School Board

Functions of the Board

The Rossmoyne Senior High School Board acts to promote the objectives and interests of the school community, its role being to provide strategic guidance and monitoring.

The School Board participates fully in:

  • Endorsing the Rossmoyne Senior High School Delivery and
  • Performance Agreement
  • Endorsing and reviewing the school budget and business plan
  • Monitoring the school’s performance
  • Developing processes to review the satisfaction levels of parents, staff and students, with results reported in the annual school report
  • Endorsing the annual school report
  • Selecting the Principal when a vacancy arises

Rossmoyne Senior High School’s Board has a proactive role in carrying out these functions and, also, in its role in the review and endorsement of school policies, plans and reports.

Structure and Membership of the Rossmoyne Senior High School Board

The School Board is made up of:

  • The Principal
  • Two staff members
  • Up to 11 members from parents, the P&C, community and business and industry
  • In addition, up to two student representatives are included on the Board, without voting rights

The School Board members are:

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    Ms Kirsty Barnetson LLB(Hons), MAICD, Board Chair
    Elected parent member

    Experience: Management, law and governance

    It has been exciting to see the values encapsulated in iCARE – Integrity, Connection, Aspiration, Respect and Excellence to see iCARE, increasingly embedded in the day-to-day operations of the school.  Our values represent what is core to Rossmoyne and its culture, and what underpins the success of our students.  It was also exciting to be involved in identifying innovative and meaningful ways of effectively monitoring and reporting performance against the strategies and targets in our 2017-2020 Business Plan.  The perspective that this will give our school will continue to drive and shape our school culture and the key strategies needed to continue to be a school of excellence, of which we can be proud.

    It is a privilege to work with the board to support the school in its commitment to achieve positive outcomes for all our students, and reaffirm our great desire that our students leave our school as capable, compassionate and confident members of our global community.

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    Mr Samuel Prodonovich BEd, MEd
    Deputy Chair
    Community member,
    parent of a current Rossmoyne Senior High School student and a former student.
    Experience: Education

    2017 sees the next iteration of the school strategic plan arriving and it has been a pleasure working with students, staff and the board to continue to develop a robust direction for the school. Of particular note is the clear idea our students have about what they want Rossmoyne Senior High School to be, not only for themselves, but for future students as well. It has been great to see the wide range of success enjoyed by Rossmoyne SHS students in 2016 and I look forward to seeing these successes continue under the guidance of the wonderful staff at Rossmoyne. Continued improvements to the physical facilities of the school and the retention and placement of quality staff are significant factors moving in to 2017 and beyond.

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    Ms Milanna Heberle BPE, Dip Ed, MEd
    Principal, Rossmoyne Senior High School
    Experience: Education, school leadership and management

    Rossmoyne Senior High School’s Board delivers significant benefits to the School. Most important, our Board brings together representatives of key stakeholders in public education – parents, staff, students, community and industry – who have a shared vision about the vital role of Rossmoyne Senior High School in preparing future ready citizens. It is inspiring and reassuring for me to work with a Board that has the expertise, experience and keen interest to set the School’s strategic directions, to encourage and support our staff and students, and to provide strong governance.

    I look forward to continuing to work with the Board in 2019 to maintain the School’s focus on providing the best possible educational opportunities and outcomes for Rossmoyne students.

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    Dr Michael Dockery BBus(Econs), PhD(Econs)
    Elected parent member
    Experience: Tertiary Education, Educational Research

    As a graduate of Rossmoyne Senior High School and parent of two current students, I’m excited to be given the opportunity to now contribute to the school as a Parent Member of the School Board. I have 25 years of experience in the tertiary education sector as a lecturer and researcher. My research has focussed on improving labour market, education and wellbeing outcomes for marginalised groups within Australia, and has included extensive analyses of education and training outcomes and the school-to-work transition. I have a strong belief in the importance of equality in educational opportunity for young people and hope my expertise in education policy can help to support the work of the Board and shape the school’s strategic direction.

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    Mr Andy FarrantDipTeach WA, Post Grad Diploma Arts Management, GAICD, FRSACommunity MemberExperience: Arts Management, media, marketing and industry technology

    It is a great privilege to be a member of the Board of one of WA’s leading independent public schools.  The School’s strategic intent has ‘future ready citizens’ at its heart and the values of Integrity, Connection, Aspiration, Respect and Excellence round out how the school goes about its primary business of teaching and learning.  The 2020 school year was possibly the most challenging over the past 50+ years. The dramatic changes to the delivery of teaching and learning meant that students remained engaged with their school. Efforts by staff to normalise meaningful online learning were breath-taking and the results in VET and ATAR reflected the very high commitment and application by students and staff. It is a privilege to play a very small role in Rossmoyne’s ongoing success.

