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The School Board ensures the school community is involved in school planning and accountability.

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.

School Board meeting dates

All parents/caregivers are welcome to attend school board meetings.

Up coming meeting dates:

Term 1 - Monday March 18, 2024

Term 2 - Monday June 4, 2024

Term 3 - Monday September 2, 2024 

Term 4 - Monday November 25, 2024


School Board Minutes

24 March 2021


  • Primarily the School Board formulates the following aspects of the School Development Plan:

    1. A brief, but clearly expressed statement of the School’s Vision and Purpose.
    2. The education outcomes the school is seeking for students.
    3. The school priorities for our next planning cycle.
  • Examines Performance Information in summary format i.e. School Annual Report, drawn from student and school performance data to determine the success in achieving the School Purpose.
  • Views and endorses the School Budget.
  • May initiate the need for the school to formulate a policy and ensures policies reflect the School Vision and Ethos.
  • Endorse the school operation plan, business plan and workforce plan.
  • Has the option of providing parent representation on local selection of the principal.
  • To be an accountability and review body to ensure programs are in place and strategic plans are being undertaken.

The relationship with the P&C

  • The P&C Association continues to provide financial and resource input to the school as deemed necessary.
  • It also has the right to seek information and discuss matters which can then be passed on to the School Board for examination and possible inclusion in the School Development Plan and/or policy.
  • The P&C can only make policy for itself – not for the school.
  • P&C has the responsibility of providing a representative for the School Board and thus has a influence in the decision making process.
  • Both the School Board and the P&C need to have good communications and a friendly relationship to enable the school to meet its purpose and vision.

Who to approach when issues/ideas arise

The principal , deputy principals and teachers are the contact when a concern is about individual children or teachers.

2024 School Board

Matthew Dowd

Chairperson and Parent

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 Knox


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.


Rebecca Robson

Deputy Principal

Maryanne Hood


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.

Michelle Wilmot


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.


Ryan Davey


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 Pears


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.

Jacki-Lee Munckton


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 Ward


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 Tydde


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. 

Lauren Pavlich


Swanbourne Primary School
Narla Road, Swanbourne WA 6010
(08) 9253 5300

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