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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 Acting Director of Teaching and Learning Excellence,
Year 5 Assistant Principal

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 as a Small School Principal in Queensland.

Lisa lives in Melbourne with her husband Rian, baby and much loved dog Kea.

She has a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and has 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 teaching and learning to ensure every student achieves their best!

Lisa Foster

Assistant Principal - Acting Director of Teaching and Learning Excellence, and Year 5

Meet the Foundation and Year 6 School Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning Excellence

Sadia Toqeer joined Truganina College in Term 1 2016. She has a Bachelor of Science (Biology), a Diploma in Education (Primary), a Master of Education and has also completed the CREATE program at Bastow.

She has taught across a range of educational settings in Melbourne and overseas with a focus on curriculum development and implementation.

Sadia is passionate about building strong educational partnerships between staff, students, families and the broader community to ensure outstanding growth is achieved for every child at the College.

Sadia Toqeer

Foundation and Year 6 Assistant Principal – Teaching And Learning Excellence

Meet the Year 1 Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning Excellence

Christina Arnold joined Truganina P-9 College in Term 2, 2021. Christina previously worked at Manor Lakes P-12 College for 5 years. During this time, she worked as a Primary classroom teacher, Learning Specialist and Acting Assistant Principal for Wellbeing. Christina has also worked at Concord School in the Northern suburbs for 6 years as a classroom teacher. She has completed a Bachelor of Education at RMIT University and a Masters in Special Education with Deakin University.

Christina lives on the Bellarine Peninsula with her son, their dog and two cats. Christina enjoys spending time at the beach with her dog, yoga and meditation.

Christina is passionate about ensuring that students are the centre of every decision that she makes.

Christina Arnold

Year 3 Assistant Principal – Teaching And Learning Excellence

Meet the Year 3 Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning Excellence
Subjects Co-ordinator F-9

Leanne McNaughton came to Truganina College at the beginning of 2016 as a Visual Art Specialist. Leanne has worked at various schools in Gippsland, Geelong, Hobart and around the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, where she has taught every year level from Kinder to Year 7.

Leanne lives in Geelong with her husband and they have two children of whom they are extremely proud.

Leanne has a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a major in Psychology and Commerce. She has successfully completed the Inspire program at Bastow and worked as an ‘Education Changemaker’ as part of the Intercultural Capabilities Project.

Leanne is a ‘people person’ who genuinely cares about all students, staff and the wider community of Truganina College. She wants to make a difference in the lives of young people and focuses on supporting students’ social and emotional wellbeing. Leanne is passionate about making education engaging and motivating for students so they can achieve academic success.

Leanne McNaughton

Year 3 Assistant Principal – Teaching And Learning Excellence

Meet the Years 1 and 4 Acting Assistant Principal – Student Engagement, Wellbeing and Agency

Robert Nikolic joined Truganina P-9 College in Term 3, 2020. Robert previously worked at Creekside P-9 College in Caroline Springs for 8 years. During this time he worked as a Primary classroom teacher,  Student Engagement and Wellbeing Leader, and Numeracy Leader. He has completed a Bachelor of Education at Victoria University.

Robert lives in the north/western suburbs of Melbourne with his wife who he recently married in December 2019. Together they enjoy travelling, visiting cafes and supporting the Carlton Football Club. His personal interests are sports mainly cricket and football, travel, visiting cafes and spending time with friends and family.

Robert is passionate about helping students to be kind, respectful and resilient life long learners to ensure they are successful 21st Century citizens.

Robert Nikolic

Years 1 and 4 Assistant Principal – Student Engagement, Wellbeing and Agency

Meet the Years 2 and 5 Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning Excellence

Vanitha Sujith joined Truganina College in Term 4, 2015. Vanitha has taught for many years in Singapore before she settled in Melbourne with her family and has taught in schools in the Western Suburbs. She has a Bachelor of English with Psychology, a Diploma in Education, and a Diploma in Mass Communications.

Vanitha lives in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne with her husband and son.

Vanitha is passionate about working with staff and the wider community to help mould our future generations to be global, compassionate citizens.

Vanitha Sujith

Year 2 and 5 Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning Excellence

Meet the Years 7 and 8 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. 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

Years 7 and 8 Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning Excellence

Meet the Year 5-9 Middle Years School Assistant Principal
Year 9 Area

Christopher Pugh joined Truganina College as an Assistant Principal in Term 2 2019. Christopher brings experience to the Middle Years as well as Senior Years, coming from his previous leadership roles.

