The School Board is made up of three parent representatives, three community representatives and four staff representatives, including the principal. It is a decision-making body required and regulated by the School Education Act 1999, the School Education Regulations 2000 and the NPPS School Council Terms of Reference.

What is the School Board

The School Board plays an important role within the school, taking part in establishing and reviewing the school’s priorities and general policy directions. The Board works with the school to strengthen its capacity to best meet the needs of students. The Board comprises school staff, parents and community representatives.

What does the School Board do?

The School Board’s functions include:

  • taking part in establishing and reviewing the school’s priorities and general policy directions;
  • taking part in planning the financial arrangements necessary to fund the school’s priorities and general policy directions;
  • taking part in the evaluation of the school’s performance in achieving its priorities;
  • approving certain charges and contributions and advertising and sponsorship agreements;
  • determining the school’s dress code in consultation with students, staff and parents;
  • providing advice to the principal on religious education and related activities; and
  • promoting the school in the community.

Can I bring a matter to the School Board’s attention?

Yes! Board members welcome your input and feedback and represent the interests of their community. Board members can only deal with matters falling within the Board’s ambit and do not interfere with the management of the school or performance concerns relating to a teacher. Board members respect the need for confidentiality and endeavour to protect the privacy of individuals when matters are brought for discussion.

If you would like to speak to any of the Board members please contact them directly. If you are unsure whether a matter should be raised with the School Board please contact the Chair or Principal.

If you are interested in volunteering or raising funds for the school, please contact the North Perth Primary School Parents and Citizens’ (P & C) Association, as they deal with all such matters:


The School Board usually meets twice per term on Monday evenings from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Unless otherwise advised, meetings are open to the public. Persons other than Board members do not have speaking or voting rights. All persons present at the meeting must adhere to the North Perth Primary School Board Code of Conduct. Meeting agendas and minutes can be found within the School Board folder of the NPPS Parent Connect library. Alternatively, minutes can be obtained by emailing the Board Chair at

2019 Meeting Dates

Term 1

Monday 18 March

Term 2

Monday 6 May

Monday 10 June

Term 3

Monday 29 July

Monday 2 September

Term 4

Monday 21 October

Monday 25 November

Tuesday 3 December  (Annual Public Meeting)

School Board Members

Cate Seghezzi (Chair)
Parent Representative

My family has been part of the NPPS school community for five years, with our two children now in years 2 and 4.  We greatly value the relationships we have built as a family, and as individuals, with kids, families, school leadership and staff in this time.

As a psychologist I have worked in education, health and community settings, over the past 24 years on projects, initiatives and committees, and with individuals and families, to support learning, development and mental health needs.  I have particular experience in development of whole of setting approaches that promote positive connection for all community members and targeted approaches to challenging issues in school communities.

In my role as Chair of the North Perth Primary School Board, I am committed supporting the whole school community build and maintain a positive, connected, supportive learning environment for all students, families, and school staff.

Jo Sneddon

Parent Representative

I have been part of the NPPS community for five years with a son in grade 4. I am a Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Deputy Director of the Centre for Human and Cultural Values at UWA. I have extensive experience in the development, implementation and monitoring of strategic and operational business plans in industry, government and the non-profit sector. I work with public and private primary schools in WA on research projects aimed at improving student academic, social and emotional learning outcomes. I also have over 15 years of experience as an elected member of executive boards and committees in the public and private sector. I am strongly committed to serving the school community with the aim of building and maintaining a supportive and positive learning environment that helps our kids reach their full potential.

Duncan Fletcher
Parent Representative

Coming Soon

Lisa Montgomery
Parent Representative

As a parent representative it is my goal to make a meaningful contribution to influencing the school’s strategic direction, performance and governance in line with community expectations and complementing other members’ skills to create a well-rounded Board.

I’ve lived in North Perth for approximately 15 years and have run a consulting business in the area during that time.  With my husband, I have also been involved with local retail businesses in Leederville.  Our daughter Audrey attends North Perth Primary School.

I am a strategic and creative thinker, always looking for ways to enhance and improve ‘business as usual.’  I have extensive experience in community engagement, stakeholder management, destination development and communications and have worked both as a private consultant running my own business, and at executive level in state government across sectors including tourism, retail, urban regeneration, planning and place making.

Andrew Streeton
Staff Representative

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I am the Deputy Principal at North Perth Primary School and have been on staff since 2008. I have been a member of the School Board since 2015. One of the key areas of my leadership is developing an effective teaching culture at North Primary School. I believe that effective teachers have the greatest influence on student achievement.

I look forward to working with my colleagues on the School Board to continually improve this dynamic and growing school, ensuring that North Perth Primary School continues to meet the needs of its students, parents and staff.

Sharon Downsborough
Staff Representative

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As an experienced teacher, and a respectful and honest person, I am pleased to represent the voice of our school staff on School Board.

As a child growing up on a farm in the Great Eastern Wheatbelt I carved many a cubby and classroom from the bushland surrounding our home. When I was finally tall enough to drive I quickly saw just how much more bushland was out there and I immediately decided to expand my real estate portfolio – right through to the back paddock. Hours, days and months were spent creating new towns throughout the bush, rocks and caves. My best days were then spent in the mini-moke driving my ‘school bus’ around the farm picking up and delivering my imaginary students to and from my imaginary schools. Clearly I wasn’t paying the fuel bill!

What began as the fanciful ambition of a little girl who was encouraged to stand tall and proud, to be resilient, to persevere, and who believed that she was capable of achieving anything she set her mind to, has eventuated into a most fulfilling and rewarding career – even better than I ever imagined it could be…

Now I aspire to light that same spark in our children; I want them to know that they too should dream big because anything is possible … when you put your mind to it.

Karen Lockyer
Staff Representative

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I have been employed by the Department of Education for 33 years across Western Australia in a range of schools, a regional office and central office in diverse educational roles including teacher, Education Officer, School Development Officer, Deputy Principal and Principal.

Some of my most memorable roles include: regional coordination of a Commonwealth program to address disadvantage; management of the building of a new school; promoting teaching and the Department as an employer at career expos and universities; conducting training for school leaders; and supporting schools to develop targeted intervention programs.

I have been the Principal of North Perth Primary School since 2012 and being a local resident and former parent of the school strengthens my connection and commitment to the school.

The School Board is a focused and collaborative group representing parents, staff and the community. Their experiences and skills have proved invaluable developing the school Vision, Mission and Values, reviewing policies and providing advice to strengthen our great school.

Paul McFarland
Staff Representative

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If you’d like to contact the Council directly, please email the Chair, Cate Seghezzi, at

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