School Board

The Board of a public school works with the school to achieve the best outcomes for students. Their functions are covered by legislation. The elected members include parents and staff. Members of the community may be invited to join. The Principal of the school is a member. School Boards make an important contribution towards supporting public education. 


Our School Board Chair is Peter Abetz.

Our Vision

A dynamic, inclusive learning community striving for excellence.

Our Mission

Our mission statements articulate a basic understanding of Ashburton Drive Primary School’s Vision in operation. They describe the characteristics and qualities of teaching and learning, the physical environment and social interactions. They provide a framework for decision making as we go about our daily work. Our mission statements describe our school in action.

We are committed to:

  • Providing a safe and inclusive environment that actively involves the wider community to support student and staff well-being.
  • Fostering a harmonious school community that invests in the students’ future growth.
  • Creating challenging, supportive and differentiated learning opportunities which motivate and empower students to meet high expectations.
  • Developing independent, self-directed learners who aspire to personal excellence.
  • Collaborating regularly and are committed and mutually accountable to implementing agreed whole-school practices.



Roles and responsibilities of School Board are to:

√ establish and review the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions

√ plan financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions

√ evaluate the schools performance in achieving those objectives, priorities and directions

√ formulate codes of conduct for students at the school

√ take part in the selection of, but not the appointment of, the school principal or any other member of the teaching staff if prior approval is given by the        Regional Executive Director

√ comply with the terms of reference and Department of Education regulations

√ liaise with other other committees within the school

√ hold at least two meetings per year with an annual public meeting


√ a charge or contribution determined by the principal for the provision of materials, services and facilities

√ the costs determined by the principal to be paid for participation in an extra cost optional component of the school’s educational program

√ the items determined by the principal to be supplied by a student for the student’s personal use in the school’s educational program

√ an agreement or arrangement for advertising or sponsorship in relation to a government school


√ in consultation with students, their parents and staff of the school, a dress code for students when they are attending or representing the school

Provide advice to the principal

√ on general policy and time allocation for any religious education


√ the school community



School Council Profiles

Ashburton Drive Primary School Council is comprised of seven (7) to fifteen (15) members. Our Council currently is comprised of the Principal, Chairperson, Manager Corporate Services, two (2) teachers and three (3) parents and two (2) members of the community (including the Chair).


Rev Peter Abetz – Community Member  B.Agric.Sci.(Hons); B.D.

Peter has been involved in education for most of his adult life: He has seen his own five children go through school and complete university degrees; served on a teacher selection panel for 15 years at a non-state school; as a State Member of Parliament he served on the state parliament’s Education & Health Standing Committee for 4 years and continues to take a keen interest in education, as it is such a vital part of a young person’s development. Peter believes his science background, with the focus on objective analysis of data, along with his 25 years of pastoral experience gives many insights which allows him to make a positive contribution to the deliberations of the School Council.


Heather Fallo – School Representative 

Heather graduated from Edith Cowan University and has been teaching for the past 21 years. In the early years of her career, Heather was a Physical Education Specialist as well as a classroom teacher at a number of schools. In addition to her teaching role at various schools, Heather has undertaken the responsibility of being a member of the School Council including secretary at her previous school.

Heather has been teaching at Ashburton Drive Primary School for the past 9 years. In 2015, Heather was promoted to the position of Deputy Principal where she provides instructional leadership enabling staff to implement the strategies that are outlined in the school’s operational and strategic plan.

At Ashburton Drive Primary School, Heather is a member of both the Curriculum and Finance Committees, a role to which she adds a valuable service by bringing the community goals and educational needs together to support all students in achieving their best in an ever changing world.


Deanne Tabone – School Representative 

 Deanne gained extensive skills and experience by working in the private sector in paralegal roles in some of Perth’s leading law firms and Banks, together with running a family retail business.

Deanne is a highly committed and enthusiastic member of the leadership team who strives to provide a high level of support to the Principal and all staff members in achieving the school’s business objectives and the Department of Education’s commitment to the mission of public schooling.

As Manager Corporate Services, Deanne has the responsibility of managing the school’s finances including the one-line budget, together with the line management responsibilities of support staff within the school. Other areas of responsibility include human resource management, building and infrastructure management, records management as well as maintaining a sound understanding of Departmental policies and procedures.

As a member of the Administrative Leadership Team, Deanne delivers highly developed professionalism with strategic corporate focus to meet the business objectives of the School.

Deanne was recently the successful applicant in receiving a funded scholarship to study a graduate Certificate of Educational Business Leadership.


Michelle Harris – School Representative 

 Michelle graduated from Curtin University with honors and has gained significant experience as a classroom teacher as she is in her sixth year of teaching at Ashburton Drive Primary School. Michelle is a highly dedicated, motivated and innovative teacher who has strong professional curriculum knowledge.

Michelle has the professional skills and works in both a cooperative and collaborative work environment and contributes to the decision making processes associated with school improvements strategies outlined in the School’s Business Plan.

At Ashburton Drive Primary School, Michelle plays a crucial role as a Year 4 teacher and shares a significant responsibility in inspiring and influencing young students to make choices and she understands the links between school, home and community in the social and intellectual development of students.

Outside of her teaching profession, Michelle has a keen interest in the breeding of Ragdoll cats and is a qualified Show Steward and Cadet Group One Judge.  As a member of the Royal Agricultural Society Cat Section committee she displays a keen interest in volunteer work within the community.



Julie Brown – Community Member

Julie has lived and worked in the family business in Southern River for over thirty-five years and been a City of Gosnells Councillor for twenty five years and Deputy Mayor in October 2007 – 2009 and from 2015 till October 2017.

Julie has many years’ experience and extensive involvement in community committees, organisations, boards and associations, including representing WALGA on the State Road Funds for Local Government Advisory Committee, the City of Gosnells History & Heritage Advisory Committee and South East Metropolitan Local Government Zone Committee.



Katie Peos – Parent Representative

Katie is an active parent and P&C member with 2 children attending Ashburton drive primary.

Currently volunteering as the uniform shop coordinator and often Volunteers for many events through out the year.

Professionally Katie has a background in health & fitness but now assists in the the behind  the scenes running of her husband’s renovations business.

Katie is a caring, dedicated and valued community member of Ashburton Drive Primary School.

Natasha Bowden– Parent Representative

Natasha has been a member of the school board for three years. Two of her children have attended Ashburton Drive Primary School, one recently graduated and the other still in attendance. Professionally, Natasha is the Education and Promotion Manager at the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) and in her work she teaches school groups and community members about human impacts on the environment. Through her position at SERCUL, Natasha has contributed many hours to teaching ADPS students about Bush Tucker and the impacts of nutrients and algae on frogs, macroinvertebrates and the general health of wetlands and rivers. She has also donated native plants and helped create a Bush Tucker Garden and Frog Pond at the school. Natasha enjoys being a part of the school community via the school board, her work at SERCUL and in any other way she can assist..

Shannon Papas – Parent Representative

Shannon is a parent of two children at Ashburton Drive Primary School and provides community representation on the School Council.   Professionally, Shannon is a qualified teacher with ten years of experience and currently working with secondary students at Gilmore College. She specialises in teaching students in Geography as well as Humanities and Social Sciences to undertake the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), which is the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate-entry university programs in Australia. In addition Shannon is involved with a ”Follow the Dream” project providing after-school tuition and mentoring support to aspirant Aboriginal secondary students to assist them in achieving positive academic outcomes.

Shannon is professional, ethical and respects individuals inside and outside the school community. As a parent representative on the School Council, Shannon provides a valuable contribution to public education and input into achieving the best outcomes for students at Ashburton Drive Primary School.