School Board

About our School Board

The School Board is a legally formed body that, in partnership with our staff, is given powers to set and monitor the key directions of our school. It is the major governing body of the school and oversees the school’s performance.  In essence, the role of school board is one of setting the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school’s operation. It is not about running the school – that is the job of the principal. It is about providing additional expertise to help the school achieve the best outcomes for the students.

Duncraig Primary School Board meets twice each term.

The Board consists of the Principal, representatives from the staff and elected parents and community representatives. The current make up is: four staff (including the Principal) and seven parent/community members.

Duncraig Primary School Board Members

Melinda Harris – Principal
Meg Klaver – Staff Representative
Nadine Jackson – Staff Representative
Sandy Firman – Staff Representative
Maria Rudolph – Board Chair/ Parent Representative
Brad McCallum – Vice Chair/Parent Representative
Lisa Corbellini – Parent Representative
Carly Dolinski – Parent Representative
Chris Langsford – Parent Representative
Vicky Johnstone – Parent Representative
Russ Fishwick – Community Representative

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About our Board Members

Lisa Corbellini lives in the school catchment area and has two children who have been enrolled at the school since kindergarten. Lisa is an active community member and has been a P&C member for the last two years.

Lisa is currently employed with the WA Department of Transport as a Principal Governance and Policy Officer, where she oversees the Department’s governance and corporate policy frameworks, as well as overseeing implementation of the agency’s Reconciliation Action Plan, Multicultural Plan and Disability Access and Inclusion Plan. She has a broad range of experience working in policy and legislative roles with both the State and Federal Governments, in areas including transport related reforms, native title and Indigenous Affairs.

During 2013, Lisa was sponsored by her agency to complete Leadership WA’s Rising Leadership Program, strengthening her personal leadership skills and improving her understanding of common issues in the WA community.

Carly Dolinski  is currently the Chief Procurement Officer at the Mental Health Commission, Government of Western Australia, responsible for leading a procurement and asset management / business services team, which provides expertise and advice related to the procurement of complex and high-value projects, as well as strategic asset management.  Carly has held numerous management positions within the Department of Health, Mental Health Commission and Ministerial Offices in Western Australia.  She has also worked as a researcher and principal project manager in the tertiary education sector in the Northern Territory (Flinders University of South Australia) and Canada (University of Calgary).  Carly’s qualifications include a Masters of Public Health, a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Nursing degree.  She has also successfully completed studies through the Australian Institute of Management WA being the Mental Health Leadership Program (Executive Sponsors Program) and Leading Collaboration Program.  Carly values the role that team-work and authentic stakeholder relationships play in promoting positive outcomes in any context and enjoys finding innovative solutions to complex problems.

Carly grew up in Duncraig graduating from Carine Senior High School in 1994 and is passionate about the 6023 postcode and the amazing community within it! With regard to Duncraig Primary School, in 2021 Carly sat on the Social & Emotional Learning sub-committee and had a role in coordinating the Wellness Day, which was a great success.  Carly is grateful to be able to send her children to Duncraig Primary School and she currently has a son in Year 2, with her daughter due to commence kindergarten in 2023.

In her “spare” time Carly enjoys simply being present with her family and friends.

Russ Fishwick JP is serving in his third term as Deputy Mayor at the City of Joondalup having been elected to the Council in 2006.  He was Chair of the Mindarie Regional Council for 10 years.  He sits on the Western Australian Local Government Advisory Board and is a WA Local Government Association State Councillor.  He is a Justice of the Peace and has been a member on the States Crime Prevention Council and Anti-Graffiti Task Force.

He holds university post graduate qualifications in business and management. He has a long employment history in local government holding senior positions in metropolitan councils including acting as a chief executive officer.  He has a long history as a volunteer in surf lifesaving and is a Senior Assessor for Surf Life Saving WA. Russ is also a board member at the Poynter Primary School and the Churchlands Senior High School.

