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About Our School

 

 

 

ROLE OF THE SCHOOL BOARD

A school Board in an Independent Public School has a specifically defined role.  An overview of this role can be found on the Department of Education website www.education.wa.edu.au/dl/l9872k)

An Independent Public School Board will:

APPROVE

  • a charge or contribution determined by the principal for the provision of materials, services and facilities.
  • the costs determined by the principal to be paid for participation in an extra cost optional component of the school’s educational program.
  • the items determined by the principal to be supplied by a student for the student’s personal use in the school’s educational program, and
  • an agreement or arrangement for advertising or sponsorship in relation to a government school.

TAKE PART IN

  • establishing and reviewing from time to time, the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions.
  • planning financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions.
  • evaluating the school’s performance in achieving those objectives, priorities and directions
  • formulating codes of conduct for students at the school and
  • take part in the selection of, but not the appointment of, the school principal, or any other member of the teaching staff (if prior approval is given by the Regional Executive Director).

PLUS

  • Determine in consultation with students, their parents and staff of the school, a dress code for students when they are attending or representing the school.
  • Promote the school in the community.
  • Provide advice to the principal of the school on a general policy concerning the use in school activities of prayers, songs and material based on religious, spiritual or moral values being used in a school activity as part of religious education; and
  • Provide advice to the principal of the school on allowing time for the special religious education of students in the school, up to a total of 40 hours in a year.

In summary, the board’s role is to work with the principal to determine the overall strategic directions of the school, prepare the business plan, monitor the school’s performance, and support the school to achieve its objectives.

 

Meet your School Board

Darren Roberts

I am a Bull Creek resident and have been a member of the Bull Creek school community for eight years.  Since 2018 I have been member of the Schools’ board and I was very happy to take the role of Chairperson from late 2020.

For the past 10 years I have run my own consultancy primarily focussed on Marketing & Advertising, a role which provides me regular engagement with business owners across many sectors and from public to small privately held entities.

This requires me to consider a large number of stakeholders from many different groups, an experience I hope will contribute positively to the Bull Creek Primary School community.

Sara DiCandilo

I was a parent at Bull Creek Primary School. Our family has been a part of the school since 2011 when my daughter commenced kindy.

I am a qualified CPA and have been working as an accountant in public practise for the past 21 years. I’m looking forward to using my experience as a school parent and P&C member to represent the community at board level.

Paige Goodsell

My son Morrie is currently in Year 3 and has attended Bull Creek Primary School since Kindergarten. I work as Assistant Principal at Campbell Primary School, and have worked in the education sector for the past 14 years.

I have been on the Board of Bull Creek Primary School since 2020, and have enjoyed the opportunities it brings to connect with the Executive Team and hear about the priorities and directions of the school.

As a member of the Board, I hope that my educational background brings perspective and knowledge of the Department directions as we work together to ensure our school provides the best quality education available for our children.

Scott Payne

“I’m a parent representative on the Board. My daughter has attended since Kindy and my son will too once he is old enough. It’s fun taking my kids to the school that I have so many positive memories of.

I have over 15 years of experience in Education, Health and Disability sector roles so I’m familiar with the various demands on both schools and families. I’m currently taking a break from full time therapist work to focus on parenting. I appreciate the opportunity to be able to support the school through my role on the Board.”

Hari Kirupananther

As a former alumnus of Bull Creek Primary (Class of 1999) and a proud parent of a Year 1 student, I am passionate about being one of the “so many hearts” that makes this school. As a community member of Bull Creek for over 30 years, I have seen this school grow from strength to strength.

I have worked as a doctor in WA for over a decade, specialising in radiation oncology. I serve on a number of boards related to helping people who have been diagnosed with cancer. And I teach & mentor students and junior doctors. I will bring my passions for mental and physical health, academic excellence and for having a compassionate mindset to the school board.

Hana McDonald

I am a Bull Creek Primary School parent with two daughters; one in Year 1 and the other (three-and-a-half-year-old) who splits her time between home and daycare. We’re new to the area having moved here at the start of 2020.

I have over ten years’ experience working for the State and Federal Governments; previous roles have included experience in policy, project management, grant programs, committee and board governance, communications, and stakeholder management.

I have a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Japanese from Curtin University. Through my involvement with the School Board I would hope to make a positive contribution to the school, as well as to get to know the community a little better.

Rasa Subramaniam OAM JP

A Medical Imaging Technologist worked all over WA for the Health finished up at Fremantle Hospital from 1970 to 2015 and finally head the Radiology department in Emergency Department at Fremantle Hospital. I was involved with Jaycees, Rotary and finished up become heavy involved with Lions club of Bull Creek. Was the President of Lions Club of Bull Creek.

I served on the Ministerial Multicultural Advisory council, Ethnic communities of WA and the Local Government Convener at the Federation of Ethnics council of Australia.

I was also the first Asian to be elected to Local Government in WA. I served on several Boards – Quality and health Care Council of WA, Health Consumers Council of WA as its President. I was also a member of Challenger Tafe Governing Council, Fremantle, and the member of Surgical Mortality committee of the Royal College of surgeons of WA.

 

I served on the Board of KULCHA and Celebrate WA. I was awarded Hon Life membership of Celebrate WA and the Health Services Union of WA. Served a Chair of Health consumers Council.