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 ChairDave is a longer term employee of Coates Hire, with over 15 years experience in management and coaching roles. Dave also has ties to many local sporting groups including Helena Valley Netball, Darlington and Hills Rangers Football and Kalamunda Basketball. Dave’s experience in managing finance and people are backed by an Advanced Diploma of Management, and with his families history in Helena Valley he has a passion for seeing the local community grow and prosper.
School PrincipalTamala 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
Parent RepJenny Walters is a Social Worker who specialises in the area of Child Protection. Over her career, she has worked with children and young people who have been physically, sexually and emotionally abused, providing direct care, counselling and support services. Jenny was also responsible for developing and managing policy and procedures for Children and Youth and Family support programmes in the not for profit sector.Jenny has also worked as a Community Corrections Officer in the Criminal Justice System for adult and juvenile offenders for 2 years, managing offenders serving Parole and Community based sanctions. Most recently, Jenny contributed to fundraising over $2 million for Australia’s first Child Advocacy Centre for traumatised children and young people by organising large corporate fundraising events.Jenny is passionate about creating a cohesive school environment community where staff, students and community members work together to build a supportive environment that positively benefits all students social, emotional and educational outcomes.
Parent RepEmma Mann is a Graphic Designer specialising in branding and corporate communications. Emma is currently the Design Director for Mann Design, while also lecturing part-time at Edith Cowan University. With over 20 years industry experience, Emma brings these skills to the Board with the aim of building a strong identity for Helena Valley Primary School and enhancing its place in the community.Emma enjoys keeping fit and staying active through activities such as running, mountain biking and the occasional adventurous holiday. Seeking a connection to the natural environment, she and her husband chose a lifestyle in the hills for their family. As a parent member of the Board, Emma’s focus is on improved educational outcomes for all students and creating an environment in which to thrive – a school we can all be proud of.
Staff Rep Alma 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 RepTanya 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.
Staff RepTracie Shepherd came to HVPS in 2004. She has worked with children from 0-12 years of age over a career spanning 37 years. Her experience has been varied working in Maternity, fulltime Child Care as a Child Care Worker and Director, Wanslea Children’s Home, Family and Children’s Services, YMCA youth programs and Out of School Care, Active Foundation and children with special needs, across the state. Since working for the Education department, Tracie has enjoyed teaching in Early Childhood and is pleased to see the school moving into the future embracing the ever changing society and path of education. The years of experience has resulted in an appreciation for the needs of change and she is looking forward to working along side members of the school board whose experiences and life skills together will see support for children, staff and our school for the future.
Community MemberDarrell Jones has lived with his family in Helena Valley for 20 years. Both of his children attended HVPS, during which time he was P&C Treasurer for several years. He has a strong interest in community, the environment and sustainability.
Darrell is an independent company director with experience in strategy, governance, and finance. He is a Member of the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, Non-executive Director of Perth NRM, former Board Member of the Mundaring Arts Centre, and former Board Member of an NFP that delivered therapy services to children with autism. He is a Councillor at the Shire of Mundaring (elected 2017), a position he held previously for six years, two as Deputy Shire President. He also lectures in Actuarial Economics and assists with the delivery of the Strategic Management and Corporate Governance units at Curtin University. His qualifications include Bachelor of Economics, Graduate Certificate in Marketing and Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Community MemberKendall 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.