Di has been Principal at Rose Park Primary School since the commencement of the 2017 school year. Her previous experience includes Deputy Principal at Burnside Primary School and various leadership roles including Regional Curriculum Consultant, International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Coordinator, Officer in Charge of Behaviour Support and lead teacher roles in both primary and special education settings. Throughout her extensive and diverse career, Di has taught in Darwin, Northern Territory, Melbourne, Victoria and her overseas teaching experience commenced with a teacher exchange to Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA in 2002 followed on by her time working for the Visiting International Fellowship in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and another year teaching in Essex, UK. Di has also travelled extensively throughout Asia, including Myanmar, Thailand and China as part of study groups and Leadership Delegations. As Principal of an International Baccalaureate School, Di strongly believes and supports the aim of all IB programmes in developing internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better, more peaceful world. She also actively promotes strong ties with Rose Park Primary School’s sister school, Hikone Elementary School in Japan.
Di’s tertiary qualifications include the Diploma of Primary Teaching and Post Graduate degree in Special Education (Deakin University –Victoria). Throughout her career Di has presented both at conferences and Universities about Curriculum, Inquiry Learning, Innovative Pedagogy, Behaviour Management, and Gifted Education.
Di believes in building strong ties with the community, working collaboratively to achieve outcomes that clearly support each and every student. She also believes that student self-efficacy is the key to achieving one’s potential and her passion for reading and Literacy is shared with all students and their families. Innovative pedagogical practice, in how we continually strive to think outside the square, to do things to the best of our ability within the context of our constantly changing and ever evolving world is how we best support our students.
Rebecca has proudly been Deputy Principal at Rose Park Primary School since 2016. Her previous experience includes Deputy Principal of Curriculum Birth – 12, and R-7 Curriculum Coordinator (Australian Curriculum and IBMYP) at Ocean View College, and a six-month appointment as Principal at Rose Park Primary School. Throughout her career, she has been involved in a number of Curriculum Advisory Boards and Committees. Rebecca has also undertaken a number of DECD scholarships to enhance her leadership experience.
Rebecca has diverse experience as a teacher in both the Primary and Secondary sector in Category 1 – 7 schools across South Australia. Her university qualifications include a Bachelor Degree in Communications, Media and Culture, and Postgraduate Education.
Rebecca has presented both nationally and internationally about inquiry learning and pedagogy. Her main areas of support within the school community include curriculum, assessment and reporting, facilities, Deputising for the Principal and coordinating school events.
Rebecca believes that teamwork and community involvement is the ultimate way a school can be successful in reaching the goal of children being successful lifelong learners. She also believes that student ownership of their learning is key to supporting students to have the mindset, skills and confidence to take meaningful action as citizens of the world.
Assistant Principal – Student Support & Wellbeing
Kim Copeland took on the role of Wellbeing Leader at Rose Park Primary School in 2018, and she enjoys the challenges and successes that this role brings. Kim is excited to be contributing to the overall Wellbeing of the school community and also adding further value to the schools already successful Performing Arts Program.
Kim strongly believes that student resilience and wellbeing are essential for both academic and social development and that these elements play a significant role in all children’s education. For the previous 3 years she has worked as both a Student Wellbeing Leader and a Senior Leader in Student Wellbeing and Engagement. Throughout her time in these roles she lead and participated in various training and development courses including many on Positive Psychology and Positive Education. She was also fortunate enough to attend and study at the renowned Geelong Grammar where she was able to experience firsthand world leading practices of wellbeing and an approach that she will leverage off and apply at Rose Park Primary School.
Assistant Principal – Digital Technologies & Innovative Pedagogy
Michael Porter joined Rose Park Primary School in 2018 after holding the role of ICT Coordinator and Digital Technologies teacher within the Independent Schools system. Currently Michael is the Year Six Class Teacher in Room 10, as well as Digital Technology & Innovative Pedagogy Coordinator. Michael received his degree in Primary Teaching from the University of South Australia and has more recently completed a range of Digital Technology and STEM studies through CSER (University of Adelaide), accreditation through both ‘Google for Education’ and ‘MicrosoftEd’, and is currently a member of the Department for Education ‘STEM 500 Project’. Michael has a passion for Technology and the development of STEM in schools, and through working with teachers and students, is eager to see Rose Park Primary School continue to develop its Technology and STEM focus, including the integration of Chromebooks throughout the Primary Years. In his free time, Michael is an avid crossfitter, volunteer 1st base junior baseball coach and an unashamed Carlton Football Club tragic.