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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.


Simone Janney

Community Representative
I am honoured to be asked back to Subiaco Primary School to be a community representative on the Board. Both of our children attended Subiaco Primary School from Kindy until Year 6, which we all acknowledge was a privilege. My day job is as a scientist so I will definitely be interested in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) aspects of learning at the school and I hope to be able to contribute industry knowledge on how STEAM can be incorporated into learning.


Melinda Harris

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.

2022 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 Melinda Harris on


From the School Board Chair

15 February Meeting
The first Board meeting of 2022 saw us welcome back many returning members and one new addition, Simone Janney, who joins us as a Community Member. We approached Simone to join the Board as she brings a wealth of experience in the area of Science and Technology in line with our Business Plan focus, and we look forward to the insight and perspective she will bring. It is also great to have Melinda Harris, Principal and former Board member back on the team.
We begin all meetings with an Acknowledgement to Country and used our first meeting to review the tenure of our Board members to ensure we have clear succession planning. Later in the year, there will be three parent positions that will become available and information on how to nominate will be advertised to our school community through newsletters in semester two.
We took the time to review Our Code of Conduct, hear about the latest COVID updates to ensure the school is prepared in the event of online learning and the careful measures taken to ensure the health and safety of staff and students. A key role of our Board is to ensure the school budget is in line with identified priority areas and we were presented with an overview of the provisional budget. A standing item on our agenda is the Principal Update, Melinda provided us with updates on the 2022 Strategic Plan and Yearly Overview to ensure we are on track to achieve the Business Plan targets.

29 March Meeting
Our second Board meeting for 2022 focused on reviewing some of the key documents that underpin our work including the Terms of Reference, which outlines the roles of office bearers, motions, resolutions and elections and appointment of members. The Statement of Expectations sets out the expectations of Principals in relation to the delivery of the 2020- 2024 strategic directions Every student, every classroom, every day, and Building on Strength, this document is unpacked by the board and is signed off by myself, Melinda Harris and the Director General forming a key part of the Principal Professional Performance Review.

Following on from our first meeting where we reviewed the provisional budget, we were presented with the Operational Budget forecast for the year to see how finances are allocated to school priorities. One of the fundamental purposes of the Board is to ensure school resourcing, such as human, financial and physical,  is directed towards improving student outcomes.

With the upcoming 125th celebration of the opening of the school we discussed ideas to mark this event and Board member Emma Thunder kindly nominated to join the organising committee. After 4 years on the Board, teacher and Numeracy Coach Ashley Snedeker announced she will be stepping down to make way for another staff member to join the Board from term 2. We thank Ash for her dedication and informative presentations on the great gains the school is making in Data informed teaching and mentoring of all staff in the priority area of Numeracy.

Once again our Board acknowledged the great work of the leadership team and all staff managing the high case load of Covid cases in addition to the effective running of the school.