Brad McCallum has been a teacher for 17 years and is currently Head of Health and Physical Education at Wanneroo Secondary College. Brad understands the processes involved in making decisions that affect school effectiveness and possesses the knowledge of how schools work and the parameters within which they need to function. Brad has two daughters at Duncraig Primary School and coaches a Duncraig PS netball team. Brad has also been involved in the Fathering Project at Duncraig PS. Brad provides a link to the Duncraig Primary School P&C, as his wife Amber, is a member of the P&C executive.

 

Sandy Firman is a teacher at Duncraig Primary School who has been at the school for over 30 years, despite some time off caring for her own children and enjoying a few years teaching on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. She is very passionate about the school community and students at Duncraig Primary School. She brings to our school board considerable community and curriculum knowledge, especially in the early childhood years.

 

 

Dr Melinda Harris is a passionate educator, researcher and principal with extensive experience across education sectors.

Melinda has a proven track record through diverse roles at a school, state, government and national level.  These pivotal roles have shaped Melinda’s strategic style, which is characterised by her commitment and drive to improve the outcomes of every student during their school years and beyond the school gates.

“Being Principal at Duncraig Primary School is a privilege and every day brings new challenges and rewards to positively impact the lives of our students.”

 

Maria Rudolph is a parent who has been involved with Duncraig Primary School for the past three years. Maria has children in Years 5, 3 and 1. Maria is passionate about children’s education and loves the Duncraig Primary School community. She also has a particular interest in providing equal opportunities for girls and women, and appreciates that Duncraig PS is an inclusive, supportive environment for all. Maria would like to contribute to advancing this further. Maria’s is a big supporter of the School Chaplaincy program to support students’ well-being and she has a particular interest in cross-cultural and language education.

Vicky Johnstone is Associate Director, Research Enterprise at the University of Western Australia. She is a member of the UWA senior leadership team and responsible for managing a team of staff that focuses on diversifying and expanding the University’s research income. Vicky has a PhD in Neuroscience and Physiology, and proven expertise in executing strategy, negotiation, and stakeholder engagement. She has a keen interest in governance
frameworks and organisational management and recently enrolled in the AICD
Company Directors Course in May 2023 to enhance these skills. In addition to her professional experience, Vicky is a passionate member of the Duncraig Primary School community and is keen to offer her skills in a leadership role.

Chris Langsford has two daughters who attend Duncraig Primary School and has been involved with the school for the last 5 years. Chris is currently the Coordinator Parks Technical at the City of Wanneroo, in this role he is responsible for the maintenance of 110 hectares of active sports fields, the City’s golf courses and all irrigation infrastructure across the City. Chris brings to the Board an understanding of the unique challengers that come with maintaining turf and irrigation.  Chris believes he can positively influence and provide guidance to assist change to the current standard of the school oval and turf surrounds and bring them to safe and usable standard for our students.

Nadine Jackson, a senior teacher at Duncraig Primary School, has extensive experience across diverse teaching contexts spanning 20 years. Her career has taken her from teaching abroad to rural areas of Western Australia as well as the bustling Perth metropolitan area. Currently, Nadine serves as the science teacher at Duncraig Primary School, where she remains committed to staying informed about the latest research in education.

Nadine’s dedication lies in student well-being. She has actively pursued professional learning in this area and is dedicated to implementing strategies that cultivate student resilience and overall well-being. As the current well-being leader, she strives to educate students to be academically proficient, emotionally resilient, and physically prepared for the workforce of the future.

In her spare time, Nadine volunteers for Lifeline and cherishes the simple joys of family time.

Meg Klaver is currently the Associate Principal at Duncraig Primary school. She advocates strongly for public education and has had extensive experience both in leadership and teaching roles throughout her 24 year career. Meg has enjoyed teaching both as a specialist in Science, Music and Drama and as a classroom teacher from Year PP – Year 7. Described as an ‘all-rounder’, Meg enjoys the challenge of the diverse nature of work in education – no day is the same as the last! She is enjoying working with the community at Duncraig Primary School and is looking forward to supporting students, staff and parents to embed outcomes within the school’s Business Plan.

Outside of the education realm, she really enjoys keeping fit, playing indoor beach volleyball socially and spending time with family and friends.