The West Leederville School Board
The West Leederville School Board currently comprises 11 members representing both the Staff and Parents of the school.
I have two children with my partner Magda who both attend West Leederville Primary School. We have lived and been part of the West Leederville community since arriving in Perth in 2005. I enjoy the Great outdoor playground of Western Australia and I am fortunate that professional and personal circumstances provide me with a number of opportunities to explore the wilds of Western Australia with my family.
I joined the WLPS board in early 2015 to provide support and resource to what I believe to be the one of the best primary school, and associated school community, in Australia. I am highly motivated and passionate about giving back to our vibrant and diverse community and I am honoured to serve the board of West Leederville Primary School.
I hold a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with Business Management and have over 18 years’ professional experience within mining, utilities, rail, process and non-process Infrastructure. I believe that my professional skillset and passion will complement the exceptional, and diversely qualified, WLPS board in achieving its targeted outcomes.
Barry Harvie – Board Vice-Chair
I am married with two boys and four grandchildren, and I am pleased to count myself among the neighbours of WLPS.
My background is in education, largely in the catholic system where over 40 years I fulfilled the roles of teacher, head of department, deputy principal, and principal. My most recent school appointment was as Principal of Mercy College, a Kindergarten to Year 12 school of over 1,500 students. I also spent several years as a commissioner on the Catholic Education Commission, and as Board member at one Primary school and two newly established Secondary Schools.
My qualifications include early degrees in arts and education, and the most recent was a Masters in Educational Leadership.
Currently, I run my own educational management consultancy with a particular focus on school compliance requirements.
I am honoured to have been asked to serve as the community representative and I will assist in any way that I can to ensure the success of the school.
I am originally from Ireland and moved to Australia with my family in 2011, living first in Melbourne for 3 years and then moving to Perth. I work 3 days a week as a Research Assistant employed by Telethon Kids Institute but based at Perth Children’s Hospital anaesthetics department. I have 2 children in the school, Emma and James. I think WLPS is a great school with a great community. I have been activity involved with the P&C since our daughter started at WLPS and now I’m looking forward to making a contribution on the Board.
I joined the WLPS Board in 2016, having previously been a member of the Jolimont Primary School Board and Council in 2014 and 2015
I am a senior legal practitioner with over 16-years’ experience, having graduated from the University of Western Australia with law and commerce degrees. As a member of a national law firm, my practice focuses on development, resources and environmental issues.
I am a Leederville catchment parent of three children, the elder two attending the junior grades of West Leederville Primary School. My wife teaches at Churchlands Primary School.
I am married to Simone and we have lived in West Leederville for 8 years with our 2 children who both attend WLPS. I hold a Bachelor of Commerce degree as well as a Diploma in Bank Credit Management. For the past 13 years I have worked for a London listed recruitment firm in 3 countries, currently as the WA state Director and member of the Australian board since we arrived in Perth 8 years ago.
As a family we enjoy and promote a healthy lifestyle and I am a firm believer that academics, sport, music and fun play an integral part in raising a young family. Because of this I am fortunate to serve as an Executive Committee member of UWA Little Athletics Club, a Committee member of the Perth Rugby Business Network as well as being a member of City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club where both kids attend nippers.
I care about the school and the crucial role it plays in our diverse community, therefore it is a privilege to join the board and promote good governance in WLPS’s best interests.
SCHOOL STAFF REPRESENTATIVES:
Fiona Kelly- Principal
My twenty five years of experience in education has been wide and varied including primary teaching in metropolitan and rural Western Australia, the United Kingdom and at an alternative education program for disengaged secondary students. My personal motivation in education has always been to provide the best possible education for every student in my care. My aim is to help the students in my school to be successful students, to encourage, support and enable my teachers to be effective teachers and to provide a school environment that is welcoming, caring, stimulating and promotes a culture where everyone is continually striving to improve.
Taught for many years, with a passion for ICT and T&E in schools. Taught mainly at Primary level but have lectured and tutored at Edith Cowan University in ICT and T&E 2003-2009.
Have been on staff of WLPS since beginning of 2010. Major role within the school as the ICT coordinator. Involves the coordination of the take-up and use of digital pedagogies within the school. Also means I’m one of the lucky ones who gets to teach all year levels.
Shelley Hollett- Associate Principal
Since completing my B.Ed (Honours) in 2006, I have taught in a variety of schools in both the Perth metropolitan area and the country. I joined the West Leederville community in 2012, when I was employed as a year 6/7 teacher. I commenced my role on the School Board in 2013, and have since been employed in a range of capacities, including Associate Principal, in which I am currently acting. I feel very privileged to be a part of such a cohesive school community where the staff, students and parents all value education and work collaboratively to help the students achieve their full potential.
I joined the West Leederville community in 2014 as an early-career teacher. Since then, I have been teaching students in Years 4 and 5. In 2016, WLPS nominated me for a Beginning Teacher of the Year award. I strive to create the best learning environment possible for all of my students, use technology thoughtfully to improve student learning and am actively involved in a range of extra-curricular activities, including Super Choir and Coding Club. I look forward to supporting the WLPS School Board and working with the wider school community.
Since completing my B. Education in Early Childhood Studies, in 2008, I have taught at many schools within the Perth metropolitan area. I joined the wonderful West Leederville community in 2015, where employed as a Year 1 teacher. I have previously worked as a Kindergarten teacher and have a passion for the Early Years in Education. My belief as a teachers is to provide a safe, nurturing, friendly and stimulating environment where my students feel empowered to learn and succeed.