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Meet Our Team

Our centre is run by a friendly and capable team of professionals. Amanda is our manager and opens the office three times a week. If you don't reach her on the phone, leave a message and she'll get back to you as soon as possible. She will respond to all your administrative enquiries as well as source for you the correct information from our highly trained teachers or our GymbaROO portal which is manned by the professionals who are the back bone of the GymbaROO program. Amanda is always happy to help and will respond promptly to your enquiries. Emails and phone messages are checked daily to ensure that enquiries that require immediate attention, are responded to accordingly.

Our enthusiastic staff are committed to ensuring that our families are looked after to the very highest standard while visiting our centre for their weekly sessions, so please bare with us if the phones are not manned during class time.

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Brenda, Deon, Olive and Joe Beckley

Their family became involved in Gymbaroo when Olive was six months old. Deon and Brenda enrolled Olive into a Gymbaroo class and the first thought that went through Brenda's mind at their first class was, "I wish I'd known about this earlier".

Since enrolling, Gymbaroo has been an important part of their weekly routine. Brenda and Deon found Gymbaroo when they were looking for some way to guarantee their children a healthy and gentle transition into the world. There are so many pressures placed on us to 'achieve'; if we lose perspective of what it is to reach our full potential without those pressures, life becomes condensed and we don't have time for loving, caring and having fun.

Gymbaroo makes learning fun. Brenda and Deon felt reassured that they could leave Olive's developmental milestones in the hands of the team at Gymbaroo, and the rest of the time they could focus on loving, nurturing and having fun with Olive.

Brenda and Deon became proprietors of Subiaco (previously Nedlands) Gymbaroo in term 2, 2011. Their focus is on nurturing the Nedlands centre into a place that offers parents support and community along side what is fundamental to the centre, healthy child development. They believe the Gymbaroo program to be extraordinary and are passionate in passing that message onto families alike.

They invite you to visit the centre to get a feel for it, or email Brenda directly on

Amanda Magraith 

Amanda is instrumental to the smooth running of the centre. Amanda began with Subiaco (previously Nedlands) GymbaROO in 2011. Amanda has a Bachelor of Science degree and previouly worked as a lab technician. Her power of 'forensic detection' qualifies her, in our eyes, as the best Admin Queen in the world. 

Amanda has had a seat on the Board of Consumers at Princess Margaret Hospital for the past 10 years. She has three sons who keep her very busy. 

If you have any admin related enquiries Amanda will sort it. 

Elisabetta Panseri - Teacher

Elisabetta is a dance and music teacher with many years of experience working in Italy, her homeland, as well as Singapore and Australia. Elisabetta completed six months of GymbaROO training before entering her teaching position. 

Elisabetta is easy going and relatable. She has a special calmness with children and they are instantly struck by her natural rapport.

Julia Sahao - Teacher

Julia is a qualified general practitioner. She has worked as a triage doctor in the emergency department of the Sao Lucas Hospital in Brazil. Julia has decided to take a different direction in life but her innate compassion and beautiful bedside manner will never change.

Julia has completed formal Gymbaroo training and has assisted for many months prior to entering a teaching role.

Julie Nishida - Teacher

Julie is a qualified early years educator with many years of experience including a role at a local Montessori School. Julie loves working with parents to ensure their children have the best possible start to education. 

Julie's introduction to Gymbaroo was through her own experience of it with her daughter, Mia. Mia began Gymbaroo in the baby program and moved through allowing Julie to experience the benefits of the program first hand. 

Julie has completed her formal Gymbaroo training and has spent several months at Gymbaroo in an observational capacity prior to commencing her teaching role. 

Junie Brittan - Relief Teacher

Junie is a qualified physiotherapist. After working in her field she discovered that she resinated strongly with children and thus began her journey with us at Gymbaroo. In Junie's words "I'm just a big kid" and your kids will love her. 

Junie, as with all of our Gymbaroo teachers, has completed the Teacher Training Program through the GymbaROO Head Quarters. Junie assisted the teaching team at Subi GymbaROO since July 2016 before stepping into her teaching role in early 2018.  

Laureen Mattues - Relief Teacher

Laureen joined our team in December 2015. She is from Paris, France and has lived in Australia since 2012. Laureen is qualified in Psychomotor Therapy which is similar to being a Peadiatric Occupational Therapist in Australia. 

Laureen came to us with 8 years of experience in her field. Her speciality is children and she is very talented in the way that she delivers her knowledge and communicates with experience the best ways to integrate healthy developmental approaches in every day life. She's passionate about connecting with parents and children and her experience with children translates in a very natural and inspiring way. 

Francesca Pedone - Relief Teacher

Francesca is from Italy and qualified there as an Occupational Therapist. Francesca works as an occupational assistant at the Autism Association of WA. Francesca has a very special way with children and they become instantly entranced. We are lucky to have Francesca's help on Saturdays when we need her. 

All team members are required to complete an intensive and comprehensive training program through GymbaROO Head Quarters while completing modules throughout their teaching career at GymbaROO.

Rachelle Quintner - Relief Teacher/conducts Professional Development

BA Visual Arts (94) Diploma of Primary Education (09) and Occupational Therapist

Rachelle conducts Professional development for our teachers as well as offering relief teaching when needed.  

Rachelle says: I have worked with children for over 20 years, as an Art Teacher, Child-care Supervisor and recently as an Education Presenter & Hospital Incursion Coordinator.

Children never cease to amaze me, in their wondrous delight of the world, and they help to keep me young at heart. Watching your children transform from beautiful babies to independent toddlers and beyond is very satisfying. My focus is to make their first experience in an Educational environment lots of fun!

I have been working at (previously Nedlands) GymbaROO since Feb 2010, and love connecting with the children, and seeing them master new skills through play.

Tel: 0451 656 636

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