Dedicated to our school. Looking to the future.

Meet our directors.

As parents and alumni, our volunteer directors are as diverse as they are passionate about our school community.

The administration of our school is managed by The Montessori School Kingsley Board, made up of volunteers, most of whom are alumni, parents and/or staff. Our directors draw on their diverse skillsets, collective wealth of experience, and external consultants to ensure good governance and oversight of the strategic direction of our school.

Angela Chew

Chair

Des Reuben

Principal

Hannah Zhang

Treasurer

Melinda Shreeve

Secretary

Alex Zavros

Heritage Director

Jarrod Burns

Heritage Director

Celine Royet

Laila Miller

Mahesh Advani

Tash Tourabaly

Association Membership

Upon the enrolment of your child at The Montessori School Kingsley, you automatically become a member of its association: The Montessori School Kingsley, Inc, which gives you voting rights at its Annual General Meeting (AGM). The election of board members takes place at the AGM, usually in June and all parents are eligible to stand for election to the board.

Sub-Committees

Dividing projects into manageable tasks.

Under the Board sit many sub-committees, all of which play a significant role in providing effective administration and operational support to the School.

The role of these sub-committees is to assist the Board in the work that needs to be done. They report regularly at our school board meetings, providing advice and making recommendations to the Board, which has the final responsibility for decisions.

We take the approach: “Many hands make light work.” – John Heywood

Bushland Sub-Committee

Our school ground is not only beautiful, it is also part of a diverse ecosystem, home to over 100 native flora species. Our Bush Sub-Committee is tasked with the preservation, conservation and restoration of our bushland. It ensures that annual weed spraying and control program is implemented and that firebreaks and the fire protection zone are cleared each year. The sub-committee’s objectives are to:

  • Encourage biological diversity and ecological integrity of the bushland;
  • Utilise the bushland for educational, spiritual, cultural and ethical purposes;
  • Recognise the intrinsic value of the bushland and promote this value;
  • Maintain the bushland as a contribution to the wellbeing of the local community.

This sub-committee also works with teachers to engage students from various age groups in a program of seed collection, raising seedlings and planting and other education-related programs as they may arise.

Grants

Because of the work of the Bush Sub-Committee, our school has been awarded a grant for 2021/2022 to assist with weed control in the bushland from the Natural Resources Management Program at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

We have also been awarded a grant for 2021 from the PlantRite Grown for Purpose initiative, which will enable the students to plant native seedlings in the bushland in June. PlantRite, in association with the City of Joondalup, has supplied native seedlings to us for several years, most notably those used to revegetate the area around the hardcourt. This year, the grant will be used to infill plants along the retaining wall west of the school buildings, along the school staff parking area and to plant screening along the south property fence to keep weeds out.

Capital Planning Sub-Committee

These folks look after the long-term sustainability of our school. They analyse the School’s long term infrastructure requirements in reference to our long term budget and forecasted student numbers, and they achieve this by:

  • Assessing the existing School’s infrastructure;
  • Providing recommendations to the Board as to the most appropriate solution to adequately accommodate the School’s short term infrastructure needs;
  • Overseeing and advising on the management of infrastructure projects undertaken;
  • Establishing a Capital Asset plan.

Compliance Sub-Committee

Compliance and transparency are crucial to good governance, so this sub-committee is tasked to ensure our school and our Board meet compliance requirements mandated by legislation, regulatory bodies, and recommended codes of practice – and it also ensures the School operates and maintains an appropriate framework to identify and effectively manage risk. In short, the sub-committee:

  • Makes recommendations to the Board and principal that ensure ongoing compliance with applicable laws and regulations;
  • Reviews the School’s material risk exposures and propose control measures as part of ongoing risk management activities;
  • Reviews insurance and other risk transfer arrangements;
  • Strengthens the School – as well as the Board – policies in line with compliance obligations and risk appetite;
  • Performs regulatory intelligence as relevant and report to the School/Board as appropriate.

Engagement and Communication Sub-Committee

Engaging as well as keeping our community informed is essential. We use various channels to communicate with our families, such as SchoolStream, emails, newsletter, our website, and social media. However, this sub-committee is tasked with assisting the School to communicate and engage with current families and to maintain a level of connectivity amongst the School community. In addition, this group:

  • Assists the School to promote and raise awareness of The Montessori School Kingsley (from pre-primary to the International Baccalaureate) to the broader community;
  • Plans and organises events and fundraising activities, which entails promoting the events, gathering volunteers and, on the day, ensuring that each event runs smoothly.

As part of this sub-committee, we have class representatives who engage with our school community by welcoming new families, organising kids catch up during school terms and during the school holidays, arranging coffee catch ups and other fun parent activities; and making sure families are abreast of what’s going on.

Finance Sub-Committee

Supporting the Board to make informed decisions and presenting options for improved financial management or increased generation of revenue is this sub-committee’s objective. This task is achieved by:

  • Analysing the school’s management accounts on a monthly basis and presenting a summary report on financial position to Board;
  • Overseeing and advising on the development of the annual budget for ratification by Board no later than December each year;
  • Determining annual fee structure for ratification by Board no later than September each year;
  • Researching information and supporting the Board decisions with regards to capital and asset planning, investments, and any other such matters that may arise;
  • Coordinating sourcing of alternative grants.

The teacher … must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal [themself] through work.”

– Dr Maria Montessori

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