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ABOUT OUR SCHOOL

We are committed to providing students with diverse learning opportunities in a multicultural context that challenges them to recognise their individual potential .

Caulfield Junior College is a unique school that values the rich cultural diversity of our community. In this fast evolving world of digital technology and international collaboration, the notion of multiculturalism becomes a key that unlocks the true potential of the young minds and broadens their horizons. Our students are the thinkers and leaders of tomorrow; our goal is to prepare them academically and socially for their secondary education and beyond, and provide them with tools that exceed the limits of the traditional curriculum.

We offer two streams at CJC:

  • The Victorian curriculum that meets the standards of the Department of Education and Training Victoria.

 

  • The French Binational Program curriculum which offers a bilingual education based on both French and Victorian curricula that meets the standards of the Department of Education and Training Victoria as well as the French Ministry of National Education.

Furthermore, a Hebrew language program is offered to all CJC students as a before and after school extension opportunity.

In 2022, CJC is proud of its community that represents 28 different nationalities, speaking 23 languages other than English at home.

The Structure of the French-Australian School of Melbourne in 2022

Students’ profile

The French-Australian School of Melbourne currently has over 330 enrolled students (2022).

Most of these children were born in Australia to Franco-Australian parents, 75% have a French speaking parent who lives at home. Approximately 10% of our students are from expatriates families.

 

Teachers’ profile

In 2020, the French Binational Program represents 14 bilingual classes: 8 French teachers who graduated in their country of birth and hold a valid French teaching license, and 7 Australian teachers who graduated in an English-speaking country. The teachers work in binome (pairs) from Prep to Grade 6.  They plan and teach a program that meets the expectations of both education systems. There is also a class assistant in prep and two additional teachers working with the French Binational Program that support the students in their French education journey.

 

The examinations

The students are assessed according to the French National evaluation papers from Grade 1 to 6, as well as the Australian National testing system (NAPLAN) in grade 3 and 5.

 

Click here find out more about the French Binational Program

MEET OUR TEAM
OUR TEAM
Leadership & Administration Team
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Caroline Pommier
Director French Binational Program

Hello, my name is Mme Pommier, I am the French Director at CJC. I am passionate about languages. One of my role models is Matthieu Ricard. In my spare time I enjoy training for a race, spending time with my two beautiful daughters and dreaming of my next holiday overseas.  A fun fact about me is that I studied Archeology at University.

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Broden Borg 
Assistant Prncipal

Hello, my name is Mr Borg, I am an Assistant Principal at CJC. I am passionate about education. One of my role models is Nelson Mandela. In my spare time I enjoy swimming and  travelling. A fun fact about me is that I lived overseas and taught for 7 years!

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Chris Chant
Principal

Hello, my name is Chris Chant. I work in a leadership role at CJC and it is my honour to be the principal of this great school.  I am passionate about making a difference for everyone involved in the school community- better learning opportunities for the students, greater connections for the CJC community and creating a vibrant, collaborative workplace for all those who share the work at our school. The role models who impact my work are those who have faced challenges, overcome issues, and displayed compassionate leadership in their area of influence- sportspeople, members of the services and community leaders are those who inspire me.  In my spare time I enjoy being at home and being with family.  A fun fact about me is that I’ve been in school since I was 4 and a half- and never left- that’s because I like it so much!!!!!

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Prep Team
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Henry Le 
Specialist Technician

Hello, my name is Henry, and I work in the ICT department at CJC. I am passionate about leveraging technology to help people and enhance their IT experience. One of my role models is Steve Jobs for his innovative thinking and relentless pursuit of excellence. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring new programming languages and working on personal IT projects. I find it fulfilling to continually expand my knowledge and skills in the ever-evolving field of technology. A fun fact about me is that I'm an avid sporter and enjoy watching soccer tournaments. It's a great way for me to unwind and connect with people who share similar interests.

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Frank Meo
Facilities Manager
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Hello, My name is Mr Meo, I look after the maintenance of the school and grounds.

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Tim Richardson
Local Technician
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Hello, My name is Mr Richardson, I am the local ICT technician at Caulfield Junior College.

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Catherine Percil
Administration
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Hello, my name is Mrs Percil, I work in the school office.

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Melanie Absous
Admin/Library
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Hello, my name is Melanie Absous, I work in the Administration Team at CJC. I am passionate about languages and bilingual education. One of my role models is my grandmother for her resilience and tenacity. In my spare time I enjoy bushwalking, reading, being with friends and family.  A fun fact about me is that I travelled around the world many times as I worked for an airline for 6 years. 

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Megan Barclay
Business Manager

Hello, my name is Mrs Barclay, I am Business Manager at CJC.

