Our College

College Profile

Brookside College lies within Caroline Springs which is a rapidly growing suburban community located twenty kilometres west of Melbourne, Victoria. It is a government college providing for students through primary and secondary education, spanning 10 years of learning from Prep to Year 9 and draws its student population from a wide range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

The College strives to offer high-class educational practices and the adoption of contemporary pedagogy that guides students through integrated phases of learning. The fundamental aim of the school is to foster and balance the intellectual, physical, cultural and social development of its students within 21st Century skills framework.

Teaching and learning programs at Brookside College are planned around professional learning teams at each level of the curriculum and intervention programs are run for students needing extra learning support whilst our high-achievers program delivers extension to those who have special skills in particular areas.

Vision, Mission & Values

The College’s philosophy is firmly based on the belief that every student has the ability to learn. It stresses the development of initiative, integrity and self-discipline through a structured Student Wellbeing Policy which incorporates positive and non-discriminatory relationships and is governed by clear expectations of the whole College community, all of whom are taught to take responsibility for their own actions. The College believes that each student’s happiness, confidence, feelings of security and sense of belonging is dependent upon an environment where all members are considerate, respectful and courteous to each other. A strength of the College is its ability to maintain pastoral care for each individual student through the initial enrolment to post school experience.

College community aspirations

Our College is a friendly place where the needs of the students come first. We help our students develop high self-esteem, expecting them to be respectful of others. It is agreed that the College and the family must work closely together to help each child achieve his or her unique potential.

Our students learn to think for themselves and they understand the benefit of working together in teams. Our students learn how to think creatively and critically, how to make sound judgments, and how to apply their knowledge in real life situations. Teachers and parents have high social, moral and academic expectations of our students. Together, they challenge students to make the most of their abilities, and help them to make meaningful connections. Our teachers appreciate that individual students learn differently, so they provide a variety of learning experiences and use a wide range of teaching methods and assessment strategies. Our community celebrates all kinds of student success and appreciates that adults, too, are learners.

Our common future requires that we all look beyond our immediate needs. For this reason, our students learn that they have a duty to the wider community and to the environment. They learn to give service to others, and to work towards a better and more peaceful world. We expect our students to learn about our society and reflect on how different people in the world can learn from each other. Our students learn to be honest, to persevere in everything they do, and to have the courage to defend their views while making informed and ethical choices as future leaders in our changing world.

Our College values are SUPPORT, TEAMWORK, ACHIEVEMENT and RESPECT and we endeavour to incorporate these into our daily work for all Community members.

Principal’s welcome

I have the honour and privilege of welcoming you to Brookside College.

At Brookside College the fundamental purpose of education is to produce the quality of leadership; the capacity and commitment to act for one’s own good and for the common good. As a young, dynamic and exciting learning community ‘Learning to Lead’ is at the core of everything we do. We believe that a good education should be a true balance of head (academics), heart (character and wellbeing) and hand (generating ideas, problem-solving and making).

We pride ourselves in developing confident individuals. Our programs, including extra-curricular activities, support our students to have a sense of self-worth, self-awareness and personal identity that enables them to manage their wellbeing and have a sense of optimism about the future. Our College values of Success, Teamwork, Achievement and Respect support students to relate well to others, embrace opportunities and prepares them for their potential life roles as family, community and workforce members.

Caroline Springs is a culturally rich and diverse community and as a College we are outward looking and community spirited. We have strong focus on developing the moral and ethical integrity that will prepare our students to be active and informed citizens. We are committed to instilling the values of democracy, equity and justice. Our Programs encourage young people to serve the community, in particular sustaining and improving natural and social environments and be responsible global and local citizens.

Powerful positive relationships between staff, students and families coupled with an unflinching focus on growth and improvement make Brookside College an exciting and energetic learning environment for all.

Simon Sherlock

College Leadership | 2018

Executive Team

Simon Sherlock

Brooke Gillis
Assistant Principal

Adam Bright
Assistant Principal

Michael Heyne
Acting Assistant Principal

Samantha McDonald
Business Manager

Renee Dowling
Leader of Student Wellbeing

Senior Leadership

Lyndsay Wehrwein
Leader of Numeracy

Jess Bloom
Leader of Literacy

Karen Jackson
Leader of Learning – Prep to 2

Rachel Kent
Leader of Learning – Years 3 to 6

Dale Thompson
Leader of Learning – Years 7 to 9

Seral Fehmi
Leader of Community Engagement

Melissa Searle
Leader of Student Engagement

Primary PLT Leaders

Catherine Daxecker / Jelena Brkljacic

Manisha Saini
Year 1

Ky Breadmore
Year 2

Monika Hackworthy
Year 3

Sarah Brennan
Year 4

Renee Debono
Year 5

Gretel Van Wyngaarden
Year 6

Secondary PLT Leaders

Chris Hermansson
Year 7

Liam McDermott
Year 8

Grant Puxley / Rebecca Lucas
Year 9


Thank you for your interest in Brookside College. As a College we actively seek to recruit the very best professional and allied staff in order to give our students outstanding educational opportunities.

