Mount Lawley Primary School Board

School Board

The School Board contributes to good governance so that school resources are used efficiently, and community expectations and the school’s priorities reflect the needs of students.

 

The School Board meets each term, in Weeks 3 and 7. Members of the school community are warmly welcomed to attend as observers.

 

Families can speak to parent representatives about the Board processes. As the School Board supports governance, rather than operations, parent representatives will usually help you determine the best staff member to approach.

 

Board email address: MLPSBoard@outlook.com

 

2021 BOARD MEMBERS 

Parents
Community
Staff
Derek Watt (Chair) Nathan Curnow Sandra Martin (Acting Principal)
Cara Davis (Secretary)   Alison Hawkesford
Jennifer To   Karen Wright
Sian Zador    
Tara Kelso    

 

At Mt Lawley Primary School we take connection very seriously. We hope these introductions help you get to know your school board a little better.

 

Name: Sandra Martin (Acting Principal), Staff Representative

Length of time on the board? Various terms and stints on the Board – this time I am into my third year.

Name one thing about being on the board that surprised you: Nothing. I knew we had a strong and committed school community who would work together to ensure our Board is cohesive and have the skills to contribute to good school governance. 

Best movie ever? Grease. Still love it too!

What do you sing at Karoke? Nothing! I believe I am tone deaf, although I have been known to sing along to Grease, alone at home.

Your favourite thing about Mt Lawley Primary? If I had to pick one thing it would be the students. They are the reason we all work as hard as we do, to make MLPS the best place for students to reach their potential. 

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? A Life, Well Lived.

Sandra Martin Biography
I started my educational career at Laverton DHS as a Year 5/6 teacher, many years ago. I went on to teach at Gingin DHS before taking on acting leadership roles in the country and city. I was excited to be appointed Deputy at MLPS in 2002. Over the years I have taught most primary school year levels (P-7 not K) and secondary English and Maths (8-10). My educational philosophy is based on my belief that all students can learn, given a positive learning environment. I enjoy the pastoral care aspect of my role and my passion for student services is well known.

Personally, I love to travel, read, watch my beloved Eagles and spend time with my family. My husband and I recently purchased a caravan and I am looking forward to a different style of travelling in the post Covid world. 

 

Name: Alison Hawkesford, Teacher representative

Length of time on the board? 6 months

Best movie ever? The Shawshank Redemption

What do you sing at Karoke? Anything Disney!

Who was your favourite teacher? All of them of course.

Your favourite thing about Mt Lawley Primary? The students. 

Best movie ever? The Shawshank Redemption

What do you sing at Karoke? Anything Disney!

Who was your favourite teacher? All of them of course.

Your favourite thing about Mt Lawley Primary? The students. 

What was your favourite subject at school? And why? Art. I love creating things and art is so calming.

Alison Hawkesford Biography

I have been teaching for seven years and the Digital Technologies specialist teacher at Mt Lawley PS for the past two years. I am a mum to three teenage daughters with whom I share a passion for all things Lego and Star Wars. I joined the MLPS board in 2020 as I wanted to be more involved in the school at a community level.

 

Name: Karen Wright, Teacher representative

Length of time on the board? This is my third year

Name one thing about being on the board that surprised you: The variety of topics we discuss

Best movie ever? To Kill a Mockingbird

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? Invisibility would be handy.

What was your favourite subject at school? And why? Reading because I love to read

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? Reading – its how we install new software into brains

Karen Wright Biography

I have been teaching for many years and been with Mount Lawley since 2013. I have taught all year levels and in locations within the metropolitan area as well as Kalgoorlie and Karratha. This is my third year on the Mount Lawley School Board. Professionally, I have had and enjoyed many roles within the Department of Education as a classroom teacher, Literacy Specialist, Curriculum Writer and Literacy Coach across the state. My key interest is in assisting students learning to read and I am very fortunate that I have the opportunity to do this at Mount Lawley in 2021. I have two adult children - Lauren and Alex. My hobbies include gardening, particularly growing veggies and reading for pleasure. I live with my husband Paul, our son Alex and a very lovable Golden Retriever Abby.

 

Name: Nathan Curnow, Community Representative

Length of time on the board? 1 year and 3 months

Name one thing about being on the board that surprised you: I was surprised by how diligent, detail-oriented and effective the Board was in working on the various tasks set for it and by it with respect to the school.

Best movie ever? 1979's The Muppet Movie.

What do you sing at Karaoke? Probably a classic from a 90's band. The Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nirvana maybe. 

Your favourite thing about Mt Lawley Primary? I love how embedded pedagogy is in the practice of the school and the willingness of staff to grow and improve for the students.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? I try to look at life and events from a number of different angles to better understand them. I'd love to shapeshift as a result.

Nathan Curnow Biography
Nathan Curnow is the Head of Science at John Curtin College of the Arts and a teacher with more than fifteen years experience in the classroom, being recognised as a Level 3 Classroom Teacher since 2009 and shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Science Prize in Secondary Teaching. He is currently the President of the Australian Science Teachers Association and has developed and led state level professional development as a coordinator of Teacher Development School Science Team, is an inaugural alumnus of the STEM X Academy with CSIRO and Questacon and has completed a Masters in Education focusing his thesis on cognitive acceleration in science education. Nathan has considerable experience as a Board member and a Board chair and first joined the Mt. Lawley Board in 2020.

 

Name: Derek Watts (Chair), Parent Representative

Length of time on the board? This is my fourth year.

