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. For further information…

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:


Typically the Board meets at school on a Monday evening at the beginning and end of each term. Exact dates and times are advertised via the school parent email and Term Planner.

School Board Members

Kati Tonkin (Chair)
Community Representative

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I joined the School Council (as it was known then) in September 2012 and have been its Chair since 2013. I have been part of the North Perth community since moving here in 2002 and have been a member of our school community since my eldest child began kindy in 2010. Emma is now in Year 6 and Toby is in year 2. They have both thrived in the stimulating and nurturing environment North Perth Primary School provides.

I am a senior lecturer at UWA and bring to the School Board my experience in teaching, research and administration in the tertiary education sector, including extensive work on Faculty and University committees. In 2014 I enjoyed the process of working with staff, parents and students to develop a new vision, mission and values for our school. In 2016 we were successful in our bid to become an Independent Public School, and I am grateful for the support of the school community in achieving this goal. This year will be another busy one for the School Board as we complete our transition to Independent Public School and develop our first Business Plan, which will set the strategic direction for the school for the next three years.

Sally Kwintowski
Community Representative

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I am excited to join the School Board in 2017 as a Community Representative to help set the strategic direction of the school as it transitions to Independent Public School status.

I have lived in the Vincent area for 15 years and own a small local business. Our family has been part of the school community since Oskar started kindy in 2016. My youngest child Alex currently attends the Italian-Australian Childcare Centre in North Perth.

Being on the Board, particularly at this time, provides an exciting opportunity to contribute to a wonderful and unique school environment and connect the school with the wider community.

I have 18 years of professional marketing and communications experience and run a small consultancy, advising clients in education, mining, health and property. I hope my skills in strategy and management will provide a valuable contribution to the Board function.

NPPS is an important cornerstone of our community and I am looking forward to building on this, to make it great for our children now and in the years ahead.

Anna Taylor (Secretary)
Parent Representative

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I am pleased to join the North Perth Primary School Council as I strongly support active parent participation within the school community. I have two children, Isla (Year 1) and Preston (Kindergarten,  2017).  I am an experienced speech pathologist and have worked in public education for the last ten years. Within my current role I work collaboratively with teachers to ensure that all students receive an effective learning program, regardless of their circumstance.

Due to my professional experience, I have a strong interest in the relationship between oral language and literacy, and evidenced based practice in education. I can offer the School Council specialist advice in the review and development of school policies, objectives and priorities.  I will promote active parent involvement in the learning program and act as a professional advocate for the school community.

In addition to my work as a speech pathologist, I am a committee member of Menora Playgroup.

Jane Forward
Parent Representative

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My family and I have been a part of the North Perth Primary School community for the past seven years and this is my inaugural year on the School Council. My children are; Keelie year 5, Neave year 3 and Maisie year 1.

I originally trained as a Social Worker and early in my career I moved from individual support to the management and development of social programs. Three years ago I left my executive tender with a community managed not for profit to establish my own consultancy practice. I hold a Masters in Business Administration and background in organisational development and strategy. The opportunity to join the Council is one which I am enthused by as I am keen to support our excellent teaching staff in their continual efforts to grow and further develop our school.

Brad Girando
Parent Representative

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I joined the School Board as a Parent Representative in Term 1 of 2016, having been a member of School Community since 2013 when our eldest daughter, Ella, commenced Kindy. Ella is now is Year 3 and her younger sister, Pia, is in Year 1 – both are loving their time at NPPS.

Being a member of the School Board provides a great opportunity to both assist the School in its IPS transition and represent the interests of the School community as a whole. I strongly believe the Board should support the leaders of NPPS in making it a great place to learn and develop for the children and to work for the staff. My background is in Finance – I’m currently employed in the mining sector, having worked previously in the UK and Melbourne.

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 for three of the past four years. 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.

I spent the first part of my life in the workforce, training and working as a qualified chef before heading back to university as a mature age student to study Education. I live with my wife, Rebecca and two primary school-aged daughters who help keep me busy when I’m not at North Perth.

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.

Robyn Newman
Staff Representative

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If you’d like to contact the Council directly, please email the Chair, Kati Tonkin, at

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