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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 discovered The Montessori School Kingsley in 2009 when she was looking for a school for her eldest daughter Ruby. The following year, Ruby started in pre-primary at the age of 3 and has continued at the school ever since, along with her younger siblings Zoe and Caleb. From the beginning, Angela was a keen volunteer at the School, serving on sub-committees and helping out at events. She worked tirelessly to increase parent involvement and volunteering at the school and was instrumental in bringing out-of-hours school care on-site. She also spent many years running The Montessori Playgroup Kingsley as a volunteer when her children were young. Angela joined the School Council in 2014 and was elected as Chair in June 2018.
Angela is a qualified Occupational Therapist specialising in Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation. She has experience working in both public and private health settings, and has also spent many years lecturing at Edith Cowan University. She previously served on the WA Occupational Therapy Association Board. The principles of Montessori and Occupational Therapy fit together very well, with value placed on the individual’s needs, the importance of a supportive environment, the development of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, and the desire to look at complex issues from all perspectives. Angela is passionate about developing and sustaining the beautiful school community at The Montessori School Kingsley and promoting the incredible educational opportunities available for students there.
Outside of work and school Angela enjoys supporting her children’s love of their sports and can regularly be found at the tennis club, by the swimming pool, or out on the athletics oval – usually helping out or squeezing in her own exercise time! She also loves pilates, swimming, and catching up with friends for a brisk walk, a chat and a coffee.
Des is a passionate and dedicated Montessorian who has held various roles in educational leadership for over 20 years. Upon his arrival at our school, he recognised the tremendous potential of the school but also has a deep appreciation and interest in the history of the school. Along with respect for those who have built and developed the school for the past 60 years.
Since starting at the School, he has enabled many changes to occur, supported many internal clubs, improved many of our internal processes, enhanced the physical environment, expanded the School’s online presence, and increased enrolments and student retention. He has refined the creative expression and physical expression curriculum for the primary students and has added a farm program for our lower secondary students. To aid in the welfare of students and staff, and the wider community a new role of Head of Wellbeing was introduced. Monti, the Mini Schnauzer, has the role of providing care for all.
Given the growing interest in the Montessori pedagogy and our school, as well as high retention, Des is now busy looking at the sustainability of our buildings and developing the senior secondary space and increase pathways for students completing their Montessori journey at our school.
A people person, Des is also a woodworking enthusiast and a novice luthier, with an interest in great philosophers and astronomy. Des listens to a variety of musical genres. A shy musician, Des regularly tries to improve his guitar and bass playing skills. Sports has been an ever-present passion, especially cricket. He has enjoyed playing cricket, golf, Australian rules football, volleyball, and a variety of other sports over many years. He hopes to improve one day!
Ruth was appointed as Board Treasurer in 2022. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Sociology, a Master of Finance, as well as a Diploma of Management. Ruth brings to the Board 17 years of financial planning industry experience and is currently the General Manager of a financial planning firm as well as a co-owner of a company providing outsourced solutions to financial planners.
Besides looking to apply her financial, management and strategic planning experience; Ruth is also keen to assist with the promotion of the School as well as the Montessori pedagogy. She is also passionate about improving the financial literacy of youth.
Ruth has two children and they both attend our school. In her spare time, Ruth loves to travel and hopes to be able to use her neglected sewing machines again someday.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts (Double Major in Psychology) and a Bachelor of Social Work and Social Policy. She brings to the Board 17 years of experience in the public sector, with a focus on child and adolescent mental health. Amanda is an elected member of Kadadjiny Marr (Helping Me Helping You), which is a partnership with the Aboriginal Health Strategy within the East Metropolitan Health Service looking at ways to improve the health journey of Aboriginal people and their families.
Having held a high-level leadership position for over ten years, Amanda possesses skills in policy development and implementation, strategic planning, and service redesign. She is an ethical and accountable decision-maker, and she is committed to social justice. She is also an accredited Occupational Safety and Health Representative with a passion for staff wellbeing and psychological safety.
Amanda has always been curious about the Montessori Method and grew to learn just how much the philosophy aligned with her own values when she and her husband enrolled their first child at the School in 2017; they now have three children attending the School. She and her family love the great outdoors and spend most of their free time wandering out yonder. She loves music – all kinds – but has a penchant for heavy metal. Rock on!
Alex attended our school for his entire schooling, from age of three to the International Baccalaureate. He was taught by our founder, Mrs Duyker-de-Vries, as well as by some of our current Life Members of the School. He was the first in the school to receive an International Baccalaureate Bilingual Diploma (English and Greek).
Having graduated with a Commerce Degree, Alex has, since 2008, owned and run a boutique creative and marketing agency, working with many successful businesses in Perth. Along with his intimate knowledge of the school, he brings real-world marketing, communications and creative expertise, as well as business acumen to the Board.
Alex has two children, and both attend our school. He enjoys writing and is currently struggling to complete his first children’s novel. His childhood obsession with palaeontology has never really subsided and is now an avid fossil collector.