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Sophie Laforest
Communications, Translation

Hello, my name is Mme Laforest, I am communication and translation coordinator at CJC. I am passionate about languages and cultures. One of my role models is by brother, for his integrity, his passion, knowledge and phenomenal memory.  I enjoy live music, handstands and travelling. A fun fact about me is I travelled on tour with Cirque du Soleil for 7 years, a circus from Montreal, my hometown.

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Sarah Tran
First Aid
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Hello, my name is Ms Tran, I am the First Aid Officer at Caulfield Junior College.

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Lily Owen
Teacher
Team Leader
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Hello, my name is Miss Owen, I work in Prep B at CJC . I am passionate about the Early Years and Play Based Learning. One of my role models is my Mum who is also an amazing teacher. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the beach, playing tennis and travelling. A fun fact about me is I grew up on the Ningaloo Reef which is the only place in Australia where you can swim with Whale Sharks.

Grade 1 and 2 Team
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Gerard Maher
Teacher
Maths Specialist

Hello, my name is Mr Maher, I work in Prep A. I am passionate about golf. One of my role models is my Dad. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and travelling. A fun fact about me is I have travelled to 24 countries.

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Georgia Leonard-Shannon
Teacher

Hello, my name is Miss L. I work in Prep C & D. I am passionate about teaching in the early years. One of my role models is my Mum! In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family & friends and travelling. A fun fact about me is I am a citizen of Australia and Canada.

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Rime Jebali
Classroom Assistant

Hello, my name is Mme Jebali, I work with the Prep team as a french classroom assistant at CJC. I am passionate about pastries. One of my role models is my mother for her generosity and altruism. In my spare time I enjoy drawing and walking with my family.  A fun fact about me is that I don't like tomatoes.

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Aurianne Brandely Teacher FBP

Hello, my name is Miss Brandely, I work in Prep C & D. I am passionate about learning new things. One of my role models is Emma Watson. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends, baking, doing figure skating and ballet. A fun fact about me is I can say the alphabet backwards! 

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Natasha Vais
Teacher

Hello, my name is Miss Vais, I work in 1/2B. I am passionate about teaching and building positive relationships with students. One of my role models is my Dad who is a great supporter and has a strong work ethic. In my spare time, I enjoy going on adventures, travelling and spending quality time with friends and family. A fun fact about me is I was a dancer for 16 years.

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Cat Wilson
Teacher

Hello, my name is Mme Wilson, I work in the 1/2 Team. I am passionate about the environment. One of my role models is David Attenborough. In my spare time, I enjoy crocheting and reading. A fun fact about me is I am qualified as a horticulturist..

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Christelle Breimeyer
Teacher FBP
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Hello, my name is Mme Breimeyer, I work in the Grade 2 Binome. I am passionate about bilingual education. One of my role models is my Grade 6 French teacher, who ignited my love of reading and inspired me to be a teacher. In my spare time, I enjoy camping and travelling. A fun fact about me is that I was born in the Champagne region and I can never remember any of my passwords, like ever. 

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Emily Ding
Teacher
Team Leader
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Hello, my name is Miss Ding, I work in 1/2A. I am passionate about teaching and mentoring other teachers. One of my role models is my Grade 4 teacher Ms Houlihan, she inspired me to become a teacher. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling and trying new foods. A fun fact about me is I have lived and taught in London and Toronto. 

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Leora Heitligner
Teacher FBP
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Hello, my name is Ms Heitlinger. I work in year 1 Binome. I am passionate about teaching and building the students’ engagement in learning. One of my role models is Golda Meir, first woman Prime Minister of Israel. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, listening to my audible books and entertaining friends and family. A fun fact about me is that I would love to open my own school in another country.

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Sue Karantonis
Teacher FBP 
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Hello, my name is Mrs Karantonis and I work in Grade 2 Binome.  I am passionate about education and making a positive difference in students’ learning. One of my role models is my father who has been a lifelong learner himself and has instilled in me the importance of making people feel valued. In my spare time, I enjoy catching up with friends and family. A fun fact about me is I have been teaching at CJC off and on since 1992! 

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Anne-Cécile Floch
Teacher FBP
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Hello, my name is Madame Floch, I teach year 1  binome. I love music and swimming in the ocean.  My role model is my grand pa who could see beauty in everything. In my spare time I love seeing my friends, enjoying my garden with the cats sunbathing in it ! A fun fact about me is I can quote a lot of silly songs.

Grade 3 and 4 Team
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Corinn Crawford
Teacher
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Corinn Crawford

Hello, my name is Mrs Crawford, I teach in the intervention team. I love concerts, cooking and travelling. My role model is my mum because she is always kind of incredibly smart! In my spare time I like going out for brunch and visiting friends in the sunshine! I absolutely love the Richmond Tigers and think Dustin Martin is the GOAT!