Best movie ever? Pulp Fiction.

What do you sing at Karoke? Green Day – Longview, Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual, Barry Manilow – Copacabana .

Who was your favourite teacher? Charlie Mann – he was actually an early university lecturer of mine, but easily my favourite (imagine a gruff, eccentric English cross between Rod Stewart and Montgomery Burns).

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? I would be able to talk to animals.

What was your favourite subject at school? And why? Year 12 English – because I did English Literature in Year 11 and it was horrendous.  Year 12 English was ultra-creative and enjoyable.  Plus, Miss Wallis said that if I left English Lit then I would be sure to fail English – I ended up winning the English award for Year 12 and she had to present it to me at our graduation ceremony.  Take that Miss Wallis..!

Derek Watts Biography

I have two sons at MLPS and I sit on the school Nature Playground Committee.  I served the Board in 2018 and seek re-election as a parent representative in 2019.  Professionally, I am an Architect, Builder, and now Project Manager delivering community capital works projects.  I am also the Registrar and Secretary for the Mount Lawley Football Club.  I enjoy involvement at a community level and encourage the Board to focus on providing the best possible experiences and opportunities for our children.

 

Name Cara Davis (Secretary), Parent Representative

Length of time on the board? 5 years

Name one thing about being on the board that surprised you: How much my opinion is valued 

Best movie ever? Dirty Dancing

What do you sing at Karoke? Anything!!!

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? Invisibility 

What was your favourite subject at school? And why? English because I like to read 

Cara Davis Biography

I have three children, two of which attend our school and are in Years 3 and 4. Our daughter just turned one and I am so lucky to be able to spend my days with her and our 20 month old Labrador, both of which keep me pretty busy. I am currently in my second and final term on the School Board. Prior to having children I worked full-time as a Special Needs Teacher. This is initially what drew me to nominate for the Board. After my first term I decided to renominate as I really enjoyed and was proud of being a part of an important part of MLPS. Outside of being a Mum and the time I spend on the Board, I love spending time with friends and family and attending our children’s sporting activities. 

 

Name: Jennifer Teo, Parent representative

Length of time on the board? Since Feb 2020

Name one thing about being on the board that surprised you:  How relaxed the environment is

Best movie ever? Forrest Gump

What do you sing at Karoke?  I have lots of go-to songs... but I do like to rap 

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?  Teleportation or telekinesis 

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?  Slow Down, you're going to hurt yourself!

Jennifer Teo Biography
I’ve always been passionate about children’s education and providing equal opportunity for all children. I’m a mother of two boys at Mt Lawley Primary. I’ve developed a strong understanding of the school community’s goals due to my involvement in the Learning Assistance Program, the P&C (currently the Honorary Treasurer) and being a Board Member since 2020. I’m not afraid to challenge the status quo, with my finance background, my cultural background and passion to make change. I bring a unique perspective to the Board & School.

 

Name: Tara Kelso, Parent representative

Length of time on the board? I am the newest member, so 2 months

Best movie ever? Little Miss Sunshine, which reminds me how great it is to have people around you (even if they drive you a bit bonkers)

Who was your favourite teacher? Mr Haskett my Year 10 and 11 English teacher. He was quirky, intelligent and loved teaching English.

Your favourite thing about Mt Lawley Primary? That it is a green oasis hidden in suburbia and has delightful little, and big, people.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? Maybe freezing time, so I could have a little nap every now and then

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? Hey you, keep doing great things

Tara Kelso Biography

I am a mum with two boys who have attended Mt Lawley Primary School since Kindergarten. I have worked in primary and secondary education for 21 years as an Educational and Developmental Psychologist. My interests include the positive impact of nature on mental health, maintaining strong connections and governance that balances fiscal needs with inclusive practices. A motto that guides my work is "we're better together.”

 

Name: Sian Zador, Parent Representative

Length of time on the board? 1yr

Name one thing about being on the board that surprised you: The amount of work our teachers put in behind the scenes to make our school run smoothly and provide the extras to our students.

Best movie ever? The Kingsman, easy watching!

Who was your favourite teacher? My Mum

Your favourite thing about Mt Lawley Primary? The beautifully kept grounds and sense of community.

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? I would love to be able to teleport- what a time saver!

Sian Zador Biography

I am a Mum to two wonderful girls who are in Year 2 and PP. I spend my time juggling parenthood and my career in Finance. I enjoy giving back to our community through my volunteer work which has included childhood allergy research, helping disadvantaged women gain financial independence, as well as serving for last 4 years as Treasurer for Marjorie Mann Daycare in Mt Lawley.

 

BOARD GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK

Mount Lawley Primary School Board Terms of Reference (including Code of Conduct)
Department of Education - School Councils/Boards  

  

Other Documents

       
2021 Meeting Minutes 2020 Meeting Minutes    

Meeting Minutes - 5 August 2021

Meeting Minutes - 13 May 2021

Meeting Minutes - 25 February 2021

Meeting Minutes - 27 February 2020    
Meeting Minutes - 25 March 2021 Meeting Minutes - 21 May 2020    
Meeting Minutes - 10 June 2021

Meeting Minutes - 18 June 2020

Meeting Minutes - 13 August 2020

   
 

Meeting Minutes - 5 November 2020

Meeting Minutes - 3 December 2020

   
       
       
       
       
       

 

Should you have an interest in any information not already published on this page, please do not hesitate to contact the School Board on MLPSBoard@outlook.com or the Principal on Principal.Mountlawley.PS@education.wa.edu.au.