pre primary students

Kindy/Pre-Primary

Jessica Forth

Hello! I’m Jess and I teach the Kindy/Pre-Primary class.

I started teaching at Kerry Street at the end of Term 2, 2020. I love how supportive the school this community is, I feel at home already!

I hold a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Care) and have been teaching for three years now, in a variety of school contexts. In 2019, I had the good fortune to teach in a small school in Albany, which proved to be a wonderful learning experience. 

My teaching philosophy is centred around play-based and Inquiry learning as I believe it encourages creativity, curiosity and engagement in meaningful learning experiences. I am a firm proponent that the learning environment is the third teacher and has an important role in engaging student’s interests. My classroom by design has a welcoming atmosphere in which children are nurtured and supported holistically. I also think the outdoor environment provides wonderful opportunities for students to explore, task risks, problem solve and develop relationships with their peers, which is why I find Kerry Street’s wild space so exciting. 

I can’t wait to see what my future at Kerry Street brings and am really looking forward to collaborating with parents, staff and students!

Tom Francas

Hi! I’m Tom. I graduated from Edith Cowan University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. After four years of relief teaching and daycare, I found my perfect job at Kerry Street. I have been teaching here since 1998 in a variety of roles and classes, mainly in the Early Childhood years. For six years beginning in 2014, I ran our Kindy class in the hall, which I am privileged to now have named in my honour. I am currently the Education Assistant in the Kindy/Pre-Primary classroom, as well as teaching drama and music one afternoon a week.

I am – and have always been – a big believer in play-based, hands-on, FUN education… and especially in the early years. I use humour, silliness, wordplay, games and imagination to encourage creativity and self-expression. I join in on games as much as possible, which enables me to guide, influence and be a good role model, as well as have some fun. I crave an Inquiry-based environment in which children strongly influence games and activities. It encourages independence and self-regulation and provides opportunities for the children to play, play and play some more. (Just don’t tell them they’re learning!)

“My daughter went to Kindy here because Tom is the King-of-Kings of teachers! And all my family agrees.”

Tlalit (former parent)