School BoardFloreat Park Primary School
The Independent Primary School initiative is founded on empowered school communities by giving them greater capacity to shape the ethos, priorities and directions of their schools. As an Independent Public School we assume greater responsibility for our own affairs and have greater flexibility to respond to our community and the needs of our students. In general terms the School Board participates fully in:
- endorsing the Delivery and Performance Agreement;
- endorsing and regularly reviewing the one-line school budget and business plan;
- processes to review the school ‘s performance through receiving regular reports and data on student achievement;
- processes to determine satisfaction levels of parents, staff and students during the life of the DPA, with results reported in the annual school report;
- endorsing the annual school report; and
- selecting the principal when a vacancy arises.
- to promote the school and form relationships that may assist in improving the performance of the students and quality of the learning.
Accordingly the Floreat Park Primary School’s Board is now actively working alongside the School’s administration to develop whole-of-school policies and strategies for the benefit of all students and the wider school community.
Meetings and Minutes
School Board meets twice each term, usually in weeks four and nine. Any Floreat Park Primary School parent or caregiver is welcome to raise a matter for consideration on the Board’s meeting agenda, in accordance with the School Board and School Community Communication Guidelines. Items are required to be put forward to the Board Secretary in writing, by email, at least two (2) weeks prior to the published Board meeting schedule. An Open Public Meeting, to which all members of the school community are welcome, is scheduled in term 3. Meeting dates and minutes for 2015 are provided below:
The Board comprises 11 members, including five school community representatives, four staff members, a representative from the P&C and a community member. School community members are appointed for a period of two or three years and bring to the Board a variety of skills that provide additional expertise and input to the school’s operations.
Justine Burnett – Board Chair
I have been associated with Floreat Park Primary for eight years, with two of my four children still at the school. What I believe defines our school is the energy and desire of our community to be proactively engaged in assisting our children to achieve to their true potential, whether that’s in the classroom, on the sporting field or in other learning activities outside of school. With this positive strength channelled into every facet of our children’s education, we will make a difference. I bring to the Board skills from experience in the media, politics and the state government and I am honoured to be a part of a committed team working with our staff and community to deliver the best possible education at Floreat for our children.
Jane Rowlands – Principal
Having been appointed as Principal to Floreat Park Primary in October 2016, I am really looking forward to contributing to the School Board. I believe that school leaders have a powerful influence in leading change and creating a stimulating and positive learning community with teachers being the critical factor in student success. In line with the school’s vision and values I also have strong beliefs in educating ‘the whole child’ and in working with parents and the community as partners in the education of their children. I bring to Floreat a wealth of experience drawn from 28 years in the Western Australian education system including three principal ships, the last being at Kapinara Primary School in City Beach, two deputy principal ships and teacher appointments at five schools. Ironically my first position was at Floreat Park teaching Year 7 in Room 7! Between 2014 – 2016, I was a Principal Advisor at the Department of Education’s Statewide Services, supporting principals and their schools across the state with school improvement and developing whole-school approaches to literacy and numeracy.
Andrea Lam – Board Secretary
I am a mother of two girls who both attend Floreat Park Primary School and a Chemical Engineer by profession. I was educated locally and abroad and understand the importance of having an enjoyable and strong education foundation in your early school years. Like most parent, I have a keen interest in my children’s learning process and development. My objective as a board member is to facilitate initiatives and objectively make decisions with other members to ensure each child has the opportunity to achieve to their ability by providing the support services needed.
Ian Gordon – Parent Representative
I am the father of 2 boys at the school, Findlay (Year 3) and Harper (Year 1). I am passionate about education and the important role it plays in setting our children up for future success in an ever changing world. I believe that this extends past the school gates with the community and the home playing a vital part in helping our children achieve their potential. I have over 20 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant in the Financial Services industry, most recently holding senior executive roles in Finance, HR and IT with a focus on transformation programmes. I am honoured to be part of the school board and aim to use my passion and experience to make a valuable contribution as a parent representative supporting the school in achieving its goals.
Emily Chee – Parent Representative
I have two daughters who are just beginning their education experience at Floreat Park Primary School. I am a stay at home mum and have been actively involved in a number of community organisations. I believe in offering our children the best possible learning environment and supporting the school in achieving this goal. I feel fortunate that my family has the opportunity to be involved in a positive school community. As a Board member I’m looking forward to offering my support to the educators who are playing the crucial role of shaping our children’s education journey.
