School Board Profiles

Principal – Bronwyn Jones

Bronwyn

Commenced July 2016

While I have not been at Kensington Primary School for long I am pleased to be working with such a dynamic and hardworking group of people—staff, students, parents and School Board members.  I am committed to ensuring the students of KPS are successful; the teaching and learning opportunities are of the highest quality; and that the community are engaged and empowered.  I intend to ensure a school that is both responsive and ethical in all its decisions.  I truly believe that “together we achieve”.  I have a BA, Grad Dip Sc and MEd and am currently working on an Education Doctorate.  I have been a teacher for over 25 years.

 

Chair – Mark Thompson

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Commenced August 2015

I’m really excited about being on the Kensington Primary School Board and looking forward to making a positive contribution. I’ve lived in the Kensington area for almost 20 years and believe there is something special about the community we live in. My wife Samantha has previously been involved in the P&C and my two children Leah (Year 6) and Riley (Year 3) attend the school.

In terms of my community engagement the thing I’m most proud of is supporting Teen Challenge (helps people with drug and alcohol addiction) over the last 6 years by raising over $20,000 and cycling from Esperance to Perth (1000km) each year. As part of the ride we visit regional schools to provide advice on how to avoid drug and alcohol addiction.

In terms of skills I have a diverse background from Engineering, Project Management, Commercial and Procurement, Sales and Supply Chain. My career has been marked by key leadership roles in operational, sales and commercial functions and significant change programs, with a strong planning and implementation focus.

In terms of leadership I’m passionate about setting direction and helping people achieve their potential.

I have a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and post graduate qualifications in project management. I’m also a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Leadership WA.

Outside of work, I spend time with family/friends and enjoy cycling.

 

Deputy Chair – Jeremy Hogben

Jeremy Hogben 

Commenced in 2017

I am a parent of five year old David (Pre-primary) and 18 months old Sophie.

I am passionate about education and I feel a strong sense of obligation to be involved in my children’s (and my children’s peers) broader community life, including school life.

In my professional life, I am an environmental consultant with some 20 years’ experience and am a serving member of my company’s board and an affiliate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).  I am also a member of the Minister for Environment; Regulation appointed Contaminated Sites Committee (CSC) which is an independent statutory tribunal charged with making determinations under the Contaminated Sites Act 2003.

Outside of work, I enjoy fishing, cooking, gardening and sports (particularly hockey and cricket) and I am a long suffering supporter of the Perth Demons Football Club.

 

Secretary – Donatella Giasante

Donatella Giasante 

Commenced in 2017

I’m a mother of two girls, one who completed Year 6 at KPS in 2017 and one currently in Year 1.

I believe that having a strong and compliant public school is a great asset of our community and I’m happy to contribute, at this level of responsibility to do a little part of what is required to run Kensington Primary School as an Independent Public School and contribute to the performance growth of the institute.

Boards are a key part of the governance structures of every independent school and they have to be supported in their delicate function of shaping the performance criteria of our school in respect of the organisation of the public education system.

I have been working in Human Resources for the past 15 years and learned in the workplace how important the basic education we receive during primary school years is, for the development of individuals and their respectful collaboration in every aspect of our society.

 

Lara Parsons – P&C Representative

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Commenced in 2017

I’m a mother of two boys attending Kensington Primary School, one in Year 3 and one in Pre-primary.

I believe that good education gives people choices and that the motivation to be educated is having a life-long love for learning. The love of learning, questioning and enquiry needs to be encouraged from the earliest stages in our children’s lives. I enjoy being part of the KPS Community and believe that ‘you get out what you put in’ when it comes to supporting our local school and community.

After 13 years working as an Infrastructure Engineer, I am now a local small business owner in a completely different industry! I am involved in Waterpolo and Gaelic Football teams and I participate in the odd adventure race. I am also a volunteer Surf Life Saver at North Cottesloe Surf Club and have previously been involved with educating and assessing Bronze Medallion and Advanced Lifesaving Skills.

I look forward to learning more about how the school operates in my position on the board and assisting both the Board and the P&C to continue their close alignment in support of the teachers and support staff at KPS.

 

Community Representative – Susan Lees

Susan Lees is a community member who believes that her experience in public education over 30 years enables her to support the Board of Kensington Primary School to continue to provide a quality education experience to the students of the school. Her current role is the Upper School Pastoral Care Coordinator at Kent Street SHS, so she has a strong understanding of the needs of the students and families in this region.

Other experiences which have developed a greater understanding of the educative needs of our young people include being a parent representative and then Chairperson of the Board of a parent-run Montessori School over a number of years and almost 20 years as a community member on the Board of Midland Joblink.

Susan is married to Stephen, who is completing his teacher training and hopes to enter into the public education system as a teacher in 2017. Susan’s two children are both married and progressing on their own pathways into the future with a child being expected and welcomed in 2017.

 

Community Representative - Katja Gvozdenovic

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Commenced in 2017

Katja is a Ngadju woman from Perth who has lived in Kensington for almost 15 years. In 2012 she started teaching Baha’i classes at Kensington Primary School while studying at university. She graduated from university with a Bachelor of Laws, and works for the Department of Communities in the development of upgrades to remote Aboriginal communities. Katja likes long walks on the beach and enjoying a hot latte with the other cool kids at the cafe.