Jarrod holds a Sherwood Applied Business Security Architecture Foundation Certificate and a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science), is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and is an Accredited Mental Health First Aider. He is passionate about building operational capability to support business strategy, specialising in tailoring secure digital solutions and services to all areas of industry.
A proven trusted advisor in information/cyber security, Jarrod regularly presents to senior leaders and boards on industry-related issues, having successfully performed numerous roles across private enterprise and government sectors. He currently reports to the Executive Director – Customer at CyberCX and leads the organisation's Enterprise Solutions team in Western Australia.
Jarrod, who attended The Montessori School Kingsley from the age of 3 and completed his Montessori education through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, joined the School Board in 2019. He is now also a parent of two children who attend our school and a strong advocate for Montessori philosophy.
Celine's connection to our goes back to 2014 when her two children started here, and she's been on our School Board since 2017. She has two master's degrees (Biology & Biotech) and she is a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). Celine brings expertise in compliance and risk management from her 17+ years of experience in the highly regulated pharma/medical device industry in Europe and Australia. She also mentors STEM students through the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS). She is passionate about helping researchers bringing new innovative medical solutions to market for the benefit of patients.
In her spare time, she loves cooking and trying new recipes, walking around Lake Goollelal, and – luxury – read a good book with a hot cuppa.
Laila is originally from Canada, where she earned a Bachelor of Science as well as a Master in Soil Science from the University of Alberta, specialising in fate and transport of contaminants in soil. She has over 25 years of professional experience as an environmental consultant. Her experience includes contaminated site assessment and management; environmental strategic planning, options assessment and prioritisation; and environmental baseline and impact assessments.
She has presented and instructed in environmental science and business and has also authored and published peer-reviewed and conference papers within the soil and contaminated sites field during her career.
Laila’s connection to The Montessori School Kingsley goes back to 2011 when her son joined our school. She has volunteered with the Bushland Subcommittee since 2013 and joined the School Board in 2020.
Mahesh holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Post Graduate Certificate in Project Management. He brings over 14 years of experience working in the minerals mining sector as an IT project manager for large scale projects. He has a diverse knowledge of the industry working for both engineering service providers and owner-operators. Mahesh has a deep understanding of technology, engineering design systems and information management, and he has a keen interest in generating value, improving quality and efficiency within organisations with the use of technology to enable positive step changes.
Mahesh and his wife Annette have one child enrolled at our school and are heavily involved in our events and fundraising activities. In his spare time, Mahesh enjoys camping and four-wheel driving.
Tash is a lawyer who specialises in Corporate Law and Corporate Governance and helps the Board with compliance and governance issues. In the past 17 years, she has worked for listed and unlisted companies in Australia and had a brief career in Mauritius, where she is from originally. For over 10 years, she has worked for the regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Tash has also guest lectured at university to law and business students on a few occasions.
She joined our Board in 2018, a year after her children became students at our school. Tash is a coffee addict and, in her spare time (which doesn't exist in her world), she is an avid learner and is always learning or trying new things.
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.
Within our School’s administrative structure, the Board oversees several sub-committees that collectively contribute to the effective administration and operational support of the institution. These sub-committees play a vital role in assisting the Board with its responsibilities and ensuring that necessary work is accomplished in a timely manner.
Our sub-committees diligently report their progress during school board meetings, offering valuable advice and recommendations. While these recommendations hold weight, the ultimate decision-making authority lies with the Board.
To ensure efficient project management, it is crucial to divide projects into manageable tasks. This approach allows for better organisation, resource allocation, and overall project execution. By breaking down complex undertakings into smaller, more manageable components, we can improve collaboration, track progress more effectively, and ensure timely completion of projects.
Our school’s diverse bushland holds a special place in our heart. It’s not just a regular schoolyard; it’s a diverse ecosystem teeming with over 100 native flora species. The sub-committee’s primary responsibility is to preserve, conserve, and restore this precious bushland. It ensures that the annual weed spraying and control program is implemented and that firebreaks and the fire protection zone are cleared each year.
The sub-committee members work closely with teachers to engage students in hands-on activities like seed collection and planting. It’s incredibly rewarding to see the students develop a sense of environmental stewardship and witness the positive impact we make on the ecosystem and the community.
The Bush Sub-Committee and our school community are sowing the seeds of environmental consciousness and ensuring a brighter, greener future for all.
The Red and Green Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos manglesii) -Western Australia’s floral emblem.
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 are grateful for a donation of native plants from the Northern Suburbs Branch of the Wildflower Society of Western Australia to support our 2022 bushland restoration activities, which included involving lower and upper primary students in planting native seedlings along the retaining wall behind the primary buildings and to improve the amenity in front of our school.
The Capital Planning Sub-Committee plays a crucial role in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the school by analysing its infrastructure requirements, aligning them with the long-term budget, and projected student numbers. Here’s a breakdown of their key responsibilities:
Overall, the Capital Planning Sub-Committee plays a critical role in ensuring that the school’s infrastructure aligns with its long-term vision and needs. By assessing existing infrastructure, recommending solutions for short-term needs, overseeing projects, and establishing a Capital Asset plan, they contribute to the efficient management and sustainability of the school’s physical assets.
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:
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:
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