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Phil Anthony

Principal

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Our School

Keysborough Gardens Primary School

Keysborough Gardens Primary School officially opened its doors on the 28th January 2020.  Enrolments for 2022 have steadily increased to 350 students, with a class structure of 16 classes. Our estimated long term projected enrolment is around 550- 600 students.

The school is located on a landscaped 2.2 hectare site in Keysborough South, approximately 27 km south-east of Melbourne and 7km inland from Port Phillip Bay. In an area once made up of market gardens and semi-rural properties, Keysborough South is now undergoing significant residential growth.

 

Keysborough Gardens Primary School serves a steadily growing and culturally diverse community, with many of the residents born overseas.

The two levels of the main building contain a variety of flexible collaborative learning spaces, explicit instruction glassed rooms, presentation spaces, quiet reading or small group nooks, specialist art, science and creative activities labs, games and construction/storytelling settings and toilets.

The Performing Arts and Physical Education building is a well-equipped self-contained sports stadium and performing arts facility. It contains a large gym, a Performing Arts room, a Chinese Mandarin teaching space, the school canteen, toilets, staff offices and service spaces. It also houses our Before & After School Care program.

The grounds include sports courts, outdoor learning areas, an ampi-theatre, grassed playing field and a Prep and Year 1-6 playground. Further ground projects including an additional playground, shade sails and outdoor stage will be completed over 2022.

The school class structure will continue to adapt to enrolment growth. In 2022 straight classes are provided in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2, with composite classes in 3/4 and in 5/6.  Whilst home groups will be formed at all levels, a differentiated program caters for individual learning needs.

A full range of specialist programs is provided: Physical Education, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Mandarin. A Learning Enhancement/Individual Needs program is provided with a growing number of extra-curricular enrichment programs completing the comprehensive curriculum provision.

The staffing profile is built upon the principles of a highly effective Professional Learning Community, recruiting educators with a range of teaching experience, backgrounds and expertise.

Leaders and teachers at Keysborough Gardens PS demonstrate a passion for and strong commitment to inquiry-based pedagogy, grounded in evidence, informed by on-going assessment, and driven by individual student learning data. They demonstrate a strong passion for collaborative planning and teaching within the state-of-the-art flexible learning spaces. They thrive on a culture of collective efficacy and collaboration and have a positive mindset. They enjoy the challenges that will come with being part of a new school, and appreciate their vital role in overall school improvement.

 

Leaders and teachers at Keysborough Gardens PS are also dedicated to the social, emotional as well as academic growth of every student. Underpinning everything they do is an ability to remain focussed on student learning growth as well as their own growth as high quality teachers.

Education Support staff are an integral to the success of the school in many varied ways, in both administration and within the learning spaces.

 

The core values of Kindness, Empathy, Gratitude, Respect and Excellence guide the daily interactions of all members of the Keysborough Gardens school community.

At Keysborough Gardens we:

Model and demonstrate kindness and take every opportunity to help others who may be in need.

Show Empathy by considering and understanding how someone else is feeling, by “putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes.”

 Demonstrate Gratitude by appreciating, valuing and acknowledging the people and things we have in our life.

Respect ourselves, our school and each other, and understand that our attitudes and behaviours have an impact on the people around us.

 Strive for Excellence, by trying our hardest and doing our personal best. Individually. Collectively.

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Our Beginnings

Keysborough Gardens Primary School was one of 10 new schools developed under the Growth Area Schools Project (GASP) by the Victorian School Building Authority for the Victorian Department of Education. These schools were designed to bring new communities together ensuring learning pathways from early childhood to graduate and post graduate studies.

In 2015 residents began lobbying for a local school to be built.  It was announced in April 2018 that a new school would be built on a 2.5 hectare site commencing operation in January 2020.

During 2018 community workshops were held to discuss how the school and the broader community might interact with each other. Principal forums were held to discuss learners and learning, diversity, community, wellbeing, sustainability and technology.

Building commenced in late 2018 with a vertical school design chosen.  The two-storey main building comprising of reception, staff offices, meeting rooms and Library. Plus, teaching spaces with explicit instruction spaces, collaborative learning spaces, presentation spaces and quiet reading nooks. The second storey containing explicit instruction spaces, collaborative learning spaces,, construction story telling areas and quiet reading nooks, as well as art, science and creative lab areas.

Designed to support after hours community use as well as school activities the Performing Arts and Physical Education (PAPE) building contains a well-equipped sports and performing arts facility. With a gym, music room, foyer/informal learning area, canteen and toilets.

Founding Principal

Phil Anthony

2019 - 2021

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Mr Phil Anthony began his time at Keysborough Gardens Primary School in July 2019 and opened the school at the start of 2020. Phil was instrumental in laying strong foundations and creating a caring, supportive and innovative learning environment.

Thank you Phil for your vision, dedication and passion that has led to the establishment of our wonderful school.

Thank you for your many years of work with the Department of Education and for your service as our Founding School Principal at Keysborough Gardens Primary School from 2019-2021.

 

State of the Art Learning Spaces

MAIN BUILDING

Our main building is the venue for most of the formal and informal learning activities in the school.  In addition to spaces for explicit teaching, collaborative learning, quiet reading and wet and messy activities, the main building houses reception, staff offices, meeting rooms and the central library.

The whole environment is fluid but purposeful with staff and students moving through utilising those settings as best supports their needs and activities. 

