Specialist Areas

Specialist Areas


Weekly Science lessons provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes. Through participation in activities such as investigations and experiments, students will develop critical thinking skills and learn how to ask questions and form conclusions based on evidence using scientific methods.

Young people have a natural curiosity about the world around them. Our lessons will promote the joy of scientific discovery while building knowledge about the natural and built environments we live in.

There will be four focus areas covered this year in accordance with the W.A. Curriculum:

Term 1: Earth and space sciences.
Term 2: Biological sciences.
Term 3: Chemical sciences.
Term 4: Physical sciences.

Mr Paul Summerfield

Health and Physical Education

Hi I am Matt Piparo and I am the classroom teacher for Room 16. I moved to Kalgoorlie in 2010, I taught at Kalgoorlie Primary for 8 years and have been teaching at Hannans Primary since 2018. My passions are sport and teaching mathematics.

The students of Room 16 continue to consolidate the learning of previous years, building on their personal strengths and working on weaknesses. Visible learning and critical thinking techniques seek to expand on prior learning and while there is a greater focus on more structured classroom teaching, co-operation, collaboration and group-work remain significant modes of learning. Room 16 has high expectations and work with restorative practice if required.

Year 5 and 6 students enjoy the opportunity to learn more about leadership and to further explore their Character Strengths. The expectations of Year 6 students are significant, across all aspects of School life; A highlight for the year is the annual school camp, which provides students with a variety of challenges and unique learning experiences.

This year I am fortunate enough to be using some long service leave and take every second Wednesday off. In my absence the class is taught by Miss Jasinta Saraceni. I believe this provides students with an opportunity to learn from different teachers with different teaching styles and is great practice for a skill required in high school. We are also fortunate to have the magnificent Education Assistant Mrs Dee Wheatcroft work in our room for 3 days a week. I am passionate about teaching and learning and I am always looking for ways to refine and improve my own teaching as I believe that “Learning from a teacher who has stopped learning is like drinking water from a stagnant pond”.

I look forward to a successful year and cannot wait to tackle the challenges that are presented to us.

If you have any questions, please pop in, and see me or send an email matthew.piparo@education.wa.edu.au

Matt Piparo

Visual Arts

Hi, my name is Sarah Ciuk and I moved to the Goldfields in 2003. This is my second year of teaching at Hannans Primary School.

I have previously taught in South Hedland, Coolgardie and at Kalgoorlie Primary School. I have taught across the year levels and have also taken on the roles of Science Specialist and supervised the MEG Languages program at Kalgoorlie Primary School.

This is my first year as the Visual Arts Specialist and I strongly believe that everyone has the ability to create. This year we will be exploring and experimenting with a variety of arts media to create a range of artworks.

My favourite things to do are reading and quilting and I’m sure some of these will find a way into this year’s Visual Arts program.

I am a mum to Ashlee, who attended Hannans and is now at high school. I share my house with my husband, a cat, a dog, some chooks and a lot of fabric.

Sarah Ciuk

Languages (Mandarin Chinese)

Our students learn Mandarin Chinese at Hannans Primary School. The teacher for our Language classes is Mrs Kinsella who works with the MEG Mandarin program through which we have native Chinese teachers who teach the classes online, in conjunction with Mrs Kinsella.  This program starts in Year 1 and continues to Year 6.

Hannans Primary School has committed to the MEG Language program to ensure that our students receive consistent lessons and learning in Mandarin Chinese with access to native-speaking teachers all based in China.


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