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
Originally born and raised in South Africa of British parentage, I lived and worked in London for 12 years and have called Australia home since 2006. I am married to Sandy (a born and bred Aussie girl) for 22 years, with whom I share a 10-yeald old son, and a 8 year old daughter.
I have worked in a variety of industries during my career, beginning with 2 years service in the South African Defence Force (SADF), with my main area of expertise over the past 23 years being in management roles predominately in the energy sector in the UK and Australia. I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Management from the University of Westminster, London, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Greenwich School of Management, London, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Curtin University, Perth, and completed my Diploma in Project Management in April 2012.
Both Sandy and I believe in working with the school to assist our children in achieving their academic and personal growth. My position on the school board allows me to give back to the community, and share some of the corporate world experience for the betterment of the school as a whole. Professionally, I take a keen interest in all forms of renewable energy and sustainability, Personally I enjoy motorcycling, and class one of the highlights of my life following the gruelling Dakar Rally through Spain and Morocco in 2004 when I lived in London. My main achievement and joy outside of work however, is spending time with my young growing family.
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 Ian and I am a local Joondalup resident, living close to the school with my wife and two children. My children are currently in Year 6 and Year 3 and loving life at Joondalup Primary. I’ve previously volunteered at Joondalup Brothers Rugby Club as an Assistant Coach for my son’s team. In my spare time I like to surf at Mullaloo beach, read and hang out with friends and family.
I am an accountant by trade and have worked for the last 10 years as a Financial Controller in the motor industry. I am currently establishing a corporate governance and internal audit program for a WA motor company which has been recently bought by a Japanese firm.
I would like to be a member of the School Board as a means of acknowledging the amazing start that the school has given to my children and to contribute my business skills in assisting the school for future children.
Becci is a highly motivated facilitator, consultant and coach with over 15 years experience, predominantly in the Government and Defence sectors. She has particular skills and experience in organisational development, workshop design and facilitation, and strategic planning and decision support. The focus of most of her engagements is people: their motivations and behaviours, how they interact, how they consume information, and the impact that they have on organisational performance. She is a very experienced engagement manager who is proficient at managing multiple and varied stakeholder relationships at all levels of an organisation. She excels in circumstances where building relationships and superior communication skills are key to success.
Her career is built upon a strong academic background in languages and cultural studies, having attained an Honours Degree in Arabic and Persian from Oxford University in the UK, and a Masters Degree in International Relations. She has experience as a practitioner, a consultant, a leader and a mentor, having worked at a senior level with a wide variety of public and private sector organisations, been a key component and Board member in the growth of small businesses, and worked as an independent consultant. I have also served as a Trustee on the Board of a major UK charity.
Becci enjoys all outdoor activities! In particular running, anything to do with water, and skiing. She loves travel and has been to many places around the world - with lots still on the bucket list!
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.
I am honoured to be on the Board of Joondalup Primary School. As a Councillor at the City of Joondalup I am involved in a lot of projects in our community, but none are as inspiring as Joondalup Primary. I’ve been amazed by the commitment to inclusiveness and equality shown by the teachers, students and parents at the school, and it is an outstanding success.
My own interests include spending time with my children and grandchildren, the Environment and the Arts.
Paul Lawson is a community member of the board. He has lived very close to the school for the last eight years. His youngest son, Conor left Joondalup Primary School five years ago. Paul is married and has 4 adult children and 2 grandchildren. Paul is a Police officer currently working within the Ethical Standards Division. Paul’s interests include distance running, reading, motorcycling, camping and fishing.
My name is Natalie Hales and I am in my third year of teaching at Joondalup Primary School. My teaching career has been based mostly in Kindergarten with some experience in Pre-Primary and Year One. I am extremely passionate about teaching Early Childhood, and endeavour to assist children in developing the important lifelong skills they require for their future.
Prior to becoming an Early Childhood Teacher, I completed a dual apprenticeship in Baking and Pastry Cooking. I spend lots of my spare time baking delicious treats. I love to travel the world and believe that cruising is the best way to do it! I also love to take long coastal walks in the company of my two sisters. Good for the mind and soul!
I look forward to joining the School Board, working with parents and the wider community.
My name is Sahara Scaddan and I've been a parent representative on the school board for the past 2 years. I have 2 children who are thriving at Joondalup Primary School and I joined the school board to become more involved in their education. I have been to school in Australia, USA and Japan and enjoy the diverse learning experience my children have at Joondalup. I currently work in community development and any free time I have is usually spent exploring nature and the local environment with my children.
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.
I am a Registered Psychologist with experience in leadership, counselling, human resources, training, change management and organisational development. I am currently working part-time as the Area Manager at the ORS Group, a rehabilitation and disability employment services provider.
I have two young boys, with my eldest having just started pre-primary this year. We have recently relocated from Hervey Bay, QLD where we spent the last 12 months, prior to this we were living in Port Hedland, WA. We love the outdoors and spend their free time fishing, camping, four wheel driving and enjoying the beautiful WA beaches.