Principal and staff profiles

Welcome from our Principal

Miss Penny Sweeney, School Principal

As the Principal of Department Primary School, I’d like to welcome you to our friendly school community. Here, we all work together to make sure our school is as supportive of student learning and development as possible.

I’m excited to lead this school because of its reputation for community involvement and its commitment to learning outcomes. I also get to work with a great team who are just as motivated as I am in promoting positive behaviour in the classroom.

I’m passionate about making sure every child has the opportunity to succeed. I make sure we can adapt and evolve our approach to teaching. We embrace technology and allow students to explore emerging fields within their learning.

I encourage discussion and feedback to make sure we’re meeting your child’s needs.

Meet our Leadership Team

Meet our Leadership Team

Eleanor Rawson

Deputy Principal

Eleanor Rawson, Deputy Principal

Elly Currin

Student Well Being Leader

Elly Currin, Student Well Being Leader

Dom Stevens

Trauma Informed Practice Leader

Dom Stevens, Trauma Informed Practice Leader

Kylie Holmes

Literacy Co-ordinator - Primary

Kylie Holmes, Literacy Co-ordinator - Primary

Erica Goodfellow

R-3 Special Education/Intervention and Literacy Co-ordinator

Erica Goodfellow, R-3 Special Education/Intervention and Literacy Co-ordinator

Teaching staff

Reception Teacher

Hayley Staite/ Aimee Mumford

Reception/ Year 1

Suada Smajlovic

Reception/ Year 1

Tatum Finlay

Reception/ Year 1/Year 2

Kathleen Walker

Year 1/2

Tracy Easton

Year 1/2

Shannon Summers

Year 2

Nicola Spencer

Year 2

Emily D'Antini/ Raj Kaur

Year 2

Kelsey Williams

Year 3

Valerie Romeo

Year 3/4/5

Barb Plumridge

Year 3/4/5

Felicity Nelson/ Deb Paget

Year 3/4

Mirsada Sabanovic

Year 4

Kelly Eastburn

Year 4/5

Justin D'Antini

Year 5

Emily Goode

Year 6

Kylie Bickerdike

Year 6

Kylie Holmes/ Emily Arscott

Special Classes

JP Special Class R/1/2

Mel Watts/ Cherie Venables

JP Special Class R/1/2

Steph Smith/ Danni Drew

Primary Special Class Year 3/5/6

Mel Harris

Specialist Subjects

Design and Technology

Mark Seal


Sharon Steele

HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Mel Quinn


Paul McKeown/ Liana Lovison/ Deb Paget


Cherie Venables

Admin Support Staff

Front Office

Mihir Jani

Executive Secretary to Leadership

Amalija Kadi

Finance/ Facilities

Raegan Herbst

Finance/ Facilities

Charlene Warrington