Bhavni Stewart

Happy Students Having Fun Feeling Safe

Bhavni Stewart


My dream for Living School is a school where every person is valued and acknowledged for their individuality. Where teaching and learning happens across every environment and in every moment.

I believe every child has the capacity to become lifelong learners and I support Living School to help strengthen and enrich a love for learning in young people, whatever their abilities. I encourage our students to be confident in their own individual interests; respectful to others, themselves and to the environment; positive, resilient, good communicators and collaborative learners.

If our students are happy, having fun, feeling safe, and have a smile on their faces, then they are learning.


Bhavni has been a lifelong learner and hopes to strengthen and enrich this love for learning in young people, whatever their abilities. She begun as the school Administration Manager at Living School in September and her role is to help facilitate and organise the smooth running of the school, ensuring all supports are in place for a happy and safe learning environment. She works closely with her amazing Admin team, our wonderful Conductor, all the incredible students, staff and families to help contribute to this remarkable school.

Bhavni has a rich and long history and experience working in education, from progressive learning environments like Living School to her latest role as Teaching Principal at Biala Special School in Ballina. She worked at Biala for 15 years and is passionate about special education and equal education for all.

Bhavni will be on the front desk every day and would love you to come say hello and introduce yourself and your family. She is here to help, listen, collaborate and ensure our school is thriving.


Tertiary Qualifications

1997- Graduate Diploma in Primary Education, Macquarie University, Sydney.

1994- Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University, Sydney.

Work Experience

2013-September 2020: Teaching Principal, Biala Special School, Ballina. Teaching children with moderate-severe intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD. DSM-V). Years K-6 and Years 7-10 Life Skills curriculum.

In 2019 Recognised for her Principalship by the Association of Independent Schools NSW (AISNSW).

Article published in the AISNSW Member Bulletin titled Why ‘the people principle’ works for Biala Special School. To access the link below:

In 2018 Recognised in Legislative Council Hansard: NSW Parliament for Biala Special School, by the Hon. Ben Franklin MLC. Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW and Renewable Energy.

2011-2013: Classroom Senior Teacher- Aspect Macarthur Northern Rivers, Alstonville Satellite class. Teaching children K-6 with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

2005-2011: Teaching Principal. Biala Special School, Ballina.

2006-2007: Transition to Work Consultant, On-Q Human Resources, Ballina. Post School Service Provider working with young adults with disabilities.

1998- 2005: Other Teaching Experiences- across the Northern Rivers and Sydney, including Ballina TAFE, NSW.

1999-2000: Casual Administrator University of Technology, Sydney. Research Centre for Vocational Educational and Training.

1998- 1998: ISTB, South Sydney. Itinerant Support Teacher for Behaviour, Peakhurst Primary.

1997- 1998: OOSH, Lane Cove Sydney. Co-ordinator, after school and Vacation Care, Currambena School.

1996-1998: Nanny, Sydney

1993- 1995: Pre-school Assistant, Currambena P-6 School, Sydney.