Joondalup Primary School has a school board made up of the School Principal, parents, community members and staff. The board meets several times throughout the year.
The functions of the school board:
- Contribute to the establishment of and review the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions
- Endorse financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions
- Evaluating the school’s performance in achieving them
- To promote the school in the community
- To take part in formulating codes of conduct for students at the school
- To determine, in consultation with students, their parents and staff of the school the student dress code
Current Board Members
My name is Ashley Gunning and I have been a member of the Joondalup Primary School (JPS) Board since 2015. I have been accepted to participate in the school board as a parent representative, as I currently have two children attending the school and another ready to begin his learning journey in 2018. I have been married to my wife Suzanne Fisher for 16 years and together we are experiencing the joys and challenges of parenthood. We have been blessed to have three healthy boys (pictured) with our eldest son, Henry enjoying his learning opportunities within Mrs Goodridge’s PP1 class. Our second son, Archie is currently in his first year of school and is also enjoying the opportunity within Mrs Scott’s kindergarten class. Our third son Clancy is also eager to join the ranks and will begin his journey next year, as part of the 3+ program offered by JPS.
I am, and have been a member of the Australian Defence Force (Regular Army and Reserves) since 2000. I am proud of the customs and traditions of our Defence Force, which has seen three generations of my family serve in theatres of war and peacekeeping duties including; Tobruk, Vietnam, Afghanistan and the Solomon Islands. I have since completed my Bachelor of Education and along with my wife, have been involved in the Western Australian public education system for many years. We are strong advocates of the public education system and are very happy to have our boys attend Joondalup Primary School. My wife and I have undertaken studies in Indonesian, another great area of learning that is offered at JPS, along with its extremely capable teaching community.
I am an outdoors person and love spending time with my wife and boys in any activity that takes us outside. We regularly go camping, watch and play football (AFL), as well as tending to our vegetable garden and trips to the Perth Zoo.
I look forward to continuing in my role as a board member, supporting Russell Hahn’s fantastic work as principal, the other community and staff representatives that make up the board, who aspire to making JPS an even better learning environment for our children.
Hi. My name is Liz Omaidi. I am the mother of two children who attend Joondalup Primary School, my daughter is in Year One and my son has just started at the Play and Learn program.
I am an occupational therapist with over 20 years experience. I have worked in a variety of areas including mental health, general paediatrics, disability and early childhood. The majority of my experience has been working with young children and their families and I find great joy in supporting children and their families to find opportunities for optimum learning, development and fun!
I have experience in managing and recruiting staff, working within budgets, contributing to the development of services and working effectively and collaboratively in various teams including management, with families, other therapists and teachers.
I’m keen to increase my involvement in the school community and feel that I would be able to contribute positively to the board.
Deb Childs is a community member of the Joondalup primary school board. As CEO of HelpingMinds WA. Deb works with Mental Health Carers and Families throughout the state. She is active on many committees and reference groups within the mental health sphere throughout the country. Deb brings with her a wealth of experience at top management level.
My name is Stephanie Denton and my daughter Lola attends Joondalup Primary School (JPS), and has so since kindy.
Lola is in Year 6, which leads me to why I applied to be a member of the Board. I feel that considering Lola has been at JPS for so long, it is time I gave something back.
I currently work at INPEX (Japanese Oil & Gas Company) as a Forensic Disputes Specialist (it will take far too long to tell you what I actually do….)
So briefly: I review, understand and interpret large ($M/B) contracts between O&G Companies and their Contractors (e.g. Chevron and INPEX, and Samsung, GE), and complete forensic research in order to identify risk to Company and determine liability between parties (who’s right and who’s wrong… very simple terms)
I hope that my skills will help the Board and JPS in a more practical manner, possibly with managing contracts, leases etc. (clause interpretation) problem solving, ideas for generating revenue/reducing costs etc.
I look forward to making a positive contribution to the Board and JPS.
My name is Shannon Read. I have been teaching with the Western Australian Department of Education for more than 22 years. I began my teaching career in a mining town called Leinster and then spent a further 14 years living and teaching in the Goldfields. I have had the privilege of teaching at Joondalup Primary School for over 8 years.
My childhood was spent growing up in the suburb of Edgewater and I now live back in the City of Joondalup with my own family. We have two teenage children. Our daughter is 17 and our son is 14. Both attend schools in the Joondalup area. As a family, we enjoy camping and travelling through the Western Australian outback. I relax by walking along the beach and spotting local wildlife. I also love spending time with our eight nieces and nephews.
I have been an Early Childhood educator my entire career and especially like helping our youngest students develop a lifelong love for learning. I have a keen interest in the Joondalup community as I have seen it develop from bush to a thriving city. This year I became a member of the Joondalup Primary School Board and I am looking forward to this new role working with our broader school community.
My name is Carol Perry and for almost two years I have been one of the Associate Principals at JPS. Prior to this, I have taught from years 2 – 6, in the Library and in an EAL/D role.
I grew up in the small wheat belt town of Yealering and following my high school years at Corrigin and Narrogin I came to Perth for Teacher’s College. I have taught in two country schools and four metropolitan schools. I started working at Joondalup Primary School when it was in its third year. I have worked with many students and it has been wonderful to meet the children of some of my ex-students. The Joondalup family is certainly continuing as the next generation of students come through our school.
I am married and have three beautiful adult daughters. I love all kinds of sport and have spent most of my life playing hockey, tennis and netball but in recent years I have resorted to walking and HBF fitness sessions. All three of my girls share my passion for sport and exercise so we spend a lot of time together walking or I am with my husband watching them participate in their chosen fields. My spare time is also spent meeting up with friends and my extended family. Coffee plays a big role in our catch ups and frequenting different cafes all over Perth is a common occurrence.
My name is Michelle Goodridge and I have been at Joondalup Primary School for most of my teaching career. I am very passionate about teaching children in the Early Years and I particularly love the challenge of working with Pre-primary and Year One children. I take the time to get to know the children as individuals and my aim is to ensure they become enthusiastic, self-motivated learners. The children at Joondalup have become my ‘family’ and I enjoy watching them grow and mature over the years.
I spend most of my spare time in the great outdoors both in Australia and around the world. I have always been a very active person and I love swimming, cycling, running, skiing and walking. I compete in triathlons, Open Water swims and various running events. My holidays usually involve watching or participating in events such as cycling in the French Alps, running half marathons in Scotland, skiing in Japan or doing the Jetty Swim in Busselton. I hope to be able continue my love of sport for as long as the body holds up! It is great for one’s physical and mental health.
I am looking forward to joining the School Board and making a contribution to the broader school community.