School Board

As an Independent Public School (IPS), Beaconsfield Primary School has a School Board. The Board’s role is to represent the whole school community in setting the school’s direction and priorities, and assessing the school’s performance. It plays an important role in contributing to good school governance so that resources are used efficiently and community expectations and the school’s priorities reflect the needs of students. The board does not intervene in the control or management of the school. This is the role of the principal.

Roles and responsibilities of the School Board

  • Establish and review the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions
  • Plan financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions
  • Evaluate the school’s performance in achieving those objectives, priorities and directions
  • Formulate codes of conduct for students at the school
  • Take part in the selection of (but not the appointment of) the school principal
  • Provide advice on charges, contributions and costs determined by the principal to be paid for the provision of materials, services and facilities, and participation in an extra cost optional component of the school’s educational program
  • Promote the school in the community
  • Liaise with other groups/committees associated with the school e.g. the Parents and Citizens’ Association
  • Hold at least two (2) meetings per year, that are generally open to the public

The current School Board is made up of 12 members; six parent representatives, four staff members, including the Principal, and two community representatives

  • Ruhi Bassari (Board Chair)
  • Anthony Edwards (Principal)
  • Thomas Gourlay (Parent representative)
  • Dan Coffey (Parent representative)
  • Mandy Hawkhead (Parent representative)
  • Anne Tomlinson (Parent representative)
  • Gabriele Rossi (Parent representative)
  • Kyle Oakley (Staff representative)
  • Louise Glassborow (Staff representative)
  • Joan Jessup (Community representative)
  • Paul Arangio (Community representative)