The School Board is a legally formed body that, in partnership with our principal, 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.
Victoria Park Primary School Board meets twice each term on Tuesday afternoons at 2:00pm on Weeks 2 and 7.
Nicholas Wills-Johnson, Board Chair
Nick Wills-Johnson is the father of two boys at VPPS; Jacob (Year 6) and Isaac (Pre-primary). In his day job, he works as an economist at a gas pipeline. He has been on the school board since 2017, and is very interested in exploring ways in which we can improve our school. Please feel free to contact him with your ideas at the email address below
Pam Pollard, Principal
Pam Pollard joined Victoria Park Primary School in 2016 as Principal and has seen a lot of change within that short time. She is committed to making a difference for the children in public schools especially those at Victoria Park Primary School.
In 2017 Pam was selected to participate in the Public School Fellowship Program and attend Harvard University with 19 other public school Principals. As part of this program, Pam completed a case study on available tools and resources for schools with a large multi-cultural community.
Pam strongly believes in catering for the development of the whole child – academically, physically, socially and emotionally. She has high aspirations for all within the school.
Pam enjoys working with the parents of the school through the P&C and School Board.
Bronwyn Ife has been a member of the school board for six years including four years as the chair. She works as a Community and Education Coordinator at Perth Symphony Orchestra and is also a councilor at the Town of Victoria Park, including a two year term as Deputy Mayor that started in October 2019.
Bronwyn has been involved in the school since 2011 when her eldest child started Kindergarten. She has one child still at the school – Phoebe who is in year five in 2020.
Peta joined the School Board for a two-year term commencing in 2019 as a Parent Representative. Prior to joining the Board, Peta had been an active member of the Victoria Park for over five years.
Peta has a degree in Health Promotion and has been working at the Health Department for the past six years. Peta’s envisages that her knowledge of government systems and experiences gained from her current role as Senior Policy Officer in strategy and governance will be of benefit to the School Board in years to come. Peta has two children. One child is in year seven and attended Victoria Park Primary from K-6 and her second child has been at Victoria Park Primary since Kindy and is now in year five.
Celine was appointed to the board in 2019 as a Parent Representative.
Prior to her involvement in the School Board, Celine was involved with the helping out at events, preparing the farmers market crafts and in the uniform shop. She currently works part time in accounting for a not for profit orchestra. In the past she’s worked in finance for large multinational corporations.
Celine has two children at the school, one in year 4 and one in year 1.
A recognised and experienced educational and business leader David joins the Victoria Park Primary School Board as a Community Representative with a desire to support schools and improve educational outcomes of all students.
A career of nearly 20 years in education saw David nominated twice as “Teacher of the Year” and once as Primary School Principal of the Year. Throughout his career as a teacher, school principal and now in a national customer relationship role, David has demonstrated a passion for the use of technology by people to improve society. To further promote technological innovation and promote how it positively impacts society, in 2018 David was nominated and subsequently elected to the Board of Western Australian Information Technology and Telecommunications Alliance (WAITTA) Board.
On a more personal note, David lives locally and is father to three sons, who went through either Kent Street Senior High School and Como Secondary College. He now also has a grandson that he is incredibly proud of. David is currently the National Client Experience Manager for Radlink Communications, following a 14 year tenure with Kinetic IT.
Shradha Varshney joined the Victoria Park Primary School Board in 2019 as a Community Representative.
Shradha is a teacher with 12 years of experience within a Public School in India.
As a member of the School Board, Shradha is very enthusiastic about sharing her teaching experience and being part of the VPPS Board.
Shradha’s has two children, a daughter in Year 2 and a daughter in Year 6 at Victoria Park Primary School.
Clare Douglass, Staff Representative
Clare Douglass has been a teacher at Victoria Park Primary School since 1989, teaching mainly in Year One and for the last eight years in Pre-primary. She believes in the right of children to learn through play and was jointly responsible for devising the concept of ‘Messy Monday’ for our Pre-primary students. She has actively been involved in establishing the Pre-primary component of the ECE site at Planet Street.
Clare lives in Victoria Park and both her sons attended VPPS. She loves the community spirit of the school and enjoys working and liaising with parents. She has seen many changes over the past 30 years but remains passionate advocate of the school.
Nadene Coupar, Staff Representative
Nadene Coupar has been a primary school teacher for 22 years and has taught in metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia. Her experience includes primary teaching across all year levels, and is currently teaching Year 6 at Victoria Park Primary School.
Nadene has a wealth of experience as a curriculum leader in mathematics and behaviour support. She is a proud mum to two young women who are completing their final years of high school.
Nadene and her husband love travelling around Australia and are planning to visit the wonderful Karijini National Park.