Principal - Foundation to Year 6

It’s a privilege to serve the community of St Jakobi. Leading and managing a team of committed professionals each and every day comes with great rewards and sometimes challenges.

It is always important in whatever vocation you are in to always remind yourself why you do it. A well-worn phrase – ‘the kids are our future’ comes to mind. We are on a mission to guide and support our children to be the best they can be and to realise their potential. Having spent 20 years in Lutheran learning communities, my first students are now in their 30s and making their way in the world. When families and learning communities embark on the journey together, great things happen.

Enjoy browsing our pages that give a snapshot of who we are and what we are about. Feel free to make contact for an interview for your family today.


Julian Helbig


Bachelor of Education, Masters of Education

Director - Childcare & ELC

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

We welcome children and their families to our beautiful homely centre that is set amongst the vineyards of the Barossa Valley. Our professional staff are dedicated and caring and support your child through their learning. This is an exciting journey for you and your child in which provides opportunities to deepen learning experiences, embrace intellectual independence, self-worth, spiritual growth and social and physical development.

We value the plan God has for every child and their family.

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

We celebrate the uniqueness of families and work with them in partnership for the best outcomes for your child.

Our beautifully designed learning spaces inspire children to wonder, question, discover, imagine and create. The indoor learning spaces are complemented by a spacious outdoor learning environment where an emphasis is placed on nature-based experiences. 

I would like to invite you to join us for a tour of the Childcare Centre and Early Learning Centre. You are also most welcome to also come and see the rest of the Campus. I look forward to meeting you and your family soon.

Sue Mellier


Diploma of Children’s Services, Bachelor of Early Childhood Education