School Board

Wembley Downs Primary School

The Independent Public School (IPS) initiative is a State Government commitment to empower school communities by giving them greater capacity to shape the ethos, priorities and directions of their schools.  As an Independent Public School, a School Board was formed and is required to work in a consultative and decision making capacity with the school to achieve the best outcomes for students. The functions of the School Board are prescribed in the School Education Act 1999 and the School Education Regulations 2000, with the roles and responsibilities of the School Board clearly defined. The School Board will participate in:

  • Endorsing of the Delivery and Performance Agreement;
  • Development and endorsement of the school’s annual report;
  • Development, endorsement and review of the school budget and Business Plan;
  • Processes to review school performance, and
  • Processes to determine satisfaction levels of parents, staff and students, with results reported in the school’s annual report.

Their responsibilities also involve:

  • Establishing and reviewing the school’s objectives, priorities and policy directions;
  • Financial arrangements to fund those objectives;
  • Evaluating the school’s performance in achieving the objectives, and
  • Formulating codes of conduct for the students.

The School Board does NOT:

  • Manage the day to day running of the school;
  • Represent specific interest groups, or permit special interests dominating the agenda;
  • Intervene in the educational instruction of students, or
  • Performance manage the Principal or Staff.

Guiding Documents

Meetings and Minutes

The School board meets twice a term, in weeks three and eight. An Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Term 1 in week eight, to which all members of the school community are welcome.

Board Membership

The Board currently comprises eight members, including the school principal, four school community representatives, two staff members and an elected community member.  School community members are appointed for a period of two years and bring to the Board a variety of skills that provide additional expertise and input to the school’s operations.

Brian Moar – Board Chair

I am the father of 3 daughters, one of whom still attends Wembley Downs Primary School.  I have been heavily involved within the community of our school since 2008 when my eldest was in Pre-Primary.  At that stage I was elected President of the P&C and did so for the next 6 years.  Since 2013 I have been on the WDPS School Council, and was involved in the process of obtaining our Independent Public School (IPS) status.  Currently I am the Board Chair, and along with our Principal, have committed to ensuring that we meet our 2015-2017 Delivery Performance Agreement with the Department.  My other job is as WA Territory Manager for an IT company who provides POS systems to hospitality venues.  My youngest daughter is in her final year at WDPS, and I envisage that I will continue to offer my support to the school over this period.

Lincoln Day – Principal 

Anna Cathcart – Parent Representative  

My family first experienced the wonderful community of Wembley Downs Primary School when our daughter entered kindy in 2015. Our son started kindy at WDPS in 2018.

For the past 20 years I have worked as a teacher and lecturer in both secondary and tertiary institutions, specialising in literacy, languages and creative arts. Currently, I am working in Academic Support in a local private school and undertaking a Masters in Special Needs and Inclusive Education.

Susan Akerstrom – Staff Representative

I joined Wembley Downs Primary in 2002 and have particular interest in collaborative teaching and learning strategies as well as development of the whole child. My career in education includes positions such as Senior Teacher, mentor and facilitator. I am an experienced, enthusiastic and empathetic educator. I am currently a leader of the Positive Behaviour Support group and part of the Health and Policy making committee.

Staff Representative – coming soon

Alan McLaren – Parent Representative

I am the father of Sienna and Marley in years 3 and 5 respectively.  I also have older children from a previous marriage.  After a lengthy career in education, having held senior Principal level positions in both primary and secondary settings for 14 years as well as serving as President of a Principals’ Professional Association, I took early retirement in 2010.  I now work with a leadership company undertaking a range of leadership development programs. My current assignment takes me to the Phillipines for one week every month to work with a major Phillipines bank.  I think Wembley Downs Primary School is a wonderful school with a rich depth in its community. I feel ready to give time back to an education system that offered me so much and hope my position on the School Board helps guide the school to be the best school it can be.

Chris Van Maanen – Parent Representative

Hello, my name is Chris Van Maanen and I am a member of the board at Wembley Downs Primary School.  I joined the board to contribute to the running of the school and to strengthen the relationship between WDPS and Churchlands Senior High School.

I am a Physical Education teacher at Churchlands SHS, and Head of Learning for Health and Physical Education.  I currently have 2 daughters at the primary school and enjoy being a part of the Wembley Downs learning community.

Belinda Kuster – Parent Representative

I am a mother of two gorgeous kids – a daughter in Year 5 and a son in Year 1 and have recently been appointed to the Board at WDPS. My husband and I have lived in Scarborough for the past 13 years and are both heavily involved in Surf Life Saving.  Our family are all members at Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club, with husband Chris the Board Captain and head coach, while I am the Education Director at the club.  We are both patrol captains, trainers, assessors, officials, competitors and coaches, and I sit on two volunteer committees for SLSWA.  I also recently won the National Trainer of the Year award for SLSA for 2015. Professionally my background is in operational management, strategic development and project management, with a strong emphasis on HR. My biggest passion however, is my children, and ensuring their safe and well-rounded upbringing. Wembley Downs Primary School has a lovely community feel to it and I look forward to sharing my energy and experience with my fellow Board members to ensure successful outcomes for our children and our community.

George Tolev -Staff Representative 

I am currently the Deputy Principal at Wembley Downs Primary School and have worked with significant educational leadership experience in serving the Department of Education and local communities. In my 28 year service I have been able to sustain successful long term roles as classroom teacher, curriculum consultant, ICT administrator and Deputy Principal. I have also served in short term positions as Principal. I have gained valuable managerial experience, knowledge and understandings that I can use to best perform my role. Previous to working in schools I worked in the Ministry of Justice – Court Administration for 9 years and for a short period of time have also been self-employed in the hospitality industry.

Contact Details

Wembley Downs Primary School
39 Bournemouth Crescent
WA 6019

Phone: (08) 9245 3199
Fax: (08) 9245 3039

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