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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

Russell Hahn

School Principal

Natalie Farina

Executive Officer

Etienne Quayle

Etienne Quayle is 47 years old. He was born and raised in South Africa of British parentage, and now calls Australia home.  Etienne has been married to Sandy (a born and bred Aussie girl) for 20 years, with whom he shares an 8-year-old son, and a 5-year-old daughter.

Etienne has 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 his Diploma in Project Management in April 2012.

Etienne has worked in a variety of industries during his career, beginning with 2 years service in the South African Defence Force (SADF), with his main area of expertise over the past 21 years being in management roles predominately in the energy sector in the UK and Australia.

Professionally, Etienne takes a keen interest in all forms of renewable energy and sustainability.  Personally he enjoys motorcycling, and classes one of the highlights of his life following the gruelling Dakar Rally through Spain and Morocco in 2004.  His main achievement and joy outside of work however, is spending time with his young growing family.

Ashley Gunning

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.

Zelma Knobbe

I am currently teaching in Year 5, Room 13 with a truly beautiful group of students and a wonderful EA, Jayne Butler. I have been teaching for over 33 years and am happy to say that I still love my job.

I grew up in the wheatbelt town of Merredin and came to Perth to attend college. I began my career in Education Support and taught a year in Perth before moving to Manjimup for 9 years. During that time I transitioned to mainstream education where I have been ever since. I moved back to Perth 23 ½ years ago and became an inaugural staff member at Joondalup Primary School. I live in Joondalup and love being part of the school “family”. It is wonderful seeing previous students bring their own children to school and having many ex-students come back to visit and chat.

My interests tend to rotate around the three Cs – Colour, Creating and Coffee. (My students would probably think that coffee should come first. They know that I drink it for THEIR safety.) I am passionate about creating new resources for school and always have a project awaiting completion. I enjoy colouring and working on jigsaws or word puzzles. I am currently delving into the area of photography and Photoshop. I still have a LONG way to go with this, but it is proving to be very interesting.

My favourite quote is: “Children don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

Deb Childs

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.

Ian Stevely

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.

Karen Tucker

My name is Karen Tucker and I have been on the School Board for a couple of years. Currently I am teaching Year 4. I began my career in Broome, then moved to Bunbury and have been at Joondalup for a number of years.

I have two beautiful daughters. Fiona is at Uni and Kaitlyn is in Year 12. In my spare time I love to travel, garden and spend with family and friends.

Carol Perry

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.

Kerry Hollywood

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

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.

Natalie Hales

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.

Sahara Scaddon

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.

Michelle Goodridge

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.

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