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School Board

Subiaco Primary School


Zoe Schaffert

Board Chair
I am proud to be Board Chair of the Subi PS Board. I have two daughters attending the school and love the community atmosphere and commitment of the school to developing the whole child. I am a Deputy Principal with over 15 years experience in schools. I am passionate about education and look forward to working with my fellow board members to drive the strategic direction.


Emma Thunder

Parent Representative
It is a privilege to be a member of the Subiaco Primary School Board. I have two boys at the school and we love being part of this warm and welcoming community; the hub of learning, fun and friendship in our lives. Professionally I work as a policy adviser and executive manager, with experience in State Government and the private sector in urban planning, government relations and advocacy. For two years I was Chair of the Board of Subicare Early Learning Centre. I am passionate about the critical role that schools and educators have in children’s lives, and hope that with my skills and experience I can add value to the contribution the Board makes to governance of this wonderful school.


Kah Yee Loh

Parent Representative
Being a proud parent of 2 children at Subiaco Primary School (Yrs 2 and 5), and having volunteered in various roles within the school and local community (as president of the Subiaco Playgroup committee and as class liaison parent), and with my legal background (as a WA government lawyer for 18 years and most recently as a member of the State Administrative Tribunal), I hope to make meaningful contributions to the governance of our amazing school.


Louis Martin

Parent Representative
My wife and I have three children at Subiaco Primary. We all love the strong sense of connection that comes with being a part of our vibrant, diverse and supportive school community. I work as a lawyer at Wesfarmers where I help businesses grow by developing practical common-sense plans to take advantage of opportunities and address challenges. Outside of work, I teach board governance and compliance at the Governance Institute and am a passionate supporter of the arts. By being part of the School Board, I can use my knowledge and skills to contribute to our school community being the best that it can be.


Greg Lynch

Community Representative
My daughter Greta attended Subiaco Primary School from Kindy to Year 4. I have been involved with the school as Class Liaison Parent and P&C President, and am currently the Chairman of the committee for the Subi Farmers Market. I am an IT professional and have used my experience to help many schools with their IT requirements. I love Subiaco Primary School, and the broader Subiaco Community, and am thrilled to be part of the school board.


Bea Bouska

School Representative (School Principal)
Our Board members bring their experiences and expertise to represent the school community on setting the strategic direction of our school. They are committed to ensuring we live up to our motto, “Our Best.” I value their considered input as we work together to reflect upon our vision and direction, in order to improve our great school.


Ashley Snedeker

School Representative (Teacher)
I am a passionate and dedicated teacher and it has been a privilege to be teaching at Subiaco since 2013. I have a background in Economics and Finance, a Master of Teaching and experience in both lower and upper primary. I am looking forward to using my skill set as a member of the board to continue to make Subiaco Primary School the wonderful place that it is.


Chris Shorter

School Representative (Teacher)
I first arrived at Subiaco primary in 2007 and it has been an absolute pleasure to have been a part of the school’s growth in that time. The mix of heritage, community and family can be felt everything we do at Subiaco and I believe it is the ideal environment to prepare our students for a bright future. Having served on the school council during the transition to achieving independent public school status, I bring a wealth of experience to the school board and look forward to working with the other board members to build upon all that has been achieved at Subiaco primary so far.

School Board Terms of Reference

The Board is formed with the fundamental purpose of enabling parents and members of the community to engage in activities that are in the best interests of students and will enhance the education provided by the school.

School Board Roles and Responsibilities

The role of a School Board is outlined in the School Education Act 1999. In essence, the role of a 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.

2021 School Board Meetings

Parents are welcome to attend School Board meetings in an observer capacity.  For information about when the next meeting is scheduled contact Zoe Schaffert, School Board Chair on

If you would like a copy of any of the School Board minutes contact Beatrice Bouska on


From the School Board Chair


19 October 2021

As part of our commitment to ongoing development and induction of new members our Board attended training in Term 3, reviewing our knowledge in areas such as the foundations of an effective board, setting directions, monitoring risk and performance. Subiaco Primary School hosted the event, which was also attended by Board members from a range of local schools. It was a great opportunity to hear how other school Boards operate and ensure we have processes in place to work effectively as part of the governance of the school. The focus of our Term 3 Board meeting was reviewing early NAPLAN data, reviewing our Business Plan targets and milestones. When discussing and analysing school data we focus on 3 key questions: How are we going? How do we know? What are we going to do to improve? Our role as a Board is then to determine if we are making appropriate progress against our targets and identify any actions needed. A standing item in our meetings is the Principal updates so Bea can convey key messages about the operations of the school relevant to the wider community.

