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College Board

Community / College Board

Our college board is an important group of representatives whose role is to set the direction and long-term future of the college whilst maintaining oversight of the implementation of the college business plan. Members provide additional expertise to help the college achieve the best outcomes for students. The board comprises parent, staff and community representatives. Members of the College Board are elected by the college community.

The responsibilities of the College Board are to:

  • Work within the Department of Education’s relevant legislation and regulations;
  • Endorse and review the annual budget;
  • Assist with the formulation of Codes of Conduct;
  • Participate in a review of the performance of the college;
  • Provide advice to Principal on religious education and related activities;
  • Create interest, within and across the community, about the college;
  • Approve fees, charges, contributions and items of personal use (booklists);
  • Approve extra cost optional components of programs;
  • Approve arrangements for sponsorship or advertising;
  • Liaise with other committees within the school e.g. the P & C;
  • Hold one open meeting each year to report to the college community.

The College Board does not:

  • Manage the day to day running of the college;
  • Discuss individual issues relating to teachers, staff or parents– these are 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; or
  • Performance manage the Principal or any staff member.

Board Member Profiles


Kirsty Pratt – Chairperson

My vision for the JBPC board is one which:

  • Demonstrates values which align with the best interests of the students;
  • Embraces the inclusive nature of the college;
  • Has meetings which host lively, but always respectful and productive discussions and debates;
  • Demonstrates its transparency of process and decision making, through clear and open communication with stakeholders, giving due application of discretion where appropriate;
  • Strengthens the positive reputation of John Butler Primary College within the wider community.

Nicole Hanna – Principal


Fiona Mears

My name is Fiona Mears and I am the Instructional Leader for Inclusion at JBPC.  I have been teaching since 1989 and have taught in mainstream, inclusive mainstream, special needs and education support settings both in England and Western Australia.  I am passionate about supporting students at educational risk and in particular students with disabilities, challenging behaviour and mental health issues.

I joined the college board to advocate for the needs of our most vulnerable students and their families and to ensure that there is a common philosophy in relation to inclusion across the school community.

Blair Butler



Chloe Foster

My name is Chloe Foster and I am currently the lead teacher in Year 1. I qualified as a teacher in England in 2002 and I emigrated to WA some years ago.

I have always used my passion for IT as part of my teaching and was a school IT coordinator for over ten years. Eight years ago I became a Maths Recovery specialist teacher to further support the students that I teach. My other roles have included being a leader of early years, mathematics and assessments for the whole school. Half of my teaching career has been spent working in inclusive schools as I believe in providing quality education to all students.

I feel privileged to be a foundation staff member at JBPC and I joined the school board to be involved with understanding, developing and supporting JBPC’s community. If you have any ideas or concerns please contact me at

Myra Fourie



Teresa Van Winden 

Hello my name is Teresa Van Winden and I am feeling very honoured and privileged to be a Parent Representative on the John Butler Primary College Board.

My three children joined John Butler Primary College at the beginning of 2016 after my husband and I decided to move from our local primary school. This decision has proved to be extremely positive and beneficial to our children’s learning experiences and they are thriving under John Butler Primary Colleges’ unique Ethos.   I love that everyone is passionate and committed to creating an environment where every child has the opportunity to achieve, learn and succeed.  I joined the College Board to become more involved, contribute my knowledge, advocate for the parents and to be a part of the team shaping the future of the College for all of our children.

Please feel free to stop me in the playground to chat about anything you would like voiced at a Board meeting or email me directly at

Ellen Salmon



Alan Kelly

My name is Alan Kelly. After a varied career working in Local Government and in the private sector, I qualified as a teacher in 1999. I have worked in a variety of roles both as a class teacher and Deputy Principal. I have worked in inner-city primary schools in Birmingham and Manchester in the UK and after emigrating to WA in 2010, I spent 4 years working in Kalgoorlie.

I am currently the Deputy Principal and have been the Science/ICT specialist and Year 6/7 class teacher. As a Foundation Staff member, I feel privileged to be working at JBPC with supportive, committed staff and happy, enthusiastic students. I am passionate about offering our students the best learning opportunities within our college environment. I have been extremely proud of the progress we have made since the College opened its doors in 2014.

I became a member of the JBPC College Board to offer my skills, knowledge and experience to help facilitate my goals for our fantastic students.


Vicki Kavanagh

I am Vicki Kavanagh, Numeracy coach at JBPC. I have a range of teaching and leadership experiences in both South Australia and Western Australia. I have had a breadth of classroom teaching experiences, since 1986, across the Kindy to Year 3 phase of learning. I have spent the last twelve years as a Numeracy coach after on-going training in the ‘Getting it right’ numeracy program. I led the Teacher development school in Numeracy at Currambine PS for three years, which gave me wonderful opportunities to work with staff in both metropolitan and rural schools in school improvement.

I am proud to be a foundation staff member at JBPC and am passionate about continually developing our teacher capacity and development of best practice pedagogy in maths, in order to develop creative and excited mathematicians. Developing a mathematics culture at JBPC, with a vibrant, purposeful, rich learning environment has been a major focus of my work and I love the enthusiasm and joy that our students demonstrate.

I love been a part of the unique learning environment and community at JBPC and I joined the college board in order to broaden my experience and involvement in the college community.


Lena Barnes

I’m Lena Barnes and I’ve recently joined the College Board and love being a part of it. My son, Liam and daughter Amelia both attend John Butler Primary College. I am an entrepreneur and have my own sustainability consulting business. I advise clients on how to transform their organisations to achieve optimal results by reviewing environmental, social and governance issues as well as opportunities. In addition to this I empower future leaders through targeted programs to ask critical questions and give them the tools to make better decisions for the future of our planet. I joined the Board to increase my knowledge about the college and use my varied skillset to give input into strategic decisions that I hope will benefit the college community. Please feel free to contact me for Board related matters in person or at