Before Christopher’s endeavours in Education, he was employed across Australia in  Communication Design and Marketing after studying a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication which included studies in the United States. Christopher has a Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning) and has also successfully completed the Inspire: Local Leaders and Unlocking Potential at the Bastow Institute for Educational Leadership, which included a Graduate Diploma of Principal Preparation through Monash University.

Christopher is a leader who is passionate about engaging learners in all aspects of their growth and preparing them for their future schooling and career pathways – that is developing students who will be positive contributors to the community and are ready to tackle the demands of a rapidly evolving 21st Century. He’s passionate to contribute to the success of Truganina College in providing students with an environment that inspires learning, promotes positive relationships, a sense of belonging and a culture of respect, success and pride.

Christopher Pugh

Year 5-9 Middle Years Assistant Principal, Year 9 Area

Professional Learning Community 0.1 – Foundation

Shannon Hume
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Chloe Borg
Classroom Teacher

Talitha Gooding
Classroom Teacher

Jane Ryan
Foundation Enrichment Teacher

Pamela Tanner
Art Teacher

Professional Learning Community 0.2 – Foundation

Brooke Toull
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Nicole Hambling
Classroom Teacher

Amy Caruara-Smith
Classroom Teacher

Tam Tran
P.E. Teacher

Professional Learning Community 0.3 – Foundation

Chloe Chan
 Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Nimmi Mendis
Classroom Teacher

Bianca Johnstone
Classroom Teacher

Veronica Jankulovski
Classroom Teacher

Shaya Failla
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 1.1 – Year 1

Kirby Meade
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Gregory Lee
Classroom Teacher

Garima Sharma
Classroom Teacher

Namrata Adsul
Classroom Teacher

Lenny DeCruz
P.E. Teacher

Professional Learning Community 1.2 – Year 1

Silsila Amini
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Stephanie Johns
Classroom Teacher

Tejal Gyani
Classroom Teacher

Vicki Stanley
Classroom Teacher 

Professional Learning Community 1.3 – Year 1

Tiffany Zlatkovic
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Karly Hosie
Classroom Teacher

Sarah Berry
Classroom Teacher

Gurpreet Batth
STEM Teacher

Professional Learning Community 1.4 – Year 1

James Damjanovski
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Dilani Bombuwelage Don
Classroom Teacher

Max McLaren
P.E. Teacher

Professional Learning Community 1.5 – Year 1

Amber Mallia
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Rachelle Gould
Classroom Teacher

Kathryn Anderson
Art Teacher

Professional Learning Community 2.1 – Year 2

Kym Pianura
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Kinjal Kaneria
Classroom Teacher

Harjot Kaur
Classroom Teacher

Livia Yang
Classroom Teacher

Hazel Akbulut
Classroom Teacher

Palika Kalra
STEM Teacher

Professional Learning Community 2.2 – Year 2

Christian Foster
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Mandeep Kaur
Classroom Teacher

Hatice Sahbaz
Classroom Teacher

Renee Avery
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 2.3 – Year 2

Danielle Larkin
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Tara Rankin
Classroom Teacher

Inderpreet Kaur
Classroom Teacher

Letisha Hirniak
Art Teacher

 

Professional Learning Community 3.1 – Year 3

Tiffany Rock
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Frank Patti
Classroom Teacher

Tugba Koyu
Classroom Teacher

Lachlan Tipping
Spanish Teacher

Professional Learning Community 3.2 – Year 3

Erin Taylor
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Melanie Park
Classroom Teacher

Letitia Wang
Classroom Teacher

Pinar Dalbudak
STEM Teacher

Professional Learning Community 3.3 – Year 3

Rose Power
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Ayda Haoucha
Classroom Teacher

Gunjan Kalra
Classroom Teacher

John Whitehouse
P.E. Teacher

Professional Learning Community 3.4 – Year 3

Jaimie Vernon
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Claire Dutton
Classroom Teacher

Hannah Tooze
Classroom Teacher

Kellee Unmack
Classroom Teacher

Damien Fatini
P.E. Teacher

Professional Learning Community 4.1 – Year 4

Sumeet Kaur
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Andrew Pateras
Classroom Teacher

