Kaylene Carlin - Principal
Hello! My name is Kaylene Carlin and I feel incredibly fortunate to be leading the Sacred Heart school community as Principal in 2021. I am blessed to be working with a staff who are passionate, focussed and committed to your child in every way.
Core to my beliefs and practices is the view of each child as full of wonder, capable and with immense potential. At Sacred Heart, we have a responsibility to ensure the curriculum is rigorous, with high expectations for all children, using evidence and student data to meet the needs of all students.
When I am not at Sacred Heart, I love spending time with my husband, Craig, our children and four grandchildren. We love to travel, exploring new places, cultures and food. We also love the arts, especially music theatre. I love to read, especially biographies and am inspired by strong women in history.
Erin Stone - Deputy Principal and Learning Diversity Leader
Hi, my name is Erin and I’m proud to be the Deputy Principal and Learning Diversity Leader at Sacred Heart Parish Primary School. I joined the Sacred Heart community in 2020 and feel incredibly blessed to work with such an amazing team of educators.
I have had the privilege of holding a variety of leadership positions throughout my teaching career, however, I believe my current roles to be the most important and significant ones yet! I am passionate about placing Wellbeing at the heart of education and believe that when we nurture the development of the whole child, all children can achieve success, both at school and in life.
At home, I am a busy Mum to my beautiful boy Archie, who is 3 and my Step daughter Tahlia, who is 12. My husband Dan and I enjoy family weekends away, often to the Mornington Peninsula. We are a family of Melbourne Demons supporters and love cheering on our Dees!
Cath Palmer - Learning and Teaching Leader
Hi! My name is Cath Palmer and I have been working at Sacred Heart for 15 years. The Sacred Heart community is very special to me. I have had the privilege of working and learning with many talented and dedicated teachers here at Sacred Heart. I am a passionate leader who enjoys collaborating with staff to design curriculum which ensures our students are happy, healthy, safe, engaged and challenged. I believe that we can meet the needs of all students in order for them to flourish. When I’m not at school you’ll see me courtside cheering on my daughters, Lucy and Alice in netball, on the pool deck at swimming and braving the cold and wet during winter at soccer. We love sport, being outdoors and spending time together at our caravan at Lake Eppalock water skiing.
Sue Burke - Literacy Leader
Hello! I’m Sue Burke and I have been teaching at Sacred Heart since 2017. Currently I am the literacy leader which is a role I love! I have been teaching for 19 years and have spent 13 of those years at various schools in the western suburbs. I have teaching experience across all levels as well as with leadership positions. I love teaching and being a part of each student’s learning journey. My education passion is analysing and interpreting data with a purpose to use it to create engaging tasks to support students’ learning. It’s so rewarding witnessing the pride when understandings are developed. Education is a career I hope to stay in for as long as I can. I live in Altona with my husband Barry and the ruler of our roost, Billy our 14 year old Maltese Shih Tzu. My hobbies include craft, reading, baking and shopping!
Kellie Noonan - Religious Education Leader and Year 3 Educator
Hello! I’m Kellie Noonan and I have had the privilege of teaching at Sacred Heart since 2015. My current role at Sacred Heart is teaching Year 3 and Religious Education Leader. I am excited to be part of a community that has our students at the core of everything we do. Some of my proudest moments have been witnessing the joy students show when they achieve success in their learning.
I grew up in Warrnambool with my parents, sister and three brothers. I am the proud Auntie of 9 nieces and nephews, whom I love spending time with. I try to get back to Warrnambool whenever possible to see family and friends and enjoy the beaches. In my free time I relax by reading or completing art and craft projects, such as drawing, painting, crochet and photography. My attempt to try and keep fit involves walking and pilates.
