Our staff make learning for living in our unique community a reality for the children of Portobello School.

Mel Jewiss is our principal. She has experience teaching primary school children of all ages. Mel is passionate about supporting students at Portobello School to progress and achieve academically, socially and emotionally. Mel leads our team of teachers and support staff to deliver high quality teaching and learning within our school. Mel enjoys working with families to foster a strong home school partnership that supports learners. Mel teaches Year 1-3 students each Friday and regularly teaches in classrooms across the school; releasing teachers for classroom release time and to undertake professional learning. 

Our Deputy Principal, Tom Hobbs teaches the senior students, Year 6, 7 and 8 students in Room 4. Tom works closely with Cheryl Agnew to offer great opportunities for our senior students.  Tom is also our Numeracy 
and e-Learning Lead Teacher. 

Cheryl Agnew teaches our middle school students, Year 3, 4 and 5 students. She and her students enjoy working closely with their neighbours in Room 4.  Mrs Agnew also looks after our Environmental Education programme.

Candace Christensen is our new entrant teacher. She welcomes our new 5 year olds to the school and gives them a great start to their school life. Candace is also our Reading Recovery teacher working with children in the afternoons.

Margaret Fruean also works in our new entrant class.  She works in the afternoons while Candace works with Reading Recovery students.

Therese Sharma works in the senior class one on one with one of our students on Wednesdays.

We are also very fortunate to have fabulous teacher aides who support children with their learning:


is another one of our teacher aides.  She works closely to support the learning of one of our students.

 is our other teacher aide.  She works with many students throughout our school.


is Portobello School's executive officer. Marilyn
 is still relatively new to our school so she understands how important a warm welcome is. 

The school is kept in ship-shape order by our caretaker, Graeme McNulty.

Our school swimming pool is managed by Ewan.  He ensures that the pool is always ready to go.