We wish, therefore, to outline the various functions of the School Board and its relationship with the P&C Association to better enable you to be actively involved in your school.
All parents/caregivers are welcome to attend school board meetings.
Up coming meeting dates:
Term 1 Monday 21 March 2022 @ 18:30
Term 2 Monday 13 June 2022 @ 18:30
School Board Minutes
24 March 2021
Primarily the School Board formulates the following aspects of the School Development Plan:
The principal , deputy principals and teachers are the contact when a concern is about individual children or teachers.
Matt and his wife Lauren have lived in Swanbourne since 2007. With a daughter in Year 3 and a son in Pre-Primary, they are both proud parents and active in the school community. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and with a Bachelor of Engineering, Matt has been a Board member at Swanbourne since 2018.
Professionally, Matt leads a several successful vocational education and training business focused on supporting young people into work and job pathways. Prior to this Matt held senior operational roles with BHP and a variety of companies servicing the resources sector.
Matt is passionate about supporting Swanbourne Primary and its teaching staff to deliver great holistic outcomes for its students.
David began his teaching career in 1990 and has been a principal for 20 years. He is a member of the Australian College of Educators and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education, a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education degree from the UNE.
Since becoming a principal, David has lead schools in the Esperance, Pilbara and Perth districts as well as a tenure in Head Office where he worked on the National Partnerships- Literacy and Numeracy program and supported schools across the system during post Expert Review Group reviews in meeting their prescribed improvement strategies. David has also held part time/contract positions with Fairfax publishing, Edith Cowan University as a sessional lecturer and the Department of Defence Force Personnel as an Education Consultant.
David spends much of his work time in classrooms and out with students as he is committed to working as a collaborative team to create a caring, inclusive and respectful school culture and a curriculum that values each child as an individual.
Sarah Murray – Staff Representative
Sarah has diverse experience in teaching and education, including postings within Australia and the United Kingdom. Sarah has been teaching at Swanbourne since 2015 and has taught across year three to six during that time.
Sarah joined the school Board in 2015. In addition to teaching her Year Five class, Sarah has an active role in the program ‘Kids Together – Sharing Cultures – Sharing Schools’, as well as contributing to the Logo refresh committee and the Uniform Committee.
Maryanne Hood – Staff Representative
Maryanne joined Swanbourne six years ago having previously taught a smaller, school in Kwinana, and joined the Board in 2018.
Maryanne is passionate about literacy development across all areas of the school and having completed the Literacy Leadership Course in 2019, was deeply involved in developing the school’s English Operational Plan. In addition to teaching Year Ones and Two's, Maryanne coordinates the annual school Scribblers Festival excursion and implementation of the Story Dogs program on behalf of the school.
Nicole has been member a of the Swanbourne community since relocating from Adelaide in 2011.
Her eldest son and daughter graduated from Swanbourne Primary in 2018 and 2019, respectively, and are now in secondary education. Her youngest son is in Year 6 at Swanbourne Primary.
Nicole has a passion for the sciences and has degrees in molecular biology, forensic and analytical chemistry and biochemistry and currently works in oncology research with a focus on immunotherapy and targeted therapies. Prior to this she managed a pre-clinical and analytical lab at the University of South Australia.
Nicole enjoys contributing to the board with a focus on ensuring every child continues to have the opportunity to reach their full potential during their time at Swanbourne Primary.
Michelle and her husband have been part of the school community for nine years. Her eldest graduated from Swanbourne Primary in 2019 and is now in secondary education and her other two children are enrolled at Swanbourne.
Michelle has been on the School Board for two years and has a background in small business management and marketing.
Katie joined the Swanbourne teaching staff seven years ago and has taught classes ranging from pre-primary to year 6 during that time. Prior to this, Katie taught at Challis Primary School in Armadale for a number of years after graduating from Murdoch University.
Katie joined the Board in 2018 and is a passionate advocate for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and how these topics can be integrated into every day teaching. In addition to her role as a classroom teacher, Katie is also the STEM Coordinator for the school and works with staff to challenge students to solve real-world problems in an authentic context.
Ryan and his wife Peta have been involved with Swanbourne Primary since 2014 and have lived in Swanbourne since 2013, with eldest daughter having graduated from Swanbourne Primary in 2020 and other daughters currently in Years 5 and 3 respectively. Both parents are active in the school community with Peta always supporting the P&C (previously on the committee) and Ryan coaching school minkey teams. Ryan has completed a Certificate in Governance Practice with the Governance Institute of Australia and has been a director of a medium sized Engineering company since 2017 to present. His day-to-day role within the company is the WA Operations Manager.
Ryan is enthusiastic to ensure Swanbourne Primary continues to provide all students the required opportunities and skills to have an enjoyable and successful education.
James and his wife Jen have lived in Swanbourne since 2019, and with daughters in year 2 and pre-primary, they feel very fortunate to be part of the Swanbourne school community. A pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force since 2002, James’ flying career has involved global operations on maritime reconnaissance and strike aircraft. James is currently employed in flying instruction and management roles, operating PC-21 aircraft from RAAF Base Pearce. James brings an understanding of the challenges faced by military families in the school community and looks forward to the serving on the school board.
A former Swanbourne Primary student herself, Jacki-Lee has four children with the eldest three attending the school. Jacki-Lee has held various leadership positions and is a graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Most recently, she was a Board Member for Celebrate WA and previously founded and directed her own business. Jacki-Lee has over 20 years of experience working in the Communications industry. Including for Crown Perth, the Fluor SKM Iron Joint Venture for BHP Billiton Iron Ore construction and at Sky News London. Jacki-Lee enjoys coordinating the Swanbourne Minkey players each season. Her passion is bringing communities together.
Stephanie and her husband Chris are parents to a year 2 and pre-primary. Steph joined the Swanbourne Primary Board in 2022 as a way to give back to the school that gives her children so much. Alongside her role as mum, Steph is Chief Sustainability Officer at The Perth Mint. Prior to joining the Perth Mint, Steph has worked across multiple sectors in the areas of strategy, ESG, M&A and program management. In what little spare time she has, Steph enjoys spending time with friends and family – especially if that involves a plane flight to visit them wherever they may be based!
Patrick and his wife, Kylie, have two children currently attending Swanbourne primary and will be members of the Swanny community well into the future, with their third child yet to start at school. They are also active members of the broader Swanbourne community, with a particular interest and involvement in the Swanbourne Nedlands Surf Lifesaving Club.
Patrick is also an experienced commercial lawyer with over 15 years experience practicing in Perth, Melbourne and London. He has expertise in managing and resolving all manner of commercial disputes across most Australian jurisdictions.
Partick holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA and is a Certified Practicing Project Practitioner accredited by the Australian Institute of Project Management.
Patrick joined the board in 2022 and is keen to contribute to Swanbourne Primary as it continues to play such an important role in the lives of our children and in the broader local community.