Lyndal Acreman - Wellbeing and Family Engagement Leader and Year 6 Educator
Hi everyone, my name is Lyndal Acreman and I have had the joy of teaching at Sacred Heart since 2015. My time here has seen me teach across a range of year levels. I love witnessing the development of the children throughout the year, but I also enjoy having fun along the way! I am also the Wellbeing and Family Engagement Leader, and am very passionate about supporting the wellbeing of all within our school community, as well ensuring that we all stay connected and engaged with each other. When I am not at school my husband Brendan and I are kept very busy by our two sons Teague and Cade, and a lot of our time is spent being involved in their sporting commitments! When we do have some free time we like to go for walks, spend time with friends or go on adventures in our caravan.
Andrea Finlay - Prep Educator
My name is Andrea Finlay. I am currently a Prep educator at Sacred Heart. I have had a great deal of experience working as a teacher, mainly in Melbourne and a few years in London when l was younger. I am the eldest of 5 children and am very close with my parents and brothers and sisters - family is very important to me. I am married to Anthony and we have 2 children, Marianne and William. Our pet Staffy is Misty. We are a family who loves to travel and have been on many fun and exciting holidays together as a family in Australia and overseas.
My passion is working with children and their families. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends. I like getting up early in the morning, even before the sun comes up, and walking with some friends to get ready for my day.
Caitlin LaRosa - Prep Educator
Hi my name is Caitlin La Rosa and I am currently a Prep educator.
My passion is building meaningful relationships with students and creating a learning space where children can pose questions, investigate and try new things. I enjoy learning with the children whilst having a bit of fun!
When I am not at Sacred Heart I am usually with friends or hanging out with my 3 siblings. Before school I like to go to the gym to begin my day with lots of energy. I enjoy taking my two dogs Ally and Jax for a walk, painting, watching TV shows and cooking. My favourite animal is a giraffe and I am obsessed! I hope to visit Africa and see them in the wild! In 2019 I was very lucky to have visited Malta and Italy to see where my family is from. My goal is to speak Italian before I go back.
Lucy Cree - Year 1 Educator
My name is Lucy Cree and I am a Year 1 teacher at Sacred Heart Primary. I think teaching is the best job in the world. It is a true privilege to get to know each student and support them to achieve their best. I try to ensure that every day we focus on kindness, creativity, having fun and trying new things. I am originally from Ballarat and grew up with chickens, rabbits, ducks, mice, birds, dogs, cats and at one point a goat! I am still very much an animal lover, though now I just have one cat - Hermione. I feel very lucky to be a member of this lovely community of teachers, students and families.
Emily Stevenson - Year 1 Educator
Hello! My name is Emily Stevenson.
I am extremely excited and grateful to begin the next chapter of my teaching career at Sacred Heart Primary School.
I value the importance of developing meaningful relationships with students and the school community. I strive to create a classroom environment that is inclusive, fun and fosters a sense of belonging.
When I’m not at Sacred Heart, you will find me at the gym or with friends and family. I am the oldest of a big blended family and I grew up in Ballarat. Myself and my cat, Zuko, are loving Melbourne and can’t wait to explore more of the city.
Margaret Enright - Year 2 Educator
Hi, my name is Margaret Enright, I joined Sacred Heart Staff in 2011 as a class teacher. Throughout my career as a teacher I spent time both in the classroom and teaching Physical Education. I believe it is important to build a positive and active school community of learners. Providing students with a safe, supported and reasonably predictable environment will allow them to confidently build respectful relationships, develop their curiosity and enjoy discovering new things. It is lovely to see how the students grow and their ideas change over time when they gain new knowledge, skills and understandings. I am from a big family and I enjoy noisy family gatherings in which we celebrate many different milestones throughout the year.
Vivian Do - Year 2 Educator
My name is Vivian Do and I joined Sacred Heart in 2019. I have had the privilege of teaching Year 2 and Year 3. Sacred Heart is a welcoming school community which I am blessed to be a part of. I love being a teacher. It is amazing to teach students and to witness the growth in their learning throughout the year. As a teacher, I believe that all students are able to reach their full potential through being supported and challenged in their learning. I also value the importance of building a classroom environment where all students display kindness and respect towards each other. I enjoy reading, baking and going for runs. An interesting fact about me is that I can speak two languages.
