Parents - School Board

The purpose of the School Board is to provide the school’s staff, parents, and community with opportunities to work together to formulate the school’s educational objectives and priorities (goals) through the school planning process.

The board establishes a vision for the school that reflects the aspirations and needs of the community. The board can have an important influence on the direction of the school, with members bringing ideas and lending their expertise to strategic planning and community partnerships. Professional skills in areas such as management, finance, procurement, marketing and cultural knowledge support the principal and strengthen the school’s capacity to meet the needs of its students.

The Board has a range of other functions, including development of policies and promotion.

The membership consists of: the principal, four teacher representatives, seven parent representatives and a member of the wider community. The term of membership is for three years from February, with elections for parent representatives being conducted by the principal. 

Current members of the board include:  

Parent Representatives:

Bevan Cole

With two children at Manning Primary School, I am keen to help develop and promote the school as in integral part of the broader Manning community.  While I am a member of the P&C and Mann Club (the Manning Primary chapter of the Fathering project), I look forward to the opportunity of contributing to the Board. With over 25 years of experience in the IT industry, both in consulting and at Western Power, I have broad understanding of business processes.  My Bachelor of Business degree (Information Processing) has provided me with a foundation of business acumen that I have used extensively in the delivery of large IT and analytic solutions.  I believe that this experience in IT, analytics and strategic systems thinking will be a useful skill to assist the Board with future planning for the Manning Primary School. Other interests include bike riding (with many other Manning dads), volleyball and learning more about the application of artificial intelligence to solve real world problems. 

Dean Criddle

I am a father of two boys Jake and Braxton Criddle and have lived in the Manning area since 2012 with my wife, Kodie Criddle. I am actively involved in the community through the Manning Rippers Football Club as a coach and previously as a committee member. My board experience includes being a Non-Executive Director on multiple not-for-profit boards. I have professionally worked in many industries and currently lead the Western Region Finance Function for Boral Australia. Formal qualifications are held in Finance and Governance as a CPA and FGIA. I look forward to serving you all on the board in the coming year.

Joanna Harris

I am 'Mum' to 2 boys, Kobie in year 4 and Kai in year 2. We have been part of the Manning PS community for the past 6 years. I am currently working in our family hairdressing business in an accounts and admin role. I have loved being part of this wonderful school community and take pride in contributing on behalf of all parents and children at the school. I believe that all children are equal and that it is our job to offer them all the support and opportunity available in an environment where they feel confident in themselves, no matter what. I have enjoyed being part of the school board since 2017, helping to ensure that the board meets its objectives with the best interests of all students, parents and teachers in mind.

Taya Hill

I have three children attending Manning Primary School and one future student in training.  My husband and I have been home owners in the area since 2010.  I’m delighted to serve on the School Board, working to support the strategic direction of Manning Primary School for many years to come. Professionally, I have worked as a human resources practitioner in various corporate, operational and leadership roles.  I hold a Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations) and a Postgraduate Diploma of Commerce (Commercial Law). I am passionate about education, developing positive values and behaviours in children and look forward to using my skills for the benefit of the school community.

Jennifer Jones

I have two children attending Manning Primary School currently in Years 2 and 4. We have been lucky enough to be part of this fantastic school community for six years now, with both children having attended Manning since kindergarten.  I have 20 years’ experience working as an Environmental scientist in the mining industry, and this has given me a strong background in strategic planning and execution, and stakeholder consultation. During my time on the board I hope to use these skills to help build on the educational outcomes and sense of community at the school, as we continue to make Manning Primary a great place for our kids. 

Jo Newman

My involvement with Manning Primary School started in 2016 when my son Oliver first attended kindy.  I’ve lived in Manning for 8 years and grew up in Como, so I know and love the area and support its continued growth and evolution. I have been actively involved in the school’s P&C and helped secure more than $20K in 12 months via community-based fundraising events.  In 2018, I worked closely with the Board to deliver the purpose-built outdoor classroom in partnership with local community groups. Professionally, I am a marketing communications manager, hold a Bachelor of Arts (PR & Marketing) and have 20+ years’ experience in private, public and not-for profit roles.  As part of my role on the Board I also actively participate on the school’s marketing sub-committee helping to guide the school’s branding and community awareness programs. 