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Emily Wade
Teacher
Learning Specialist
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Hello, my name is Mrs. Wade. I work in the 3/4 Team. I am passionate about education and I am a lifelong learner. One of my role models is my Mum. She was a teacher/librarian and she passed on her love of books to me. In my spare time I enjoy pilates, walking and spending time with my family.  A fun fact about me is my summer job during University was a tree planter in Northern Ontario and British Columbia.

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Will Ramano-Egan
Teacher FBP

Hello, my name is Mr Ramano. I work in the Grade 3 Binome. I am passionate about arts and culture. One of my role models is my Mum. In my spare time, I enjoy doing Jiu Jitsu, hikes, beach, snorkelling and all that fun stuff.  A fun fact about me is that I am trilingual.

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Katrina Donald
Teacher FBP
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Hello, my name is Mrs Donald. I work in the Grade 3 Binome. I am passionate about wellbeing and technology. One of my role models is my Mum. In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family and going to the park or beach. A fun fact about me is I lived and taught overseas for 5 years!

Grade 5 and 6 Team
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Sylvette Rayner
Teacher FBP

 
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Hello, my name is Mrs Rayner, I work in the 3/4 Team. I am passionate about learning and I love francophone culture. One of my role models is Barack Obama. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, baking and snorkelling. A fun fact about me is I love bold and bright colours. 

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Don Kirk
Teacher FBP
Team Leader
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Hello, my name is Mr Kirk, I work in the 3/4 Team. I am passionate about the journey we all take in the university of life. One of my role models is Gandhi. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, travelling and time with my family. A fun fact about me is because I lived so long in England, many people still think I am English.

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Demos Diplaris 
Teacher

Hello, my name is M. Diplaris and I teach in a year 3/4 class at CJC.

I am passionate about Student Wellbeing and making sure that are all students are inclusive in all aspects of Education. One of my role models was my father who taught me the important value of respecting everyone regardless of their opinions and beliefs. At the same time, he valued having an Education highly as he left school at a very young age to work on a farm in Greece.

He also worked very hard when he arrived in Australia to provide for his family. This work ethic has also been instilled in me. In my spare time I enjoy reading music autobiographies on bands and entertainers

and listening to live bands that are local and international. A fun fact about me is my Christian name means ‘Democracy’. Freedom of speech!

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Specialist Teachers Team
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Lewin Davis
Teacher
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Hello, my name is Mr Davis, I work in the 5/6B . I am passionate about sports and cooking for my friends and family. My role models are my parents for their hard work. In my spare time, I enjoy walks in nature and socialising with friends. A fun fact about me is I grew up along the river in Mildura. 

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David Prevet
Teacher FBP
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Hello, my name is Mr Prevet, I work in year 6 binome. I am passionate about sports and travelling around the world. One of my role models is my father. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and my wife as well! A fun fact about me is I lived for three years in New Orleans.

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Stefan Beal
Teacher FBP
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Hello, my name is Mr Beal, I work in the Year 5 binome. I am passionate about reading and travelling. One of my role models is Nelson Mandela. In my spare time I enjoy cycling and going to the beach. A fun fact about me is that I was born in Zimbabwe.

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David Preston
Teacher FBP
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Hello, my name is David Preston, I work in the Grade 6 Binome at CJC. I am passionate about learning and wellbeing. One of my role models and inspirations for my teaching career is my year 10-12 homeroom teacher. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, running and music. A fun fact about me is that I am the eldest of 5 children in my family, and am my parents’ only child who is not a doctor.

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Nicholas Reese
Teacher Health and Physical Education
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Hello, my name is Mr. Reese, I work in the specialist team as the PE teacher. I am passionate about sports (obviously!). One of my role models is Mr Lewis. In my spare time, I enjoy playing video games, board games, playing and watching sports, and playing with my dog Jeff. A fun fact about me is that I can reach tall places and have never dropped anything in my life.

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Sheralee Spencer
Teacher
Digital Technologies
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Hello, my name is Miss Spencer, I work in the specialist team as the Digital Technologies Teacher. I am passionate about encouraging children to find their full potential and fostering their interests and strengths. One of my role models is my mum who has always supported me in everything I have set out to achieve. In my spare time, I enjoy taking my dog Ziggy to the beach, surfing and travelling. A fun fact about me is that I lived and worked overseas for five years and travelled to many countries!

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Melissa Wright
VIsual Arts Teacher
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Hello, my name is Ms Wright, I work in the Specialist team as the Visual Art teacher. I am passionate about inspiring my students’ love of the arts and developing their skills and creativity. One of my role models is artist Annie Albers and her husband Josef. In my spare time, I enjoy painting, drawing, and seeing live music. A fun fact about me is I love to travel and explore all the galleries around the world.

