A School Board is a legally formed body that, in partnership with the Principal, is given powers to set and monitor the key directions of a school. It is the major governing body of the school and oversees the school’s performance. This means taking part in the shaping and monitoring of the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions. In addition, other functions are specified in the legislation.
The Board does not have a role in the school management. This is the responsibility of the Principal and involves educational leadership and the effective day-to-day administration, supervision and control of the school and its staff.
Meetings are held twice per term. Board members may be in office for a three year term but can be reinstated for a further term upon nomination.
Neerigen Brook Primary School Board Members 2016
Mrs Jane Wescott – Principal
Mr Paul Tye – Chair of the Board
Mrs Rebecca Instance – Deputy Chair
Ms Anne-Marie Smith – Staff Representative
Ms Fiona Coffield – Staff Representative (Minutes Secretary)
Dr Tony Buti – Community Member
Ms June MacDonald – Community Member
Mr Jeremy Bruse – Community Member
Dr Amma Buckley – Community Member
Assoc Prof Cori Williams – Community Member
Ms Abigail Stribbling – Parent Representative
Ms Crystalle Dodd – P&C President and Parent Representative
Ms Teegan Smirke – Parent Representative
Profile of Paul Tye — Chair of School Board
Paul Tye is a Director of TeamWorks Australasia Pty Ltd and has been Chair of Neerigen Brook Primary School Board since 2010. He has completed a Master of Education and a Master of Science (Utah); lectured in Education at local Teacher Training Colleges and Edith Cowan University; and has extensive experience in project management, business development, social marketing and community – business – government partnerships, research, evaluation and sponsorship. He has also received numerous business and marketing awards and nominations.
Currently, Paul is also a member of the Board of Management for Australian Doctors for Africa and regularly travels to Madagascar, Ethiopia and Somaliland to oversee logistics and manage projects.
Profile of Dr Tony Buti MLA – Community Member
Tony graduated from Kelmscott Senior High School in 1978 and entered the University of Western Australia to study for a Physical Education Degree. He has completed further studies at UWA, Australian National University, Oxford University and Yale University, obtaining a Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Laws, Masters of Industrial Relations and a Doctorate in Law.
Tony has worked as a high school teacher, lawyer and legal academic. On 2 October 2010 he was elected to State Parliament as the Member for Armadale.
Tony is an award winning author and has also written policy papers on a number of issues, including education and family and domestic violence – two issues he is very passionate about.
Profile of Anne-Marie Smith — Staff Representative
Anne-Marie Smith is a Level 3 Classroom Teacher who joined the Neerigen Brook PS teaching team and the school board at the start of 2015. Currently working in the Early Childhood area as an experienced classroom teacher, Anne-Marie is focussed on identifying the different needs of students from a diverse range of backgrounds across the school and embedding an understanding of inclusivity, differentiation and best practices.
Utilising her literacy expertise, Anne-Marie is currently leading the implementation of Guided Reading across the school. Part of this role has included purchasing a range of new readers to target the needs of the students and to expand the reading opportunities for our students as well as coaching staff in guided reading practices. She joined the School Board to support parents, students and teachers and to contribute to effective change to uphold the vision of the school.
Profile of June MacDonald – Community Member
June MacDonald is currently the W.A.Chair of the Policy Advisory Group for National Seniors Australia. She is a member of the Seniors Ministerial Advisory Council and has been a Councillor with the City of Armadale from 2005- 2013. June has a BA in Social Science and has many years experience in Senior positions within the Health Department of Western Australia. Currently she is the Chair of both the Armadale and the combined Armadale/Gosnells Neighbourhood Watch Committees.
June has past experience in voluntary work with Project Concern in Vietnam.
June has been a member of the Neerigen Brook Primary School Board since 2010.
Profile of Assoc Prof Cori Williams – Community Member
B.A. (A.S) (Hons), B.App.Sci (Speech and Hearing), Dip. Ed., PhD.
Cori is Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology at Curtin University, and a Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia. She holds degrees in linguistics, teaching and communication sciences. Within the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Cori has held the positions of Director, Speech Pathology Programs (2004 – 2011), Acting Head of School (2011 -2012) and Deputy Head of School (2012-2015). She has been an active member of Speech Pathology Australia, holding the position of WA Branch President (2003 – 2006) and National President (2007 – 2009). In 2010 she was SPA National Tour speaker. She had made numerous conference presentations and invited presentations. Her research interests include language development, the relationship between language and literacy and multicultural issues in speech pathology.
Profile of Dr Amma Buckley – Community Member
PhD, BSW (Hons), DipResCare
Amma Buckley is currently a Senior Research Fellow in Humanities Research and Graduate Studies at Curtin University. She is primarily a research academic focussed on researching/evaluating program impacts in state and local government, and the non-government sector. In addition, she supervises doctoral students and teaches research methods and technologies to postgraduate students. Prior to working in academia, Amma had extensive experience within human services as a Social Worker. Since 2005, she has been the contracted evaluator for six federally funded Communities for Children (CfC) sites in WA, including Communicare Communities for Children (Armadale). Through this connection with Armadale CfC, she has developed a solid understanding of the service delivery and community-based programs for children in the early and middle years within this catchment.
Profile of Jeremy Bruse – Community Member
I started teaching at Cecil Andrews Senior High School in 2004 after completing University in 2003.
Initially employed as a maths teacher, I taught this and science for my first 5 years. After the implementation of the Specialist AFL Program in 2008 I transitioned across into the Health and Physical Education Learning Area where I currently still teach. During my 13 years at Cecil Andrews I have fulfilled a number of roles including Year Coordinator, Head of Department and Manager of Student Services. These roles along with my teacher role have allowed me to achieve some great success with a large number of students.
I have been recognised for my work with the students, being named as the WA Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2013, the following year I was awarded an AFL School Ambassador of the Year award, the prize being a trip to the AFL Grand Final. In December 2014 I was nominated to become a Board Member of the TRBWA, a position a currently still hold, as one of only 6 teachers state-wide to sit on this board.
Aside from teaching I spend considerable time working within the community, through my other passion of coaching. I am a development squad coach at East Fremantle Football Club and have also assisted at various clubs around the district.
Having worked in the Armadale area for 12 years I have an understanding of how complex the lives can be for some students and understand the importance of providing a well-rounded education to these students. I look forward to working with the rest of the board members to provide this for them.
Profile of Abigail Stribbling – Parent Representative
Abby Stribbling is a full time mum of two beautiful children and School Board Member. Abby is currently studying to complete a Diploma of Community Services next year. Abby has been an active parent helper/volunteer at Neerigen Brook Primary School since her eldest started school in 2009. Abby enjoys being part of the school community and contributing to our school. The school board is a new experience for Abby this year and it has given her a wonderful insight about our school and a great opportunity to be a parent voice.
Profile of Fiona Coffield – Parent Representative
Fiona Coffield is an Attendance / School Officer at Neerigen Brook Primary School and has been a member of the School Board since 2011. Fiona has been an active parent helper/volunteer at Neerigen Brook Primary School since 2008 and member of the P&C Committee holding several roles including Secretary, Vice President and President. Fiona in her role of School Based Community Liaison Officer from 2011 to 2014 reported to the Board on Neerigen Brook’s Full Service and all the wonderful programs that were running at the school. At the end of 2014, Fiona joined the busy Administration Office in the role of Attendance/School Officer and took on the role of School Board Secretary working alongside Paul Tye and fellow board members. Being on the Board gives her a great insight into the workings of the school and a better understanding of the school and its vision/values.