Votes must be received by the school Administration office by 4.00pm on Friday, 29 March 2019 when voting closes.
Successful nominees will be informed through the Chair, Mr John Siamos and then announced publicly on Tuesday, 2 April 2019 through our various communication platforms.
A special thank you to each of our 5 nominees, good luck to you and to everyone else; please make sure you have your say!
Please see below statements from the 5 parents who nominated for these 4 positions:
In alphabetical order by surname:
I have been a parent at Mt Hawthorn Primary School for 10 years, with my youngest child now in Year 4 and my two older children at high school. During my years at the school, I have enjoyed being a regular liaison parent and, for the past 3 years serving a P&C Vice President.
I thoroughly enjoy being involved and promoting a strong sense of community within the school. I am now keen to experience that commitment from a Board Member’s perspective.
I enjoy meeting and working with new people and work well as part of a team. I feel I could bring a broad range of strengths to the board, with the benefit of having built good relationships with other parents and school staff over the years.
I feel strongly about the role of education in our children’s lives and I’m keen to contribute to matters of interest to our school. It would be a pleasure and privilege to be part of our school board.
My background is in heritage management with a degree in Archaeology (hons) and experience in policy development, both corporate and government. My knowledge and understanding of formal and informal consultative and review processes is considerable (albeit boring). I am an active member of the MHPS community, currently on the P&C and previously involved in the 2017 school fair.
I have 3 kids, my eldest in grade 1 and youngest 4 months old. I’ll be part of this school community for 12 years and am invested in helping to support governance, management and educational outcomes for our kids. I’m a North Ward councillor of the City of Vincent where I chair the Audit Committee, Environmental Advisory Group and Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group. I have a background in Audit, Risk and compliance and serve as an alternate Board member for the Mito Foundation. I’ve worked in the university education field coordinating engineering design courses in 31 universities across Australia and New Zealand, giving me a good grasp of Educational methodology and pedagogy. I am a founding member of the Mount Hawthorn Fathering Project (Mountain GOATS) supporting the various events we run for the school community.
With kids in years 5 & 3, I am now entering my seventh year as part of the MHPS community and have been active within the school throughout that time. Over the last 2 years I have spear-headed the growth of the school’s Fathering Project group – the Mount Hawthorn Mountain Goats – building a network of school fathers and putting on a string of events for dads and kids, including the school camp out.
I am passionate about public education and an advocate for the Mount Hawthorn and Vincent community. My focus on being elected to the board would be to continue the excellent work already being done in building relations with the MHPS parent community and ensuring that their voice is heard. I have a strong background in corporate and project governance, performance measurement and oversight, and board reporting.
I strongly believe in the importance of being an active part of the community. For the past 3 years I have been President of the MHPS P&C, which has given me a deeper appreciation of all the elements that encourage, build and support a school community. I have enjoyed seeing the differences the P&C have made around the school grounds and I feel that I can continue and build on this as a member of the school board.
My career history includes sales, marketing and management positions with global FMGC companies in Perth, Sydney and the South Pacific. For the past 9 years I have been running my own successful retail business.
I believe that time spent working alongside other parents, the principal and school administration has provided me with a greater understanding of the school, and I believe this will be of benefit to the school board.