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) – Auslan
  • 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 (Wellbeing)
Ms Debbie Haddow

Assistant Principal (Teaching & Learning)
Mrs Kym Gilchrist

Acting Assistant Principal (Teaching & Learning)
Mrs Brenda Petkovic

Classroom Teachers

Danielle Barrett

Rebecca Moulton

Kellie Rose
Level Leader

Tobi Hailey

Kim Zerafa

Amy Milne

Sharna Dean-Wright
Whole School Inclusion Leader
Kellie Burridge

Lisa Dempsey
Level Leader

Ashlee Exner

Kristen Whitehead-Bell
Level Leader

Lauren Jackson

Kristel Capuana

Maddie Angell
Cassy Peace-Sterling

Brenda Petkovic
Learning Specialist
Level Leader
Karin Bannan (2 days)

Makayla Young

Meggie Andrews
Level Leader

Bec Gilchrist

Jackie O’Neill

Jo Smith
Level Leader
Karin Bannan (1 day)

Kamika Hart

Merilyn Thompson

Richard Emerson

Brooke McInnes
Level Leader
Cassy Peace-Stirling

Mandee Clark

Rowan Freake

Specialist Team

Sue Burt
Franca Peluso

Visual Arts
Melissa Hamilton
Sarah Bailey

Di Pendlebury

Jessica Cooper
Franca Peluso

Sue Anderson

Education Support Team

Business Manager

Sue Guest

Office Manager

Joyce Stocker

First Aid Officer/Reception

Fiona Smith


Bridgit Dooley
Jess Moran

Facilities Manager

Ron Skidmore

School Gardener

Carol Hopper


David Geddes

Librarian/Community Engagement

Kate Mowat

DET IT Technician

Malik Ahmad
Dawood Ahmad

Education Support
(Teacher Aide)

Luana Lane (Welfare Officer)

Valerie Coles (SSS Contact)

Sarah Roney (THRIVE Network Leader)

Sharna Dean-Wright (Inclusion Leader)

Fiona Biss (Speech Therapist)

Kerryn Cornelissen

Naomi McMaster

Caitlin Rossi

Shae Henricus

Melanie Joy

Sorelle Nolan

Linda James

Sonal Kataria

Elise Milligan

Tracey Stroker

Nicole Dodd

Kaye Mnich

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.

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