2018 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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    Mr Andy Farrant
    DipTeach 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 business of teaching and learning.  These drive how we work and how students and staff apply themselves to their work.  The degree to which these are met can be measured in many ways as the Board considers the great diversity of students and their creative, academic, physical, social and well-being selves.  The efforts made by students and staff, as measured by the strong academic achievements of the school’s graduates last year, indicates a strong alignment with the values.

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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

    As an educator in the public school system for more than 40 years, including principal for 13 years, I have a wealth of experience and knowledge to contribute to the Rossmoyne Senior High School Board.  In my current roles with the Department of Education as a Principal Consultant – Strategic Policy  (School Curriculum and Standards) and as an Independent Reviewer of public schools (Independent Public Schools Review), I have kept up to date with curriculum developments within the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline (K – 10) and the Western Australian Certificate of Education (Years 11 and 12).  I have a strong understanding of school governance and welcome the opportunity as a board member to support the school in its strategic planning and future vision for the school community.

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    Ms Monika Mathyssek-Kilburn BA
    P&C representative
    Experience: Finance, Tertiary Education

    It is great privilege to represent the P&C on the Board of one of the state’s best performing Senior High Schools. My son had a wonderful experience at Rossmoyne and achieved great results – he is now studying Mathematics and Economics at the Australian National University in Canberra. I am delighted to contribute my expertise and experience in finance to support the School’s strategic direction and goals.

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

    It was a great privilege to be elected to the board as a parent member. I am looking forward to bringing my perspective and experience to the board as it continues to collaboratively monitor the schools performance against its business plan and its overarching goal to prepare ‘future ready citizens’.

    The school has a wonderful brand and reputation and we need to keep working hard to ensure this is maintained and ensure that the school continues to actively 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

    Check back shortly to find out why I am excited about joining the School Board.

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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.

  • Co-opted member: Prof Rob Cavanagh PhD
    Experience: Education, educational measurement, school leadership development