School Board

As an Independent Public School, Helena Valley Primary School operates under a School Board consisting of parents, staff and community members. The School Board is a working Board, working in partnership with school staff to develop the Business Plan, and then monitors the schools progress to achieve this. The School Board operates separately to the P&C. The role of the School Board is one of setting the long term future for the school and in providing additional expertise to help the school achieve the best outcome for all of the students. The School Board meets a minimum of once a term, with additional meetings called if and when required.

Board Chair Georgi Lefroy has a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. After finishing her degree she had the opportunity to work in a Montessori school as a Teachers Assistant, Teacher and an Out Of School Care Coordinator. She is passionate about the education of our children and is looking forward to working with the Board to help our school grow. Georgi is a mother of four children who attend Helena Valley Primary School, so is looking long term at the development and improvement of the school.For the last three years, Georgi has committed herself to working within the school and within the wider community to fundraise and build the P&C to the cohesive and strong committee it is today. Community involvement is an essential part of this role and it led both her husband and herself to realise they both had a strong desire for their family to be involved in the wider community. Because of this passion her Husband has become an active member of the Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. Georgi has a strong community focus, positive attitude and commitment to the school that will be a benefit to the board and will help to encourage the growth and prosperity of our school.

School Principal Tamala Wilkinson started as the Principal of Helena Valley Primary School in 2012. Tamala has close to 16 years experience as a school administrator, working in a variety of schools in a many different contexts. Tamala successfully led Helena Valley Primary School to become an Independent Public School in 2015, with a strong focus of continuing to build educational experiences for students through a community based school. She looks forward to continuing her work with the Helena Valley community, in particular the School Board.

Staff Rep Alma Lydiate has taught at both rural and metropolitan schools and through these varied roles she has gained valuable knowledge, skills and understandings from the classroom level through to whole school system policies and procedures which enables her to effectively represent staff as a member of the School Board As a Teacher Representative, she is looking forward to working collaboratively with the School Board to set, work towards and realise the goals and visions for Helena Valley Primary School.

Staff Rep Tanya King has had a long and varied working life in education, incorporating many roles, locations, schools and even different states. Her current position as an Early Childhood Education Specialist has allowed Tanya to incorporate a diverse range of perspectives, knowledge and skills in the classroom. As the Project Manager for the School Improvement process Tanya hopes to support the school, staff and stakeholders to implement, embed and sustain initiatives as we move into the future. She looks forward to having a positive impact on the school and working to help the school community, staff and students achieve their full potential.

Community Member Kendall Earnshaw is a Director at Earnshaws Real Estate in Darlington. She is also a mother, a step-mother, a wife, and a keeper of chickens. She moved to the Darling Scarp from the beach as an adult, and now loves the Hills lifestyle with all the passion of the newly converted. Kendall’s strengths lie in communication and PR, and a big part of her work is talking about how brilliant the Perth Hills way of life is for families. Kendall looks forward to using these super powers to help shine a light on Helena Valley Primary School, where the welcoming community, stellar staff and beautiful natural environment sets it apart. Earnshaws Real Estate has long supported Helena Valley Primary School through the Outstanding School Spirit Award, and Kendall is delighted to be strengthening that relationship by taking a place on the Board.