Kate Gannon - Year 3 Educator
Hi there, since being at Sacred Heart I have enjoyed the sense of community and family. I have a real passion for making strong connections with the children I teach as well as the wider student community.
Outside the classroom, I play competitive tennis each week, and go to most Melbourne games in the AFL. When my step children (aged 14 & 11) sport I am a regular taxi driver and loud supporter! I try and ride my bike to school most days or walk home to keep me active.
My country origins have given me a love of making jams, chutneys and the like. I love to garden and cook - it makes me realise how lucky we are to live in such an amazing area.
Damien Murray - Year 4 Educator
My name is Damien Murray and this is my first year at Sacred Heart. Thank you to the students, parents and staff who have made me feel so welcome. I have been teaching for fourteen years and have taught Year One through to Year Six. My teaching philosophy values the development of the academic, social and spiritual aspects of each student and I utilise a range of practices to achieve this in fun ways. My wife, Jessica, and I have three sons: Patrick (Year 5), Thomas (Year 2) and Nicholas (Prep). In addition to chasing my boys around, I enjoy playing basketball, watching footy (GO HAWKS!!) and reading. I look forward to working with the students and families of the Sacred Heart community to achieve the best outcomes for us all.
Simon Donlon - Year 4 Educator
My name is Simon Donlon and this is my first year at Sacred Heart.
I have been teaching for seven years and have taught in lots of different places including: London, Perth, Sydney and Wagga Wagga. I enjoy lots of different activities including skiing, (any sport really!), gardening, cooking and reading aloud to my students! I am looking forward to a great year with all the families, students and staff at Sacred Heart in 2021 and hopefully the Bombers will make it an even better year!
Jeanette Bloxsom - Year 5 Educator
My name is Jeanette Bloxsom and I have been working at Sacred Heart for five years. Prior to that I have taught at several schools across Melbourne, including Fawkner, Essendon, Pascoe Vale and Prahran East. I have a love of literature and have created my own library over the years within my classroom. Teaching has always been a passion, not just a job.
When not teaching, you may find me at the theatre, a gallery, the footy watching my beloved Hawks, or watching rugby. I have two beautiful daughters, Elizabeth and Catherine and being a parent has been the best ‘job’ I’ve ever had in my life, watching them grow into strong, independent, young women. My partner, Terry and I love to travel, and more recently we have been exploring Australia, taking road trips and stopping at obscure little places. Life has been good to us and I’m grateful for my family, friends and the experiences we’ve shared.
Nicholas Rouse - Year 5 Educator
Hi, my name is Nicholas Rouse. I am a Year 5 teacher after having taught Year 2 for two years. I have been at Sacred Heart since 2018. I have found the school to be incredibly welcoming and a great place to be. I have taken on the ICT Leadership role for 2021 so if you have any computer questions you can come straight to me.
Prior to becoming a teacher I was an ambulance worker and got to drive around in an ambulance! That was another amazing job where I got to help my community, but my passion has always been in education even in my roles in the ambulance service and hospitals.
When I am not at school I can usually be found at the cinemas (I am a bit of a cinephile) or at the gym, otherwise I am at home with my two crazy cats Charlie and Lucille. I love to spend time with my fiancée Maddie and hope to get married sometime this year. I also play computer games quite a bit, I have a Nintendo Switch, Playstation and a computer. I love to watch sport and go for Essendon in the footy and Chelsea in the Premier League.
Kirstyn Morgan - Year 6 Educator
Hello, my name is Kirstyn Morgan and I have been teaching at Sacred Heart since 2018. I am currently a Year 6 teacher. Before I became a teacher I had a variety of other jobs in Hospitality and Admin. I also travelled quite extensively and I am very fortunate to have been travelling since I was quite young. Some of my fondest memories are overseas adventures with my family. We are very close and still travel together!
