Our School

Meet the Principal

Welcome to our School.

I am delighted to welcome you to Langwarrin Park Primary School. We have a vibrant, nurturing learning community where students are encouraged to strive for their best in everything that they do.
We support the academic, social and emotional development of every student and work hard to ensure that our learning environment is inclusive and respectful.

At LPPS we foster strong and productive partnerships with parents, creating many opportunities for parents to be involved in classroom support and activities. We encourage you to work closely with us so that you have as much information as possible about the curriculum programs that we run and the policies and processes that support our daily work. We greatly appreciate the role that parents play in supporting the learning needs of our students and making our school a great place to be.

We are justifiably proud of our teaching and learning program which focuses on the core areas of literacy and numeracy while at the same time offering students a rich array of subjects to stimulate and engage. These include:

  • Language Other than English (LOTE) – Indonesian Language and Culture
  • Health and Physical Education – which includes an impressive Water Safety and
  • Swimming program using our on-site swimming facility (YMCA/Kings)
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Music
  • ICT – Digital Technologies
  • Integrated Studies – incorporating Science, History, Geography and Civics and Citizenship.

It is a privilege to be the Principal of such a great school and I am very proud of our students and our dedicated teaching staff. Please contact the office if you would like further information or a school tour.

Richard Barren


Mr Richard Barren

Assistant Principal (Curriculum)
Mrs Kym Gilchrist

Assistant Principal (Student Wellbeing)
Ms Debbie Haddow

Classroom Teachers

Mrs Kristel Capuana

Mrs Lauren Jackson

Mrs Kellie Rose
Level Leader

Mrs Rebecca Moulton

Mrs Kim Zerafa

Mrs Sharna Dean-Wright
Whole School Inclusion Leader

Mrs Lisa Dempsey
Level Leader

Ms Sarah Keane

Ms Kristen Whitehead-Bell

Ms Ashlee Exner

Miss Tobi Hailey

Mrs Danielle Barrett
Level Leader

Mrs Jess Cooper / Mrs Rowena Blake

Miss Kayla Wainwright

Mrs Brenda Petkovic
Learning Specialist

Ms Nicole Byrne
Level Leader

Miss Meggie Andrews
Level Leader

Mrs Cleo Samson

Mrs Simone Henschel

Mrs Brooke McInnes
Learning Specialist

Mr Richard Emerson

Mr Jarrad Rose
Level Leader

Ms Merilyn Thompson

Miss Amy Milne

Ms Fay Hanifah
Level Leader

Ms Jackie O’Neill

Ms Cassy Moss

Specialist Teachers

Art/Technology Centre 1
Mrs Melissa Hamilton (T,W,Th)

Art/Technology Centre 2
Ms Sarah Bailey (M,T,Th,F)

Music 1
Mrs Di Pendlebury (M,T,W,F)

Music 2
Mrs Erica Eichner (T,F)

Physical Education 1
Mrs Sue Burt

Physical Education 2
Mrs Franca Peluso (T,W,Th)

Performing Arts
Mrs Jennifer Barnett (M,T,W)


Tutoring Learning Initiative
Mrs Sue Anderson

Numeracy Intervention Specialist
Mrs Jo Smith

Learning Specialist Support
Ms Taigan Evans


Education Support

Facilities Manager
Mr Ron Skidmore (M,T,F 1/2)

Business Manager/Personnel (Edupay)
Mrs Susan Guest

Accounts Receivable
Mrs Shona Byrnes (W)

Accounts Receivable
Mrs Bridgit Dooley

Office Manager
Mrs Joyce Stocker

General Office/First Aid Officer
Mrs Fiona Smith

Integration Aide
Mr Travis Shakes

Integration Aide
Mrs Trudi Paydon (M,T,Th,F)

Integration Aide / Speech Assistant
Mrs Kerryn Cornelissen

Integration Aide
Ms Natasha Devereaux

Integration Aide
Ms Naomi McMaster

Library Manager / Community Connections
Mrs Kate Mowat

Computer Network System Technician
Mr Malik Ahmad

Grounds Maintenance
Ms Carol Hopper (M,T,W,F)

Maintenance / Grounds Support
Mr David ‘Bluey’ Geddes

THRIVE Positive Education Co-ordinator
Ms Sarah Roney (T)

Student Wellbeing Officer
Mrs Luana Lane (T,Th,F)

Network Inclusion Leader
Mr Adrian Burrage

Network Speech Pathologist
Ms Fiona Biss

Ms Meaghan Morley

Social Worker / SSS Leader
Ms Karli Ray

School Sculpture

The LPPS Sculpture – ‘Achievement’

In 2002 John Ahearne, an artist studying at Frankston TAFE, was commissioned to design a large scale sculpture for the school. The inspiration for his work ‘Achievement’ came from the world famous Bradshaw Paintings discovered in the Kimberley region of Western Australia in the 1900s.

These ancient cave paintings were discovered when Captain Joseph Bradshaw and his brother rode west from Central North Australia in search of new grazing land for their cattle. The terrain became so rough somewhere north of the Prince Regent River, in the heart of Kimberley, that he and his brother became lost and stumbled upon a group of caves. When they explored them they found a series of incredibly sophisticated paintings which have become known as the Bradshaw Paintings.

The paintings were not recent creations but originate from an unknown past period. When the first settlers occupied the area, the Aborigines told them that the Bradshaw Paintings were “before their time”. According to legend, they were made by birds. It was said that these birds pecked the rocks until their beaks bled, and then created these fine paintings by using a tail feather and their own blood. This art is of such antiquity that no pigment remains on the rock surface, it is impossible to use carbon dating technology.

Fortuitously, in 1996 Grahame Walsh discovered a Bradshaw Painting partly covered by a fossilised Mud Wasp nest, which scientists have removed and analysed using a new technique of dating, determining it to be 17,000 + years old. This discovery lends solid support to Grahame’s theories about the true antiquity of these works of art. They are considered to be amongst the most Ancient Rock Paintings of Earth?

The artist John Ahearne, noting that the Bradshaw figures were examples of how ideas, messages, stories could be illustrated two dimensionally through simple forms, created the cluster of thin three dimensional forms which look as they have moved from the cave walls into life! The forms are meant to be touched and our students relate very well to the five figures which symbolise striving for ACHIEVEMENT through collaboration and cooperation.

The sculpture takes pride of place in the central courtyard of Langwarrin Park Primary School.

The information and visuals on the Bradshaw Paintings was compiled from the Bradshaw Foundation. Have a visit and find out more about the paintings that acted as the inspiration for our school’s magnificent sculpture.