Northlakes Public School

Respectful Safe Learners

Telephone02 4399 2071

Emailnorthlake-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Our staff

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Our professional, university-educated teachers encourage students to develop a love of learning and a desire to succeed. They maintain the highest integrity and concern for your child’s wellbeing.

The principal is responsible for the educational leadership and management of our school. If you would like to speak to the principal, please contact us to make an appointment.

Our school administrative staff can answer inquiries or direct you to the appropriate staff member for help.

Northlakes Staff

The principal of the school is Mr Larry Micevski.  We have two instructional leaders - Mrs Sharnie Baxter and Mrs Suzanne Halpin . The assistant principals are Mrs Monika Luntungan, Mrs Cathie Elsworth, Miss Tina Spokes, Mrs Katie Harmston. Mrs Wootton (acting) and Mrs Halpin (acting). There are 19 classes including 3 Special Education Support classes. We have an additional staff including our librarian and teaching support staff in literacy and numeracy programs, 2 reading intervention teachers and 2 learning and support teachers.   An itinerant support teacher - hearing is based at the school.  We have both full time and part-time School Learning Support Officers as well as an Aboriginal Support person.  Administrative support is provided by a full-time school administration manager and administration assistants. A general assistant keeps the grounds in excellent condition.

Special Education

The Support Unit at Northlakes consists of three classes and children in the Support Unit have highly individualised programs focusing on academic, social and living skills programs.  These classes are supported by three School Learning and Support Officers who are instrumental in providing personal care, physiotherapy and speech programs.  The senior class will pursue much of their learning in the community setting.

Role of the Learning & Support Teacher

The Learning and Support Teacher - supports the school in the development and implementation of effective learning assistance programs for students experiencing difficulties in the areas of literacy and numeracy.

Students needing assistance are referred to the Learning Support team. The LST determines the level of support offered to teachers. This may involve consultation, team teaching, small group learning and/or the individual delivery of educational learning plans

Role of the Reading Intervention Teacher

Reading intervention is a school program offering special help to K-2 students to become better readers and writers.
The teacher works with the nominated children for 30 minutes every day on an individual reading and writing program.  This is an extra support to the classroom reading and writing program.
A child takes part in the program for twelve to twenty weeks, so a commitment by the parent is very important to have the child at school each day and follow up each night with the child's homework.

Role of the Support Teacher - Hearing

The role of the Department of Education Itinerant Support Teacher-Hearing (ISTH) is to work with children and their families from the time of diagnosis (which may be from birth) until they leave a mainstream public school. The ISTH focuses on language, speech and listening skills and encourages social and self-advocacy skills. Students who meet criteria for itinerant service are allocated time according to needs and hearing loss. The ISTH negotiates with the classroom teacher and student how best to utilise the hours of support – individual sessions, small groups or working within the classroom. Many students are entitled to special provisions in exam situations and the ISTH assists with this organisation. The ISTH also builds the capacity of schools and their staff in understanding and working with deaf and hearing-impaired students. The ISTH based at Northlakes P.S. is Robyn Axelrad who is part of the Hunter-Central Coast Itinerant Support Service.

Role of the School Learning Support Officers

School Learning Support Officers (SLSO's) work closely with teachers to implement individual educational programs and individual transition programs. They provide assistance to students with special needs, various disabilities and behaviour disorders.  They providing assistance in school routine and classroom activities as well as attending to student's health and medical needs. SLSO's provide opportunities for students to develop personal, social, independent and pre-vocational skills.
At Northlakes our School Learning Support Officer's run a number of programs to assist children including social skill programs, FRIENDS and Seasons for Growth.