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    Mr Mahadevan (Jaya) Jayabalan
    BE, MSC, Grad Cert Mgt, PMP, MAIPM, MIE (Aust) CPEng, NPER-3
    Community member, parent of current Rossmoyne Senior High School students
    Experience: Building and construction, project management, transport, directorship

    Working as part of such a well-educated, experienced team of professionals to guide our school on a path of continued success is most rewarding. Seeing the school’s business plan come together for 2010 to 2013 and 2013 to 2016 and opening of the new car park (Karel Ave entrance) has definitely been a highlight of my time on the Rossmoyne Senior High School Board since 2010.

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    Dr David McMeekin BSc PhD
    Community member, parent of current Rossmoyne Senior High School students
    Experience: Tertiary education, technology

    The 2016 year saw two major things occur at Rossmoyne Senior High School: The changing of the Principal and this coincided with the end of the Business Plan. This has been an excellent occurrence as it has facilitated the possibility for our new Principal to drive the creation of the next Business Plan, setting the strategic direction of the school over the coming years.
    It was fantastic to participate in the transition to our new Principal, assisting her in her role and seeing how new eyes can see things differently. The creation of the new Business Plan in 2017 has set the stage for the next chapter in for Rossmoyne Senior High School. I’m looking forward to seeing what will arise.

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    Ms Maureen Lorimer BEd, Assoc in Design
    Community member
    Experience: Education

    The Board plays an important role in representing the views, interests and values of the wider community whilst contributing input into the development and review of the school’s objectives, priorities and direction. It was a pleasure to be involved in the development of the current Business Plan which embraces the values of iCARE (Integrity, Connection, Aspiration, Respect and Excellence), putting students firmly at the centre of the school’s operations. It is reassuring to see the importance that Rossmoyne Senior High School places on providing opportunities for all students and the innovative work that guides the direction of the school. It encourages us on the Board to be bold and creative in supporting this vision.

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    Mr Michael Pailthorpe B. Bus (Marketing), MBA
    Elected Parent member
    Experience: Management, Governance and Marketing

    It is a great privilege to be re-elected to the board as a parent member. As a parent of one former student, two current students and another to attend next year I am looking forward to continuing to bring my perspective and experience to the board to as it works collaboratively monitor the schools performance against its business plan objectives and its ultimate goal to prepare ‘future ready citizens’ equipped to succeed in life.

    The school has a wonderful brand, reputation and culture of excellence and we need to keep working hard to ensure this is maintained and enhanced across all aspects of school life. Similarly I’m keen to see that the school continues to actively connect with and engage its stakeholders, to challenge itself and to strive to deliver the best possible outcomes for its students, parents, staff and wider community.

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    Prof Gordon Parkinson BSc, MSc, PhD, FRSC, FRACI, FRMS, C Chem
    Community member
    Experience: Tertiary education, innovation, science

    It is a pleasure and privilege to be a member of the School Board, working with staff, students and members of the community, all of whom are committed and passionate about the importance of education and in particular about the excellent institution that is Rossmoyne Senior High School.

    A key responsibility of the School Board is to provide input into the development of, and ultimately endorse the School Business Plan. Given the rapidly changing world we live in, and consequent uncertainty about the future that our students will face, we are keen to help prepare them to be as ready as possible to face whatever they will encounter. Hence, the overarching theme of the Business Plan is “Future Ready Citizens”.

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    Ms Emily Donders
    MacNeill House Leader, Humanities and Social Sciences Teacher
    Elected Staff member
    Experience: Education

    The School Board is an essential part of the governance of Rossmoyne SHS and it is a privilege to represent the passionate and talented staff who are part of the school community. I am looking forward to collaborating with the expertise of the Rossmoyne community, to work toward the shared vision of genuinely creating ‘future ready citizens’.  It is exciting to be involved in and champion the school initiatives and programs that will further build a positive, successful, innovative and responsive school culture of which all students, parents and staff can be proud.

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    Mr Brett Riley
    Health and Physical Education Teacher
    Elected Staff Member
    Experience: Education

    It is a great privilege to be an educator at Rossmoyne Senior High School and be elected to work as part of a professional team on the school Board. Rossmoyne is a successful, vibrant learning community and our school places a strong emphasis on building community participation and promoting relationships with teachers, parents and students. I look forward to working with the Board to improve the schools shared vision in preparing successful future ready citizens.