Jacky Yardley – Community Member
I was born and raised in Mt Barker but moved to Perth with my family to live in Wembley Downs. I attended St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School and then continued my education at UWA where I graduated with a Bachelor in Physical Education and Diploma of Education. I chose to continue to reside in the local area as I felt the local Government schools offered the best educational opportunities for my children. Over thirty years I have realised that the significant sense of community has become a leading factor for remaining in the area. I am proud to have been asked to be the Community Board Member at FPPS. As an educator for over thirty five years and currently a relief teacher at a local IPS high school I feel that that I have the skills to support the educators and administrators in providing a quality learning environment for all students.
Mark Walters – Staff Representative
I am delighted to be the Deputy Principal at Floreat Park Primary School from January 2017. I believe that the key to successful school leadership is to motivate and inspire staff through a principle-centred approach and to ensure that the right conditions are created in order for staff and students to flourish. I have successfully led school improvement in a variety of senior leadership positions over my career since 1999.I firmly believe in a student-centred approach characterised by a high duty of care. Teachers should be empowered to create the conditions for learners to flourish and gain a love of learning which they take into the future.
I originally began my career specialising in early childhood education and development, but since then I have taught students and led staff in all year levels.
I have been a senior leader in 4 UK schools and in 2014 I was successfully appointed to the position of Principal Consultant for Tablet Technology in Western Australia with at the Department of Education. This role involved me traveling all around the state, supporting school leaders to develop vision and strategic planning to ensure the success of their digital technologies programs. I also supported teachers to use ICT and digital technologies effectively across the curriculum though shared planning, modelling and coaching. My work focused on improving teacher pedagogy in order to improve student outcomes, ensuring students gained the skills and understandings needed to be successful and make a positive contribution to our rapidly changing global society. I also spent time as Associate Principal at Yanchep Beach Primary School where I supported technology, including the school’s bring your own device (BYOD) program, maths and student wellbeing.
I very much look forward to working with the Board of such a well-respected school in order to continue to improve the school into the future.
Kerry Pym – Staff Representative
I am an experienced senior educator with over 30 years of teaching experience in WA Primary schools. During my career I have had the opportunity to teach in schools in the Pilbara, the Mid West, and Perth Metropolitan region. I have worked as a classroom teacher and Art Specialist and as a mentor for student and beginning teachers. I have held the position of Lead Teacher of the Arts and also of English in several schools, including Floreat Park Primary. As a mosaic artist, I have enjoyed designing school entrance mosaics, pathways and murals for several schools, working with whole school communities to complete these projects. I joined the teaching staff of Floreat Park Primary in 2010. I have two grown children who are pursuing their careers in geology and nursing. I am passionate about working with the whole school community to inspire creativity and positive thinking in our students. I strive to help equip the students with the problem solving skills, confidence to have a go, and a love of learning that will help them reach their full potential.
Leechelle Ruscoe – Staff Representative
I am a Senior Early Childhood Teacher. I completed a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education and taught at North Tom Price, Koonawarra and Rostrata Primary Schools before transferring to Floreat Park Primary in 2006. I have served in a number of leadership roles including Acting Deputy, Pre-Primary Professional Learning Community Leader and Lead Teacher for the drive to achieving National Quality Standards. I also serve on the school’s Finance Committee.
A local resident, my three children have all been educated at Floreat Park Primary School and local high schools. I am looking forward to helping the school grow through contributing to the work of the Board.
Simon Heyting – Staff Representative
Coming to Floreat Park Primary School at the start of 2017, it has been a pleasure to be a part of such a welcoming and progressive school community. Relatively new to teaching after a career change in 2014, I find myself to be in the privileged position of trying to help students’ reach their potential and achieve their own success. I have worked at a number of schools in a variety of roles since becoming a teacher and I am now the Year Six teacher. In addition to this, I am the leader of the Year Six Professional Learning Community and serve on the Maths Committee. Prior to teaching, I spent ten years working in the resource industry in various capacities including recruitment, purchasing and contract administration. I look forward to working with the Board to help build upon Floreat Park’s already strong reputation within the community.
Kim Batina – P&C Representative
I have been a parent at Floreat Park Primary School since 2012 when my daughter began her education in the Kindergarten program and subsequently my son 2 years later. I have a keen interest in my children’s learning journey and found myself attending most P&C meetings from that first year. In 2012 I took on the role of Vice President of the P&C for 3 years and now have the privilege of representing the Floreat Park parents as the President of the P&C. My husband and I own a business management software company and have been running the business for over 20 years. I continue to leverage the experience I’ve gained from this in my various roles at the school.
I strongly believe that the parent community plays a big role in the successful outcomes of a school which can be measured in many ways. My goal as a Board Member is to help create an open line of communication between the School Board, the School Admin and the P&C to ensure we are working collaboratively toward common goals. I am honoured to have been given this opportunity, especially in a school with such a proactive and engaged community.