Meet the Principal

On behalf of the School Council, staff and parents/carers of Thornbury Primary, I welcome you and your child/children to our school. This is a great school where your children will experience a nurturing environment in which they will learn and grow.

At Thornbury Primary there is a strong sense of one school, one community and we instil the values of Respect, Trust, Working Together, Integrity and Perseverance in everything we do.

We are committed to:

  • Creating a positive and orderly classroom climate, where students, teachers, parents and caregivers build relationships together and become responsible for the development of personal and academic learning pursuits for all children.
  • The development of the whole child academically, physically, socially and emotionally. Teaching and Learning programs are designed to interest and stimulate curiosity whilst providing both depth and breadth for the children.

The school offers two teaching and learning streams, a DET mainstream education and one based on the educational philosophies of Rudolf Steiner.

We also offer an Aboriginal Language LOTE Program across the whole school.

We welcome parents/carers to assist in many ways around the school. Parent/carer input is highly valued and a wide range of opportunities exist for parents/carers to take an active part in the life of the school through learning programs or School Council committees and their associated activities.

I am proud to be the acting principal of Thornbury Primary and invite you to contact me for a personalised or group tour of the school where you will discover our indoor and outdoor learning spaces, playgrounds and gardens.

Looking forward to meeting you all.

Leon Bell


At Thornbury Primary School, we see ourselves as ‘One School One Community’ – a creative and diverse community growing together.

Our values form the basis of our learning community and are:

  • Respect
  • Trust
  • Working together
  • Integrity
  • Perseverance

Staff List 2017


Leon Bell  Principal

Debbie Showers Assistant Principal

Glynis Lawson Office

Lauren Sinclair Office

Class Teachers

Richard Garcia Class Foundation/1R

Kate Cooney Class Foundation/1K

Rachel Hill Class Foundation/1H

Chelsea Ripper Class Foundation C

Edward Oberbichler Class 1/2E

Anna Chetwynd Class 1/2A

Louise Ryan Class 1/2L

Tania Patten Class 3/4T

Cecilia Sinclair/Stuart McDonald Class 3/4C

Jasmine Cordy Class 3/4J

Simon Dooner Class 3/4S

James Ilia Class 5/6J

Stephanie Millar Class 5/6S

Joanne Missen/Juliette Keam Class 5/6JJ

Anne Barnett (Mon-Thurs) Multi-Age

Valerie Kelly (Mon-Wed) Integration Aide- Multi-Age

Jan Stefani (Thurs-Fri) Integration Aide- Multi-Age

Woi-wurrung and Indigenous Programs

Terri Lee-Fitzpatrick LOTE

Mel Harrison EYKLNP and MALPA


Antoinette Vaiano Art/Craft

Emma Cornish-Giles Music

Leigh Collins P.E

Out of School Hours Care

Andi Eyan OSHC Coordinator

Tyne Brumby  OSHC Assistant Coordinator

Aides and Other Staff

Vivianne Burns Integration Aide

Margaret Clingin Integration Aide

Ida De Vincentis Integration Aide

Nimish Joshi Integration Aide

Natalie Kellett Integration Aide

Rui Santos Technican

Nicole Fruenz Gardening

David Dyer Maintenance and OH&S Coordinator