School Board

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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 2020
Mrs Lesley Barrett – Principal
Mr Luke George – Chair of the Board
Mr Chris Cahill – School Representative
Mrs Joanne Richardson – P&C President / Community Member
Mrs Soriya McDonald – Community Member
Mr Ashton Kealy – Community Member
Mr Jamie Barr – Community Member

Luke George — Chair of School Board


Profile of Chris Cahill – School Representative

Chris Cahill is a Senior Leader who joined Neerigen Brook Primary School in 2013. Currently working in the Junior Primary area, Chris leads the Year Three and Four teachers utilising his skills in leadership, curriculum planning and addressing operational outcomes. He has extensive experience in Early Childhood, working in Pre-Primary for four years and Year 1 before accepting a Deputy Principal position in 2018. Chris successfully led the implementation of AVID schoolwide resulting in Neerigen Brook Primary School being awarded the highest AVID Certification Level of Schoolwide Site of Distinction. He was awarded a further commendation of being an exemplary example to all AVID Coordinators.

Utilising his enthusiasm and passion for early childhood, Chris is currently leading the implementation of a play-based pedagogy in the Early Childhood area as well as facilitating best practice as outlined in the National Quality Standards. Part of this role is to liaise with the Early Childhood Department and network with Principals within our local area. Chris joined the School Board to develop his awareness of and build on his experience working as part of the Executive Team, to support parents, students and teachers and to contribute to effective change to uphold the vision of the school.

Profile of Joanne Richardson — P&C President/Community Member

Jo Richardson is a mum of two children. Her daughter has attended Neerigen Brook Primary School since 2015 when she commenced Kindy. Jo is a qualified Education Assistant & Swimming Instructor who currently works as a Canteen Manager at Kalamunda Primary School.

Jo became a member of the NBPS P&C in June 2018 where she was nominated as President. Jo thoroughly enjoys volunteering her time for the P&C and since becoming President, the P&C has achieved many great things. Jo also volunteers her time at two sporting organisations in which she has been involved for the last 15 years.

Becoming a member of the school board was a new experience for Jo, one which she has welcomed. Jo likes seeing the workings of the school by being involved on the board.

Profile of Soriya McDonald – Community Member


Profile of Ashton Kealy – Community Member


Profile of Jamie Barr – Community Member