Xindi Lu
Classroom Teacher

Rachel Hall
Classroom Teacher

Phillip Lloyd
P.E. Teacher

Professional Learning Community 4.2 – Year 4

Gabrielle Condello
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Leisa Blanche
Classroom Teacher

Rini Roy
Classroom Teacher

Marina Hohua
Classroom Teacher

Angela Rossitto
ART Teacher

Professional Learning Community 4.3 – Year 4

Ann Le
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Amy Ditchburn
Classroom Teacher

Elaine Loizides
Classroom Teacher

Jake Farrow
P.E. Teacher

Professional Learning Community 5.1 – Year 5

Kristine Farrugia
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Kirstin Molloy
Classroom Teacher

Maria Clara Moltrasio
Spanish Teacher

Professional Learning Community 5.2 – Year 5

Maree Musarra
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Punsala Crofton
Classroom Teacher

Cameron Shanks
P.E. Teacher

Professional Learning Community 5.3 – Year 5

Rose Hashim
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Victoria Gibbens
Classroom Teacher

Naomi Hamlin
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 6.1 – Year 6

Leeanne Dowel
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Taylor Rhodes
Classroom Teacher

Beverley Nguyen
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 6.2 – Year 6

Liesel Snart
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Kimberly Phan
Classroom Teacher

Prafulla Erra
Classroom Teacher

Mitchell Stanlake
P.E. Teacher

Professional Learning Community 6.3 – Year 6

Emma Wasson
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Jessie Patterson
Classroom Teacher

Pawani Kohli
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 7 – Year 7

Kelsey Lucas
Year 7 Co-Ordinator and Year 7 Teacher

Nick James
Year 7 Co-Ordinator and Year 7 Teacher

Nga Huynh
Year 7 Teacher

Elisabeth Craig
Year 7 Teacher

Jemma Cellante
Year 7 Teacher

Tamanna Juli
Year 7 Teacher

Liam Carter
Year 7 Teacher

Marie Pintarich
Year 7 Teacher

Daniel Suarez
Year 7 Teacher

Daniel Connell
Year 7 Teacher

Naseem Sayeda
Year 7 Teacher

Chelsea Nolan
Year 7 Teacher

Keziah Gutierrez
Year 7 Teacher

Molly Ellery
Year 7 Teacher

Mathew Owens-Gale
Year 7 Teacher

Xavier O’Halloran
Year 7 Teacher

Brett Shiel
Year 7 Teacher

Brad Robertson
Year 7 Teacher

Akash Samuel
Year 7 Teacher

Hayley Rivers
Year 7 Teacher

 

Professional Learning Community 8 – Year 8

Ashley Pike
Year 8 Co-Ordinator  and Year 8 Teacher

Sesilia Palu
Year 8 Co-Ordinator  and Year 8 Teacher

Julian Scheffer
Year 8 Teacher

Fatima Ramadan
Year 8 Teacher

Swagata Rudra
Year 8 Teacher

John Pujol
Year 8 Teacher

Hanifa Yurokoff
Year 8 Teacher

Jessila Reddy
Year 8 Teacher

Dayna Williams
Year 8 Teacher

Connie Vakaloudiks
Year 8 Teacher

Shyam Duber
Year 8 Teacher

Alicia Pettinella
Year 8 Teacher

Ryan Williams
Year 8 Teacher

Joanna Gee
Year 8 Teacher

Valay Raman
Year 8 Teacher

Nisha Rani
Year 8 Teacher

 

Professional Learning Community 9 – Year 9

Kellie Hindmarch
Year 9 Co-Ordinator and Year 9 Teacher

Tania Fota
Year 9 Co-Ordinator and Year 9 Teacher

Calvin Tran
Year 9 Teacher

Richard Doig
Year 9 Teacher

Calypso Owens
Year 9 Teacher

Jackie Cusak
Year 9 Teacher

Courtney Hodgson
Year 9 Teacher

William Cooper
Year 9 Teacher

Kasthurie Simon
Year 9 Teacher

Lauren Gibson
Year 9 Teacher

Andrew Maki
Year 9 Teacher

Jacquie Pernar
Year 9 Teacher

Kevin Ngo
Year 9 Teacher

Elisabeth Smith
Year 9 Teacher

 

 

 

Subject Teaching and Learning Team

Tania Fota
Spanish Teacher

Julian Scheffer
Technology Literacy Teacher

Chelsea Nolan
Music Teacher

 

