Well-being Coordinator – Paul Fry

Paul has over 25 years of experience working with children and families in team leader and management social work roles.

Prior to joining the team at NEPS, Paul worked at Anglicare Victoria as a Case Manager, Senior Case Manager and Team Leader, where he supported teams in the provision of intensive case management for families within the child protection system. Paul also has experience at Berry St, Quantum Support Services and Child Protection.

Paul is a fully qualified Tuning Into Kids and Tuning Into Teens facilitator. He also has qualifications in early childhood, youth work and business management and has delivered training in those areas. He is currently completing a masters in Adolescent Health and Well-being majoring in Oncology.

Paul is committed to providing a therapeutic intervention approach in schools to support students and families.


School Improvement Leader – Lara Gibbons 

Lara joined the NEPS team in 2016. She has a background in Criminal Justice Administration and supporting students on the Autism Spectrum. She has first hand knowledge of the importance of supporting students and teachers in their education and learning. Her primary role is to support teachers to deliver the Respectful Relationships learning materials and lead work to develop a school and community culture that recognises and celebrates differences. NEPS does this through special events such as wearing purple for epilepsy day and celebrating International Women’s Day. She works with other schools within Moe and Newborough to build their understanding and delivery of  the Respectful Relationships initiative.

With Paul, Lara develops and delivers information to teaching and support staff, students and families that address gender equality, family violence and how we can create change in this area.

In addition to her leadership role, Lara is a classroom teacher within the 3/4 unit where she particularly loves to build her classroom library and share her love of reading.


Karen Prestidge – Well-being Support

Karen coordinates a number of programs to support students and families within the NEPS community these include:

  • Breakfast Club,
  • Social skills groups,
  • Fundraising BBQs,
  • Special Events such as Mother Grandmother night/ father Grandfather night,
  • Providing school lunches and uniforms for students in need
  • Therapy in Schools program

Karen also participates in Key Contact meetings where student needs are raised and supports identified. She engages in classroom visits checking in with students to monitor their well-being.


Jess Hurley – Junior School Council

Our Junior school council is supported by Miss Hurley.