School BoardFloreat Park Primary School
As you will be aware, as an Independent Public School (IPS) our School Board actively works alongside the Principal and administration to initiate, monitor and review the school’s strategic direction. The Board’s activities have included reviewing the current Business Plan, school data and policies, endorsing the Annual Report and monitoring the school’s budget. Looking forward, a significant responsibility for the Board will be to develop, finalise, endorse and monitor the 2021-2023 Business Plan as the school’s new strategic direction and to prepare for an external review in 2021.
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 2019 are provided below:
2019 Board Meeting Dates
Term 1 – Tuesday 19 February and Tuesday 26 March
Term 2 – Tuesday 14 May and Tuesday 18 June
Term 3 – Tuesday 06 August and Tuesday 10 September
Term 4 – Tuesday 29 October and Tuesday 3 December
The Board comprises 12 members, including 6 school community representatives, 5 staff members and a representative from the P&C.
Emily Chee – Board Chair
I have two daughters who have attended Floreat Park Primary School (FPPS) since kindy. I have been a member of the FPPS since May 2016 and chair since Term 1, 2019. 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 have been involved the school’s first Independent Review and developing it’s second Business Plan as an IPS. I’m looking forward to continuing offering my support to the educators and the school community who are playing the crucial role of shaping our children’s education journey. I also work as an Event Manager in the Profession Conference Organiser industry.
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.
Su Wu – Board Secretary
I am the mother of two children at Floreat Park Primary School, a boy in year 6 and a girl in year 3. I love the energy in our school community and the desire by all to achieve the best outcomes for our students. I have over 20 years experience in the telecommunications and Internet industries originally as an engineer but mostly in operations management. I have a keen interest in how technology can be used to broaden thinking and improve learning outcomes. I am honoured to be part of the school board, and I am looking forward to being part of this collaborative team to make a positive impact on our school and the wider community.
Morgan O’Shea – Parent Representative
Being the father of three children currently enrolled in the school I am well placed to comment and observe on how Floreat Park Primary School contributes so well to developing a strong community within the Floreat area. Originally from Ireland, I moved here with my Australian born wife, Megan in 2013 and the school community has ever since provided us with a source of great friendship and welcome. I view my role on the Board as one of providing the benefit of my experience and diligence in an effort of repaying the school for all it has given us as a family from an educational and social perspective. I am a believer in good governance, strategic long term thinking and responsible decision making.
I work as a Property Director for ALDI Stores being currently responsible for the new store roll out within the state and previously worked for them in Ireland in various capacities in Property and Store Operations for over 10 years. I am also involved in a number of sporting clubs coaching Auskick and Mens Gaelic Football. On the education front, I hold a B.A. degree, an M.A. and an M.B.A.
Andrew Angel – Parent Representative
I feel privileged to be part of the School Board at Floreat Park Primary School. As a parent of two children currently enrolled at the school, I greatly value the importance of the parental role in a child’s educational success; a role which is becoming increasingly challenging within the world we live in today. I believe by working collaboratively with the school, parents and teachers can create the best learning environment for students to succeed and thrive as individuals.
My career compasses more than twenty three years of continuous, progressive work in the education field. My teaching career in the UK included working in school administration as a Deputy Principal and later as a Principal in small rural communities. Since moving to Australia more than 11 years ago, I have followed my passion for music. I currently work as a Music Specialist teacher in a local primary school. I am also involved in many musical community projects. I am extremely passionate about the Arts in education and how the Arts benefit and contribute greatly to the development of the whole child. In addition, I am also very interested in the use of technology to enhance educational outcomes for students across the curriculum.
I look forward to supporting the school through my role on the Board to achieve the best outcome for all students who attend Floreat Park.
Kim Lawrance – Parent Representative
I am the father of a daughter in Year 5 and have been an active participant in the school community since 2011. I have over 20 years’ experience in the urban development industry and have held senior executive roles working across a diverse range of projects, leading project teams and implementing business strategies.
