At Preston South Primary School we aim to develop in our students, the capacity to: reflect on problems; apply specific knowledge and skills; work collaboratively with others in our community; think creatively with metacognition; and find solutions. For individuals, the ability to be confidently engaged in lifelong learning is a highly desired skill.
Collaborative teaching culture is a strong feature at Preston South Primary School.
Detailed curriculum planning aligned with the Victorian Curriculum, well-researched teaching practices and excellent professional learning are all designed to enhance student learning.
Teacher mentoring and peer appraisal are designed to improve teaching and learning and are linked to our well-managed professional learning program.
Our teachers believe that all students can learn. Prior knowledge is assessed, particularly in the areas of literacy and numeracy, to ensure that each individual is able to develop and both formative and summative assessment is used to inform teaching and learning. Meaningful data on individuals and cohorts is collected, analysed and provided to relevant parties within our community. A differentiated approach is designed to meet the learning needs of each student.
Authentic learning tasks provide clear criteria, prior to beginning the task, to enable each student to demonstrate what they have learned. Teachers engage in moderation to ensure consistency in the judgment of learning standards.
Teacher mentoring and teacher appraisal is designed to improve teaching and learning and linked to the professional learning program. Both within the School and in the wider community, collaborative partnerships are valued.
Eloise has been a part of the Preston South Primary School staff for the last four years. She began her teaching career in 2015 as a graduate teacher and was assigned to teach Year 1 students that year. Her first year of teaching was both an insightful and exciting year. She quickly acquired new skills, content knowledge and as well as further developed her professional practice. In addition to this Eloise, had the opportunity to immerse herself with the Preston South Primary School community. Following her successful year as a graduate classroom teacher, she then continued her journey at Preston South Primary School as a Grade 1/2 teacher. Over the course of these years, she had the opportunity to work alongside a number of experienced teachers, engage in professional development courses, and take part in a number of projects and initiatives that she is most passionate about. These include the Science Fair and the Wellbeing Leaders’ initiative. Through these experiences, Eloise has grown professionally as a classroom teacher. In 2018 she joined the Grade 2/3 teaching team and was the Team Leader for the 2/3 teaching staff in 2019. She has thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the 2/3 team to compose and deliver a rich and insightful learning program that meets the needs of all students. Eloise looks forward to continuing her journey as a classroom teacher at Preston South Primary School and the opportunities yet to come
Chris Smyrneos is an expert teacher who has worked at Preston South Primary, for a substantial amount of years with over a decade of successful teaching experience.
She is currently the Year One Team Leader and teaches grade one students.
During her career, Chris worked with students from all year levels from Foundation to Grade 6 in the primary school setting.
Chris began her career as a specialist L.O.T.E teacher and has qualifications to teach and develop programs for Languages Other Than English, with specific expertise in Greek Language and Culture. Chris has also undertaken the role of a librarian as well as a generalist teacher. As the coordinator of the library, she organises and plans our yearly ‘Book Week’ and ‘Book Fair’ events. Chris demonstrates professionalism, commitment, and dedication in all aspects of her teaching and learning. She is a strong believer in promoting fair, harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace environments. Chris is very proud that our school is seen as a role model for best practice in the areas of Literacy.