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 - Anne Robinson
Anne Robinson has been at Southern Cross for twenty three years and has taught in grades 1,2,5 and 6. There have been many changes during this time but she has always enjoyed working with our multi-cultural students. She is at currently working as our school's Student Welfare Co-ordinator and Assistant Principal. She loves her time at Southern Cross.


Learning Specialist- Leonie Lapthorne
Leonie has been teaching at Southern Cross Primary School for 7 years. She is a member of the Leadership Team and more specifically the Schoo's Learning Specialist, the Mathematics Coordinator, ICT Coordinator and Reports Coordinator. She is a member of the School Improvement Team and has been involved in writing and planning the updated curriculum at SCPS. She enjoys the humour and playfulness in teaching and particularly enjoys sharing her love of performing arts with the students , as seen through the success of our most recent school production.


Foundation Teaching Team

Yvette Gavalovic (Co-ordinator)

Yvette has been a teacher for 13 years after working in Criminal Law and has taught at St Michael's and St Joseph's previously in the inner east. She has been a Curriculum Coordinator, Learning & Teaching Leader and ICT teacher. She has taught all levels from P - 10 including teaching Japanese. She is the Prep Co-ordinator, member of the School Leadership Team and the School Improvement Team. Yvette loves our school because of the beautifully rich and diverse range of children and backgrounds. She is passionate about inspiring our students to be the best that they can be.

Amy Herbert

Amy has been a member of the Southern Cross Primary School community since 2018. Amy is passionate about creating an environment that nurtures students’ physical, social, academic and cultural needs. Amy is involved in the Environmental Committee, School Wide Positive Behaviour Support Team (SWPBS) and the Social Skills Development Group. She loves working in the junior school and establishing important academic and social/emotional foundations for students to become lifelong learners and active citizens in our society.


Grade 1/2 Teaching Team

Ruth Cameron (Co-ordinator)

Ruth is currently the Grade 1/2 Coordinator, Leading Teacher and member of the School Improvement Team at Southern Cross Primary School. Ruth has taught in Vietnam, Remote Northern Territory and most recently, worked as a classroom teacher and Leading Teacher in Special Education for 8 years. Ruth enjoys catering for differentiation in her classroom teaching and instruction; she values each and every child in her classroom and the school. Ruth has a strong belief that all students can learn and succeed and enjoys seeing students reach their full potential and personal goals.


Angeline Singh

Angeline has a growing passion for teaching and learning across all levels. She has taught overseas and has a wealth of rich classroom experiences. Mrs. Singh has been teaching for a while and has been at SCPS for 13years. She has a dedicated and committed approach to the various roles at school and she ensures her students get the most out of the many diverse learning opportunities that SCPS offers. Mrs Singh is a member of the Curriculum Team and 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.


Rochelle Pinto

Rochelle joined the Southern Cross community as of 2019 as a 1/2 classroom teacher. Rochelle is extremely passionate and dedicated to teaching, her students and the school as a whole. Rochelle is looking forward to building many relationships with the students and staff at Southern Cross as well as creating a classroom environment that is safe, inclusive and filled with lots of love and laughter. Rochelle is enjoying being a part of this amazing school community so far!



Grade 3/4 Teaching Team

Kristina Krikas (Co-ordinator)

Kristina has been an educator for quite a few years at various schools and has taught across all year levels. She has taught at Southern Cross Primary for 19 years and is a member of the School Leadership Team. Kristina loves our school because of the family atmosphere and the dedication everyone has in seeing our students succeed academically and socially. Furthermore, she admires the way our students support each other and are accepting of each other's cultural backgrounds.

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 schools. 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. Mary Ann loves animals and is responsible for introducing and caring for the Grade 3/4 classroom pets. As well as being the Grade 3/4 classroom teacher, she is the SWPBS co-ordinator, one of the school’s First Aid Officers and Health & Safety Representatives.



Grade 5/6 Teaching Team

Jasmine Woods (Co-ordinator)

Jasmine joined the Southern Cross team in 2018 in a P.E. & ICT specialist role. She has been a teacher for 7 years and brings a wealth of experience from the business sector. Jasmine has worked across secondary and primary school 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 5/6 co-ordinator, Jasmine is also a member of the School Improvement Team, Curriculum Team and SWPBS Team.

Carla Coviello

This is my first year at Southern Cross Primary School and I can already say that I feel like I belong here. As a new staff member, I am constantly supported and cared for by the staff and my amazing class of students. I am teaching 5/6 this year and cannot wait for what the rest of the year has in store for us. This year I am overseeing the student Environmental Team and I Sea I Care Team; we will strive our best to produce fresh fruits and vegetables in our veggie patches, as well as implement sustainable programs into the school. I enjoy every minute of my time at Southern Cross Primary School. 


Leigh-Ann Schouw

I have taught at Sothern Cross Primary for 7 years, teaching Preps, 3/4’s and 5/6’s in the classroom and across all year levels in P.E. and ICT. I come from a background of teaching both in the Primary and Secondary sector. When teaching I enjoy collaborating with both the staff members and the students, sharing diverse knowledge and experience in all aspects of life. 

I am very interested in sport and health. I love to play Basketball and have played in the Big V league for both Dandenong Rangers and Sherbrooke Suns.



Specialist Teaching Team

Art – Jennifer Graham

Loving art is something that I want to give every student who passes through my art room door. Throughout my teaching career the subject that has bought me the most joy is art and seeing the joy when success is achieved. My love of this area started when I was at school and with my father who collected and read extensively about art in his later years. I spend most of my weekends at my family property near Seymour Victoria where we have planted a garden that takes most of our time. We have two west highland terrier dogs, who keep us very busy. I am looking forward to continuing my teaching this year and seeing the students create great art that we can all share.

P.E. & ICT – Nicholas Macente

Nick has developed a passion for teaching through various experiences and opportunities in a wide variety of schools. Nick enjoys incorporating hands on learning tasks as much as possible into his lessons. This is his second year at Southern Cross and he loves the inclusive and diverse environment the school provides. He strives on creating an authentic and fun learning environment where students are able to grow and learn through every lesson. He has a strong passion in PE and hopes to bring a wealth of knowledge and provide the opportunity for students to learn about different sports and skills in the coming year. Nick is looking forward to a great year at Southern Cross Primary.

Chinese – Jia Yu

I have Joined Southern Cross Primary School as a Chinese teacher in 2018. I has been teaching Chinese at weekend school for more than 5 years and has experience in teaching various year levels. I believe that students are powerful learners that require active engagement to motivate their learning. I like to present students with a range of hands on learning experiences, and I hope students can have fun while they are learning Chinese. Also I’m passionate to support students build their interest in learning Chinese inside and outside the classroom. Moreover, I’m enjoyed to be part of the member in our school and I’m looking forward to a great year at Southern Cross Primary school!


Performing Arts & Library – Fiona

Fiona is a long standing staff member in our Southern Cross Family. She loves the multicultural element that we have and as a Performing Arts and Library Specialist, she revels in including students into her arts program.