Mrs Sue Smith Retires from Girrinbai.

At the end of Term Two  2016 we celebrated the retirement of Sue Smith from Girrinbai (Officially at the end of the year). Sue has worked alongside of me (The Director)  for the past 24 years and together we have both grown as Teachers .Over this time I have had the privilege to have worked with both Sue Smith and Gail Brewer- two outstanding teachers that I am glad to have known throughout my teaching career.

Sue has been an outstanding teacher for many years. She has provided wonderful support for the children and families that have attended our centre for the past 24 years.  Sue is the kind of teacher that was “born to be a teacher” with the most caring attitude to her children. Sue was creative, inspiring and energetic. Her love of the children shined through every day with her interactions. Sue was always engaged to the children. She simply loved play and seeing the children develop and grow. She will be sadly missed at Girirnbai and will always be welcome as a casual at any time. I hope the next phase of your life is as rewarding as your time at Girrinbai !!

with  much love  Lyn.


We welcome Stephanie Callaghan to Girrinbai in 2020.Stephanie has had a long association with Girrinbai over many  years as our Aboriginal Cultural Teacher. Stephanie is currently working as our Teacher on Monday/ Tuesday/ Wednesday during Fleur’s leave. Stephanie is also employed as an Assistant at Girrinbai and will continue in this role in 2021.  Stephanie has been working in education for many years and has assisted the Government with many Aboriginal Programmes. Her knowledge and expertise in the field is outstanding and we are so very lucky to have her at Girrinbai as part of our team.

We welcome Fleur Robinson to Girirnbai in 2017. Fleur has just been appointed as our new Teacher for the Monday/ Tuesday Coral Room Fleur  is also the Teacher on Wednesday in the Kimberley Room when Lyn takes a full day in the office. Fleur has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Hons and a Major in Special Education.  Fleur is currently on leave for a year in 2020 and will return in 2021.

Linda in Term Three 2019 was outstanding in her organisation and community involvement in the Fill the Farmer’s Truck.Linda also spent a long time helping the children understand the important role that Farmer’s do as well as teaching the children about the drought in NSW.

Linda teaching the children about the Drought and some of the donations  for our farmers.

Staff News and Training in 2020

  1. *All staff  have had training in environmental programmes including  “ Using Loose parts in our programme and Quality Learning Environments.” This led to our new upgrades in our playground . Gillie is currently looking into loose parts to be incorporated in our outdoor playground.

  2. *Staff are currently completing the Speaking in Colour Aboriginal Cultural Training. This is a yearly programme.

  3. *Staff have also completed several webinars on wellbeing for children and educators  during Covid and other disasters.

Staff News and Training in 2019

  1. *All staff  have been training in Professional Codes of Practice including ethical behaviours and Learning how to apply the Australian Early Childhood Code of Ethics in our daily practice. For our Staff Development Day we focused this year on Professional Practice in line with the new National Standards of Professional Practice.

  2. *Gillie and Noeline attended training for Occupational and Sensory Programming for children.

  3. *Jody, Gillie, Noeline and Hayley attended a lecture regarding current trends in Early Childhood.

  4. *Fleur, Gillie and Lyn have completed several inservices pertaining to their Teacher Accreditation .

  5. *Gillie will be taking 1 week’s Long Service Leave in Term Three.

Staff News and Training in 2018

  1. *All staff completed first aide training to ensure that we all can manage any  emergency situation.

  2. *In the April School Holidays staff will be completing training in “Working towards making a Reconciliation Action Plan and  looking at ways that services become exceeding through the National Quality Standards.

  3. *Our Teachers complete many hours of training every year in line with Teacher Accreditation Standards.

  4. *Lyn has recently completed several training opportunities on Leadership and Financial Management. This training was funded by the DET. 

  5. *All staff have been reflecting on the national quality standards using the board game.


Meet the Staff.

Lyn :

The Director of Girrinbai and Teacher of the Kimberley Room. Lyn has been teaching for 33 years and directing for 31 years. Lyn has  lectured in Child Development at the Belmont TAFE. Lyn has also lectured for the 4th Year University Students as a guest lecturer. Lyn is also a Teacher Accreditation Supervisor  for NESA. (National Education Standards  Authority) She obtained her Degree of Early Childhood Education at Newcastle University.

 Her interests in education are :

     Maintaining a high quality service.
     Maths and Science in Early Childhood.
     Implementing a Non-Sexist Play Program.
     Perceptual Motor Skills-movement and music combined.
     Gifted Programming.
     Child Development.
       Aboriginal Education .
     Anti- Bias Education.
     Special Needs Education.


Fleur is the Teacher in the Coral room on Monday and Tuesday. Fleur is now the Teacher in the Kimberley Room when Lyn is in Office Time.  Fleur  has her Bachelor of Early Childhood and a Masters in Special education.  Fleur commenced employment in 2017. Fleur has taught overseas and at the Sydney Grammer School in Early Childhood. Fleur also lectures at TAFE in Early Childhood. Fleur is our Educational Leader under the Regulations.

Her Interest in education are:


  Regio Emilia practice
  Science and Maths in early childhood.
Programming and Planning


Gillian is the Teacher in the Coral room on Wednesday/Thursday and Friday.   Gillian has her Bachelor of Early Childhood. Gillian has been a Child Care Educator  for 19 years. Gillian has recently graduated with her Teaching Degree. 2016 will see Gillian in her second year as Teacher.

Her Interest in education are:


  Sharing her love of the Aboriginal and Asian Culture especially Thai and the Vietnamese. 
  Story Telling- using any props to enhance the story that I can create.  
  The outdoor environment and helping the children to discover the wonder in the environment.


The Assistant in the Kimberley Room.

 Linda has worked at Girrinbai Preschool since its inception and holds her Diploma in Early Childhood.

 Her interests in education are:

     Signed English /Auslan and Makaton.
     Teaching the Staff Signing.
     Introducing the children to animals and environmental concepts. Teaching sustainability within the preschool.

 Jody :

The Assistant in the Coral Room on Monday and Tuesday and Friday. Jody has her Diploma in Social Science ( Child Studies) from TAFE and has Worked at Girrinbai for 17 years. Her Interest in education are:

     Non-sexist and Anti- Bias Programming.
     Creative Play experiences.
     Drama/Music and Movement.
     Special Needs Children.

 Noeline :

The Assistant in the Coral Room on Wednesday and Thursday.  Noeline has her Diploma in Social Science ( Child Studies) from TAFE and has has commenced this role in 2018.  Her Interest in education are:

    Sustainability in the early childhood environment.
     Aesthetics as a tool of learning.


 Additonal  Inclusive Support Educators :

Girrinbai also employs inclusive support educators depending on funding provisions.   Our Educators are:  Noeline Kilpatrick, Paradise Bagwell , Chrissy Carey. Katie Halsey ,Hayley Mudford and Tamika Stuart.

we also have very reliable casual: Jenny Macquire .

Cultural Teachers :

Our Cultural  Teachers 

 Interests at Girrinbai include:

     Incorporating  Cultural programmes in the Early Childhood Curriculum. 
     Assisting  children  with  English  as their second language to integrate in the centre.  


Speech Pathologist:

Emma Hardie is our Speech Pathologist. Emma is available for assessments. Emma has a Private Practice Emma can be contacted on : 49450618

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