Meet our board

As an Independent Public School, Harrisdale Primary’s School Board has a strategic role of setting the long-term direction for the school and maintains oversight (not management) of the School Business Plan.

The School Board:

  • contributes to the School Delivery and Performance Agreement and the Business Plan;
  • endorses and reviews the annual budget; reviews the performance of the school;
  • assists with Principal selection when a vacancy arises; approves arrangements for sponsorship or advertising;
  • liaises with other committees within the school;
  • and holds one open meeting each year to report to the school community.

The School Board does not:

  • run the day to day operations of the school;
  • discuss individual issues relating to teachers, staff or parents;
  • represent specific interest groups, or permit special interest to dominate meetings;
  • intervene in the educational instruction of students; nor
  • performance manage the principal or any other staff member.

It is not about running the school – that is the job of the Principal – but rather, providing additional expertise to help the school achieve the best outcomes for students. The role of the School Council (board) is outlined in the Education Act 1999.

The Harrisdale Primary School Board consists of 11 members that each bring experience as parents, educators and/or community members. Parents are welcomed to contact Ben Foster, Board Chair

Contact the School Board

The Harrisdale PS Board welcomes your input into our school. If you wish to contact the Board Chair and School Principal please use the below form.

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Harrisdale PS School Board

Meet our board 1

Ben Foster
Chairperson

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A bit about me, I live locally and my daughter Hannah and son Fletcher attend Harrisdale. My family is committed to the area and we are all excited about how the school is developing and the role it will play in how our young community develops. I welcome the opportunity to help the school develop into the shining light at the heart of our community that the students, parents and staff want it to be.


Professionally I am a Chartered Accountant working for an Aged Care organisation so I have some experience with government departments and the uncertainties that can unfortunately exist around government funding. I also completed my MBA with Curtin in 2011 and believe these skills could allow me to be an effective contributor on the school board.

 

Personally I believe strongly in the power of education and the importance of strong, well run and well- funded public schools to deliver the best educational experience and equip children to take advantage of the opportunities that life will present to them.

 

Opening a new school is an enormous challenge, but also a tremendous opportunity and I welcome the opportunity to help the school develop the strategic direction necessary to achieve the vision that Karen and the rest of her team have set out already.

Meet our board 2

Karen Duncan
School Principal

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As a child, I can’t remember ever wanting to be anything else other than a teacher and here I am many years later, living my childhood dream on a much larger scale than I ever would have believed possible. It is such an honour for me to win the position of Foundation Principal, Harrisdale Primary School and I look forward to leading this school to become a highly successful and high care school.

 

Graduating from the West Australian College of Advanced Education- Churchlands campus in 1981, I began teaching in 1982 and have worked in a variety of educational settings over my thirty six year career. I have taught in rural schools in the Pilbara and the Wheatbelt, and in metropolitan schools. I have taught a range of year levels from Kindergarten to Year 7.
Over the years, I have also worked in Central Office, Regional/District Office and WestOne K-12 Curriculum Services in the area of curriculum leadership.

 

I began working in an administrative capacity as a deputy principal initially in 2000, and won my first principal position in 2010 as principal of Medina Primary School. I have held principal positions at Medina, Koorana, Ardross and Harrisdale Primary Schools.

 

I have been very humbled in my tenures as principal to be :

  • State Finalist in the WA Education Awards Primary Principal of the Year, 2013,
  • Awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in 2014,
  • Nominated for Outstanding Leader in Aboriginal Education (WA) in 2103,
  • Winner of a WA Primary Principals’ Association ‘Leading from the Front’ Award in 2016 (with $10 000 grant for leadership development), and
  • Nominated for inclusion (and participated ) in the Experienced Principals’ Program in 2017, a joint venture between WA Catholic Education and Department of Education.

 

My leadership of Harrisdale Primary, is a great honour. We have a highly supportive community and one that greatly values education. Whilst we hold the title of currently being the most rapidly growing primary school in WA, we can more importantly, hold our head up high and proudly announce, that we are a school that puts students and learning at the centre of all that we do and that we continually strive to develop the unique potential in each and every child.
My leadership has focussed on three pillars of:

  • Student Success
  • Excellence, and
  • Innovation.

 

Respectful relationships, care and compassion are at the core of my leadership style. If you see me out and about, be sure to say hello.

 

My goal is for Harrisdale Primary School to be recognised as an excellent school, characterised by high student performance and high care.

 

I look forward to continuing to work with our school community to achieve this goal.

 

Karen Duncan
Foundation Principal, Harrisdale Primary

Meet our board 3

Megan Klompmaker
Executive Officer

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Having worked in the Education Department for the past 9 years, I feel very fortunate to have been chosen to work at a school that strives for excellence and achievement from both staff and students. I have strong established administration and financial skills, having spent many years working in the private sector for companies such as Westfield. Having two High School aged children, I was actively involved in their Primary School both through the P&C and School Board. I look forward to working with the School Board as we continue to grow as a community.

