A great little school for great little people

Providing quality education to students in East Ballarat since 1875.

Our Staff

PRINCIPAL

Mr Arthur Lane

I strongly believe that a government primary school should provide an excellent education for all students. I am delighted to be the Principal at Warrenheip. It is "a great little school for great little people"!

I took up the role of Principal at Warrenheip in January 2017. I have been a small school Principal since 2010. My first School was Nullawil, in the Mallee, and I moved to Bullarto (near Daylesford) in 2012.

I live in Gisborne, in the Macedon Ranges. I am married to Sara, who is a Maternal and Child Health Nurse and have 3 children. We came to Australia nearly 18 years ago with only one child, a baby at the time so our two younger kids are home grown Aussies! Before becoming a teacher I was in the British Royal Navy, serving in Submarines. My hobbies include sailing and motorcycles, as well as spending time with my family.


GRADE  3 / 4  TEACHER

Mrs Sue Trop

At a recent conference I attended, all participants were asked to list the various roles we had in our lives. Here’s my list; daughter, granddaughter, sister, sister-in-law, wife, friend, cousin, teacher, student, step mum, niece, great niece, aunt and great aunt.

And, here’s a brief account of how my list came about and where it all began. Born at the Ararat Hospital, we lived in Stawell where Mum was a stay-at-home mum, while dad was a shearer. For the first four years I was an only child, only grandchild and only niece. The centre of all attention and apparently “thoroughly spoiled.”

At age four I started kinder, and in the same year my younger brother was born. A year later I began prep at the local Stawell Primary School.

The year I turned seven, while in grade two, we moved onto a farm on the outskirts of Lake Bolac.  Suddenly we changed from “townies” to living on a remote cropping farm in the country.

Weekends and holidays were filled with helping on the farm, building cubbies in old sheds, horse riding, driving around in “Morrie”, our paddock bomb, gathering a huge menagerie of pets; cats, dogs, lambs, Shetland ponies, budgies and a rat and, whenever I got the chance, reading. I was always the one with my “nose in a book.”

My brother and I caught the bus each day to attend the local primary school and at the end of grade six, moved a few hundred metres up the road to the Lake Bolac Secondary School.

After completed year 12, I moved once more, this time to Ballarat where I began teacher training.

Once training was completed, my first teaching appointment was at a small rural school of twenty students at Ampitheatre. Once more I was on the move, this time back to the country, where I taught grades prep, one and two.

After a year at Ampi. I moved back to Stawell and travelled each day to Ararat North Primary where I taught for two years.

My last move, so far, has been back to Ballarat where I have taught at Scarsdale, Linton and then Warrenheip.

Growing up, hobbies and interests were horse riding, netball, hockey and reading. My hobbies now are a little different; bike riding, travelling, bush walking and still reading.

This year I have added a few more roles to my list; apiarist, we have our first hive, and it’s doing well as we learn to care for our bees, cheese maker, hopefully we will soon be able make and share our own cheeses, and rock and roll dancer with the Ballarat Rockers.