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Our Staff

Meet the Principal

Jenny Crowle was appointed to the position of Principal at Truganina College in August 2014.

Jenny comes to Truganina College from her last role as Principal of Moonee Ponds West Primary School. Under Jenny’s direction and guidance at Moonee Ponds West the student’s achieved outstanding academic results, well above state averages.

Jenny lives in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne and is married to Lynden Crowle and has two children, Rohan and Patrick.

Jenny has a Master of Education, a Bachelor of Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Student Wellbeing from Melbourne University.

Jenny is passionate about Truganina College having a respectful culture, with high academic expectations, achievement and results. Learning is supported by strong community engagement within a climate of care and concern for others.

Jenny Crowle

Principal

Meet the Assistant Principal – Director of Teaching and Learning Excellence, Foundation – Year 9

Nicole O’Brien is an exciting Educator who comes to Truganina College from Southern Cross Grammar. Nicole has a global experience and approach to education and has experienced various educational settings throughout her career.

Nicole lives in the Inner North Western Suburbs of Melbourne and is married to Matt O’Brien. They share a love of animals and relax by taking their two dogs on long walks.

Nicole has a Bachelor of Education (University of South Australia), Specialist Certificate in Clinical Teaching (Melbourne University), has successfully completed two modules at the Bastow Institute for Educational Leadership and recently presented to a group of Educators in Melbourne about Leveraging 21st Century Learning and Lifelong Learners Engaging Digitally.

Nicole’s passion for 21st century teaching, effective planning, learning through child-centred investigations and authentic assessment across differentiated curriculums will contribute to the high expectations, achievements and success of students at Truganina College.

Nicole O'Brien

Assistant Principal - Director of Teaching and Learning Exellence, Foundation - Year 9

Meet the Foundation Assistant Principal – Teaching And Learning Excellence

Sarah Dalton comes to Truganina College after teaching English in the New Arrivals Program at Western English Language School.

She lives in the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne with her husband, daughter, and twin sons. On the weekends you can find them all enjoying the outdoors at some of the wonderful parks across Melbourne.

Sarah has a Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), a Bachelor of Education (Primary), and  a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies (TESOL) from the University of Melbourne. Most recently, Sarah has completed the Unlocking Potential: A Principal Preparation Program (UP) at the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership.

She is passionate about preparing young people to be successful, productive, resilient and fulfilled citizens and aims to contribute to the continued success of Truganina College.

Sarah Dalton

Foundation Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning Excellence

Meet the Year 1-2 Assistant Principal

Steven Trotter was appointed to the position of Assistant Principal during Term 3 2015. Steven comes to Truganina College with a great deal of experience as an educator and leader in a variety of educational settings, beginning his love for education in Geelong and more recently in Gippsland.

Steven has recently moved from Gippsland back to Geelong where he lives with his wife Jessica and their daughter Isabelle.

Steven has a Bachelor of Education (ACU Ballarat) and has successfully completed the ‘Emerging Leaders’ program at the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership. Most recently Steven graduated from Federation University with his Masters in Educational Research.

Steven brings a strong focus on 21st century curriculum to support and improve student achievement and wellbeing.

Steven Trotter

Year 1-2 Assistant Principal

Meet the Year 3-4 Assistant Principal – Student Engagement, Wellbeing and Agency

Lisa Foster comes to Truganina P-9 College from Darwin, NT where she was Assistant Principal at Leanyer School. Prior to this she worked in Regional Office and as a Small School Principal in Queensland.

Lisa is very excited to have moved to Melbourne. She lives in the Inner Western suburbs with her partner Rian and their much loved dog Kea.

She has a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), and has almost completed her Masters of Education (Leadership and Management). In 2016, Lisa was accepted into the Queensland Educational Leadership Institute’s Future Leaders program, being acknowledged as one of Queensland’s high potential leaders.

Lisa is passionate about ensuring young people are engaged and motivated to become strong and successful citizens of the 21st Century. She is passionate about student wellbeing and engagement, ensuring students can achieve their potential and beyond!