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Laure Baqué
Teacher
Performing Arts
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Hello, my name is Mme Baqué, I work in the Specialist team as the Performing Arts teacher. I am passionate about preserving the environment. One of my role models is Jane Fonda. In my spare time, I enjoy doing creative things like painting. A fun fact about me is that I have had over 10 different hair colours.

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Vincent Berraud
Teacher French LOTE
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Bonjour, my name is Monsieur Berraud, I work in the specialist team as the LOTE French and Histoire-Géographie teacher. I am passionate about public education. One of my role models is Jane Goodall. In my spare time, I enjoy bushwalking. A fun fact about me is that I admire the goose from the Untitled Goose Game (proudly Melbourne-made!).

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Thomas Lewis
Teacher
STEM
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Hello, my name is Mr Lewis, I teach Science and STEM. My two role models are Mr Reese and Sir David Attenborough, both of which have influenced my passion for teaching and inquiry based learning. In my spare time I love swimming, surfing, paddle boarding and of course, walking my dog Ellie! A fun fact about me is that I used to be a pilot. I’m looking forward to all the scientific discoveries we will be making at CJC!

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Anne Aubrée
Teacher FBP 
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Hello, my name is Mme Aubrée, I work in Year 5 binome. I am passionate about travelling, exploring new horizons. One of my role models is Mary Quant, the British fashion designer and fashion icon..In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends. A fun fact about me is I’m riding a motorbike.

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Irina Karakousis
Teacher
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Hello, my name is Ms Irena Karakousis, I work with the awesome 5/6 composite students. I am passionate about teaching maths, travelling to new countries and meeting new and interesting people. My role models are my parents for their continual kindness, generosity and never give up attitude. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, going to beaches around the world, photography and painting. A fun fact about me is I lived and worked in the UAE for 10 years and have travelled to over 50 countries. 

Intervention Team
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Diana Duimovich
Intervention Coordinator
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Hello, my name is Ms. Duimovich. This year I am working in Intervention. I am passionate about language and language learning. One of my role models is Viktor Frankl, whose writing had a profound impact on me when I was 15. In my spare time, I enjoy being with my 2 grandchildren, travelling, reading, being in nature and walking my dog. A fun fact about me is that I have absolutely no sense of direction. Even with GPS I get lost!. 

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Léa Leduque
Education Support Intervention
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Hello, my name is Mme Leduque, I work in the intervention team at CJC. I love to travel and discover new cultures and places. In my spare time I enjoy spending my time with my friends, my family and my 2 twins dogs. A fun fact about me is I have 30 cousins on my dad’s side.

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Kelsi Madsen
Education Support
Intervention
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Hello, my name is Kelsi, I work in the intervention team at CJC. I am passionate about mental health and making all children feel valued. One of my role models is my Year 4 teacher who inspired me to become a primary teacher. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, cooking, reading and pottery. A fun fact about me is that, as a baby, I used sign language to communicate with my parents before I could talk.

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Laura Clapette
Education Support
Intervention
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Hello, my name is Mrs Clapette, I work in the intervention team at CJC. I am passionate about travelling and discovering new cultures and countries. My role models are my friends. In my spare time I enjoy running, hiking, cooking and looking for new places to explore.  A fun fact about me is that I lived in the USA for 3 years and I speak Spanish!

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Trudy Warman
Education Support
Intervention
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Trudy Warman

Hello, my name is Ms Warman, I work in Intervention at CJC. I am passionate about many things, Literacy, Art, Travel. One of my role models is my father, a caring person who gathered people around him and also taught me how to fish. In my spare time I enjoy drawing, painting, reading, travelling, camping, boating, jewellery making and spending time with my family.  A fun fact about me is, I recently learned how to make Ricotta, Ricotta Salata and Wine. (The wine was terrible.)

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Katherine Keily
Teacher
Intervention
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Hello, my name is Mrs Katherine Keily, I work in year 6 Binome and Intervention. I am passionate about helping children succeed in all areas at school. One of my role models is Ash Barty who always displays such a positive attitude and good sportsmanship. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors with my children, cooking and reading. A fun fact about me is I have made a Croquembouche from scratch! 

Wellbeing & Integration Team
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Shauna Sanderson
Wellbeing Coordinator
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Hello, my name is Mrs Sanderson, I am the Wellbeing Coordinator at CJC. I am passionate about helping students become the best version of themselves. One of my role models is my mum. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling and being a mum to my two daughters, Amelie and Charley.  A fun fact about me is I lived in London and taught there for 4 years! 

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Fiona O'Hare
Educational Support

Hello my name is Mrs O'Hare

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Dipika Ghandi
Educational Support

Hello, my name is Mrs Ghandi.

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Matilda Bendendo
Student Wellbeing