Fiona Campbell teaches our dedicated Kindergarten class in a colourful classroom which combines initial learning with play.
"I have a passion for helping others understand and appreciate our world and my approach to teaching encompasses the importance of valuing differences and diversity. I encourage fair opportunities and positive perspectives so that everyone feels safe and ready to learn. Through my creative streak I lead students towards developing their own motivation to learn and discover what interests them. Our beautiful learning environment, nestled among old rainforest trees and burbling creeks, demands exploration and creative games. These treasured adventures spark a connection to our natural environment and its importance to all our futures."
Years 1, & 2
Ishta Wilson teaches the composite lower primary class of Years 1 & 2.
“I have lived on the North Coast for over 20 years and love being on beautiful Bundjalung country. I am passionate about facilitating children’s learning through practical creative projects where the kids are free to express themselves, experiment, and find their own solutions. I strongly believe in giving children the tools they need to have every opportunity in life, the confidence and self-assurance to ask questions, make informed choices, take risks, and follow their dreams.”
Years 3 & 4
Angie Burnheim teaches the composite lower primary class of Years 3 & 4.
Having recently spent time teaching in remote Central Australia, I witnessed first-hand the importance of learning and connecting to country. I feel immense gratitude to be educating amongst a culture that promotes inquiry-based learning which ultimately leads children towards a deeper understanding of the place and community that sustains them. I believe learning starts outside the classroom, and my teaching philosophy aims to develop the interests of each individual by creating a personalised learning journey that encourages a strong sense of agency and nurtures their mind, body and spirit.
Years 5 & 6
Joe Landers is our Teacher Coordinator and teaches the composite upper primary class of Years 5 & 6 and presents the performing arts activities.
"Having taught all ages over 25 years of teaching, I believe that a sustainable education is one that sets children up to live a healthy and satisfying life with the resilience to face all of life’s challenges and changes. I see awareness of each child’s developing abilities and interests, as the crucial building blocks for facilitating a positive engaged connection to learning. What I aim to nurture in each student is their natural sense of wonder, curiosity, creativity, empathy, imagination, play and connection to nature."
Environmental Education (SEE)
Emily Jett works with each class group using the garden, ethno-botany trail, makerspace and kitchen to deliver her curriculum in Geography and History.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics (STEAM)
Emily Jett leads our children on adventures into the wonderful world of STEAM powered learning – aka Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.
“In our project-based learning we focus on the practical application of scientific thinking to solve problems, experiment with the world around us, and communicate our findings through artistic mediums. This is hands on science where students are encouraged to really question and discover. As a team we formulate big questions and explore the scientific process. Our primary aim, as with all good science, is to build on and challenge existing understanding and hopefully end up with many "Eureka!" moments.”
Learning and Support Teacher (LaST)
Ochitha Karunaratne is our specialist Learning and Support Teacher who assists teaching staff to assess students' progress and gently guide individual children through any learning hurdles.
"I am passionate about equity in education. Developing respectful and positive relationships with students, parents, carers and colleagues is also very important to me.
Learning should be fun and relevant in order for students to be engaged, retain and process their knowledge, and create new understandings. I strive to make learning accessible and meaningful, and to provide opportunities for every student to experience a sense of achievement."
Simon Adams is an extracurricular teacher who provides the most amazing circus skills with the assistance of Freya Barber.
Simon holds a Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science, is a dancer and independent artist. He has toured the world professionally, worked as the head of dance at Lismore Conservatory, been the Artistic Director at Spaghetti Circus and now coaches Circus at Circus Arts in Byron Bay.
Freya has holds a Certificate 4 in Circus Arts from the National Institute of Circus Arts.
Between them, our amazing teacher’s aides have decades of experience working alongside children. Amanda King, Freya Barber and Cath Smith engage with students in a multitude of learning activities, such as one-on-one literacy support, small-group numeracy support and assisting teachers in class, art projects, science lessons and gardening sessions. They also provide support in sports and on excursions and camps.
“We all love the culture of the school, the students, parents, working alongside our colleagues, and the nurturing natural environment.”