Floreat Park is fortunate to have a highly engaged school community that contributes to the sustained success of the school. I am pleased to be a member of the Board and believe it plays an important role to empower the school through strategic planning, effective governance and accountable decision making to achieve its goals and objectives that deliver the best outcomes for students and the wider school community.
Kim Batina – Board Member
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 2014 I took on the role of Vice President of the P&C for 3 years and then progressed to President for another 2 years. I learnt so much during this time and have a great respect for our school community. 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.
The P&C, volunteers and parent community have achieved so much, working together in an engaged and collaborative manner. I strongly believe that the parent community plays a big role in the successful outcomes of a school and my goal as a Board Member is to help nurture and facilitate this relationship to strive for the best possible education experience for our children. I am honoured to have a position on the Board, especially in a school with such a proactive and engaged community.
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.
Shelley Jenkinson – Staff Representative
As a member of the Floreat Park Primary School staff it is a privilege to contribute to the School Board in 2019. I am a specialist STEM teacher (Technologies curriculum), having founded the program in 2016 with the support of the school, P&C and the board. I am also a senior teacher and have taught in primary classrooms since 2005. In the past I have held the roles of Mathematics and Art Learning Area Co-ordinator, have contributed to the Learning Federation online curriculum modules, participated in various leadership programs and was the recipient of the Australian College of Educators award (Masters program). I also have a bachelor degree in Architecture and prior to my career as an educator worked in the fields of architecture, planning and heritage conservation management.
I believe that inspiring children to be life long learners, as well as flexible, critical and creative thinkers will equip them for their future role as 21st century citizens. I am pleased to be working with the board and the community to progress the best interests of our students.
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.
Jayne Prentice – Staff Representative
As a Senior Teacher at Floreat Park P.S I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve a second tenure on our School Board, the first from 2015-2017.
I currently teach in Year 3 and coordinate the Year 2 support and engagement program. I am a member of the HaSS Curriculum Team and serve on the school Data Committee. In 2018 I was nominated to participate in the Teacher Leader Aspirant Program through the Churchlands Regional Schools Network. Through the program I was able to collaborate with teacher leaders from other schools and implemented a change project focusing on the application of an inquiry learning approach at Floreat Park.
My teaching experience covers all levels of schooling, in a range of educational settings, both in Australia and the UK. I have a keen interest in school improvement and hold a Master’s degree in Educational Management.
I am passionate about student ownership of their learning and nurturing ‘learning power’. As a teacher I aim to create an environment where students are encouraged to share their thinking, to collaborate and question. Through an inquiry-based approach students can explore their own curiosities, making connections with their experiences and their prior knowledge. The skills developed through this approach are the key for life long learning.
I am fortunate to work in such a motivated and committed school community, with enthusiastic students, supportive parents and a team of dedicated and professional educators. I look forward to working with the School Board to achieve our goals and make a positive contribution to the future success of our school.
Pen Melis – P&C President
Being a coopted member of the board ensures that the P&C play a key part in the decisions made for the education of our children.
I joined the community at FPPS in 2013, when my daughter started Kindy. In 2014, when asked to assist the ELC sub committee of the P&C to coordinate the extension of the Pre Primary playground – the wooden bridge and rope swings – I couldn’t decline an opportunity to make our children’s learning environment better. Seeing children still enjoying this equipment today, is so encouraging and proof to me, that our input as parents into the school’s development at every level, is vital.
I’ve always jumped at opportunities given, to take part in my own children’s learning and have coordinated many successful gardening and cooking lessons over the years. Seeing children blossom and grow under the guidance of our wonderful teaching staff is exciting, and being part of that journey, is such an honour. Last year, I took on the role of P&C Class Rep Coordinator and loved the opportunity to get to know parents from all the year groups. I guess without knowing it at the time, this was the perfect stepping stone into my current role as P&C President.
My ultimate vision for our school, is to see parents and staff communicating effectively and working together, to achieve our common goal – to see our children become the best they can be.