 

Lisa Foster

Year 3-4 Assistant Principal – Student Engagement, Wellbeing and Agency

Meet the Year 5-6 Assistant Principal – Teaching And Learning Excellence

Justine Ryan joined Truganina College in 2016 as a Leading Teacher/Pedagogy Coach and now as an Assistant Principal; Teaching and Learning Excellence, she will be working in the Grade 4, 5 , 6 area. Justine brings experience to the College in the areas of Adult Education, Gifted Education, Children’s Literature and Languages.

Justine has worked at a number of educational settings in Melbourne including Williamstown North Primary, Williamstown Primary, Cambridge Primary and Moonee Ponds West and as a Teaching Fellow for The University of Melbourne. She has also written a number of educational texts for Oxford University Press and Pearson Education.

Justine studied at the University of Melbourne and has also successfully completed the CREATE program at Bastow and a Child Psychology course. She has two children and also loves animals!

Justine is passionate about education and leading each student and each teacher to reach their full potential.

 

Justine Ryan

Year 5-6 Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning Excellence

Meet the Year 7-9 Secondary School Assistant Principal

Helene Refuerzo joined Truganina College as an Assistant Principal in Term 3 2016. Helene brings a lot of experience in the Middle Years as well as Senior Years coming from her previous leadership role as Head of Middle School at Maribyrnong College and more recently as Assistant Principal at Alamanda College.

Helene has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and majored in Mathematics and Chemistry and has also successfully completed the module ‘Impact: Emerging Leaders’ at the Bastow Institute for Educational Leadership and the course, ‘Balanced Leadership’ with McREL International.

She has taught for many years in the Philippines and the USA before she settled in Melbourne with her family and has taught in various educational settings in the western suburbs.

Helene is passionate about engaging learners in all aspects of their learning and preparing them for their future schooling and career pathways – that is developing students who will be positive contributors to the society and are ready to tackle the demands of a rapidly evolving 21st Century. She hopes to contribute to the success of Truganina College in providing students with a safe and orderly environment that inspires learning, promotes positive relationships, security, a sense of belonging and a culture of respect and pride.

Helene Refuerzo

Year 7-9 Secondary School Assistant Principal

Teaching and Learning Team 0.1 – Foundation

Tiffany Rock
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Marina Sindici
Classroom Teacher

Hayley Kur
Classroom Teacher

Chloe Chan
STEM Teacher

Teaching and Learning Team 0.2 – Foundation

Maree Musarra
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Victoria Gibbons
Classroom Teacher

Rose Power
Classroom Teacher

Brooke Toull
Classroom Teacher

Charles Vagg
Physical Education Teacher

Teaching and Learning Team 0.3 – Foundation

Tugba Koyu
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Tiffany Zlatkovic
Classroom Teacher

Jaimie Vernon
Classroom Teacher

Jennicar Guanzon
Classroom Teacher

Teaching and Learning Team 1.1 – Year 1

Lauren Smith
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Danielle Larkin
Classroom Teacher

Nadia Putri
Classroom Teacher

Charvi Bhagat
Classroom Teacher

Teaching and Learning Team 1.2 – Year 1

Kristine Farrugia
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Kirby Meade
Classroom Teacher

Maggie Zhang
Classroom Teacher

Amber Mallia
Classroom Teacher

Teaching and Learning Team 1.3 – Year 1

Brad Robertson
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Garima Sharma
Classroom Teacher

Rose Hashim
Classroom Teacher

Teaching and Learning Team 2.1 – Year 2

Carla Evans
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Bernadette Smallwood
Classroom Teacher

James Damjanovski
Classroom Teacher

Carli Neave
Classroom Teacher

Teaching and Learning Team 2.2 – Year 2

Laura Mitchell
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Rini Roy
Classroom Teacher

