Committee of Management

Our kindergarten is a not for profit, Committee run kindergarten. The Committee of Management is an elected group of parents who meet once a month to plan and discuss matters related to the running of the kindergarten. The election of the Committee occurs each November at our AGM. With governance support from a Director and an Administration Officer, the committee is responsible for the administration of funds, maintenance of the grounds and building, employment of staff, liaisons with the Department of Education and Training, complying with Children’s Services Regulations and any other business that may arise. Joining the Committee is a rewarding experience and a wonderful way to contribute to your child’s kindergarten. We urge all parents/guardians to consider joining for a range of different roles including President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Fundraising Officer or General members.

Staff

Each member of our qualified team are highly experienced, dedicated and invaluable to the day to day running of our centre and the delivery of our programs.


Andrea Strachan, B.Ed (ECE/Primary) – Director/Educational Leader – Nominated Supervisor

Portrait of Andrea, drawn by Jordan (age 4)

My time as a teacher at Centenary Drive Kindergarten began in 2003. Since returning from maternity leave, my role has evolved into that of the Director/Educational Leader. I feel extremely lucky to be a part of such a wonderful and caring kindergarten community and am proud of the high quality service we deliver. I gain tremendous satisfaction in building strong relationships with our families and children, our skilled staff and  the dedicated committee members. While I spend most of my time in the office these days, I can sometimes be seen sneaking out to share a conversation, puzzle or story with the kinder children.


Jessica Dirkx, B.Ed (ECE) – Teacher

Portrait of Jessica, drawn by Lyla (aged 4)

I have worked in the Early Childhood sector for 15 years and enjoy making strong connections with each child and family and supporting each child’s development through building on their strengths and interests. I love sharing their excitement when discovering new things and their satisfaction when they achieve new skills. I love the inquisitive minds of young children and I believe all children are capable and competent learners. I have two children of my own and enjoy participating in lots of different sports with them, watching movies, seeing our friends and spending time with each other.


Melinda Sciotto, B.Ed (ECE) – Teacher

Portrait of Melinda, drawn by Layla (aged 4)

I have been a teacher for over 20 years and enjoyed being part of children’s learning journey as they start Kinder. There is such enjoyment watching children grow and develop and knowing you have contributed to that learning. I have three children, all of which are at primary school and enjoy reading, cooking, and crafts.

Kirsti Claridge, Cert III (Children’s Services) – Educator 

Portrait of Kirsti, drawn by Tahlia (aged 4)

I have been at Centenary Drive Kindergarten since 2009, working as an educator with the 3 & 4 year old groups. I enjoy watching the children learn, grow and achieve independance throughout the year.


Margaret Murphey, Diploma Community Services (Child Care) – Educator

Portrait of Margaret, drawn by Sophia  (aged 5)

I’ve been working with children since 1998 and at Centenary Drive since 2017. As an educator it is really rewarding seeing the children grow and develop into confident little people and to know I had some part in it.


Margaret Rades – Administration Officer

Portrait of Margaret, drawn by Cameron  (aged 4)

I have been a part of the Centenary Drive Kindergarten community since 2006 when my first child attended the 3 year old kinder program. Since then my other two children have attended both 3 and 4 year old kinder. In that time I enjoyed my role on the Committee of Management, which then led me into this position as a staff member. I have throughly enjoyed all my time at the kinder as a parent and staff member. My three children also have enjoyed their time here as well, with many fond memories.