 

PERFORMING ARTS & PHYSICAL EDUCATION BUILDINGS

The PAPE building facilitates interaction between the school and broader community.  It can be used during and after school hours by various community groups. Adaptable interior spaces and strong outdoor connections cater for large and small groups.

 

General Learning Spaces

Our general learning spaces are flexibly designed to create diverse purposeful collaborative learning environments. Each learning community zone includes a small number of physically enclosed and acoustically separate spaces and interconnected collaborative spaces. These wonderful spaces allow for many learning opportunities to occur throughout the day such as direct explicit teaching and demonstration, storytelling and inquiry communities, construction, play based learning, discussion and decision making, performance, quiet reflection or individual research, creative activities, assemblies or gatherings.

 
 

Meet the Team

School Leaders

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Sherri Jenkins

Acting Principal 

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Steve Gammon

Acting Assistant Principal

Prep Learning Community

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Rebecca Matlock

Prep Team Leader

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Molly Nugent

Prep Teacher

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Garin Sandler

Prep Teacher

Year One Learning Community

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Jaiden King

Year One and Two Team Leader

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Vivian Phan

Year One Teacher

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Jack Capicchiano

Year One Teacher

Year Two Learning Community

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Stephanie McGorlick

Year Two Teacher

Maddi Grandy

Year Two Teacher

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Year Three & Four Learning Community

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Simon Gliddon

Year Three and Four Team Leader

Michelle Drummy

Year Three/Four Teacher

Sanny Pillay

Year Three/Four Teacher

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Year Five & Six Learning Community

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Steph Anderson

Year Five and Six Team Leader

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Kyle Moldrich

Year Five/Six Teacher

Specialist Staff

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Jayne Setford

Performing Arts

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Tong Sha

Mandarin

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Richard Hayward

Physical Education

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Fiona Grace

Visual Arts

Education Support Staff

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Dee Smith

Business Manager

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Selen Asi

Receptionist

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Deanne Barrie

Education Admin Manager

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Bonnie Stewart

Office Support

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Caroline Bond

Learning Support

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Sharon McBean

Learning Support

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Alicia Cox

Learning Support

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Raheela Khan

Learning Support

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Raffaella Lawson

Learning Support 

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Chum De Silva

Canteen Manager

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Bill Wong

School Technician

School Leaders

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Sherri Jenkins

 Principal 

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Steve Gammon

Acting Assistant Principal

Prep Learning Community

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Rebecca Matlock

Prep Team

Leader

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Molly Nugent

Prep Teacher

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Liz Matthews

Prep Teacher

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Sanny Pillay

Prep Teacher

Year One Learning Community

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Adele Crawford

Year One Team Leader

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Vivian Phan

Year One Teacher

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Jack Capicchiano

Year One

Teacher

Year Two Learning Community

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Stephanie McGorlick

Year Two

Team Leader

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Maddi Grandy

Year Two Teacher

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Kristen Harly

Year Two Teacher

Year Three & Four Learning Community

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Simon Gliddon

Year Three/Four 

Team Leader

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Michelle Drummy

Year Three/Four Teacher

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Kyle Moldrich

Year Three/Four Teacher

Year Five & Six Learning Community

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Ryan Serpanchy

Year Five and Six Team Leader

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Garin Sandler

Year Five and Six

Teacher

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Sophie Tanner

Year Five and Six

 Teacher

Specialist Staff

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Jayne Setford

Performing Arts

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Jacinda Hocking Learning Enhancement

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Tong Sha

Mandarin

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Jaiden King

Teaching and

Learning 

Support

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Mike O'Dwyer

Physical Education

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Fiona Grace

Visual Arts

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Deanne Barrie

Education Admin Manager

Education Support Staff

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Dee Smith

Business Manager

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Raffaella Lawson

Learning Support 

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Selen Asi

Receptionist

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Chum De Silva

Learning Support and Canteen

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Bonnie Stewart

Office Support

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Britney Smith

Learning

Support

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Caroline Bond

Learning Support

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Bill Wong

School Technician

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Sharon McBean

Learning Support

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Russell McLeod

Maintenance Manager

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Big Child Care

Our Before/After School Care and Holiday Program is run by Big Childcare.

 

 The hours of operation are:

Before School Care 6.30am to 8.45am

After School Care 3.30pm to 6.30pm After School Care 3.00pm to 6.30pm (Wednesday)

Holiday Programs run each term holiday

 You can contact our OSHC Co-ordinator, on 0421 897 819 or

keysboroughgardens@bigchildcare.com

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Uniform

School uniforms create a sense of belonging to our school community and the children wear it with pride. 

All students are required to wear school uniform each day. 

Please note that black school shoes or runners are part of the school uniform. 

 

Our uniform is available at PSW store Hampton Park. 

Unit 1, 9-11 South Link, 

Dandenong South, 3175 

Phone: 03 9768 0343

 

Regular Trading Hours

Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm,   

Saturday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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News around the school

 
 

Greater Dandenong Junior Mayor

Congratulations to our School Captain, Mya, who was elected as Junior Mayor  of Greater Dandenong Council for 2022. Well done also to our other School Captain, Ryan, who was nominated for the role.  

Oval and Soccer Field Redevelopment

Our Oval and Soccer Field redevelopment is now finished! We have a lovely new oval and sports field with green grass and our new deck outside our Performing Arts area is complete!

Yingabeal Friendship Garden

Our Yingabeal Friendship Garden is now complete! 

Prep Play Space Upgrade

Works have begun on our new Prep play space.  We are really looking forward to this area at the front of our school becoming a wonderful space for our Preps.

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