centre every week. Parents are strongly encouraged to become library borrowers and use our collection to supplement their children's reading experience whilst at St Francis Xavier School. The Library is open for children to use at lunchtime. Children and parents are invited to the Resource Centre before and after school to borrow.


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Learning Support Personnel

Research suggests that it is vital that schools and families develop a team approach if they are to provide the optimum learning environment for children to reach their potential during their primary school years.  Sometimes children experience difficulties (with school work, friendship groups, self- confidence etc).  Sometimes children need greater challenges or a higher degree of monitoring by school staff for a period of time.  These issues might be noticed at home or at school, or even in their friendship groups. 

If you have any concerns about your child, or if you would like to inform us of any needs or requirements your child has, the first thing to do is to communicate with your child's class teacher.  They spend a great deal of time with your child during the day.  By sharing your concerns, knowledge or questions with the teacher you can provide valuable information about your child's needs.  Just by discussing strategies and being consistent between home and school you may be able to address these concerns to the benefit of your child. This can often be enough to improve the situation.

It is extremely important that we communicate with each other about any issues or questions we have about the children in our care.  So don't be alarmed if a teacher or other staff member requests a meeting to discuss your child's progress or well-being.   It is our way of keeping communication open and ensuring we are working with you to support and extend your child to the best of our ability.  It is through the process of communication that we can develop a team approach to resolving issues, providing support, monitoring or challenging your children (and our students) to be the best they can be.

At St Francis Xavier we also have a team of people who work beyond the classroom to provide support and investigate questions that parents or teachers may have about a child.


Introducing the Student Support Administration Team:

This Team consists of:

Paul Rees (School Principal),

Jen Craig  (Assistant Principal Administration)

Donna Hourigan  (Guidance Counsellor)

Eleanor Raynor (Speech Pathologist)

Maree Brown (Primary Learning Leader)

Lisa Duncan (Support Teacher – Inclusive Education – Prep)

Deanna Russo (Support Teacher - Inclusive Education Yrs 2 & 3)

Amber Vague (Support Teacher – Inclusive Education – Yrs 4 & 5)

Elizabeth Graham (Support Teacher – Inclusive Education – Yrs 1 & 6)​


What is the purpose of the Student Support Administration Team?

-To support class teachers and parents in educating and providing care to their students / children.

-To gather current information and develop a plan of action to begin to answer questions or address concerns.

-To share information and ensure a team approach when supporting students.

-To investigate issues and provide feedback to parents and teachers regarding students' development, well-being and educational program.

-To ensure accountability and monitoring in the support provided for students as they progress through school.


How do I access this team of people in the school?

This team meets weekly.  Class teachers may put in a referral regarding a student in their class.  Or a parent may call one of the team to discuss their child.  Then that team member brings the issue to the group for discussion and possible action, if necessary.  The issues that are discussed can be varied and many, including behaviour difficulties, learning issues, emotional concerns, social skills, extending and encouraging student achievement, looking into funding possibilities to support student success etc. 

What could some of the outcomes of this process be?

The outcomes of assistance from the Student Support Admin Team can be varied.  It is a way of finding support and solutions within our own school community, as well as involving other support personnel as necessary.  At the end of these meetings an action plan is usually put in place that is then reviewed over time.  These actions may include but are not limited to professional advice for a teacher, emotional and professional support for parents, program intervention by our Classroom Support Team or Guidance Counsellor, further testing and data gathering, referral on to outside support agencies.



Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Each child is involved in some form of physical activity designed to help maintain an adequate level of fitness; to improve gross motor skills; to aid in the development of fine motor skills and to introduce skills required for participation in leisure sports. It has been demonstrated that participation in physical activities will not only achieve these ideals but that they also enhance academic achievement.

As this is an integral part of the St Francis Xavier curriculum a note will be required by the teacher if your child is to be exempt from such a lesson.

The Physical Education teacher is Mrs Kerry Hazelwood and is employed fulltime. All children from Prep to Yr 6 receive class PE lessons every week.

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Music/Drama Teacher

The Music/Drama Teacher, Mrs Maryann Sandstrom takes the children for one 40-minute lesson every week. Mrs Sandstrom also co-ordinates music for our family masses and drama productions.

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Cultural Literacy French Teacher

The Cultural Literacy Teacher, Mademoiselle Helen Meerleveld takes the children from Years 3 - 6 for one 80 minute lesson every week. One Semester in the Year on the French language.

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Technology Teachers

Mrs Pip Mackey and Mrs Michelle Chu take the children for Technology each week for one 40 minutes lesson. Mrs Chu teaches the students from Prep – Year 2 every Wednesday and Mrs Mackey teaches the students in Yrs 3-6 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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