Class Placement and Staffing Update for 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers

We have developed our preferred class structure for 2022 after much deliberation – based on our projected enrolments and the requirements of the department’s student-centred funding model.

The structure supports teachers working in collaborative teams and reduces class sizes in the early years of schooling.

With varying numbers of students across each year level we will have a mixture of straight year level and composite classes in 2022. Common in most schools, composite classes are a practical necessity providing flexible options for placing students.

Teachers are the same as other people in the workforce in that they are entitled to work in a part-time capacity. In 2022, there will be some classes taught by two teachers, both of whom will be working in a part-time capacity. This is referred to as tandem teaching. Teachers in these situations meet regularly to plan learning programs as well as establishing shared classroom routines and practices. There may also be occasions throughout the school year, where some teachers may take leave and / or take on an additional project / leadership role within the school or partnership of schools for short or longer periods of time (eg one day per week). In these situations we do our best to employ teachers who know the students and school well.

With this class structure in place we have now placed students in classes for 2022. As part of this process, we have considered;  the social and emotional needs of students, behaviour, gender, friendship groups, and special needs. Parent input was also considered as per the optional invitation.

As stated previously, requests from parents to have or not to have specific teachers or students in their child’s class were not considered.

Today, students visited their new classes for 2022, meeting with their new teacher/s and classmates for some fun activities and positive conversation. 

Teachers have provided a welcome letter for students / families to take home.

Please note:

  • We ask parents and caregivers to have a positive and supportive conversation with your child regarding their new class, having trust in her / him in being able to adjust to the new learning environment and to make new friends.
  • Students generally adapt to their new class quickly. As the new school year commences we encourage students, teachers and parents to establish positive relationships.
  • Placements in classes are final. We will not be in a position to move students. Moving a student from one class to another inevitably changes the environment of multiple class groupings and for this reason, we will not be moving students.
  • Our teaching and leadership staff have worked carefully and sensitively over many weeks to place students into classes for 20223. We respectfully ask that parents/caregivers support this outcome.

We welcome the following teachers to Craigburn for 2022.

  • Emma Bower (previously Harry) returns from leave.
  • Crystal Thanawathik, joins us in an ongoing position having taught at Angle Vale over recent years.
  • Anita Wright will rejoin us in Term 3, returning from leave.

Teachers on Leave in 2022 

  • Sarah Jackson – full year
  • Anita Wright – returns in Term 3
  • Crystal Thanawathik – joins us in Term 3

We retain the services of the following teachers who will be continuing in contract positions for 2022:

  • Sonia Caruso, Tahlia Woolford, Pip Tonkin, Brooke Hamden, Nardene Manna, Jodie Fischer, Tristan Fergusson, Jimmy Marin and John Spurr.

We farewell the following teachers and support staff who have been with us for one or more years and move on to other positions / roles. We thank them for their excellent service at Craigburn and wish them all the best for their future endeavours.

  • Teachers: Tara Bell, Janita Bentley and Kristie Bunting
  • SSOs: Lorraine Lohmeyer, Sophie McDonald

Teaching Staff List for 2022 – including class structures and locations.

  • Reception – Sonia Caruso – D20
  • Reception – Tahlia Woolford – D21
  • Reception – Genna Dow – D22
  • Year 1 – Pearl Somerset – E23
  • Year 1 – Adriana Mezic 0.6 (M,T,W), Karen Prideaux 0.4 (Th,F) – E24
  • Year 1 – Pip Tonkin – E25
  • Year 2 – Emma Bower 0.6 (M,T,W) Terms 1/2 Nardene Manna 0.4 (Th,F), Terms 3/4 Crystal Thanawathik 0.4 (Th,F) – A1
  • Year 2 – Terms 1/2 Brooke Hamden, Terms 3/4 Anita Wright 0.6 (M,T,W) Brooke Hamden 0.4 (Th,F) A3
  • Year 2 – Lisa Sporn – A4
  • Year 3/4 – Chantelle McMahon 0.6 (M,T,W), Janine Mackay 0.4 (Th,F) C14
  • Year 3/4 – Veronica Khalaf – C15
  • Year 3/4 – Rebecca Hepworth – C16
  • Year 3/4 – Renae Humphries – C17
  • Year 5/6 – Andrea Grant – B8
  • Year 5/6 – Tristan Fergusson – B9
  • Year 5/6 – Jodie Fischer – B11
  • Year 5/6 – Mark Lemmey – B12
  • Year 5/6 – Steven Webster – B13
  • German – Carly Smith 0.8 – D18
  • PE – Karen Pettman 0.6 (T,Th,F) – Gym / Courts / Oval
  • PE – Janine Mackay 0.2 (Year 3-4)
  • Performing Arts – Jimmy Marin 0.8 F26/27
  • Science / STEM / Other 0.6 – To be confirmed for Terms 1 and 2 – Crystal for Terms 3 and 4
  • Karen Prideaux EALD – 0.1, NIT 0.1

Specialist Teachers / Leadership

  • Performing Arts – Jimmy Marin  – Music Room
  • German – Carly Smith  – D18
  • PE – Karen Pettman  Gym / Outdoors
  • Science / STEM – John Spurr – A7
  • EALD  – Karen Prideaux
  • Nicky Taylor – Senior Leader
  • Rob Warncken – Deputy Principal
  • Paul Luke – Principal