Meet our board 4

Mike Warren
Elected Parent Representative

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As a father of five children, two of whom are currently at Harrisdale Primary school I have a keen interest in ensuring that the school is appropriately governed and strategically placed to provide a robust education for my children. I am also a long term Piara Waters/Harrisdale resident and I would like to see our suburb well catered for in terms of educational options.

 

I am actively involved in a number of community initiatives including
the Piara Waters Junior Football team (where my wife is Vice President) and Surf Lifesaving. I am interested in the opportunity to use my business skills and knowledge to support the strategic development of Harrisdale Primary school. I have owned my own business for the last 22 years and currently run a global Management and Training Consultancy (Zento Global Solutions Pty Ltd) specialising in Strategic Leadership, Management Consulting, High Performing Teams, Business Development and Human Factors. The company is diverse in
both client base and staff as we operate throughout Asia Pacific, Europe (from UK) and Australia. In addition we have a charitable organisation called Zento Foundation which is a self funded charity working to support underprivileged children across South East Asia. Corporate social responsibility is a big focus of our company and this appointment would fit well with our goals to be active in the local community.

 

I am very interested in the direction and development of the school and community and would like the opportunity to influence this.

Meet our board 5

Kelly Riva
Elected Parent Representative

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My name is Kelly Riva and I have two children attending Harrisdale Primary School. I am a full time working, single parent with a strong background in administration and office management. Following are the skills and attributes that I can offer to the School Board:

 

  • A willingness to contribute and make a difference to the school and local community. 
  • The viewpoint of a working Mother 
  • Organisational skills and the ability to work within a team environment. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively across cultures and at multiple levels. 
  • Experience writing, reviewing and maintaining policies, and managing corporate partnerships/sponsorships. 
  • Experience upward managing an executive team, as well as extensive administration experience. 

 

I would like to be a member of the School Board so that I can contribute to our local community, support the school in running effectively and efficiently, and to ensure that the values of the school are upheld.

Meet our board 6

Shrikant Tawani
Elected Parent Representative

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With 14+ years of experience in engineering and Project Management in Oil and Gas and Mining industries, I am ready to be involved in the HPS School Board, where my technical expertise and operational knowledge will add value to the school. I have a strategic approach in executing projects successfully and achieving business objectives such as increasing profitability, removing waste and increasing productivity. 

 

Recently, I completed an Executive MBA through Melbourne Business School to enhance my business knowledge. My experience and qualifications (B.Eng, MBA and PMP) put me in a positive position to contribute to the School Board and achieve its mission and goals. I am well regarded for my leadership and my ability to demonstrate ethical behaviours in achieving business objectives. 

 

I am particularly drawn to this opportunity as I would like to apply my knowledge, skills and experience to make HPS a highly successful school within WA. I believe that HPS is shaping the future of our community by providing start of the art education facilities and staff to our children.

Meet our board 7

Colin Petit
Community Representative

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I am currently the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA. I have spent almost four decades working to improve the wellbeing of children and young people, particularly in delivering education services and programs to children and young people living in regional and remote areas of the State. I have worked as a teacher and then principal in a number of regional schools, before holding the role of Executive Director Regional and Remote Education at the Western Australian Department of Education for three years.

 

I am a father of three and a grandfather of three.

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Taryn Ihanimo
P&C Representative

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I am a full time working Mother of two students at Harrisdale Primary School. I have been involved with the P&C since the school opened its doors in 2016.

 

Working with the P&C has allowed me to be involved with many of the fundraising events which have taken place at the school. I am most proud of being the Co-ordinator of the School Colour Fun Runs that we have held over the last few years.

 

Having a strong administrative background has assisted my husband and I with the establishment of his own Accounting business.  Along with this, I am actively involved in my children’s sporting activities, being the manager of my son’s football team.

 

I look forward to working with the school board as the P&C representative.

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Simonne Heal
Staff Representative

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My name is Simonne Heal. My teaching experience has seen me teach across a number of year groups, from pre-primary to year 6, including 2 years as a Science Specialist teacher. I have an interest in ensuring that Harrisdale Primary School continues to provide the highest level of teaching and as such, currently hold the position of English and Numeracy Coach. I am a foundation staff member and joined the board to be involved in the systematic decision making processes that ensure our students have access to the best educational experiences that we can provide. I look forward to being a collaborative member of the board during my tenure.

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Daniel Bryce
Staff Representative

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Hi, my name is Daniel Bryce and I currently teach Grade 3 at Harrisdale Primary School. I have been teaching at Harrisdale for the past 4 years, beginning as a Foundation Staff member. I have watched the school grow and evolve over the years, with it eventually becoming the largest primary school in WA. I love Harrisdale’s sense of community and the commitment of all community members to support every child in succeeding academically, socially and emotionally. I am looking forward to joining the board this year at such a fantastic school.

Meet our board 11

Annaliese Dawson
Staff Representative

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Hi, my name is Annaliese Dawson and I currently teach Year Four at Harrisdale Primary. I started at Harrisdale in 2019 after spending a number of years teaching in the country. I am proud to have joined a school that is innovative and puts students first in all that they do. I look forward to being an active and collaborative member of the board during my time.