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The administration of The Montessori School Kingsley is managed by the Board, most of whom are 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 delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead The Montessori School Kingsley, a Montessori school with such a long and proud history. He was the Deputy Principal at Melbourne Montessori for three years before coming to our school in 2020. He is a passionate and dedicated Montessorian who has held various roles in educational leadership for over 20 years. Des regards the completion of the Association Montessori Internationale Orientation to Adolescent Studies, at the Hershey School in Ohio (United States), as the most beneficial training he has ever undertaken.
Upon his arrival at our school, he enabled many changes to occur at the school, such as chess club and netball, as well as improved many of our internal processes and expanded the school’s social media presence. He has introduced new programs such as creative expression and physical expression for the primary students and has expanded the program at the farm for our lower secondary students. With a growing interest in the Montessori philosophy and our school, as well as low attrition, Des is now busy looking at the sustainability of our buildings, most recently being the new lower secondary space, to ensure we will be able to meet the ever-increasing demand.
A people person, Des is also a woodworking enthusiast and a novice luthier, with an interest in the great philosophers. Des listens to a variety of musical genres. A shy musician, Des constantly tries to improve his guitar and bass playing skills. Sport 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!
Hannah has a Bachelor of Finance and is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) in China as well as in Australia. She likes to work with numbers and has an analytical mind, and brings to the Board more than eight years of experience in financial audit and financial consulting companies. She has two children enrolled at our school and joined the School Board in 2020, taking up the role of Treasurer, in which she supports the School Business Manager in the vetting of the financial process, budgets, and reports, and oversees the financial management of the School.
At home, Hannah enjoys quiet time with a book and working in her garden. She is also a member of the School Book Club, which is run by parents at the School.
Melinda holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Murdoch University, as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. For the last ten years, Melinda has run her own consultancy as a Technical Writer and Instructional Designer in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, working with clients from all over Australia, and from a variety of industries. She is passionate about improving learning outcomes and student engagement through the development of innovative learning platforms, training methods, and assessment resources that meet the requirements of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). In 2019, Melinda won a nationally recognised award for her contribution to an Australian-first qualification for a corporate client.
Originally from Tasmania, Melinda is a self-proclaimed advocate for Tassie Tourism and will encourage everyone she meets to visit the Apple Isle at their earliest opportunity. In her spare time, Melinda is an avid reader, researcher, family historian, and memoir writer.
Melinda and her husband Phillip became members of The Montessori School Kingsley in 2016 and now have three children who attend our school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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(ren) 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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
The teacher … must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal [themself] through work.”
– Dr Maria Montessori
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