Our Staff

Principal - Averil Nunn
I have been Principal at SCPS for 14 years and I am extremely proud of the students and staff who make this school a vibrant and inspiring place of learning. It is a highly successful school producing students who achieve academic excellence, have emotional resilience and social competences that will guide them through their future years of learning. These attributes are the foundations of them becoming positive and successful members of society in our ever changing world. Do come and visit us and see and feel for yourself the educational excellence that is manifested and nurtured within this school.


Assistant Principal - Leonie Lapthorne

Leonie has been a member of the Southern Cross Primary School team for the best part of the last decade. During that time, she has experienced a number of roles and responsibilities; including being a member of the school’s Leadership Team, the School Improvement Team and a member of the School Council. Leonie had been a classroom teacher; across a range of levels, before stepping out of the classroom to take on the role of Learning Specialist in 2018 and then transitioning to the Acting Assistant Principal role in 2020. She enjoys working with teachers at various stages of their careers to improve the school’s effectiveness and ensure SCPS students are engaged and interested in their learning. Leonie enjoys the humour and playfulness in teaching and particularly enjoys sharing her love of performing arts with the students. She is responsible for Student Welfare and Wellbeing at SCPS and is excited to work with parents to achieve the best outcomes for the SCPS community.



 Business Manager - Stacey Galloway

Stacey joined the Southern Cross Primary School community in August of 2020 stepping into the Business Managers role. This is her first appointment as Business Manager but comes with years of experience working in a primary school setting and completed her higher education for Business Managers in Victorian schools. Stacey is very technology and media focused and looks forward to helping our families and the wider community celebrate the successes of our students here at Southern Cross Primary School.


Office Manager - Rhonda Smith 

Rhonda joined the team at SCPS over 12 years ago. During that time she has been Teacher Support, Library Support and is now enjoying her role as Office Manager. She loves interacting with the students and their families, always welcoming everyone as they come into the office.




Foundation Teaching Team


Rochelle Pinto

Rochelle joined the Southern Cross community in 2019 as a 1/2 classroom teacher. Rochelle is extremely dedicated to teaching, her students and the school as a whole. Rochelle is passionate about developing relationships with her students, colleagues and parents within the school community. She loves teaching in the junior school and creating a learning environment that is safe, inclusive and filled with lots of love and laughter. Rochelle has enjoyed every day at Southern Cross Primary School and is very excited about the rest of 2020!


 Alex Jones

Alexandra Jones has been at SCPS since the beginning of 2021. She is a graduate teacher and is passionate about her profession. She is dedicated to student outcomes and has a strong focus in creating inclusive learning spaces and incorporating culturally responsive teaching in her daily practice. She is looking forward to contributing to the SCPS community.



Grade 1/2 Teaching Team

Jasmine Woods (Co-ordinator)

Jasmine joined the Southern Cross team in 2018 as a specialist P.E. and ICT teacher. She has been a teacher for 7 a number of years and brings a wealth of experience from also having worked in the business sector. Jasmine has worked across secondary and primary school settings and strives to create a classroom environment that is accepting of others and encourages students to challenge their learning and achieve their best. As well as being the Grade 1/2 co-ordinator, Jasmine is also a member of the School Improvement Team, Curriculum Team and SWPBS Team.


Nick Macente

Nick has been teaching at Sothern Cross Primary for 2 years; teaching 3/4’s in the classroom and across all year levels in P.E. and ICT. He comes from a background of teaching both in the Primary and Secondary sectors. When teaching Nick enjoys collaborating with both staff and students across the school. He loves giving students the opportunity to explore activities within the classroom while maintaining high expectations for students learning abilities. Nick is very interested in sport and health. He loves to play footy and currently plays for Garfield Football Club in Gippsland.


Lauren Ward

Lauren has recently joined the team at Southern Cross Primary School and has immediately felt at home within the school. Lauren has 5 years' experience working in early childhood education and is passionate and dedicated towards teaching and seeing the students learn and grow as individuals.



