School Board Profiles

Principal – Bronwyn Jones

bronwynCommenced 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 – Belinda Moharich

BMoharich_webCommenced February 2012

I have three children who attend Kensington Primary School and am passionate about the provision of equal access to education. Local primary schools provide a wonderful springboard for all children to learn, grow and play in a village environment and should be cherished and supported – hence my involvement in the Kensington Primary School Board. In my professional life, I am a planning and environmental lawyer with my own practice, based locally in South Perth. Please feel free to contact any member of the council via the website’s contact us page.

 

Deputy Chair – 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

Commenced in 2017

I’m a mother of two girls attending KPS, one in Year 6 and one in Pre-primary.

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.

 

Staff – Alicia Taylor

Commenced in 2015

My name is Alicia Taylor and I am in my fourth year of teaching at Kensington PS.  I am currently one of the Year 2 teachers.  Teaching has always been my passion and I strive to engage all of my students in their learning and encourage them to take risks, to persevere and be the best they can be.

The highlights of Kensington PS, for me, are the wonderful staff, the beautiful children and the incredibly supportive parents and families. I think the community spirit at KPS is amazing and something we should be very proud of!

Joining the School Board was a great opportunity for me to be more involved it the school and its community.  I feel privileged to be representing the staff and to be able to assist in the progression of our school.

 

Staff – Rhonda Skinnerrhonda

Commenced August 2015

It is a privilege to have the opportunity to serve on the school board as Kensington Primary School establishes itself as a strong Independent School. I have been closely involved in developing stronger numeracy practices in the school through the ILNPP initiative and the school Maths Committee.

I am thrilled to be a part of the Senior School teaching team, where we work collaboratively to implement a holistic approach to the educational program for our students.

My involvement in establishing the Waste Wise Program and vegetable gardens within the school has been a role close to my heart. I am constantly in awe of the energy, curiosity and drive the students have for the project. My energetic band of gardening grommits work tirelessly to bring our gardens to life.

I am looking forward to my role as a teacher representative on the School Board.

 

Staff – Megan Mehnert

Commenced in 2017

I have been teaching for 24 years in Western Australia including Manjimup, Mandurah, Armadale and for the past three 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

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.

 

Lara Parsons – P&C Representative

Commenced in 2017

I’m a mother of two boys attending Kensington Primary School, one in Year 2 and one in Kindy.

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 – TBC

 

Parent – Nicole Austin

Commenced in 2016Nicole

I am the mother of Toby and Mitchell Wilson and am delighted to be a member of the Kensington Primary School Board for the next 2 years.

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 – Mark ThompsonMark Thompson picture

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 is on the P&C and my two children Leah (year 5) and Riley (Year 2) 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.

 

Parent – Pharyn Thompson

Commenced in 2017

I am a mother of two and my eldest daughter attends kindergarten 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 – Karen Mahar

Commenced February 2016Karen Mahar

My name is Karen Mahar and I was delighted to join the Kensington Primary School  Board in early 2016. I have three children who have all attended Kensington Primary School from kindergarten.  Two are now attending High School and my youngest remains at Kensington. I am excited to join the school board and assist the school with its future development. The school has a wonderful community spirit combined with high class teaching staff so it is exciting to be involved in the strategic direction of the school.  I am also an experienced teacher with 25 years teaching experience. My career has taken me to a variety of regional and city appointments as well as time teaching overseas. I currently work at a local primary school where I teach in a year four class; as well, I have taken on the role of Technologies leader for the school. I look forward to being able to assist the school board in helping Kensington Primary School reach its full potential and assist our children to become lifelong learners.