The Jolimont Primary Independent Public School Board’s role is to provide strategic guidance and monitoring of the school’s performance. It supports the school in increasing effective autonomy and flexibility to further improve the quality of the whole school program.
Members are elected for a maximum of three years and are elected from the staff, parent body, community and local business. The School Board operates separately to the P&C. The School Board meets twice a term. Additional meetings may be called as required.
Board Chair – Michael Hodgkins
Michael is the father of two Jolimont Primary School children and a third son who is a graduate of the school. Having been involved in the JPS community for many years he has a good understanding of its recent history.
Michael is a trustee of the public fund of Fremantle Chamber Orchestra Pty Ltd and the orchestra’s principal clarinet. He is also a trustee of The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (WA) and a member of the Law Society of Western Australia. He has previously served on committees of the Wembley Toy Library (2 years) and Fremantle Symphony Orchestra (14 years).
In professional life, Michael is a lawyer of 19 years’ experience. He is a partner of Birman & Ride where he leads teams offering a broad range of services for people including property and family law, wills, estate planning, probate and estates. The firm is a multidisciplinary team of lawyers, law cadets, website and application developers. He is a director of software development company Overtech Technologies.
Parent Representative – Ngaire McDiarmid
We have two children attending Jolimont and I would relish the opportunity to help enrich their and their peers’ education by contributing to the school board. I have served on various boards and committees in the past, including the Eastern Goldfields YMCA Board (2006-2010) and a South Australian community radio station board (2010 – 2011). Career-wise, I am a freelance journalist specialising in the mining sector; I also produce radio programs and do summer emergency broadcasting on ABC Radio. I would bring my communications and organisational skills to the board, as well as my parenting (aka learning!) experience, and my enthusiasm to build on Jolimont’s positive school environment. I think the current board has worked hard to establish Jolimont as an independent public school and I would enjoy the chance to continue their success, in guiding Jolimont’s good governance and students’ development.
Parent Representative – Lyn Hogan
Lyn is a parent of three children, with one child currently at Jolimont Primary School and joined Jolimont School Board in 2019. Lyn has undergraduate qualifications in Business and Post Graduate qualifications in Adult Education. Lyn is currently working in Vocational Education Training in a management role. Lyn is committed to serving the school community to ensure the continuation of Jolimont’s success as a school that empowers students to be their best.
Parent Representative – Claire Smith
Claire is a results-driven, high energy senior leader. As the General Manager for an Industrial company, she has extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate governance and budget management. Prior to moving to Australia, Claire was a director of Deutsche Bank, London, equipping her with fast-paced decision making and stakeholder management skills. With a Masters Degree in Engineering and a member of Mensa, she has an analytical and quantitative mindset. An ambassador for ‘Women in Technology WA’, she advocates for STEM education and career development. As a keen hockey player and co-owner of Jungle Sports, she believes in the importance of sport in developing life skills, such as teamwork, resilience and commitment. Claire has two daughters, Grace and Lily, in the early stages of their Jolimont journey and would welcome the chance to be a part of supporting Jolimont Primary School’s development and growth.
Parent Representative – Mark De’Panonne
Mark and his family moved to Daglish a few years ago. They were attracted to the area due to its community feel and proximity to a school that have a vision, mission and values that align to what they want for their daughter. Their daughter is attending Jolimont kindy and is looking forward to her journey through primary school years. Mark has a background in Aquaculture, having completed his under and post graduate studies at UTAS. His studies focused predominantly on probiotics, using microbiology and molecular techniques. Since completion over the last 15 years he has held roles in science research, sales and commercial business development, also completing his MBA. The roles were spread from family business to private equity and now at his current role with the Commonwealth Government as a Business Development Officer for the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). The skill sets developed allows Mark to effectively build relationships and communicate across science, philanthropy and commercial platforms to achieve positive, longstanding results.
Parent Representative – Megan Waddell
Megan is passionate about sustainability and fostering a better future for the community and her two daughters (Emilie, aged 6 and Georgia, aged 2). With a background in environmental science, business and transport planning, she can help guide the school’s environmental, social and economic performance. Megan has experience in sustainability consulting, policy and strategy development in State Government. She currently holds a position as Principal Policy Officer at Infrastructure WA. Her role is to provide advice to the WA Government on infrastructure matters in the education and energy sectors and sustainability and climate change focus area. Megan is currently working on WA’s first State Infrastructure Strategy which will include infrastructure priorities for the state’s schools over the next 20 years. Her advice will encourage new initiatives that can enable better planning for school population growth and innovative classroom designs that support collaborative teaching and learning approaches.
Community Representative – Stephanie Stroud
Since 2011, I have served the Subiaco community as an elected member for the north ward (Daglish, Jolimont & Subi-Centro) of the City of Subiaco. No other ward has the diversity of old character homes and new contemporary developments. Additionally, the ward contains most of the City’s valuable property portfolio, the city’s depot, 3 large parks, two railway stations, and part of the City’s CBD. We are further enriched by a vibrant and proud school – Jolimont Primary! I represent Subiaco on the Western Metropolitan Regional Council. I am a member of the SJoG customer advisory committee and SJoG Environmental Sustainability Committee. With a BA Social Studies (Sydney Uni), I have passion for grass root advocacy and inclusive community engagement and development. Having a varied experience as a State coordinator of international student exchange, to being a councillor and a presiding member, I have a sound understanding of meeting procedures, conflicts of interest and good governance. In 2016, I received an industry merit award for distinguished service to the community. While local government can be complex and daunting, I love the rich kaleidoscope of activity, people and opportunity. Meeting the challenges requires a varied skillset, teamwork, diplomacy and a willingness to learn. As a new (2018) recruit, it is with pleasure that I now serve the Jolimont primary school community. I am committed to offer the school my experience and passion as your community representative on the School Board.
Staff Representative – Abbey Valentine
Abbey Valentine joined the exceptional teaching and learning community, that is Jolimont Primary School, as a graduate in 2016. In her role as a classroom teacher, Abbey is dedicated in providing various opportunities for children to reach their full potential – not just academically but socially and emotionally as well. Abbey strongly believes, all children have the ability to learn, however, children learn in diverse ways. Throughout her time at Jolimont, Abbey is constantly refining her teaching and learning practices so that children are provided with innovative and stimulating, integrated teaching and learning programs set within a flexible and inviting learning environment, which ultimately provides for the individual needs, interests and learning styles of each child. She is of the strong conviction that, “education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire” – William Yeats.
Staff Representative – Heidi Gregson
Heidi Gregson is a passionate believer in the words of Nelson Mandela that ‘education is the weapon that changes the world’. She feels that she was ‘born to teach’ and that teaching presents her with the ‘opportunity of changing lives every single day’. Heidi spent several happy and productive years at Subiaco Primary School and feels privileged and excited to be part of the outstanding learning and teaching community at Jolimont. she is firmly committed to the belief that children learn best in a fun , engaging environment and the ethos that you can’t ask children to be excited about learning if you’re not. Heidi’s aim is to provide children with the confidence to ask questions, think critically, listen to others respectfully and take risks with their learning in a safe and supported atmosphere. She truly believes that the students she is teaching can be anything they want to and she strives to inspire children to believe this.
“The future of the world is in my classroom today” – Ivan Welton Fitzwater