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 – Jeremy Hogben

Jeremy Hogben 

Commenced in 2017

I am a parent of seven year old David (Year 2) and three 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.

 

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 2.

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.

 

 

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 – 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.

 

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 – Di Filmer

 

 

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 – Siobhan Bushen

 

 

Commenced in 2019

 

 

Parent – 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.

 

 

 

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Commenced in 2019

 

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Commenced in 2019