Kellee Unmack
Classroom Teacher

Trina Franklin
Classroom Teacher

Teaching and Learning Team 3.1 – Year 3

Vanessa Saffin
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Alycia Park
Classroom Teacher

Kirstin Molloy
Classroom Teacher

Teaching and Learning Team 3.2 – Year 3

Katelan Stanley
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Demi Lai
Classroom Teacher

Vanitha Govindasamy
Classroom Teacher

Teaching and Learning Team 4 – Year 4

Kim Kennedy
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Taylor Rhodes
Classroom Teacher

Thilini Marasinghe
Classroom Teacher

Laura Repusic
Classroom Teacher

Teaching and Learning Team 5 – Year 5

Jessie Patterson
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Evelyn Tay
Classroom Teacher

Sadia Toqeer
Classroom Teacher

 

Teaching and Learning Team 6 – Year 6

Ann Le
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Kezia Pico
Classroom Teacher

Courtney Hodgson
Classroom Teacher

 

Teaching and Learning Team 7 – Year 7

Connie Vakaloudous
Year 7 Co-Ordinator

 

Teaching and Learning Team 8 – Year 8

Meaghan O’Callahan
Year 8 Co-Ordinator

 

Teaching and Learning Team 9 – Year 9

Stewart Wilson
Year 9 Co-Ordinator

 

Subject Teaching and Learning Team

Nick Stebbing
Team Leader

Pavani Katugampola

Tonia Fota

Catherine Knox

Edwin Lim

Stewart Wilson

Dennis Stevenson

Leanne McNaughton

Linda Venema

Hannah Briffa

Soundgarage Music School

Thomas Spottiswood
Music Teacher

Carlin Towers
Music Teacher

Education Support

Kelly Carter

Janet Chadwick

Rebecca Coggan

Anjali Dhaka

Jessica Jobe

Daljit Kaur

Gurpreet Kaur

Ashley Manwa

Rashmi Pal

Colleen Scott

Vitina Scremin

Anita Srinivasan

Tammy Todd

Sue Vithanage

 

Enrichment Team

Lucy Buncle

Ruth Duffield

Kylie McKenna

Pam Wooding

Pedagogy Coaches

Sadia Toqeer

Pedagogy Coach

Vanitha Govindasamy (Sujith)

Pedagogy Coach

Kristine Farrugia

Assistant Pedagogy Coach

Jessie Patterson

Assistant Pedagogy Coach

Leanne McNaughton

Assistant Pedagogy Coach

Data Manager

Courtney Hodgson

Administration Team

Helen Salmond
Business Manager

Clare Najdovski
Finance Manager

Lisa Rouvray
Administration

Hayley Giarrusso
Administration and Marketing

Kate Giannelis
Administration

Sharon Minett
Administration

Ashely Manwa
Senior School Administration

Renee McCleish
Sick Bay

Fred Salmond
Facilities Manager

School Council

 

School Councils play a key role in Victorian government schools. The School Council supports the Principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.

The role of School Council as outlined in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 is one of helping to set the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight of the school’s operation. The Principal is responsible for the leadership of the school and acts as the Executive Officer of Council.

School Council responsibilities can include:

  • Contributing to the development of the Strategic Plan.
  • Approving the annual budget.
  • Working with the school to develop, review and update policies.
  • Representing the views of the school community.
  • Arranging for items needed for the running of the school.
  • Raising funds to support school initiatives & programs.
  • Making sure the school grounds and buildings are maintained.
  • Creating positive interest in the school within the community.

School Council Members:

President:                       Jagruti Dave
Vice President:              Doreen Narayan
Treasurer:                      Marilyn Jefferies
Principal:                        Jennifer Crowle
DET Representative:     Steven Trotter
Member:                          Sahar Amjad
Member:                          Stanley Lim
Member:                          Faiza Siddique

 

Media

Below are links to media releases featuring Truganina College.

Education Week Feature – Scholarship Opportunities at Truganina College

Truganina P-9 College celebrates first 100 days

Truganina P-9 College preps experiment in science labs

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