Homebush Public School

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Telephone02 97469171

Emailhomebush-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Our staff

Get to know our school staff. We're all here to help.

Our professional, university-educated teachers encourage students to develop a love of learning and a desire to succeed. They maintain the highest integrity and concern for your child’s wellbeing.

The principal is responsible for the educational leadership and management of our school. If you would like to speak to the principal, please contact us to make an appointment.

Our school administrative staff can answer inquiries or direct you to the appropriate staff member for help.

Staff list

Principal 

Ms Catherine Davis

The Principal has overall responsibility for the whole school - students, staff (teaching and administrative), teaching and learning and all associated areas. This includes the education and welfare of all students, all educational programs, learning outcomes, the management of staff and staff welfare development, financial management of the school, the management of the school property and the development of partnerships between the school and the school community.

Assistant principals

Mrs Debbie Rossi (Early Stage 1)

Mr Alex Moussawer (Stage 1) 

Mrs Wendy Owen (Stage 2)

Mrs Paulette Rojas (Stage 3)

The assistant principal is responsible for the day-to-day organisation of the school and for the welfare of all students and staff. However, as most assistant principals also have a class to teach their responsibilities are shared with the principal.

School administrative and support staff

School administrative manager (SAM) Mrs Christina Ioakim

School administrative managers are employed in all schools. They assist the principal in planning and maintaining school routines and are responsible for the efficient management of the school or centre's financial and administration functions. Their role also requires them to supervise other school administrative officers and promote training opportunities.

School administrative officers (SAO) Mrs Sarah Dunningham, Mrs Maria Canclini and Rosa Main.

The first person to greet you when you arrive at the school will probably be the school assistant or senior school assistant. The school assistant supports the Principal or the supervisor maintain school routines. They also assist in classroom activities and financial administration matters. Their range of duties includes: assisting in the school library, science or home science areas; and assisting in the school office or reception area. After appropriate training, the school assistant can also volunteer to administer first aid or prescribed medications to students.

General assistant (GA) 

Mr Denis Mansfield

General assistants are employed in all schools.They support student learning through:

  • the preparation and maintenance of equipment
  • the preparation of materials and construction of teaching aids
  • minor maintenance of building, plant and equipment
  • school reception and distribution of stores goods delivered to the school
  • maintaining school playing fields, gardens and lawns.

Classroom teachers (CT)

Teachers are very important people for students. The classroom teacher becomes the surrogate parent/caregiver accepting responsibility for your child's learning and welfare while at school. Should you need to speak to the classroom teacher, please call the office staff to make an appointment.

KD Mrs Debbie Rossi

KC Mrs Jacqueline Yang-Chan

KR Mrs Carmel Reilly

KM Mrs Teuta Marni

1T Mrs Ruby Tran

1F  Mrs Susanna Friggione

1C Mr Marco Creditino 

1B Mrs Raman Bhatia

2R Mrs Irene Rodilosso

2M Mrs Tahlia Mahoney

2S Mrs Mary Suppel

3P Miss Amy Pang

3A Ms Azizah Noor

4B Ms Heidi Brunero

4W Ms Sally Van der vegt

4/3S Miss Michelle Seers

5P Mrs Jenni Pagliasso

5G Mr Jeffrey Govers

6/5A Mrs Julia Tanious

6R Mrs Paulttte Rojas

6S Mr Ryan Schou

Information technology coordinator (IT coordinator)

Mr Gregory Blundell

The IT coordinator is responsible for the maintenance and purchasing of new IT resources. He is also responsible for the upskilling of staff members in 21 century technolgy.

Librarian

Mrs Deb Hudson

The teacher-librarian is a member of the school's teaching staff and is actively involved in  teaching/learning processes. Teaching is an integral part of the work of the teacher-librarian. An awareness of teaching activities in the classrooms enables the teacher-librarian to be a more effective teacher. The teacher-librarian provides relevant resources (books, videos, tapes, computer programs, internet access and other resources) for students and teachers.

