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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 2024 have steadily increased to approximately 430 students, with a class structure of 20 classes. Our estimated long-term projected enrolment is around 600-650 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.

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.

An additional 2-storey building was installed in 2023 to accommodate our growing enrolments.

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 and staff offices. It also houses our Before & After School Care program.

The grounds include sports courts, outdoor learning areas, an ampi-theatre, outdoor stage, grassed playing field and junior and senior playgrounds.

The school class structure will continue to adapt to enrolment growth. In 2024 straight classes will be provided in Prep, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 with one composite 3/4 class and composite classes 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 Art, STEM 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.

Keysborough Gardens Primary School is a candidate school for International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Leaders and teachers at Keysborough Gardens PS demonstrate a passion for and strong commitment to inquiry-based pedagogy, as well as explicit teaching, 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 enjoy the challenges that will come with being part of a growing 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.

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 comprises 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 contains additional 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. The building includes a gym, music room, foyer/informal learning area, canteen and toilets.

Founding Principal

Phil Anthony

2019 - 2021

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Mr Phil Anthony commenced as the founding Principal of Keysborough Gardens Primary School in July 2019 and opened the school in January, 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  2019-2021.

Our Beginnings

State of the Art Learning Spaces

MAIN BUILDING

Our main building houses reception, staff offices, meeting rooms,  our library and Prep and Year One Learning spaces.

Level One includes Year Three and Four, Year Five and Six, Visual Arts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

The whole environment offers  great flexibility to best support our students and their needs.

General Learning Spaces

Our  learning spaces are flexibly designed to create  collaborative learning environments. Each learning community zone includes a small number of  enclosed  spaces and 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, construction, play based learning, discussion, performance, quiet reflection or individual research, creative activities, assemblies or gatherings.

PORTABLE BUILDING

Our brand new two-storey portable building is the learning space for our Year Two students. 

 

PERFORMING ARTS & PHYSICAL EDUCATION BUILDINGS

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

 

Learning Spaces
Meet the Team

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

 Assistant Principal

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Deanne Barrie

 Assistant Principal

Prep Learning Community

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Teresa Baker

Prep Team

Leader/Learning Specialist

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Molly Nugent

Prep Teacher (shared)

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Georgia Furmedge

Prep Teacher

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Michelle Drummy

Prep Teacher

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Lewis Maclean

Prep Teacher

Year One Learning Community

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Elinor Hansen

Year One Team Leader/Learning Specialist

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Joanna Cleary

Year One Teacher

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Emma Littlejohn

Year One

Teacher

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Maisie Fairweather

Year One

Teacher

Year Two Learning Community

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Rebecca Matlock

Year Two

Team Leader/Sub-School Leader

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Elizabeth Matthews

Year Two

Teacher

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Ashleigh Bareham

Year Two

Teacher

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Sophie Wood

Year Two Teacher

Year Three & Four Learning Community

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Simon Gliddon

Year Three/Four 

Team Leader/Sub School Leader 

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Kyle Moldrich

Year Three 

Teacher

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Tiffany Spitzer

Year Three

Teacher

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Courtney Grigg

Year Four

Teacher

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Kristen Harly

Year Four

Teacher

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Bodeane Bruce

Year Four

Teacher

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Jack Capicchiano

Additional teacher Year 3/4

Year Five & Six Learning Community

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Zarli King

Year Five /Six

Team Leader

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Ryan Serpanchy

Year Five/ Six Teacher

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Vivian Phan

Year Five/Six

 Teacher

Specialist Staff

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Laura Main

Performing Arts

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Tong Sha

Mandarin

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Jordyn Emmett

STEAM

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Jacinda Hocking Learning Enhancement

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Steph Anderson

Physical Education

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Jaiden King

Physical Education

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Kimmie Allott

Teaching and Learning Support

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Fiona Grace

STEAM

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Stephanie McGorlick

Teaching and Learning Support

Education Support Staff

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Dee Smith

Business Manager

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Selen Asi

Receptionist

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Lana Clough

Office

Support

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Raffaella Lawson

Learning

Support 

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Chum De Silva

Learning Support and Canteen

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Britney Smith

Learning

Support

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Rachel Condon

Learning

Support

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Anishtha

Chelliah

Learning

Support 

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Dorothy Hinton

Learning Support 

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Danielle Fraser

Learning Support 

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Tieren Hem

Learning Support 

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Vaneza Sallay

Learning Support 

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Kira Hayward

Learning Support 

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Tracy Lucas-Lely

Learning

Support 

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Mia Nguyen

Learning Support 

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Tina Xia

Learning Support 

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Bill Wong

School Technician

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Russell McLeod

Maintenance Manager

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Luke Jenkins

Maintenance  

Manager

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Buddy

Wellbeing Dog

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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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Big Child Care
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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

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Further Development & Projects

Colour Fun Run

Our Colour Fun Run was a great success!!  Thank you to our wonderful teachers and students for taking part.  

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