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School Board

The North Cottesloe Primary School Board’s role is to provide strategic guidance and monitoring of the school’s performance. It supports the school in increasing effective autonomy and flexibility to further improve the quality of the whole school program. The Board is integral in formulating and managing the school’s Business Plan and related budget, review of student performance and matters of school policy.

Members are elected for a maximum of 3 years and are elected from the staff, parent body, community and local business. The School Board operates separately to the P&C. The School Board meets at least twice a term. Additional meetings may be called as required. Meeting dates are advertised in the Term Planner and School Newsletter.

The School Board does:
• take part in:
     a) establishing and reviewing, the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions;
     b) the planning of financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and           directions;
     c) evaluating the school’s performance in achieving them; and
     d) formulating codes of conduct for students at the school;
• determine in consultation with students, their parents and staff a dress code for students when they are attending or representing the school;
• promote the school in the community;
• approve:
     a) charges and contributions for the provision of certain materials, services and facilities
     b) extra cost optional components of educational programmes;
     c) items to be supplied by a student for use in an educational programme; and
     d) any agreements or arrangements for advertising or sponsorship in relation to the school;
• provide advice to the principal of the school on:
     a) a general policy concerning the use in school activities of prayers, songs and material based       on religious, spiritual or moral values being used in a school activity as part of religious                   education; and
     b) the implementation of special religious education under section 69(2) of the School                     Education Act;
• with the approval of the Minister or the Director General, as the Minister’s delegate, take part in the selection of, but not the appointment of, the school principal or any other member of the teaching staff.

The Board doesn’t:
• have a role in day-to-day school management. This is the responsibility of the Principal and involves educational leadership, and the effective day-to-day administration, supervision, control of the school and its staff.
• discuss individual issues relating to teachers, staff or parents – these are management roles and therefore the responsibility of the Principal
• represent specific interest groups or permit special interests to dominate the agenda of the Board
• intervene in the educational instruction of students
• performance manage the Principal or any other staff member.

Terms of Reference NCPS School Board
Education Department Board Information Pack
Contacting the Board:
Board members welcome your input and feedback and represent the interests of their community. Board members can only deal with matters falling within their role, and collectively.
If you have a matter to bring to the attention of the Board, please contact the Board Chair, Nicole de la Motte. If you are unsure if a matter should be raised with the School Board please contact the Principal.

Board Members

Nicole de la Motte is an architect with her own practice.  With 20 years’ experience, she hopes to assist the school community in its strategic planning with a focus on built form and learning environments.  She has a child in Year 3 and Year 1.

Stuart Buckland is a consultant in technical projects, asset governance and business process development. Following a career as an RAAF officer, his corporate background has included project management, communications technology and systems engineering. Stuart’s children have attended the school since pre-primary and are now in Year 2 and Year 4.

Stuart Owen is a Director at Macquarie Capital and has 20 years of finance, corporate, legal and commercial experience. Stuart has 3 children at the school in Years 6, 4 and 1.

Meg Klaver has worked as the Deputy Principal at the school since August 2018. She manages a range of portfolios including the curriculum areas of Technology, Science and Maths.

Christiana Paterson has worked as a Year 1/2 teacher at North Cottesloe since 2018. It was during that year she led the literacy committee and upgraded the junior primary reading resources. Since then, she has helped to lead other initiatives including the Brightpath Writing Ruler and Seesaw. 

Jeanette Williams is a senior school teacher at NCPS who currently teachers a year 6 class. She is a member of the NCPS Literacy Committee, the NCPS Sustainability Committee and the NCPS Staff Wellness Committee. This is Jeanette’s 4th year at NCPS.