English as an additional dialect or language (EAL/D)

Mrs Annabel Geale, Mrs Wendy Owen and Mr Erle De Souza

EAL/D teachers provide specialist assistance to students from non-English speaking backgrounds. They teach ESL students the English language and literacy skills needed for learning in all subjects. Often they work on a one-to-one basis with students while supplementing this by also working in the classroom alongside the classroom teacher.

Community language teachers

Community language teachers teacher students from Kindergarten to Year 6. We have three comminity languages currently being offered in our school. The school celebrates Chinese New Year, Deepavali and the Korean Moon Festival each year. We also celebrate Harmony Day and acknowlege other significant cultural celebrations for the students in our school.

Chinese - Ms Grace Ng 

Tamil - Mrs Mano Cumarasamy

Korean - Mrs Hae Ryun Martin

School Counsellor 

Ms Lee Somers

School counsellors are experienced teachers who are also psychologists. They assist teachers by strengthening the school's student welfare provisions and provide counselling and psychological assessment of students with specific needs. Their work with teachers in the classroom is designed to improve student learning outcomes. Matters discussed with the counsellor are confidential between the student and the counsellor. Parents or caregivers may make an appointment to discuss matters of concern with the school counsellor.

Home school liaison officers (HSLO) located at Strathfield district office

Home school liaison officers may be called upon to assist students and their parents/caregivers when students are not coming to school every day. Initially, where there is a problem in maintaining regular attendance, the school's student welfare and counselling services should be used. When school personnel have difficulty restoring the regular attendance of students, the principal may request the assistance of home school liaison officers to support the school's attendance program.

Mr Geoff Watson - Home Liason Officer

Support teacher behaviour difficulties (STB) located at Strathfield district office

Every school in the state has access to a support teacher behaviour (STB). The STB may provide direct support to the student or may assist the class teacher in behaviour management, social skills development or small group work.

Learning and support teacher (LaST)

Mrs Linda Steward 

These teachers help students who are having difficulty in learning. They work with regular classroom teachers to help them make the classroom work more manageable. They also help students to be more confident and independent in their learning.

School learning support officers

Mrs Mumtaz Musa, Diana Carreno and 

School learning support officers, under the supervision and direction of a teacher, assist in classroom activities, school routines, and the care and management of students with special needs.

Generally, their role includes assisting teachers in school and community centres to:

  • implement individual education programs (IEPs)
  • provide opportunities for students to develop personal, social, independent, living and pre-vocational skills
  • attend to the personal care needs of students, and
  • operate audio-visual aids, duplicating, issuing learning materials and clerical duties.

Aboriginal Student Liaison Officer (ASLO) (District Office)                                        

The role of the Aboriginal Liaison Officer (ALO) is to provide support and advice to Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers (AIEO) and teachers to ensure classroom planning and pedagogy reflect the needs of all Aboriginal students. The Aboriginal Liaison Officer also focuses on providing extra support to schools to help improve parent participation and facilitates workshops for school staff on cultural awareness.

Aboriginal school contact

Mrs Wendy Owen

The role of the Aboriginal School Contact is to liase with teachers and Aboriginal students to ensure that the student's needs are being met.

Anti-racism contact officer 

Mrs Teuta Marni and Julia Tanious

Racism in all its forms is rejected by the Department. Each school has appointed an anti-racism contact officer to help parents/caregivers, students or staff experiencing problems with racism and to provide interested parents with copies of the Department's policies on this issue. The anti-racism contact officer will listen to the problem and, with the principal, find ways to resolve it as quickly as possible. Contact your principal or the school's anti-racism contact officer for help.

Anti-discrimination contact officer

Ms Julia Tanious

Schools have developed procedures for dealing with complaints about discrimination against students based on race, sex, marital status, disability (including HIV), age and transgender or homosexuality. These procedures complement the existing Anti-racism Policy and related grievance procedures. Each school has an anti-racism contact officer and an anti-discrimination officer.