Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to our website. We hope it gives you an insight to the great things that are happening at South Yarra Primary School and provides you with lots of useful and interesting information.

As our vision states, South Yarra Primary School is a rich, high performing learning community that is inclusive and maximises opportunities for all.  South Yarra Primary School recognises that this vision is more likely when school staff are supported by the wider school community. The focus on our school values involves all students, staff and representative parent groups.

We promote the values of Friendliness, Respect, Valuing Difference, Responsibility, Caring for Others and Including Others and encourage our students to be actively involved in their school. In implementing the values, all community members must take on the responsibility to ‘live’ the expected behaviours. Look beyond the beautiful park, modern facilities and stimulating environment and you will see students who are serious about their learning and engaged in meaningful and innovative learning experiences. They have a strong sense of belonging and work within a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Together, parents and staff are providing all of our students with strategies to take responsibility for their own learning, personal development and care for the environment. Spending time getting to know each student and their individual needs and learning styles have enabled us to provide effective educational programs.

South Yarra Primary School places a strong emphasis on both learning and wellbeing, considering them as top priorities. We firmly believe that explicit teaching of literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and critical thinking provide our students with a strong foundation for future learning. These are complimented by exciting specialist programs in Visual Arts, Performing Arts/ Music, Physical Education and French language. The school has received wonderful feedback from its own community members, about our family feel as well from many, many visitors.

At our school, we take immense pride in fostering a warm and welcoming environment where every child is supported to reach their full potential. Our commitment to excellence extends beyond academics; we prioritise the well-being and safety of our students at all times, adhering strictly to the Child Safe Standards.

Neven Paleka

School Leadership

Neven Paleka

Laura Aiton
Assistant Principal

Matthew Ferguson
Assistant Principal

Georgia Patterson
Assistant Principal – Wellbeing

Administration Staff

Tara Norton
Business Manager

 Emma Woodhams-Bertozzi
Assistant Business Manager

Clare Kelder

Margurite Poulopoulos

Natalie Staggard

School Council

Anna Hurlimann

Anamika Singh
Parent Member

David Johston-Bell
Vice President

Danijela Gasevic
Parent Member

Jessica McCawley

Ivana Vuckova
Parent Member

Wilson Lee
Parent Member

Department of Education School Council Members

Neven Paleka – Principal – Executive Officer
Laura Aiton – Assistant Principal
Matthew Ferguson – Assistant Principal

Annual Implementation Plan (AIP)

Child Safety and Wellbeing at South Yarra Primary School:

Information for families and the school community

South Yarra Primary School is committed to providing a child-safe and child-friendly environment, where students are safe and feel safe. 

Our child safety and wellbeing policies below outline the measures and strategies we have in place to support, promote and maintain the safety and wellbeing of our students:

  • Child Safety Code of Conduct
  • Child Safety Policy
  • Child Safety Responding and Reporting Obligations Policy and Procedure
  • Complaints Policy
  • Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy
  • Bullying Prevention Policy
  • Volunteers Policy
  • Visitors Policy
  • Digital Learning Policy

As valuable partners in promoting and maintaining child safety and wellbeing at South Yarra Primary School we welcome and encourage your feedback. 

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions in relation to our child-safe policies and practices, please contact the school