I love teaching, and appreciate how fortunate we are to be a part of our students and their families’ lives. I believe teaching should be fun and the classroom should be a place of laughter, respect, curiosity and discovery where everyone feels welcome. It is of the utmost importance to me to build strong relationships with the students in my class and I love chatting and getting to know them. When I am not at school I love reading, cooking, walking Molly (my cheeky yet very lovable Beagle) with my fiance Alex, and going out for brunch with friends.
Kim Dalmau - Year 6 Educator
Hello, my name is Kim Dalmau and I am pleased to be teaching Year 6 at Sacred Heart. I love being a teacher as it is very rewarding to assist students on their learning journey and watch them grow and thrive. I also like to develop a great rapport with students and understand how they learn best, so that they enjoy school and are engaged in their learning.
When I’m not at school, I am busy being a mum, I have three children who are 8, 10 and 11. I coach my son and daughter’s basketball teams and also still manage to play a weekly game of basketball myself. I started playing basketball when I was 7 years old and have had great success with basketball throughout my life. I have also refereed basketball and was privileged to referee at various Australian Championships. My favourite thing to do is relax with the family, cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie. We keep ourselves busy at home with the garden and all of our pets, including chickens, rabbits and the dogs.
Kelly Cairns - Intervention Educator
My name is Kelly Cairns, and I have taught at Sacred Heart for 12 years! This year my role is the Prep-Year Two Intervention Educator.
I feel privileged to build relationships with the families of Sacred Heart. I hope that after our time together, my students take with them a love of learning and a lesson from me, be that academic, social, emotional or spiritual.
When I’m not at school you will more than likely find me with my family! I have two boys; Carter who is 6 and Austin who is 3 and they keep my husband Josh and I very busy! We love to get out on the water which is where you will find us over the summer. When we are not on the boat, you will find me running or spending time with friends!
Rosaria La Motta - Italian Educator
Hello, my name is Rosaria La Motta and I have had the pleasure of working at Sacred Heart Primary School since 2018. I am the Italian Educator and feel blessed to teach all students from Prep-Year 6, fostering a love for learning languages, respect for all cultures and helping each student to strive for and achieve their best. It is an honour and joy to work with such an amazing staff and to be part of each student’s learning journey at Sacred Heart. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is truly present in our School and Parish. There is a warmth and care which is present and felt throughout the whole school.
I have had many years of teaching experience working at St Mary’s, Altona and St Andrew’s, Werribee, as both a Classroom and Italian Educator. Teaching has always been my passion! The other passion in my life is my family. I have been married for 31 years to my husband Joseph and we have 3 beautiful children.
Rita McEwen- Arts Educator
Hello, My name is Rita McEwen. My passion is experiencing life through The Arts, and it is with great joy that I bring this to the community through my role as the Arts Educator. I enjoy sharing an environment where creativity, exploration and discovery is fostered, a place where all children can be challenged to grow through new understandings.
My husband, Liam and I have three beautiful children, David, Carly and Misha and four adorable grandsons! Milo and Hamish are five years old and Lachlan and Johnny are three years old. We spend as much time as we can together, playing, cooking, creating and laughing. When I have some time to myself, I draw, paint, write and explore the world around me. I am so grateful for my many things in my life, but especially for my family, friends, and the opportunity to be part of Sacred Heart.
Anne Chapman - Health and Physical Education Educator
Hi, my name is Anne and I am the PE Teacher and Sports Coordinator. I am also the Altona District Sports Coordinator so I am in charge of inter-school for the seven schools in the district.
I am so lucky to have my 3 children with me at Sacred Heart; Josh (year 5), Hollie (year 4) and Charlotte (prep). When I am not at school I am busy taking my children to their after school activities and I play football for Laverton Football Club. I also enjoy watching the Olympics, tennis, cricket and football - this year Carlton will definitely make the finals!!!!
