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I would like to welcome our school community to Fairhills this year. I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday with friends and families.


Welcome to the following staff who have made Fairhills their school.

Name Title
Bill Exton Senior School Assistant Principal
Sandy Zeng Maths/Science
Will Veenam Maths/Science
Vince Lobin Arts
Mariani Lim Mental Health Practitioner
Tiffany Keele Laboratory Technician
Shione Fukumoto Japanese Assistant

School improvement

I am pleased to announce the 2023 School Improvement Team (SIT)

Title Name
Principal Ian Van Schie
Assistant Principal – Middle School Silvana La Leggia
Assistant Principal – Senior School Bill Exton
Teaching and Learning Excellence – Middle School Michelle Nickels
Teaching and Learning Excellence – Senior School Laura Blackson
Learning Inclusion Leader Ying Qin
School Enhancement Leader Jenni Nansen

We are also fortunate to have the Differentiated Support for School Improvement team (DSSI) with us every Monday, for at least 18 months. DSSI will be on SIT and provide additional support to improve learning growth for all students.

Title Name
Executive Principal Glenda Harry
Learning Specialist Emma Thompson
Learning Specialist Nicole De Angelis
Therapy dog Ruby


Our key foci this year is to implement:

  • the School-Wide Positives Behaviours matrix
  • high-quality Individual Education Plans
  • the LEARN Instructional Model in all classrooms

These strategies will ensure we are continuing to increase learning growth of all students.

School enhancement

Capital works

As many of you will be aware we have begun the construction of a STEAM and Music Learning hub. There was a 6 week delay as the builders needed a permit to continue construction. Fortunately, the permit has now been granted and construction will recommence by Week 4. Progression photos will be available on the school’s website and the newsletter.


It was certainly a relief that the Compass timetable was available to the school community prior to the commencement of the school year. I thank Jenni Nansen-School Enhancement leader, and Paul Donaldson for ensuring this happened.

School Council Elections

Please head to the Council election page for all the information.


Ian Van Schie



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