School Board

The Board exists to enable staff, parents and members of the community to engage in activities that promote the best interests of students and will enhance the education provided by the school.

In collaboration with the school community and staff, we set a longer-term vision for the school, as detailed in our three year Business Plan.

Our vision at Kapinara is to help prepare children to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the future.  We strive to develop resilient children who treat themselves and others with respect, love learning, behave with integrity and think critically and creatively.

As a Board we always think of student outcomes first, and desire that all students have a zest for learning.  We are very keen to develop well rounded children, balancing academic pursuits with a broad range of other learning opportunities.  We have a proud history of academic, sporting, music and visual art excellence, along with the provision of a range of other extra-curricular activities.

We are cognisant of the health and wellbeing of all students and staff.

The Board is pleased with the school’s recent academic performance results, but we want to keep striving for ongoing improvement.  We are also pleased with recent parent and student survey results showing that the vast majority of students think their teachers expect them to do their best, feel safe at school and like being at school, but would like to see these results reach even higher positives in the future.

The Board actively seeks views and opinions from the broader school community in order to be as representative as possible. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any one of us.

Chris Higgs is the proud father of two boys and an engineer.  He has been on the board since 2013, and is incredibly proud of what we are all doing at Kapinara.  Chris wants to help ensure that Kapinara continues to be one of the best primary schools in Australia!

Our School Board members

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Elizabeth Blackwell: School Representative (Principal)

We commence the 2018 school year with two new community members joining our School Board. I am looking forward to working in partnership with the Board throughout the year. Being our third year as an Independent Public School we will be highly focused on making judgements about our progress and achievement against our Business Plan 2016-2018 targets and our Delivery and Performance Agreement.  I am grateful to have a dedicated group of people – staff and parents, who are able to bring a range of perspectives, expertise and experience to our endeavours.

Chris Higgs: Parent Representative 

My two boys, Jonathon in Year 3 and Ethan in Year 2, have attended Kapinara since Kindy. I work as an engineer in the water industry, and joined the school board when we became independent at the start of 2013. I want to help ensure that Kapinara continues to be one of the best primary schools in Australia. To me that means well-rounded, happy kids; participating in academic, sporting, musical, social and community programs. I’d also like to hear from other parents and teachers about what you think success looks like so that we can create a shared vision for the school.

Lance Perry: Parent Representative (Parent)

Lance Perry has been a member of the Board since early 2013 and has two children at the school (currently in Year 2 and Pre-Primary).

Lance graduated from The University of Western Australia with First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) and a Postgraduate Bachelor of Laws. He is a lawyer with Alcoa of Australia Limited.

For many years Lance has had a keen interest in, and actively participates in, the education of children and the governance of a number of schools. Since 2008, he has been a Board member of the Anglican Schools Commission Inc which owns and operates 14 vibrant and successful private schools in Western Australia and Victoria. In April 2010 he was appointed Deputy Chair of the ASC. He is also on the Board of the International School of Western Australia.

Anna Trovarelli: School Representative (Teacher)

I started my teaching career in a small country town called Coomberdale in 1983 as a class room teacher.  I have had various roles in teaching including being a founding teacher in the Italian Immersion Programme at both Wanneroo Primary and East Wanneroo for some 12 years.  Whilst in this programme I was introduced to the world of Visual Arts which I adore!  I was fortunate enough to receive a posting to Kapinara in 2013 and really enjoy working with the parents, staff and most importantly the children.  Being on the Board has allowed me to be part of the school from a different perspective.

Louise Smith: School Representative (Teacher)

My teaching career started in 1998 at Margaret River Senior High School. I taught Physical Education and Japanese. In 2003 I moved to Japan and taught Physical Education at Yokohama International School. It was an interesting experience as I was exposed to the International Baccalaureate, Primary and Middle Years Programme, (PYP) and MYP and The Reggio Emilia approach to teaching. I was fortunate enough to teach from K-12 at Yokohama and was a board member for 3 years. I currently teach at both City Beach and Kapinara Primary Schools and in my spare time love to coach basketball, rugby union and running.

Cherie Atchison: Parent Representative (Chair)

I first became involved with Kapinara Primary School when my daughter started Kindergarten in 2015. Having moved with my family to Perth in 2012, I first truly felt at home when I became part of the Kapinara Community. I have been a Chartered Accountant for over fifteen years, with the past 10 years working in the Not-for-profit aged care sector, currently for Juniper – A Uniting Church community. With a keen interest in governance, reporting and early learning, I was previously a Board Member of Gowrie Tasmania, a Not-for-profit organisation supporting the education, care and well-being of young children.
As a proud member of the Kapinara Board, I look forward to supporting the staff, students and community to live our values of kindness, consideration and service to others.

Dale Miller: Parent Representative (Parent)

Hi, my name is Dale Miller and my daughter is in Pre-Primary and my son in Kindergarten at Kapinara.
I am honoured to be a member of the Board, and will do all I can to represent parents’ ideas, views and concerns proactively and constructively. My particular interest is in assisting the school to develop our children into well-rounded people by nurturing their talents, social-emotional well-being and natural curiosity.
I work in the Department of Education’s central office as the Manager of System Performance, having previously worked in Evaluation, Aboriginal Education and as a psychologist in the WA Police Service. My qualifications include a Master in Applied Developmental Psychology,  Bachelor of Science (Hons), Graduate Diploma in Education and  Master of Business Administration.

Jen Wiggins: Parent Representative (Parent)

I am a mother of three children; Maya, Noa and Evie, and in my spare time, I am a lawyer.  My family has been part of the Kapinara school community since 2011. Currently at Kapinara I have Noa in Year 4 and Evie in Year 2.  I would be honoured to represent the Kapinara Primary School community by working to ensure the continued success of Kapinara as a great environment to educate our children. I would be very keen to hear from the community to better understand the interests and concerns of other parents and work with the School principal and teachers to enhance the quality of education for all of our children.
As a lawyer I have worked in the corporate field assisting clients to manage their business affairs for over 20 years. Previously a partner at a large law firm, I have a great deal of commercial and management experience, including in the field of education.  Recently I acted for the State of Western Australia in the WA Schools public private partnership whereby the State contracted with a private consortium to design, build and maintain 8 new schools over a thirty year period.  I learnt a great deal about the interests and needs of schools during this period, and continue to advise the State when required in relation to this project.
I believe that in addition to being a Kapinara school parent, I would also bring a great deal of professional and valuable experience to the Board.