Taylah Griffin is Kerry Street’s Deputy of Teaching and Learning and Year 5/6 class teacher, currently working Monday – Thursday. Taylah holds a Bachelor of Education (Primary), majoring in Special Needs, and is part-way through a Master of Education in Learning Difficulties and Educational Leadership. She has a strong passion for life-long learning and is continually upskilling her knowledge and understanding, particularly in the field of Psychology, where she focuses on trauma-informed restorative care and inclusive education and intervention.
Taylah joined Kerry Street in 2019 and has quickly become a pivotal member of the team, providing our Principal Melissa Kennedy with administrative support across a wide range of business areas, and leading projects like the development of the school’s Reconciliation Action Plan. Her professional background in supporting students with complex needs makes her an empathetic and approachable member of our school’s community and a much-loved colleague and friend.
In the Year 5/6 classroom, Taylah takes care to create Inquiry based educational experiences in which students are accountable for their own learning, and collaborative opportunities in which students who have expertise in specific areas can teach and support their peers. The class spends their days exploring the curriculum in whole class, small group, one-on-one and individual lessons, using problem-solving strategies to investigate authentic, real-life issues.
“I love the atmosphere, culture and support of the school community here at Kerry Street. I have never felt more welcome and at home at work ever before in my life, with the community not just welcoming me, but also my family.
Progressing our school’s Reconciliation Action Plan was essential to me given my experience volunteering in a small Aboriginal community called Ali Curung, in central Northern Territory. The importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture simply cannot be overstated.”Taylah Griffin
Taylah confidently maintains, endorses and practices the philosophy that learning is holistic. It is the development of the whole person – their physical, emotional and social well-being, and not just the cognitive and linguistic attitudes of a child – that contributes to the acquisition of knowledge and becoming strong, vibrant and active members of society. She aims each day to provide a learning environment in which each student is able to achieve their own goals and push themselves to higher limits.
Ella Herbert teaches the Year 5/6 classroom from Wednesday – Friday.
Ella holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education from the University of Notre Dame, and has many years of experience working with children from birth to Year 7. She has developed a deep passion for inquiry and nature-based education; this aligns closely with Kerry Street’s educational values.
Ella aims to create an inclusive classroom where students are encouraged to pursue their interests and passions, nurturing students’ holistic development. She believes that a collaborative learning environment provides many wonderful opportunities for students to discuss, share and learn. Ella supports her students by creating an environment where students are capable beings, who are allowed to make mistakes. An environment that encourages students to be authentic learners and always try their best. Ella’s background is in early childhood education, and she has a passion for the Rudolf Steiner philosophy, making her a compassionate, kind and caring teacher.
Caroline Colliss works as an Education Assistant in the Year 5/6 class on Monday and Wednesday. Caroline is extremely versatile and has worked in many roles throughout the school. This has allowed her to form and maintain strong relationships with many students, especially those in the Upper Primary classrooms. Caroline also maintains the role of Art Specialist throughout the school, and teaches in the K/PP class on Wednesday afternoons. To read more about Caroline, please visit our Visual Arts Program page.
Belinda Allen joined the Kerry Street team in 2021 as a relief staff member and is currently employed as Education Assistant in the Year 5/6 class on Tuesday to Friday.
Before joining us at Kerry Street, Belinda worked in accounts roles within large organisations. Over the last few years, she had spent a lot of her time volunteering at her sons school, and it was there she decided it was time to follow her heart in supporting and nurturing children on their education journey.
I enjoy watching and talking to the children as they play and explore in the Wilderness Area at Kerry Street. It reminds me of the times my family and I explore the beauty of Western Australia when we go camping.Belinda Allen