Learning Support Officers
Hello, my name is Noelene Satalich and I have been a Learning Support Officer at Sacred Heart since 2013. I love motivating the children and encouraging them to do the best that they can and watching them achieve success. I also enjoy supporting the teachers with whatever they require day to day. My husband Bill and I have two children Alan and Nicole. I am proud of the caring, creative and productive adults they have become. I wish the same for all children at Sacred Heart. We also have a fur baby Chester, who is good company for daily walks. I love cooking and gardening and especially delight in seeing my great niece Rosie.
Hi, my name is Carmen Spiteri and I’ve had the privilege of working at Sacred Heart for the last 15 years as a Learning Support Officer. In my role I support students with their learning, social/emotional and physical needs. Motivating students to do their best and watching them achieve success gives me great pleasure.
I live in Altona with my husband Kevin. We have two adult sons and two adorable grandchildren.
I love spending time with my immediate and extended family, laughing, eating and generally being very noisy.
I like to stay healthy by walking or cycling around my neighbourhood whenever I can. I also spend a lot of time cooking or baking as it makes me happy seeing others eating my food.
Hello, my name is Virginia Oqueli, I have been working as LSO at Sacred Heart since 2001. I also work every Saturday mornings at the Victorian School of Languages (VSL) teaching VCE Spanish. I was born in El Salvador, Central America and in 1987 my parents, my two younger siblings and myself migrated to Australia. I also have an older brother that now has joined us, he was living in Argentina. My siblings and I are married and have children, my parents have 8 grandchildren to enjoy. I have only one child, Andre and he is 24 years old. I did my primary and secondary schooling back in El Salvador in a school called Sacred Heart as well. I completed my three university degrees here at Monash. Before coming to Australia from 1985-1987, I was working as a primary school teacher at my old school. I taught grade 2 and then grade 3-4.
Hello, my name is Mary Cassar. I joined the Sacred Heart School Community back in 2009 when my twin boys started Prep. In Term 2 of that year I commenced a part-time position working in the front reception of the school office. A few years later I was made full time and then in 2012 I moved into my current role as School Bursar. I enjoy going on holidays with my family and spending time catching up with friends. I would one day like to travel to Malta to visit my extended family, visit the towns where my parents were born and learn more about my family history. My interests include music, dancing (tapping is my favourite!), musical theatre, painting, reading, knitting, sewing and I enjoy relaxing in front of the TV after a busy day!
Hi everyone my name is Fiona Bosanko. I’m very blessed to be a part of the Sacred Heart and Newport Community since moving here in 1995 with my husband Michael. We immediately felt the warm, welcoming and country feel of the area and knew this is where we wanted to live and raise a family.
I was first a parent at Sacred Heart when my daughter Madeline started Prep in 2003 followed by my son Patrick in 2007, before accepting the Administration Assistant role in 2012 where I have worked on a part time basis since.
We’ve been lucky to be involved with the community with the school/Parish Fete and through our children’s sports ie: netball, football and basketball.
Over the past few years we’ve experienced some amazing overseas holidays. We look forward to many more trips and discovering our beautiful Australia. My favorite thing is to spend time with my beautiful family and friends.
A big welcome to Sacred Heart! I’m sure you are going to love it as much as I do and I look forward to seeing you when you come into the office.
Hi there, my name is Maureen Sullivan. I am married with two adult children. My son commenced school at Sacred Heart in 1998 and my daughter commenced in 2000. I accepted the role of cleaner/caretaker in 2002. During my time here I have seen many changes and met many dedicated teachers who work late in the evenings and on weekends for the benefit of all students. I have a 7 year old greyhound which our family adopted 5 years ago. I enjoy taking him for his morning walks around Newport and Williamstown. We have an aviary with 6 budgies and 2 canaries. We also have a large garden fish pond with 19 fish. For relaxation I like to do gardening, jigsaw puzzles, sudoku and word puzzles. For exercise I enjoy walking and swimming at the local pool.