Katie Tyrrell

Hi I am Katie and my husband Simon and I have three children at Manning Primary School. We have been part of the school community for over six years. Flinn (year 6), Liam (year 4) and Brooke (year 1) have had positive experiences and really enjoyed each and every year. I take a keen interest in the learning programs, sports and social events provided by our school. I have been an active member of the P & C and am keen to support the school in any way I can. I am also a primary teacher currently teaching in another WA School. My teaching career began in 2005. Before that I worked in commerce. These two career paths and past experiences, have helped me to develop skills that will be helpful during my tenure as a member of the school board. I have a passion for students and to enhance their love of learning. I enjoy working collaboratively and building positive relationships. I hope my practical manner and the connection between being a parent and a teacher will add insight and am really looking forward to learning from others. 

Community Representative:  

Kathryn Perin  

I am the community representative of the Manning Primary School Board.  I’ve held that role since 2015 and it’s been a pleasure to contribute to the Board and the school community during my tenure. I helped bring the school’s purpose-built outdoor classroom to life and actively support other community and fundraising events hosted by the school. As a long term resident of Salter Point and a mum of four children (two of whom attended Manning Primary School in the early 2000s), I bring considered insight and a rich history of the changing nature of the education needs in Manning and surrounding areas. I’m passionate about education and equality. I’m also a big advocate of supporting local business and pioneering opportunities for growth in the area.  I’m also a member of the marketing sub-committee which helps shape the community’s perception of the school and the good work it continues to do.

Staff: 

Lauren Abbott

I have been an Early Childhood educator at Manning Primary School since 2011.  I am the proud mother of two boys, aged three and five. I have always considered Manning Primary my second home and will always be committed to the overall growth and development of our young students. I am very excited to be a staff representative on our school board for 2019. This opportunity allows me to be more involved with the wider community and the vital decision making required to make this an incredible school for lifelong learners

Vicky Macdonald

After many years as an Executive Secretary in the private sector I embarked on a career in teaching, completing my Bachelor of Education in Primary and Early Childhood and a Bachelor of Arts in History.  Since 2003 I have taught in a variety of schools in the metropolitan area from Kindy to Year 6. In 2013 I undertook further studies and completed a Master of Education in Gifted and Talented and a Postgraduate Certificate in Contemporary Education. I have engaged in many courses on Special Needs, particularly in the area of Autism. During my career I have worked as a ‘Learning Support Coordinator’ and relief Deputy and have been a liaison for gifted education. I am a dedicated academic professional who loves to teach and also loves to learn. I have been at Manning Primary School since 2014 and I love the teacher collaboration, the bright and cheerful children and the community connection within our friendly and supportive school. It is a pleasure to serve on the board.

Kerryn Middleton

In 2002, after four years of teaching in the Midwest, I began teaching at Manning Primary School.  When I first arrived it reminded me of a small country school with a fantastic community feel. Since 2002, MPS has grown in size however hasn’t lost its wonderful sense of community.  The staff, students and parents are all very friendly and supportive. During this time, I have had three children, a son and two daughters. I currently job share in the Year 2/3 class, teaching on Mondays and Tuesdays. Recently I completed Postgraduate Certificate in Learning Difficulties and consider myself a life-long learner. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve on the school board and look forward to working alongside the other members to ensure MPS is a school of distinction.  

Hayden O'Mara (Principal)  

It is a distinct pleasure to lead Manning Primary School – a truly unique and committed professional learning community. Joining the Manning Primary community in late 2018, I immediately felt a close connection to the school and wider community and look forward to furthering the success of this proud school over the years to come. As a father of three young children, I understand the importance of quality education, open lines of communication and placing student wellbeing and improvements at the forefront of all school decisions. I have worked for the Department of Education in teaching and administrative positions for over 10 years. I have led Schools both in the metropolitan area and rural communities and have a thorough understanding of the role of the Board in shaping successful schools.  

Steven Watts       

One of the opportunities that I find myself fortunate to be presented is MPS Board member.  I have worked in public education for more than twenty years and still find new and exciting challenges every day.   I began as a relief teacher, transitioned to classroom teaching, university lecturing, gifted and talented teaching and am proud to call myself Deputy Principal at Manning PS.  Being a part of this education community is something quite special and my role on the Board allows me to share ideas and receive feedback from the professional and enthusiastic members who represent our school.  I look forward to fulfilling this duty to the best of my abilities in 2019. 

 

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