At MRIS, each student

  • Works towards fulfilling their potential in an atmosphere of respect, cooperation, self discipline and creativity.
  • Learns in classes structured to provide for each child’s educational and emotional needs, ensuring scholastic achievement and self-development.
  • Learns how to feel good about themselves, become self motivated and continue the enjoyment of life-long learning.

In the Primary years we continue to instil a sense of self-esteem while promoting a mature attitude to study that will carry the child through the more rigorous demands of secondary education.


MRIS follows the West Australian State Curriculum. Our teachers follow a Whole School Development Plan which addresses learning areas including English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Languages, Arts, Economics, Business, Civics, Citizenship, Health, Physical Education, ICT, Design and Technology.

MRIS is extremely proud of its well-chosen, highly skilled and caring teachers. Teachers are asked to be flexible, supportive and innovative. They are encouraged to use their own special skills and areas of interest and to utilise the wealth of skills found amongst the parents.

The school places a high priority on visual and performing arts and employs specialist teachers for Years 1-6 in the areas of Visual Arts, Music, and Dance and Drama who are professionals in their chosen field. The school is well known, through exhibitions and concerts, for its high standards of performance. Students are able to participate in private music lessons as well as having the opportunity to be part of the popular school bands.

A specialist teacher is employed to run a French Language Program for Years 1-6. MRIS hosts a highly successful French connection Open Day every second year which is well attended by the wider community.

MRIS employs a specialist Physical Education teacher and Year 1-6 students are taught a wide range of sporting skills with an emphasis on fitness and teamwork. MRIS participates in interschool sporting activities including athletics and other team sports e.g. soccer, with small schools in the Capes region. Pre-primary to Year 6 students also take part in annual swimming lessons and in some grades may have additional sessions e.g. yoga, gymnastics and surfing. In the early years as physical co-ordination is essential to the development of other skills, 

Great importance is attached to outdoor excursions and school camps. Years 2 to 6 attend an annual camp with their teacher. These activities are vital to the educational program, providing real life experiences in stimulating environments. Parents attending camp shall have a Working with Children Clearance & completed the STEP course.

To promote connection within the school, students, teachers and parents participate in a ‘walk and talk’ activity twice a week before classes commence.

A Peer Support Program on specific modules is conducted for the primary school every year in Term 3. These modules are “dedicated to providing dynamic, peer-led programs which foster the mental, social and physical wellbeing of young people and their community”.

Child safety is a priority at MRIS. The School implements the National Principles of Child Safe Organisations and we run the Child Protection Programme “Keeping Safe” program from Kindy to Year 6, teachers report the focus of which to parents twice per term in the newsletter.

Years 1 - 6 1

Meet the staff

Years 1-3

Years 1 - 6 2

Kate Cawse
Year 1 Teacher

Years 1 - 6 3

Kate Appleton
Year 2 Lead Teacher

Years 1 - 6 4

Amanda Mas
Year 2 Teacher

Years 1 - 6 5

Ashley Burke
Year 3 Teacher

Years 1 - 6 6

Janet Pettit
Year 1 Assistant

Years 1 - 6 7

Caroline Varin
Year 1 Assistant

Years 1 - 6 7

Emma Oliffe
Year 1 Assistant

Years 1 - 6 7

Zoe Sakharova
Year 2 Assistant

Years 1 - 6 10



Years 1 - 6 11

Julia Knight
Year 2 Assistant

Years 1 - 6 7



Years 4 – 6


Years 1 - 6 13

Sara Walker
Year 4 lead teacher

Years 1 - 6 14

Tamara Broadbent
Year 4 Teacher

Years 1 - 6 15

Lindsay Burke
Year 5 Teacher

Years 1 - 6 16

Laura Nicholls
Year 6 teacher

Years 1 - 6 17

Belinda Heussenstamm
Year 4 Assistant

Years 1 - 6 18

Clare Innes
Year 4 Assistant

Years 1 - 6 19

Jacki Connew
Year 5 Assistant