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School Board

The Yokine Primary School Board represents the school community, they are your voice.  The Board meet once or twice per term to review the direction of the Business Plan and financials.  Parents are encouraged to engage with the school board if you require information or wish to discuss any school operational issues. 

PURPOSE

All School Board decisions will be made to benefit the academic, social and emotional education and development of our students.  

VALUES

Accountability:

  • Making credible and justifiable decisions 
  • Acting in the best interest of the school community 
  • Acting with honesty and transparency   

Collaboration:

  • Realising shared goals
  • Working in partnership
  • Sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus

Innovation: 

  • Seeking new ideas and opportunities 
  • Striving for continuous development

Integrity:

  • Making decisions consistent with the values and purpose of the Board  
  • Following through with our commitments  
  • Doing what is right  

Respect:  

  • Being open to other points of view  
  • Valuing diversity of opinion and cultural background 

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS 2017

Bradley Gannon: Chairman (Parent Representative)   
B.Comm, LLB (Hons), GAICD (OM), ACSA, ACIS

Bradley holds a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia and has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Western Australia. He has previously held very senior legal positions, including Partner with the Perth based law firm Solomon Brothers, and, as Secretary/General Counsel, is currently part of the six member Executive Leadership Team of Capricorn Society Limited, Australia's largest company in the automotive parts buying industry.

Bradley has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course with Merit and the Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance; receiving the National Dux award for Corporate Accountability and State Dux awards for both Corporate Governance and Corporate Financial Management.   He is also the recipient of the prestigious Governance Institute of Australia’s national award for academic excellence.  

Bradley lives in the local community and both his children attend Yokine Primary School.    

Kim Fraser: Principal   

Kim’s qualifications and leadership success place her in the upper echelon of Primary School principals in Western Australia.  She has well over a decade of leadership experience and has developed an enviable record for creating inclusive learning environments that challenge and stimulate students to achieve their full potential. 

Kim’s success as a transformative leader is based on her expert curriculum knowledge and her extensive use of metrics to track and enhance the effectiveness of teaching and learning methodologies. As a member of the Board of the Primary Principals Federation of Western Australia, her expertise in effective strategic and policy development is helping to improve the governance and overall performance of primary schools throughout Western Australia.  

Kim holds undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications from Murdoch University and is accredited in Governance and Finance by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  To further enhance her abilities Kim is currently completing a Master of Educational Leadership at the University of Western Australia. In 2015 Kim was invited by the Department of Education to participate in an Executive Leadership Program designed for high performing educational leaders.  

Helen Pynes: Associate Principal

Helen has positively influenced the lives of many Yokine Primary School students over the past 30 years as a teacher, leader and mentor.  Her significant contributions and long standing commitment to the school have made her a recognisable figure at Yokine Primary School.  

Helen holds education qualifications from Edith Cowan University and is accredited to teach Languages other than English.

In addition to her teaching and leadership roles, Helen has committed herself to enhancing the extracurricular life of the school.  She has been the voice of faction carnivals for a decade and been actively involved in the organisation of school fetes, discos and fundraising activities. Helen also delivers training for aspiring student leaders within the student peer mediation program and delivers professional training to education assistants, pre-service and graduate teachers. Helen is a foundation Board member. 

Lorraine Manning: Curriculum Manager/Teacher Representative

Lorraine has four decades of international experience in primary schools and is a much loved and admired teacher at Yokine Primary School. Since joining the school in 1982 she has taught all levels between Years 1-7 and experienced the rare joy of teaching two generations of the same family.  In addition to her teaching duties, Lorraine is also the Curriculum Manager at Yokine Primary.  

Lorraine’s passion is the Visual Arts and she has used her expertise in this area to create a range of unique experiential opportunities for students.  The quality of work Lorraine has coordinated has seen student work publically displayed at the Fremantle Town Hall, St Georges Cathedral, Perth Zoo, Swan District Office Exhibition, Flinders Square Shopping Centre and the Education Department Head Office.  In 2013 Lorraine coordinated the team of outstanding Yokine Primary School students who won the state wide Dairy Australia ‘Great Wall of Dairy’ competition.  

Lorraine is a previous member of the Floreat Primary School Council.

Naomi Matthews: Teacher Representative

Naomi’s daughter attended Yokine Primary School from 1996 to 2004.  Naomi was so impressed with the quality of the school that she joined as a staff member in 2002 and has since made a significant contribution, as both a teacher and leader, to the evolution of Yokine Primary School.  

Naomi holds a Bachelor of Education, specialising in early childhood, from Curtin University.  As the most outstanding graduate in her year Naomi received the prestigious Police and Nurses Credit Society Award for Excellence, Perseverance and Integrity.  She teaches in Kindergarten, Pre-Primary and Year 1 and, as a lead teacher within the school, is a member of the Curriculum Leadership Team, Kids Matter Mental Health Initiative Action Team and the Digital Technologies committee.  

Naomi was a member of the School Council that successfully transitioned Yokine Primary School to an Independent Public School. She has, since this time, served as a foundation member of the new Independent School Board.

Dr Isaiah Awidi: Parent Representative

PhD; MSc; MBA (MIS); B.A (Hons); Cert (Monitoring & Evaluation). Currently he works as a Research Associate (University of Western Australia (Perth, WA), and a Learning Mentor for Migrant African Students at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University.  Dr. Awidi has over 20 years work experience as Data/Systems Analyst.  As a Principal Researcher and Co-ordinating Head of the Planning Unit (PMISD), University of Ghana, Legon, he was the University’s Basic Statistician and initiated several e-learning research projects.  He taught several Course Units at the School of Public Health (SPH, UG) and Institute of Statistics Social and Economic Research (ISSER, UG).  In 2005, while at the University of Twente, (Netherlands), he initiated and led the ICT-enabled flexible learning system project for public Universities in Ghana.  As a consulting data analyst for social research, he worked for such institutions as, the Institute of Education, University of London lead by Plan Ghana;  ActionAid Ghana; and the Ghana Media Commission.  His primary research focused on technology integration in teaching and learning, in developing countries.  Between 2009 and 2014, he was the lead researcher for the E-Learning Implementation Strategy project for a public university in Ghana.  He has published widely on e-learning implementation strategies. Some of his works has been used by universities in Ghana, and Africa to guide the crafting of e-learning implementation policy and strategies.  Dr. Awidi’s recent work in Australia focused on the impact of Universities fee deregulations on rural and country students in Western Australia.  Currently, he is working on a project that reviews impact of learning technology innovation on students learning experiences, at the University of Western Australia, Perth.

Nikki George: Parent Representative

Nikki has been a parent at the school since 2014.  Prior to this she was a Committee member of the local Community Playgroup, taking on the roles of President and Vice President.  Nikki believes it is important as a parent to be involved where possible in school activities and to be part of the school community, and is happy to be given this opportunity to do so through the school Board.

Other Committee/Working Group Memberships

Sandra Bernhard-Moulton: Parent Representative
Niketan Chauhan: Parent Representative

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