School Board Profiles

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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 – 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 4 and Year 1.

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.

 

 

Deputy Chair and Parent Representative – Brendan Joss


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Commenced in 2018

I live in Kensington with my wife and two young boys, one who is in Year 1 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.

 

 

Secretary and Staff Representative – Claire Backhouse

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Commenced in 2018  

I've been an educator for over 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.

 

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 the future. Susan’s two children are both married and progressing on their own pathways into the future with a child being 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 Representative – Susan Millar

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Commenced in 2018

I have been part of the 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 Representative – Di Filmer

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Commenced in 2019

I have had the privilege of working in such a fantastic school with supportive parents, dedicated and highly professional staff and wonderful students since 2017.  I believe every student has the right to learn and reach their potential, and as a teacher, I believe my role is to assist students in achieving their personal best. I strongly believe in all aspects of the curriculum and have a passion for teaching growth mindset using a strengths based approach and Digital Technologies.

I hold a Bachelor of Education (Primary Education), Level One Philosophy in Schools Certificate and an International School Leadership Certificate.

I am passionate about building a positive school culture and I feel my involvement on the School Board allows me to further develop my partnerships with parents and the wider community in achieving the best outcomes for our students.

On a more personal note I have 2 children aged 10 and 13 and my weekends revolve around their sporting commitments. I am heavily involved with the Vic Park Raider JFC, Perth Cricket Club and Kooyong Netball club. 

 

Staff Representative – Siobhan Bushen

 

 

Commenced in 2019

I have worked within the Department of Education in a variety of roles for over 25 years.  These roles have included drama teacher, teacher-librarian and as a classroom teacher.  My teaching experience has encompassed all year levels from Kindy to Year 7.  I have also been involved in curriculum development and implementation across all learning areas.

I am privileged to be part of the dynamic, caring and hard-working team at KPS, where I am currently teaching a Year 4 class.  I am committed to providing a classroom environment which fosters the social, emotional and intellectual growth of the students in my care.  I have worked in either a part-time or full-time capacity at KPS for almost ten years.  

I am the mother of six delightful daughters.  Four of the girls attended KPS and loved every aspect of their time here. 

 

  

Parent Representative – Mindy Schaper

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Commenced in 2019

I grew up in the Perth hills, briefly lived and travelled through UK and Europe, and am now settled here in Kensington with my husband and our two boys who attend the school, in Years 1 and 4.  

Prior to becoming a mother, I worked as a draftsperson and designer in the Perth housing industry while completing my studies in Architecture at UWA, and now work part-time from home designing new homes, residential house extensions and fit-outs for private clients and builders.

Between work and caring for our two boys, I practise yoga, enjoy paddling, swimming, catching up with friends and family, and I aspire to sustainable living.

I appreciate the strong sense of community here in Kensington and am very pleased to be a part of it. The established community at Kensington Primary School forms a big part of community life and I am looking forward to contributing further, through the School Board.

 

Parent Representative – Hans-Christian Jeppesen

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Commenced in 2019

As a father of Ivy (Pre-primary) and Anna (Year 2), I would like to offer myself as a candidate for the School Board position.  I consider myself a suitable candidate on the basis of the following:

I care about my children’s education.  Having spent the majority of my ‘school life’ at an outstanding school in Denmark and having experienced the opportunities available to me after my ‘school life’, I understand the important of striving for excellent education.

I am committed to the KPS community.  I believe that a positive KPS community and increased parent involvement is of utmost importance to KPS and the KPS children.  I intend to find ways to further improve the KPS community feel and increase parent involvement.

My perspective will be based upon 15 years of business experience in both Denmark and Australia.

 

Parent Representative – Carla Martelli

Carla Martelli

Commenced in 2019

First and foremost, I am the mother of Jonah and Ethan Stonell currently attending KPS in Years 1 and 3 respectively.  I work as a Sessional Academic at Curtin Univerwity, working with the Schools of Management and Marketing.  I also manage a boutique property development company.  I have an MBA from Curtin University and am a qualified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt obtained from the University of Michigan.

Why have I nominated myself as a candidate for election to the school board?  Primarily, I would simply like to be more involved and develop an awareness of the pressures and opportunities for KPS.  I believe I could add value to the school in this role with a passion for education, creating amazing little humans and a supportive community in which they can thrive.

 

 

Parent Representative – Mike Purves

Mike Purves

Commenced in 2019

I am a parent of two boys at Kensington Primary School, one in Year 3 and one in Year 4.  I am passionate about the school and our community and would like to contribute more to both moving forward.

Professionally, I am a senior leader with P&N Bank and my role is to deliver a portfolio of projects that will realise our strategic objectives.  My key strengths would be: Project and Program management, stakeholder engagement, communications and organisational change management. 

Outside of work, my personal interests include a love of running, playing and coaching soccer (I am an accredited coach at youth level) and being a general sports enthusiast.

 

Parent Representative – Jeremy Hogben

 

Jeremy Hogben

 

Commenced in 2017

I am a parent of  David (Year 2) and 3 year 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.

 

 

Parent Representative – James Ramsay

 James Ramsay

Commenced in 2019 

 

After joining the Kensington community in 2015 with my wife and two children, we settled in with our oldest daughter starting Pre Primary in 2015 and is now in Year 4. Our youngest daughter began Kindy in 2016 and is now in Year 2.  We look forward to continuing being part of the school and Kensington community.

Having been an active member of the initial school board I bring some of my past knowledge and learnings to the new board. In my professional life I liaise with board members regularly which I envisage will be beneficial to the school and development of our school board.

In my day to day professional life I am a Stock Broker at Bell Potter Securities and have been for the last 10+ years. Being involved in Financial Services means I have a solid grounding in ethics, compliance and process that I can offer to the school.

I believe emotional intelligence, perseverance (grit) and sport are all part of the multiple dimensions we need to teach and instil in children along with a strong academic learning framework.