Grade 3/4 Teaching Team
Carla Coviello

Carla has been teaching at Southern Cross PS for two years and enjoys the caring and supportive community of SCPS. She believes in developing strong relationships with her students to assist them in their learning journeys and is excited to broaden her skills in this area when she tackles a new year level this year.


Ashleigh Sneddon

This is the first year Ashleigh has been a part of the Southern Cross PS community. She is excited to join the 1/2 team and see what her gorgeous students have to offer this year. Ashleigh has been teaching for a number of years and has had the opportunity to teach across all year levels from Prep to Year 6. She is very much looking forward to building strong relationships with students across the school and continuing to build on her passion for teaching and having fun in the classroom.


Angeline Singh

Angeline has a growing passion for teaching and learning across all year levels. She has a wealth of rich classroom experiences and has been teaching at SCPS for 13 years. She has a dedicated and committed approach to the various roles at school and she ensures her students engage in their learning. Mrs Singh is a Respectful Relationships representative at school. She also co-ordinates the CHaTS (Community Harmony and Team Spirit) gatherings and all related activities at the school including the school's annual Harmony Day Celebration.



Grade 5/6 Teaching Team

Mary Ann Dennis

Mary Ann joined Southern Cross at the start of 2017. She has many years teaching experience of different year levels in a wide variety of schools, including special education. In the classroom, Mary Ann is dedicated to creating a positive learning environment that ensures all students are happy to learn and have the opportunity to reach their full learning potential. She is very excited to be working with the Grade 5/6 students this year and helping them navigate senior school. As well as being the Grade 5/6 classroom teacher, she is the SWPBS co-ordinator, one of the school’s First Aid Officers and Health & Safety Representatives. On a personal note. Mary Ann is a mum of 3 children. In her spare-time she loves to read and watch movies. She also loves animals and is responsible for introducing and caring for the Grade 5/6 classroom pet.

Leigh-Ann Schouw

Leigh-Ann has taught at Southern Cross Primary for 8 years, in both coordination and teaching roles; teaching in Prep, 3/4 and 5/6 in the classroom and across P-6 in P.E. and ICT.  She comes from a background of teaching both in the Primary and Secondary sectors. When teaching Leigh-Ann enjoys collaborating with both staff members and students and sharing diverse knowledge and experiences in all aspects of life.  She is very interested in sport and health. Leigh-Ann loves to play Basketball and has played in the Big V league for both Dandenong Rangers and Sherbrooke Suns.


Specialist Teaching Team

Fiona Hobson – Art & Performing Arts

Fiona has been class teacher, music, drama and library teacher over her journey here at Southern Cross. She is delighted to be teaching performing arts, (a lifelong passion!) once again, and Visual Arts. Combined with her professional experience in musical theatre, television and stage, she cannot wait to share her passion with her students. As she likes to say. “we are not just a school…..we are a community”.

Jordan Finlayson – P.E. & ICT

Jordan is excited to join the team at Southern Cross Primary School in 2020. He has a wealth of experience in both the Primary and Secondary School sectors, along with experience in the Television industry, which he hopes to incorporate throughout this year’s ICT lessons. He has a deep passion for Physical Education amongst all ages, and delivers a diverse and inclusive program to suit all needs. Jordan aims to build a program with a strong focus on participation, which he believes will inevitably develop strong teamwork and leadership amongst his students. Jordan is looking forward to working with all staff, students and parents at Southern Cross in 2020.

Jia Yu – Chinese

Jia Joined Southern Cross Primary School as a Chinese teacher in 2018. She has been teaching Chinese for more than 7 years and is experienced in teaching various year levels. Jia likes to present students with a range of hands on learning experiences, so students can have fun while they are learning. Jia also believes that students are powerful learners that require active engagement to motivate their learning, and she is dedicated to support students in building their interest in learning Chinese both inside and outside of the classroom. Moreover, Jia enjoys being part of the school team and she is looking forward to a great year at Southern Cross Primary school!