About Us

Kingston on Murray Primary School provides a positive and supportive learning environment for all students from reception to year six.

Principals Welcome

Welcome to Kingston on Murray Primary School where we Aim High, Be Kind, and Thrive Together

Welcome to Kingston on Murray Primary School, where every day is filled with exciting and diverse learning opportunities! Our students are at the heart of everything we do, from the youngest in the Echidna Learning Area (R-3) to the budding leaders in the Bilby Learning Area (4-6). With a strong focus on daily, explicit Literacy and Numeracy sessions, we ensure every student receives the tailored support they need, whether in small groups or one-on-one.

Our dynamic teaching team, including Mrs. Rachael Thomson, Mr. Phillip Lawson, Mrs. Nadia Clarke, and Mrs. Kara Voigt, brings a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm to a wide range of subjects. From The Arts and STEM to Health and PE, HASS, and Science, our integrated approach makes learning both engaging and fun.

Supporting our students’ learning journeys are SSO Kerry Albrecht-Szabo and Janelle Eustice, who provide invaluable assistance in the classroom. Miss Sheridan Heinze, our Finance Officer, and Natasha Chabrel, our Administration Officer, keep the school running smoothly, while Mr. Brenton Poole, our dedicated Pastoral Care Worker, ensures a nurturing and supportive environment for all.

At Kingston on Murray Primary School, we proudly uphold our core values of Aim High, Be Kind, and Thrive Together. Our strong partnership with the Governing Council, dedicated staff, and the wider school community creates a safe, inclusive, and supportive learning environment where every achievement is celebrated, and every student is encouraged to reach their full potential.

Our commitment to environmental education shines through our Riverlinx camps, where students from other schools join us to explore and learn about the River Murray’s rich ecosystem. Our students take the lead in these workshops, building confidence and leadership skills while showcasing the natural wonders of the Riverland region.

We’re also passionate about sports and music! Our students participate in Riverland Schools Sports and SAPSASA events, and we offer onsite music lessons as part of our instrumental music program.

To broaden our students’ experiences, we organize regular day excursions and a special two-day camp for our upper primary class.

Join us at Kingston on Murray Primary School, where every student’s learning and well-being needs are met with personalised attention and care.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Mrs. Kara Voigt
Principal

School Facilities list

  • Library
  • Echidna Learning Area
  • Bilby Learning Area
  • Vegetable Patch
  • Swimming Pool
  • Worm Farm
  • Oval
  • Tennis/Basketball Court
  • Windows Laptops
  • Device for Every Student
  • Playgroup
  • Pelican Learning Area
  • Recycling Shed
  • Playground
  • Promethean Boards
  • Smelly Garden
  • Eco Pond
  • Butterfly Garden

Our Staff

Kara Voigt

Kara Voigt

Principal

Kara Voigt is celebrating her 3rd year as Principal at Kingston on Murray Primary School. With a background as a coordinator of Literacy and Numeracy, Kara brings a wealth of experience and a deep passion for these essential areas. Currently, she inspires students by teaching Physical Education and Health in both the Echidna and Bilby Learning Areas.

Kara is full of energy and enthusiasm for learning, dedicated to equipping each student with the skills they need to succeed in all aspects of life. She cherishes the close-knit community of Kingston-on-Murray and takes pride in the outstanding learning opportunities provided to the students. Kara’s commitment to fostering a supportive and engaging educational environment makes Kingston-on-Murray Primary School a wonderful place to grow and thrive.

Phillip Lawson

Phillip Lawson

Teacher

Mr. Phillip Lawson is in his seventh year of primary school teaching and is thrilled to be in his fifth year at Kingston on Murray Primary School. Before joining us, he taught for two years at Cadell Primary School and spent several years in Adelaide teaching English to adult migrants. Currently, Mr. Lawson inspires students in the Bilby Learning Area (Years 4-6) and enriches R-6 student learning each week in STEM, Science and The Arts.

He is enthusiastic about continuing his journey at Kingston-on-Murray Primary School, cherishing the wonderful connections he makes with staff, students, and families. Mr Lawson is dedicated to ensuring every student’s learning and well-being needs are met within the supportive environment of a small school.

Rachael Thomson

Rachael Thomson

Teacher

Mrs. Rachael Thomson joined the Kingston on Murray staff in 2021, bringing with her a wealth of experience from teaching junior primary classes at Ramco Primary School and Barmera Primary School. Rachael currently teaches R-2 from Monday to Thursday in the Echidna Learning Area.

Growing up in the Riverland, Rachael is passionate about the unique benefits of a close-knit schooling community and is dedicated to fostering strong connections between families and the school. She is committed to ensuring each student has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Mrs. Thomson is excited to be part of the Kingston-on-Murray community and looks forward to contributing to our vibrant and supportive learning environment.

Kerry Albrecht Szabo

Kerry Albrecht Szabo

Curriculum SSO

Mrs. Kerry Albrecht-Szabo has been a School Services Officer at Kingston on Murray Primary School since 2007, bringing a fun and vibrant energy to our community! She leads our targeted Literacy and Numeracy Programs, working closely with all student to ensure their learning needs are met. Kerry is dedicated to making learning engaging and effective for all students. She also assists staff in collecting and maintaining student data, making sure everyone stays on track and has the support they need.

Sheridan Heinze

Sheridan Heinze

Finance/ Administration SSO

Miss Sheridan Heinze began her role as finance officer at Kingston on Murray Primary School in January, 2022. She is also the Finance Officer at Loxton North School. Prior to this she worked at Loxton Primary School in a combined role incorporating Administration Officer and Kitchen Garden Specialist for over 10 years. Sheridan loves the warmth and sense of belonging that comes from working in a small community school.

Janelle Eustice

Janelle Eustice

Curriculum SSO

Janelle joined KOMPS in 2024, bringing her nurturing and kind personality to our team. She offers support to children both in the classroom and individually across various areas. With previous experience at Waikerie High School, Janelle demonstrates a genuine love for learning.

Natasha Chabrel

Natasha Chabrel

Administration SSO

Natasha joined Kingston on-Murray Primary School in 2024 and has been a burst of energy in our office administration. She’s the friendly, smiling face that welcomes you into our school, and her enthusiasm shines through in everything she does. Natasha loves meeting new people, helping students and families, and is the cheerful voice you hear on the phone.

Brenton Poole

Brenton Poole

Pastoral Care Worker

Mr Brenton Poole has been the Pastoral Care Worker at Kingston on Murray Primary School since 2015.  He also supports students and staff at Cobdogla Primary School, ensuring that he is a constant part of the community.  Brenton works in a hands on and interactive way with students each Monday and Wednesday, creating lasting outdoor artwork and structures to enhance student learning and connection to the school environment.

Josh Suchenko

Josh Suchenko

Groundsman & Bus Driver

Josh joined our team as our Groundsperson in 2022 and brings immense pride to his work, ensuring our grounds remain magnificent. With a passion for projects, he always has something exciting underway. Besides being our reliable bus driver, Josh is a natural conversationalist, dedicated to nurturing our students. Having attended Kingston-on-Murray PS himself, the school holds a special place in his heart.

Chelsea Bannear

Chelsea Bannear

Playcentre Coordinator

Chelsea Bannear joined KOMPS in 2024 as the Playcentre Coordinator. She has a passion for working with children from birth to age 5, creating engaging and enriching learning experiences for them. Playcentre sessions are available for children aged 0 to 5 on Mondays from 9 – 11 AM and Wednesdays from 1 – 3 PM. Each week, Chelsea designs her activities around a different book, providing a new focus and fresh learning opportunities for the children.

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