Principal’s Update week 8 Term 4 2022

Year 6 STEM at Duncraig Senior High School

Our Year 6 students have been engaged in STEM activities at Duncraig Senior High School, each Tuesday as part of their secondary transition. This activity has been for all students, regardless of their secondary destination in 2023.

Farewell Year 6 Students

We will be bidding farewell to our Year 6 students on Wednesday 14th December. The day will begin with a Graduation Assembly and morning tea, commencing at 9.00am in the new undercover area. Our students will be having a celebratory day and then completing the celebrations with the Year 6 Graduation Dance. I am looking forward to seeing the dances that the students have been learning through Humphreys Dance School.

Student Feedback Surveys

Year 4-6 students have been invited to complete a Student Feedback Survey for 2022. The survey is also open to younger students who can access the survey, with support from home. The survey can be found here:

As we embark on our school improvement agenda, we are very keen to include student voice to find out about how students enjoy learning at Duncraig Primary School, and how we can improve student outcomes, relationships and learning experiences.

2023 Classes

Please see below our teaching staff for 2023:

Kindy A – Mrs Leonie Hetebry

Kindy B – Mrs Rachael Waters

Kindy C – Mrs Rebekah Rossi

Pre-primary – Room 14 – Mrs Tara Phillips

Pre-primary – Room 16 – Mrs Malinda Cowton/Mrs Kelly Edwards

Year 1 – Room 18 – Mrs Helen Spiers

Year 1 – Room 17 – Mrs Lindsay Calton

Year 1 – Room 13 – Mrs sandy Firman

Year 2 – Room 12 – Mrs Susie Wass/Mrs Kelly Edwards

Year 2 – Room 11 – Mrs Jenny Cole

Year 2 – Room 10 – Mrs Elena Adams

Year 3 – Room 8 – TBA

Year 3 – Room 7 – Mr Stephen Miller

Year 3/4 – Room 5 – Miss Alex Collett

Year 4 – Room 6 – Mrs Jo Watkinson/Mrs Angela Coombes

Year 4/5 – Room 4 – Ms Maddy Finnie

Year 5 – Room 3 – Ms Louise Oldroyd/Mrs Felicity Wensinger

Year 5/6 – Room 2 – Mrs Amy Jones

Year 6 – Room 1 – Mrs Tarryn Mosconi

Science – Ms Nadine Jackson

Physical Education – Mr Ted Orzel

Music – Mrs Jan Ruscoe

French – Mrs Janet Widerspin

Junior DOTT – Mrs Angela Coombes/Mrs Kelly Edwards/Mrs Danielle Martin

I had intended to publish class lists by this date also, however, due to an incomplete staffing profile, I will put it off until Wednesday 14th December, at the latest. My apologies!

Staff Farewells

You may notice a couple of names missing from our staff list. We would like to wish Mrs Sara Orford all the best for her year as she embarks on parenthood. Mr Mathew Zanatta will also be taking leave for 2023 in order to live and work abroad. Two big, very different adventures for our staff members! We are looking forward to welcoming them back after 2023.

In the administration office, Mrs Jennifer Ryan will be taking Long Service Leave from the start of the school year before her retirement in March 2023. Her replacement, Mrs Jenny O’Connor, will be commencing 2023 with us. We will be recognising Mrs Ryan’s retirement in 2023, however, I would like to acknowledge her support in my role as Principal this year. She has been a professional and knowledgeable member of the Admin Team.

Edu-Dance Concerts

I have had a sneak peak, and the students are doing some amazing dancing in their Edu-Dance rehearsals. I am very much looking forward to the concerts on Monday 5th and Wednesday 7th December. These concerts will start at 2.00pm, so arrive at 1.50pm for a prompt start.

Thanks for a great 2022!

There are still two more weeks (nine days, but who’s counting?) left of the school year. The final week will be very busy with classroom pack-ups, class parties, our Year 6 Graduation and end of year celebrations. My newsletter in Week 10 will be very brief – mainly concentrating on class lists. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Duncraig parents and community for welcoming me to this amazing school in 2022. I have been supported by two great deputies, Ms Leah Clegg and Ms Michelle Moyes, helpful office staff, an enthusiastic staff, a pro-active P&C led by Donna Baker, and a forward-thinking school board. I am looking forward to an even better 2023, as we continue to strive for excellence and make our good school a great one!


Kind regards,

Nicole Borbas,