Grafton Public School

"Nothing Without Effort"

Telephone02 6642 1000

Our staff

Get to know our school staff. We're all here to help.

Our professional, university-educated teachers encourage students to develop a love of learning and a desire to succeed. They maintain the highest integrity and concern for your child’s wellbeing.

The principal is responsible for the educational leadership and management of our school. If you would like to speak to the principal, please contact us to make an appointment.

Our school administrative staff can answer inquiries or direct you to the appropriate staff member for help.

Our purpose

We, the staff of Grafton Public School believe that the fundamental purpose of education is to prepare children for life. To achieve this purpose, we provide a balanced and varied school curriculum that has been developed to meet the academic, personal, social and cultural needs of the student. In our teaching we strive to help each student to achieve to the best of his/her potential, to master basic skills and to improve individual performance.

We are committed to instilling respect for learning and an attitude that learning will be a life-long pursuit. We seek to progressively instil in students an acceptance of personal responsibility for themselves and their own learning. We are committed to providing a safe, attractive learning environment for all. We are committed to the development of attitudes and behaviours that demonstrate respect, tolerance and thoughtfulness.

Our guiding principle is STAR – Set a Good Example, Tolerate Differences, Always Do Your Best, Respect Everyone.


Staff roles for 2023


Miss Michelle McDonagh

Deputy Principal - Primary:

Mrs Kelly Fletcher

Deputy Principal - Infants (Relieving):

Mr Nick Campbell

Assistant Principal Curriculum and Instruction:

  • Mrs Amie Stephenson - Mrs Carissa Franco (Relieving)

Assistant Principals:

  • Mr Brendan Taylor
  • Mrs Michelle Black
  • Mrs Brooke Penfold

Assistant Principals - Relieving:

  • Mrs Tori Haynes
  • Mrs Tracy Avery 

Learning and Support Teachers - RFF/Literacy and Numeracy Support:

Mr Tim Keogh, Mr Howard Avery, Ms Elisabeth Brown, Mrs Tanya Swadling, Miss Kyah Marshall, Miss Dusty Bebbington, Mrs Kimberley McPhillips

School Wellbeing Officer:

Mr Taholo Renagi

School Counsellors:

Mrs Christine Bell, Ms Tay Cone

Learning Support Teachers:

  • Mrs Gail Taylor
  • Mrs Brooke Penfold

Class Teachers:


Mrs Michelle Black, Mrs Rebecca Cole, Mrs Lindy Craik, Miss Emma Howell

Year 1: 

Mrs Tori Haynes ,Mrs Kimberley McPhillips, Mr Sam Wicks

Year 1/2:

Mrs Errin Gallagher

Year 2: 

Mrs Nicole Woods, Mrs Paige Wainwright

Year 3:

Mrs Stephanie Harrigan, Mrs Keana Rose

Year 3/4:

Mrs Briony Stevens

Year 4: 

Ms Janet Philp

Year 4/5:

Miss Jane Dowsett

Year 5: 

Mrs Katie Kelemec, Ms Sue Buckley

Year 5/6 Enrichment Class:

Mr Brendan Taylor

Year 6:

Mrs Tegan Eveleigh, Mr Luke Stanford

Special Education:

Mrs Mandy Sullivan, Mr Mark Burbidge, Mrs Lindy Johnson, Mrs Simone Beresford, Mrs Tracy Avery, Mrs Megan Pereira, Mr Terri Valdes, Ms Aletha Weir, Mrs Kait Holloway, Miss Dusty Bebbington, Mrs Tayla Gauci


Mrs Brooke Penfold

Performing Arts Team:

Mr Tim Keogh (Co-ordinator and Band Manager), Mrs Keana Rose (Junior Dance Manager), Mrs Tegan Eveleigh (Senior Dance Manager), Bek Burgess (Aboriginal Dance Teacher)


Administration Staff:

School Administration Managers:

Mrs Jo Hunting, Mrs Karen Crispin

SASS Officers:

Ms Jo Kearns, Mrs Christine Kelly, Mrs Selina O'Loughlin, Mrs Kim Blinman,  Miss Sharon Garvey, Mrs Therese Bartrim, Mrs Sharni-Lee Saye

IT Administration/Oddjobs:

Mr Clem Craythorn

Digital Classroom Officer:

Mrs Kimberley McPhillips

School Learning Support Officers:

Mrs Christine Reardon, Mrs Rhonda Walters, Mrs Jenny Hall, Mrs Debbie Creed, Mrs Liz Weller, Mrs Niki Martin, Mr Dayne McPhillips, Mrs Bernadette Rorke, Mrs Suzie Hollett, Mrs Belinda Balderston, Mr Beau Eveleigh, Miss Katrina Watts, Mrs Leanne Goodwin, Ms Debra Scott, Mrs Ann Chard, Mrs Mel Hennessy, Mr Nick Weller, Mrs Connie Howell, Mrs Wendy Duroux, Mrs Selina O'loughlin, Mr Clem Craythorn, Ms Roxanne Burton, Mrs Sonia Kaur

Aboriginal School Learning Support Officers:

Mr Dion Donnelly, Ms Rebecca Burgess, Mrs Jody Duroux

General Assistant:

Mr Michael Tarrant