All vacant positions for teachers and education support staff are advertised on Recruitment Online. To view and apply for current job vacancies, please visit the Recruitment Online website.

All teachers who work at Brookside College require VIT registration. All other staff require a current Employee Working with Children Check. Click on the links for more information on VIT registration and Working with Children Checks.

Brookside P-9 College are always looking for vibrant and engaging Casual Relief Teachers to undertake CRT work throughout the year. If you have the necessary qualifications and are interested in teaching and Brookside, please forward your resume to Brookside.p9@edumail.vic.gov.au att: Daily Organiser.

College Captains | 2018

Mia Tournas

Kristian Josevski

Kevin Le

Deklyn Staropoli

Isabella Schilders

School Council

What is a School Council and what does it do?
All Government schools in Victoria have a School Council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within Departmental provided guidelines. In doing this, a School Council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the School provides for its students.

Who is on the School Council?
There are three possible categories of membership:

  • A mandated elected Parent Category
    More than one third of the total members must be from this category. Brookside College are allowed to have a maximum of two Parent members in this category who are Department of Education and Training (DET) employees provided they are not employed at Brookside College.
  • A mandated elected DET Employee Category
    Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of school council. The Principal of the School is automatically one of these members.
  • An optional Community Member Category
    Members of this category are co-opted by a decision of the Council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community Members.

The term of office for all Members is two years. Half the members must retire each year, creating vacancies for the annual School Council Elections.

Why is Parent membership so important?
Parents on School Councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the School. Those parents who become active on a School Council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.

How can you become involved?
The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant. In view of this, you might seriously consider:

  • Standing for election as a Member of the School Council.
  • Encouraging another person to stand for election.

Do I need special experience to be on School Council?
No. what you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the School’s future.

What do you need to do to stand for election?
The Principal will issue a notice and call for nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All School Council elections must be completed by the end of March. If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent Category. DET employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not employed are eligible to nominate as parents for the School Council where their child is enrolled. Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the Principal within the timeframe stated on the Notice of Election Schedule. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination. If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on Council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.


  • Ask the School for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do.
  • Consider standing for election to Council
  • Be sure to vote in the elections.

Please feel free to contact me should you require further information.

Simon Sherlock

Meeting Dates for 2018

School council meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 6pm during school terms.

The dates for 2018 are as follows:

Tuesday 20th March

Tuesday 15th May

Tuesday 19th June

Tuesday 21st August

Tuesday 18th September

Tuesday 16th October

Tuesday 20th November

Tuesday 18th December

Meeting Dates for 2019

School council meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 6pm during school terms.

The dates for 2019 are as follows:

19 February – 6:00pm

19 March – 6:00pm

21 May – 6:00pm

18 June – 6:00pm

23 July – 6:00pm

20 August – 6:00pm

17 September – 6:00pm

22 October – 6:00pm

19 November – 6:00pm

17 December – 6:00pm


Our current School Council Members are:

Simon Sherlock (Principal/Executive Officer)
DET representative

Christian Anderson (President)
Parent representative

Carly Marriner (Vice President)
Parent representative

Peter Auld (Treasurer)
Parent representative

Sharee Ainsworth
Parent representative

Jacqueline Hair
Parent representative

Catherine Johns
Parent representative

Manika Sirohi
Parent representative

Jacqueline Partridge
Parent representative

Joan Anne
Parent representative

Rachel Morgan
Parent representative

Maria Appiah
DET representative

Dianne Morton
DET representative

Rhiannon Swallow
DET representative

Melissa Searle
DET representative

Kristian Josevski
Student representative

Deklyn Staropoli
Student representative


The strategic plan for Brookside College is a statement to it’s community of the school’s goals and priorities over the next 4 years to improve student outcomes. The strategic plan sets out goals and targets for student achievement, engagement and wellbeing. Key improvement strategies and targets for goal achievement are outlined with achievement milestones stated for each action.

School Strategic Plan 2017-2020

The Annual Implementation plan for Brookside College provides a detailed description of how the key improvement strategies in the School Strategic Plan will be put into operation in each of the four years of the strategic plan to achieve school goals.

2018 Annual Implementation Plan

The annual report for Brookside College informs the whole school community of the school’s successes, activities and achievements throughout the year The annual reporting process ensures high quality data is used and shared with the school community in order to monitor and drive school improvement.

Annual Report 2017