 

Staff – Claire Backhouse

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Commenced in 2018  

I've been an educator for 15 years in public and private schools throughout country and metropolitan WA and Qld.  Over many years, I have held leadership roles aimed at improving student outcomes in both literacy and numeracy.  In addition, I have held positions on two school councils and the Moora Primary School board.

I believe in life-long learning and hold the following qualifications:

- Bachelor of Education in Primary Education

- Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies Japanese

- Masters of Education in Special Needs

- National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative's Deputy Principal Colloquium

I am passionate about ICT and STEM as they assist in preparing students for the future world through development of creative and critical thinking skills.

 

Staff – Susan Millar

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Commenced in 2018

I have been part of the Senior School teaching team at Kensington since 2010.

Prior to that, I taught and studied overseas, including work in India, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.  I have taught students ranging from kindergarten to Year 12, and worked for some time in a lower university in the Tribal Trust Lands in Zimbabwe.

My background, outside of the classroom, includes theatre and writing.

After many years in the profession, I remain excited about teaching.

  

Staff – Megan Mehnert

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Commenced in 2017

I have been teaching for 25 years in Western Australia including Manjimup, Mandurah, Armadale and for the past four years, at Kensington Primary School, where I have valued being a part of both the teaching and wider community.

With a strong awareness and passion for children’s learning and general development and having a Psychology degree as well as an Education degree, I have always been concerned with developing the whole student : physical, social as well as intellectual.  I enjoy being part of and encouraging inclusive education, promoting positive, genuine learning techniques, as well as providing emotional and social support for my students whilst establishing close working, collaborative relationships with colleagues.

As well as teaching at KPS, I also spend a lot of time feeding and ferrying around three school aged teenagers.

My teaching career has encompassed all areas of classroom performance, curriculum implementation, resource and technological development as well as school level, district level and state level reviews of current educational issues and initiatives.  I look forward to contributing to the Kensington School Board whilst representing the teaching staff.

 

Staff – Debb Dellar

Debb Dellar 

Commenced in 2017

I was born in Newcastle and was educated on all continents (except for Antarctica) as a child. I finished my schooling in Canberra and then enrolled to study nursing in Sydney.  I transferred to Royal Perth Hospital and finished my nursing there (single certificate training).  I then saw an advertisement for an Early Childhood Education (ECE) course, enrolled and was accepted.  After graduation, I taught at Phoenix Primary, Exmouth District High, Herne Hill Primary, Karratha Primary, Tom Price Primary (including periods of Acting Deputy Principal) and for the past nine years, at Kensington Primary.  I love teaching, and my other passions are farming life, spending time with my granddaughters, reading good “gripping” novels and travelling to the not-so-well-known parts and places on this beautiful planet that we call earth.

 

Parent – Andrew Cody

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Commenced in 2018

I’m excited at the opportunity to contribute to and help shape the future direction of the school my children attend and that’s such an important part of our special and unique local community.

In terms of community engagement, I have been involved in the excellent DUCKs group / Fathering Project over the last two years, including contributing to the committee last year. I’ve also been an Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) mentor for the last two years, both as a one-on-one student mentor and group facilitator, working to help equip students from disadvantaged backgrounds with the basic skills they need to enter the workforce, something I am passionate about. My partner Kelly is the school banking co-ordinator and P&C VP this year. We have two girls at Kensington, in Year 3 and Pre-primary.

In terms of professional experience, I have backgrounds in telecommunications, government, military and human services (specialising in youth work). I have a diverse range of skills across strategy and planning, project management, change management, sales, service, marketing and leadership. I’m currently the Broadband Product Category Manager for Optus. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, as well as sports and fitness. I’m currently training for the 5 Dams Cycling Challenge and HBF Run for a Reason.

 

Parent – Nicole Austin

Nicole Austin

Commenced in 2016

I am the mother of Toby and Mitchell Wilson and am delighted to be a member of the Kensington Primary School Board.

Primary School is so important!  It is a place where children discover what interests them and fuels a passion for lifelong learning – whether that be academically, artistically, or on the sports field.  I am a proud supporter of KPS, and of our vibrant and enthusiastic community, and am keen to ensure that KPS is well placed to feed and nurture opportunities for each and every student to discover their dreams and strive to be their very best.

I have been involved in the P&C for a number of years, including being the P&C Board Rep in 2016 and I look forward to working with the Board to help them achieve their goals.

My professional background is in strategic IT, where I worked as a Business Analyst for Accenture and Coles Myer delivering specific business outcomes.  Formally, I have a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA.

 

Parent – Pharyn Thompson

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Commenced in 2017

I am a mother of two and my eldest daughter attends Pre-primary at Kensington Primary School.  Education is important to me and I would like to get involved in the school community regarding matters relating to the school’s future directions (objectives and priorities), how the school is promoted within the community and other matters relating to the school’s code of conduct and dress code.

I have experience attending meetings, working collaboratively and being part of a school community.

 

Parent – Brendan Joss

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Commenced in 2018

I live in Kensington with my wife and two young boys, one who is attending Pre-primary and the second to attend in the years to come.  We chose KPS for our sons for its strong community and interaction with teachers, students and parents.

My formal education (B.Sc Hons) is in exercise and sports science, with a PhD in exercise rehabilitation.  I have developed strong business and leadership skills through formal training and experience as Managing Director of my Allied Health business.

I also have over 6 years of formal board experience with Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

I look forward to making a valued contribution to Kensington Primary School and its community.