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 ChairJenny 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.
Parent RepJo Leano completed a Bachelor of Nursing Degree in 1997 at Edith Cowan University and currently works as a Clinical Nurse. In the past she has volunteered her time to various organisations and is passionate about making positive changes. She has lived in the Helena Valley catchment area for the past 10 years; is married and has two daughters that attend Helena Valley Primary School. Jo has enjoyed being a member of the School Board since 2015 as a Parent Representative.
Parent RepDave 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 wand prosper.
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 RepSusan (Sue) Budd is a Special Needs Education Assistant and has been working at Helena Valley Primary School since 2002. Sue commenced her working career in insurance where she worked for 15 years firstly in automobile insurance then in life insurance. After meeting her husband at her last workplace, she eventually left to start a family. When her boys were 7 and 3 it was decided to go and live in the UK for a year and they ended up staying for four years. During this time Sue volunteered at the school the boys attended helping in Kindy Department and listening to children read. She was then asked by the Principal to apply for an Education Assistant position and there started her new career. She went to college and gained her Diploma in Education, specialising in Special Needs. After four years in the UK Sue and her husband decided to move back to Australia. Sue worked as a relief at an Education Support Centre and then commenced working at Helena Valley Primary Scholl with special needs children in May 2001.As well as Special Needs EA, Sue has co-ordinated the Support-A-Reader Programme for eight years, is the Schools First Aid Officer and is active on the PBS team and the School Board. Sue’s hobbies are socialising with family and friends, loves pottering around her property and being outdoors in the sunshine. She also loves to travel and has been very fortunate to see many places around the world.