Jacqui Pernar
Art Teacher, Food Tech and Technology Literacy

Nga Huynh
Art and Technology Literacy Teacher

Elisabeth Smith
Art Teacher

Kasthurie Simon
Food Tech and Technology Literacy Teacher

Kelsey Lucas
HAPE Teacher

Nick James
HAPE Teacher

Ryan Williams
HAPE Teacher

Ashley Pike 
HAPE and Technology Literacy Teacher

Kevin Ngo
HAPE and Sciene Teacher

Lachlan Tipping
Spanish Teacher

Elisabeth Craig
Technology Literacy Teacher

Liam Carter
HAPE and Technology Literacy Teacher

Marie Pintarich
Technology Literacy Teacher

Daniel Suarez
HAPE and Technology Literacy Teacher

Daniel Connell
Technology Literacy Teacher

Keziah Gutierrez
Technology Literacy Teacher

Xavier O’Halloran
Technology Literacy Teacher

Bradley Robertson
Technology Literacy Teacher

Akash Samuel
Technology Literacy Teacher

Hayley Rivers
Art Teacher

John Pujol
Technology Literacy Teacher

Dayna Williams
Art Teacher

Connie Vakaloudis
Technology Literacy Teacher

Shyam Duber
Technology Literacy Teacher

Alicia Pettinella
HAPE Teacher

Joanna Gee
Spanish Teacher

Valay Raman
STEM Teacher

Sesilia Palu
Technology Literacy Teacher

Richard Doig
Technology Literacy Teacher

Jackie Cusack
HAPE Teacher

Courtney Hodgson
Technology Literacy Teacher

William Cooper
Technology Literacy Teacher

Andrew Maki
Technology Literacy Teacher

Kellie Hindmarch
Technology Literacy Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soundgarage Music School

Maddi Owen
Manager of Soundgarage Music School

 

Education Support

Gurpreet Kaur

Anjali Dhaka

Jessica Jobe

Daljit Kaur

Colleen Scott

Vitina Scremin

Tammy Todd

Rebecca Coggan

Anita Srinivasan

Sue Vithanage

Rashmi Pal

Kelly Carter

Lauren Kerr

Keerthi Bhimavarapu

Gunjan Mahajan

Ami Bhaiyaji

 

Enrichment Team

Kylie McKenna

Ruth Duffield

Pam Wooding

Tina Kountouri

Jane Ryan

Kezia Pico

Marianna Mermingas

Pedagogy Coaches

Kristine Farrugia
Pedagogy Coach

Jessie Patterson
Pedagogy Coach

Data Manager

Courtney Hodgson

Administration Team

Helen Salmond
Business Manager

Clare Najdovski
Finance Manager

Kerry Kun
Executive Manager
Daily Organiser

Lisa Rouvray
Administration

Kate Sutcliffe
Administration

Sharon Minett
Administration

Jade Purdie
Administration

Ann Williams
Reception

Ashley Manwa
Middle Years Administration

Jessica Radford
Middle Years Administration

Sibel Kacmazer
First Aid Officer/Attendance

Fred Salmond
Facilities Manager

Paul Rathjen
Facilities Officer

Reports, Reviews & Plans

Please follow the link to the Department’s Parent’s Complaints for further information

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/Principals/spag/community/Pages/parentcomplaints.aspx

 

 

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.

 

2021 School Council 

Our school constituting orders as endorsed by the Minister for Education; Mr James Merlino, state that our Council shall consist of six members comprising of the Principal, one department employee, three parents and one community member.

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 an overview of the school’s operation. The Principal is responsible for the management of the school and acts as the Executive Officer of Council.

Any questions can be directed to School Council Secretary; Helen Salmond via the school office on 9368 9800.

2021 School Council Members are:

President:                             Jagruti Dave
Treasurer:                           Dhara Parekh
Principal:                             Christopher Pugh
DET Representative:        Vanitha Sujith
Community Member:       Gee Bilal
Member:                                Sahar Amjad
Student Representative: Alpheline Bara
Student Representative: Zayan Haq

 

 

2020 School Council 

In 2020 our School Council consisted of Parent, Community and Department of Education (DET) members including; School Council
President; Jagruti Dave, Treasurer; Pooja Parmar, Parents; Member – Sahar Amjad, DET Representative; Vanitha Sujith, and Principal; Jenny Crowle. I would like to extend a sincere thank you for their outstanding governance and support of our wonderful school.

School Council Reports

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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