School Board

The School Board comprises of elected parents, community representatives and school staff members. It plays an important role in contributing to good school governance so that school resources are used efficiently and community expectations and the school's priorities reflect the needs of students.

The functions of the School Board are covered by legislation and include both approval and advisory roles. The School Board makes these decisions with the Principal who ensures the decisions adhere to legislative and policy requirements.

Our School Board meets once per term.

Minutes - 29 March 2021
Minutes - 26 July 2021
Minutes - 13 September 2021
Minutes - 6 December 2021

Principal

Caroline Booth

Principal - Staff Representative

Caroline joined West Balcatta as principal in July 2021, having worked in education as a teacher and school leader, for 30 years in both the UK and Australia. Prior to joining West Balcatta, Caroline was Principal at Mullaloo Heights for 6 years. 

Caroline believes that good teaching can make a real difference to every child. The provision of high-quality teaching within a nurturing and supportive environment is a priority that underpins everything at West Balcatta Primary School. According to Caroline, “The wonderful WBPS school community, consisting of students, parents and staff working together with a common goal, certainly makes achieving this a lot easier.” 

Board Chair

Alicia Scaffidi

Board Chair - Parent Representative

Alicia has two decades of business development, marketing, stakeholder engagement and communications experience.

As Market Growth Lead at a top-tier professional services firm, Alicia leads a large national team of marketing, communications, and business development professionals.

Alicia is passionate about helping the WA community and has served on several not-for-profit boards. As Board Chair, she is focused on lifting the profile of the school board in the community and supporting the WBPS leadership in achieving the objectives set out in the Business Plan. 

Board Deputy Chair -  Parent Rep

Steve Pandevski

Board Deputy Chair - Parent Representative

Steve is an advocate for accessible, high-quality education.  He is passionate about delivering positive educational experiences and outcomes for our children and the broader West Balcatta Primary School community.

With tertiary qualifications in ‘Urban and Regional Planning’ and ‘Building and Construction’, and over 25 years of experience in local government and WA’s property development sector he has a keen interest in supporting our school so that our children can thrive and reach their full potential.

“I am committed to ensuring that the views of our school community are well represented at Board.”

Lee Tanner Staff Representative

Lee Tanner

Staff Representative

Lee began teaching in 2000 and has been a long-serving and dedicated staff member at West Balcatta Primary School. She's held various teaching and leadership positions and was formally appointed WBPS Associate Principal in 2021, having acted in the role since 2019. As the leader of Student Services and a member of the Health & Wellbeing team, Lee is an advocate for students and families experiencing difficulties and believes that nurturing student’s emotional wellbeing is an essential building block for academic success. Lee enjoys working as part of the school board, as she values strongly the relationships built between the school and community. She is proud to work at West Balcatta and looks forwards to working as a team to continue to improve outcomes for all students.

Daniel Graffin Staff Representative

Daniel Graffin

Staff Representative

Daniel has been teaching at West Balcatta Primary School for 10 years, joining the school in 2012.

He is an extremely passionate, committed, and professional teacher who consistently applies himself to benefit his school, but most importantly the students he teaches. Daniel has keen interest in ICT and has played an integral part in numerous initiatives including the BYOD program and the DoE initiative Connect.

Daniel is a member of various school committees to assist in the school operations, including the Numeracy Committee and Finance Committee. He also manages the Year 6 Recycle Team and is PEAC Coordinator for WBPS.

Amy Rudd Parent Representative

Amy Rudd

Parent Representative

As a parent volunteer, Amy has been involved in the West Balcatta community (through the P&C, school council and school board) since 2015.

As well as being a mum, Amy is a pediatric occupational therapist (with over 20 years’ experience) who is passionate about creating positive environments that promote play, cooperation, and learning. Amy loves working with the team at West Balcatta to find creative solutions that ensure each child's social-emotional wellbeing is encouraged.

Kim Blyth Parent Representative

Kim Blyth

Parent Representative

Kim became a Board member in 2021 and is a parent of current Year 5 and Year 3 students and has been affiliated with the school since they commenced their education.

Kim will assist and work with the Board to enhance the profile of the school ensuring the West Balcatta Primary School continues to perform in the best interest of the students and the local community as their first choice in primary school.

Board Parent Rep

Trish Van Der Loo

Parent Representative

Trish began her connection to West Balcatta in 2015 when her first son started at the school. She is passionate about the school community and has dedicated many hours to the school voluntarily, including countless hours getting her hands dirty in the development of the much loved “backyard” playground.

Trish has worked in many marketing and online communications roles in Not-for-profits and Government.

In her role on the board, Trish’s focus is supporting the school’s nurturing environment.  She hopes to encourage decisions which promote strong child development, supporting the wonderful teachers  and enhance the thriving community.

Helen McAullay Community Representative

Helen McAullay

Community Representative

Helen McAullay was invited to join the WBPS Board as a Community member in 2019. Helen is the Primary Professional Experience Coordinator at Curtin University, where she regularly liaises with WBPS staff to arrange mentors to host their pre-service teachers for their practicums. Helen also regularly visits schools as a Practicum Supervisor. Previously, Helen enjoyed a satisfying career for 14 years as an Early Childhood teacher in both the WA Education Department and Catholic sectors.

Helen Maitland Community Representative

Helen Maitland

Community Representative

Helen is the Principal at Balcatta Senior High School, commencing as Associate Principal in 2015 and then merit selected to the position as Principal from 2018. Helen has worked for the Department of Education for over 30 years, commencing her career as a Home Economics teacher and then went on to a range of leadership positions as Head of Learning Area, Program Coordinator, District Vocational Education and Training Coordinator and Associate Principal. Helen has extensive knowledge and experience in curriculum development, post school options and student services. In her time at Balcatta Senior High School Helen has worked closely with each local primary school to develop customised transition programs and initiatives that have provided opportunities for primary school students. Helen is honoured to be a member of West Balcatta Primary School board, as she believes that when the whole school community work together we maximise the potential for student success.

Shari O’Neill Community Representative

Shari O’Neill

Community Representative

Shari O’Neill is a Speech Pathologist with over 30years experience who has worked across a variety of disability, health and education settings over this time. She has worked as part of the educational team in a number of school-based contexts including mainstream schools, special schools and units and Language Development Centres (LDCs). Shari currently works in Private Practice where she sees school aged children and teenagers with speech, language and literacy difficulties and also for the Department of Education as part of the West Coast Language Development Centre Outreach Team. In this role she works collaboratively with mainstream school staff to support students with speech, language and early literacy difficulties. Over her career she has conducted many training sessions for education staff, parents and other professionals.