This week we had our first Term 4 meeting where we had an invited guest Gemma Hayley, Year 4 teacher, share her experience working on the school’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). In line with the Community focus of the Business Plan: Embrace diversity and cultural responsiveness the RAP is a working document based on the reflections of staff outlining practical plans for reconciliation. We reviewed the Strategic Plan for 2022 to ensure we are on track to achieve our Business Plan milestones and targets.


9 June 2021

In week 8 the Board had the first meeting with our recently appointed Principal, Bea Bouska and we also welcomed a Co-opted Community member, Danielle Giles to our team. Danielle was approached to join the Board as she is Executive Manager, Experience and Content of Scitech. In light of our current Business Plan focus of integrating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) to enhance real life learning, Danielle brings a wealth of skills and insight in this area and we look forward to working with her to maximise STEAM growth and opportunities. As Danielle was not elected by the school community she will not be able to vote in school decision making and at this stage her tenure is one year with possible extension.

We reviewed the Department of Education  (DoE) Statement of Expectations 2021-2024 which makes clear and public the expectations and responsibilities of schools in student achievement and progress in relation to the DoE strategic directions. This document was signed off by Bea and I, and it underpins our school’s strategic planning and self-assessment. The Board has a key role in data analysis, in terms of investigating; what the data is telling us, identifying trends and monitoring progress towards our Business Plan targets and ensuring resources are allocated towards priority areas. Pre-primary teachers completed On-Entry testing in term 1 to inform their Literacy and Numeracy teaching. Our Board took the opportunity to interrogate the data, comparing how our students compared to similar schools and schools across the state. The Early Childhood team have developed a clear plan, based on the data, of actions to target areas of development whilst building on student strengths.


25 March 2021

Our second meeting for term 1 was held last week – the focus was reviewing the finances and how they are being used to target school priorities within our Business Plan. As a Board we do not develop the annual budget, rather we endorse the budget following our in depth discussion and analysis of what school assessment data is telling us, identifying trends and areas we consider significant. A key question is Are we making appropriate progress against our focus area targets? On the school website there is a carefully planned timeline to ensure we are on track to achieving our milestonesRead more HERE. We thank the newly appointed Manager of Corporate Services, Natasha Harlond for her informative budget and finance presentation and answering our questions regarding the financial aspects of the school. Shortly the Annual Report and a one page summary which provides a snapshot of 2020 will be uploaded to the school website.

We also took time as a Board to celebrate Carolyn’s exemplary leadership of our school over the past 13 years. Her passion, commitment and expertise have helped our school go from strength to strength and create a unique setting with excellence in education and community partnerships at the heart. We wish her all the best in her new position as Collegiate Principal within the Education Department. There is no doubt there are high expectations for the successive Principal yet Carolyn has worked tirelessly with her staff to prepare for the change in leadership and ensure a smooth transition. As Board Chair, it has been an absolute pleasure and a privilege working alongside Carolyn.


2 March 2021

At our first Board meeting for 2021, we officially welcomed Emma Thunder, parent representative and look forward to her new perspectives and links to Subi Care as part of our focus on community partnerships. We work  under carefully considered  guidelines and took the first meeting to review our Code of Conduct and Terms of Reference to ensure the efficient running of our Board.

At this time of year it is important for us to review student numbers and consider future planning for the growth of our school community. Our administration team have been proactive in working with the Education Department to ensure planning for future builds is in line with the needs of our school. We look forward to our undercover area upgrade being completed over the Easter holidays and ready for early term 2.

In light of our recent snap lock down we explored how we can best prepare for learning from home in the event of another lockdown. We looked at what we could learn from other Australian schools and considered home learning from the perspective of our families, educators and of course our children. The ideas will be a springboard for whole school discussions at the next staff meeting.

As you will all be aware Carolyn has won a position of Collegiate Principal and she will be leaving at the end of term 1. As Board Chair I am on the panel to appoint a new principal. The process is currently underway and as soon as it is complete the new Principal will be announced ready to start term 2. We are fortunate there will be some time for Carolyn to handover with the admin team to make sure there is a smooth transition.

Our Board plays an important role in contributing to good school governance so that school resources are used efficiently, and community expectations and the school’s priorities reflect the needs of students. If you would like to learn more visit


Summary of Meeting Discussions and Decisions


25 March 2021

The Board discussed:

  • Cultural Inclusiveness & In residence program
  • Remote and distance learning

The Board endorsed:

  • 2020 Budget
  • Annual Report


  • Natasha Harlond gave a comprehensive budget presentation for the 2021 school year
  • Chris Shorter presented PATS data


2 March 2021

  • The Board discussed:
    • The roles and responsibilities of the School Board
    • Remote and distance learning

    The Board endorsed:

    • A 12.00 pm early closure for the parent teacher meetings at the end of first term