Chair and Parent Representative – Trisha Lee
I have a son in Year 7, who spent his primary years at Scarborough) and daughter in Year 4 at Scarborough Primary. I have been on the School Board for seven years and have also served on other community and sports club Boards and committees for more than 20 years. I currently work in project management and business improvement, and over the past 20 years have worked in marketing, advertising, public relations, television production, having started my career as a primary school teacher. I am a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and have completed Board and management training including the AICD’s Foundations for Company Directors course. I’m involved with Scarborough Primary Board because I want to help ensure all of our children have the best possible school experience – achieve to the best of their academic potential, feel happy, cared for and are caring members of our community.
Deputy Chair and Parent Representative – Corey Jackson
I’ve lived in Scarborough for 10 years, hailing from Bathurst, NSW. My two daughters are in Year 2 and Pre-primary. This is my second year on the board, a privilege I do not take for granted. From a professional perspective, I have an economics background primarily working in the health sector. I’ve recently become self employed as a specialist consultant offering this economic insight to health providers nationally. But now, this economic insight is forged as part of our Board thinking. What we say, we measure, what we measure, we say.
Parent Representative – Diane Hall
Mum to a teenager as well as Joel (Year 7), and Lois (Year 5), wife to Matt who is one of the pastors at Scarborough Baptist Church, and blessed to be part of the Scarborough School community for the last 5 years. I was born in Scotland and lived there (apart from one year in London where I found myself a travelling Aussie bloke) until 2012 when we moved to my husband’s city of birth. I have previously been involved in various non-profit organisations in a number of roles including employee, volunteer, and board member. Currently I work part-time at Perth Bible College filming lectures for the off-campus students. Prior to coming to Perth, as a family we spent 14 years living and working in a wonderfully friendly, community-focused area of Glasgow – which also happened to have high levels of social deprivation. This time, as well as my background in youth and community work helped me to recognise that, as well as formal academic achievement, the significant foundations of empathy, relational skills, and resilience help children thrive and are vital for children and young people’s social and emotional development. These foundations are encouraged by providing children with opportunities to be mindful of others, allowing for free play and sport, and by being mentored and built up by other children and adults. I consider it a privilege to be on the board of Scarborough Primary School where these social developmental foundations are valued so highly by staff in their professional and warm approach – acting in good judgement to ensure that students flourish in all areas.
Parent Representative – Andrea Marchesi
I have two young sons. My eldest, Luca, started kindergarten this year at Scarborough Primary. Personally: I was born and raised in Victoria and moved to Perth in 2004 for work commitments. Our family has lived in Scarborough for the last 7 years. Professionally: I have science and leadership qualifications and spent 10+ years working FIFO as a geologist, prior to the arrival of my children. I volunteer in numerous capacities within the community when I can, and I’m committed to creating a better world in which to raise our children. It’s a privilege and great responsibility to serve on the School board. Through such service I hope to actively contribute to the positive development and growth of our school and our community. I am excited to be a part of the Scarborough Primary community and look forward to building my own capabilities through working with the diverse, talented and experienced SPS Board members.
Parent Representative – Paul Hamilton
Being a parent with two daughters attending Scarborough Primary School, becoming a member of the School Board provides me a better understanding of the School’s policies, processes and finances plus enables participation in their continuation. Being a board member has provided me a fascinating insight into the operations of a primary school plus reiterated the quality of service and learning opportunities provided by the school staff and leadership team. Professionally, I work for WA’s largest Advertising and Communications company, The Brand Agency with a specialism in digital projects and solutions.
Parent Representative and P&C Liaison – Felicity Walker
I have two daughters at Scarborough Primary School, in Pre-Primary and Year 2. The girls were both born in the Northern Territory, but my partner and I have lived in and around Scarborough for most of our adult lives. Professionally, I have a science background, and am passionate about ensuring our students have access to the resources they need to develop scientific literacy. I am an active member of the school community, having been a class representative, P and C member, and resident vegetable gardener. I look forward to a continuing relationship with the school as my children progress through their primary schooling, and being able to contribute to the school through board membership.
Principal – Jason Crofts
I was appointed Principal of Scarborough PS in 2015. I have taught in many schools across the state including three remote aboriginal communities, Port Hedland School of the Air and a number of metropolitan primary schools. I have worked as a principal consultant in central office supporting schools to understand assessment literacy and develop plans responding to performance data. I have previously been principal at North East Metro Language Development Centre, Middle Swan PS, Hearne Hill PS and Darlington PS. I have two school aged boys who attend their local government school. My wife is also a teacher currently working at Scotch College.
Deputy Principal – Erica Salt
I hold the position of Deputy Principal at Scarborough Primary School, which involves supporting staff and students with teaching and learning, as well as a teaching role across the classes. I have worked with the school for several years and greatly enjoy the strong community atmosphere that our school offers. I trained and started my teaching career in the UK, emigrating to Australia in 2008 with my family. Having started as a teacher in the centre of London, I have gone on to work in both rural and urban settings, across the primary year levels. Being a part of our school board enables me to connect with our parent and community body, liaising with them as we work towards the common aim of consistently achieving the very best educational opportunities for our students.
Staff Representative – Debbie Potter
I started my teaching career in 1987 and spent the first fifteen years teaching junior primary in country towns such as Bridgetown, Manjimup, Kukerin and Collie. I moved to the city in 2003 where I taught junior primary at Bayswater and Dianella Heights. In 2008, while I was still at Dianella Heights, I requested a change to teaching middle primary to develop my professional growth as a teacher. In June 2012, I was appointed to Scarborough Primary as the upper primary teacher and continued this role until 2015 when I returned to junior primary. Throughout my career I have been curriculum leader for many learning areas such as Science, Art, English and Maths. I have a strong commitment to providing a quality education for all children and believe that the success of this comes from a partnership between parents and the school.
Staff Representative – Dawn Jones
I am excited to be on the SPS board having been part of the SPS community for 8 years. I am in the privileged position of teaching across the whole school so get to build relationships with all the students and staff. As a board member, I am looking forward to making a positive contribution to the school in a capacity other than teaching, as it continues to grow and develop. I have had a varied teaching career, starting my initial service in London, in a culturally diverse school with physically handicapped students integrated in classes. I moved to a church school in the Midlands, then a middle school in a village community. I came to Australia in 1995 on the Commonwealth Teacher Exchange Program and never really went back! I initially worked in Girrawheen and have subsequently taught in a number of other suburban schools as a specialist, support and class teacher.
Outside of school I continue my interest in Art by volunteering at the Art Gallery of WA as a Visitor Information Officer. I also assist in the education program if needed. Most of my out of school time is consumed with Mullaloo Surf Lifesaving Club. I have been on the management group at the club for 5 years and am an accredited SLS official and I also do beach patrols as well as being mum to two competitive sons.
Co-opted Community Member – Sonia Allin
My name is Sonia Allin, and my family and I have been part of Scarborough Primary School and the wider community since 2009. My children, Mackenzie (Year 12) and Cooper (Year 10) are currently attending Churchlands Senior High School. Throughout my time at SPS I have been involved in Managing the Canteen, member of the P&C (I was known as the ‘Fund Raising Queen’), a member of the School Council, the background coordinator of the very successful Scarborough Twilight Market, and a current Community Member of the Scarborough Primary School Board. I am a Chef by Trade, but currently are self-employed, running my own lawn mowing contracting business. I have seen the many challenges that SPS has faced and believe that the School Board, will ensure, that our small dynamic School continues to strive – to grow, develop and excel in educating well rounded successful students.