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, two of whom still attend 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 has 3 years remaining 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 will start 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.

Anna Dennis – Staff Representative I started as a classroom teacher at Wembley Downs Primary School in 2011, having completed my Final Practicum at the school the year previous. Prior to becoming a teacher, I started my higher education at Auckland University commencing a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology. Having met my now husband during this time, I moved to Australia and switched to a Bachelor of Business which I completed while living in Cairns and Melbourne. My husband’s job has allowed us to live all over Australia (from Darwin to Wollongong) where I have had many fantastic experiences and worked in many diverse roles.

After the birth of my twin daughters, I realised I wanted to follow my dream of working with children. The next logical step was for me to hit the books again and complete my Graduate Diploma in Primary Education.

Since becoming a teacher, everyday has shown me how lucky I am to work in a field that gives you back as much as you give it. In my time at Wembley Downs, I have been fortunate to be given leadership roles beyond the classroom. It was a highlight for me to be given the opportunity last year to lead the Curriculum Area of English across the school. I was able to work in a mentor/coaching role where I got to work alongside my fellow teachers to support them in their teaching of the English Curriculum. This year, I have changed Curriculum Areas and am now looking at the Mathematics Curriculum. I hope to be able to continue to support and mentor teachers at Wembley Downs Primary School.

Rob Gray – Community Member I am the father of 3 current Wembley Downs Primary School students who keep me on my toes.   In my professional life, I am the chief economist for a metals and mining focused private equity fund in West Perth.   Previously, I have worked in a variety of strategy, risk, and advisory roles at a leading Big 4 accountancy and a global investment bank in Perth, Melbourne, London and New York.  In my spare time, I enjoy playing water polo for City Beach Water Polo Club, tennis and a game of golf whenever I can find the time.

Tam Newsome – Parent Representative I am a mother of two boys who both attend Wembley Downs Primary School. I have been associated with Wembley Downs Primary School for six years and during that time have enjoyed getting to know our school community. I now look forward to working with other Board members to facilitate initiatives to ensure all children at the school have the opportunity to achieve to their ability. I believe it is important that an enjoyable and varied education foundation is provided in the early school years. I bring to the Board skills in marketing, project administration and client relationship management. I have worked in both the private sector and state government, and currently work part-time as a project manager.

Belinda Kuster – Parent Representative I am a mother of two gorgeous kids – a daughter in Grade 3 in 2016, and a son about to commence Kindy in 2016, and have recently been appointed to the Board at WDPS. My husband and I have lived in Scarborough for the past 11 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 26 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
WEMBLEY DOWNS
WA 6019

Phone: (08) 9245 3199
Fax: (08) 9245 3039
Email: wembleydowns.ps@education.wa.edu.au

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