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 current and former RSHS students
    Experience: Education

    2021 sees the next iteration of the school Business 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 past years, 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 have been significant factors in the last business plan cycle, and will continue to be into 2021 and beyond.

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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 Farrant Dip Teach WA, Post Grad Diploma Arts Management, GAICD, FRSA

    Community Member
    Experience: 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 JP BE, MSC, Grad Cert Mgt, PMP, MAIPM, MIE(Aust)CPEng, NPER-3

    Community member, parent of former RSHS 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 periodic business plans come together and opening of the new car park (Karel Avenue entrance) have definitely been a highlight of my time on the Rossmoyne Senior High School Board since 2010.  I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the school, especially with the upcoming $35M redevelopment which was committed by State Government in March 2021.

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    Dr David McMeekin BSc PhD

    Community member, parent of current RSHS students
    Experience: Tertiary education, technology

    If you had have said at the end of 2019 that the world we live in will be forever changed… Well it did and at the fore front of that change was and continues to be: education. Being part of the Board as RSHS entered this new era was quite a privilege. Entering into 2021, the school is in the process of creating a new Business Plan. I believe this is a very exciting time in education as what was will not return and what will be will need to be created. I am looking forward to seeing and being part of creating this new Business Plan for the school.

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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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    Miss Kelly Stephen BCom (Accounting and Finance), CA

    Community member, alumni, and sister of a current student
    Experience: Accounting, Finance, Tax, German

    It was an honour to be approached and subsequently accepted as a member of the School Board as the school has had a significant impact on where I am today. Being a graduate of Rossmoyne SHS and with a sister currently in Year 12, I am excited to be able to share my views and personal experiences in order to contribute to the school’s Business Plan and help shape the student experience.

    Being “future ready citizens” is so important in the current environment and I am looking forward to working with the Rossmoyne community to ensure that the students are equipped with what they need to succeed after graduating from high school.

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    Mr Alan Brown B Ed, Dip Tch

    Principal, Rossmoyne Senior High School
    Experience: Education, School Leadership

    The Board of Rossmoyne Senior High School provides an avenue for members of our school community to provide significant input into the future of the school. The Board is made up of parents, staff, students, community members and industry representatives who work on the school’s four key priorities for 2022 to 2025 –  ‘capable learners,’ ‘real-world learning,’ ‘inclusiveness,’ and ‘staff excellence and wellbeing. The strength of the School Board lies in the strong engagement of this group to ensure that Rossmoyne Senior High School provides the best educational pathway for every single student. As principal of Rossmoyne Senior High School, it is a pleasure to be part of the board and work with this committed group of people to make Rossmoyne the best school it can be.

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    Mr Tom Dowsley BScAdv (Hons), MPP, MTeach (Sndy) Humanities and Social Sciences Teacher

    Elected Staff Member
    Experience: Education, Public Policy

    I’m very pleased to be joining the Board and working alongside a diverse selection of people passionate about delivering quality education at Rossmoyne Senior High School. Our school experiences continued success due to the shared commitment of our students, caregivers and staff to teaching and learning that supports students to become future ready citizens. I look forward to engaging across our school community as we move into delivery of our new business plan.

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    Ms Chandrika D'Mello BArts(Psych), Grad Cert in Migration Law, Grad Cert in Counselling

    Community Member, Parent of current RSHS student

    Experience: Business owner, Sessional Lecturer

    This is an exciting time to be joining the Rossmoyne Senior High School Board as a Community Member. The 2022-2025 business plan is progressive in its mission to mould our students into real world thinkers while maintaining the school’s existing values and culture, undertaken with a view to making a positive impact. As the students are exposed to more real world learning, they will be well placed to function in the new normal we are now faced with. Of particular interest is the mission to foster inclusivity of the students into the school community, as well as amongst the students who are encouraged to embrace diversity. Additionally, the $35M injection of funds will see RSHS transform into a vibrant and interactive learning hub for the future. I feel privileged to be a part of such a dynamic and accomplished team of Board members and look forward to supporting the school meet its goals of the business plan and beyond.

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    Patrick Chen BCom (Accounting and Finance), CPA

    Elected parent member, parent of current and former RSHS students

    Experience: Management, Pastoral Care, Young People, Chaplaincy, Networking

    Education is our currency today for a better tomorrow. Not just learning facts but training minds to think. Not just how to make a living but how to live. Thus, RSHS is about preparing future ready citizens to confidently face an uncertain future in this rapidly changing landscape.

    Educators are future shapers.
    Therefore, it is an awesome privilege to serve on the Board and support our educators in
    … engaging students, staff, families and the wider community
    … preserving our iCARE values
    … executing the Business Plan

    It is our desire that RSHS continues to be a forward-thinking school community that breathes excellence in teaching, learning and leadership. I look forward to journeying with our distinguished board members as we creatively and strategically build a better tomorrow, today.

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    Dr Melissa Van Dyk BSc BVMS GradDipEd

    Elected staff member, Science teacher

    Experience: Education, Student Leadership, Veterinary Medicine & Surgery and Business owner

    In many ways it seems serendipitous, that I returned to secondary school, as my experiences there were challenging. However, ironically, after practicing as a veterinarian and running a small business I found myself uncovering a deep-rooted desire to return to education. I wanted to help ensure future generations have positive experiences at school, where they are supported to develop a strong sense of self for their life’s journey. Although I have tried to achieve academic excellence in the past, I saw in practice success was not possible without self-worth and growth not achievable without capacity to reflect on the world we find ourselves navigating through. From experiences, I can appreciate learning comes from an inherently vulnerable space, so establishing student self-confidence allows learning to occur, and ultimately personal excellence to be reached.

    I enjoy the opportunity to work with the Board and the school to bridge the gap between our current system and their Business Plan. It is a privilege to be on the School Board, where we engage in deep discussions on school priorities, values and visions so that all young people at Rossmoyne Senior High School feel seen, heard and valued.