Elections Open For Governor Stirling SHS School Board


Election of parent members to the School Board

Nominations for parent members of the school board have now closed. Voting is now OPEN.

There are THREE vacancies for 2018-2019.

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

  •  Jo Jackson King
  •  Claire McWaters-Smith
  •  Nicola Peiris
  •  Beth Simmonds

Nominee profiles:

Jo Jackson King
Contribution: A holistic health and wellbeing perspective. Assistance in formulating evidence-based policy. Strong understanding of curriculum requirements.

Skills: Very wide ranging human development knowledge, community development skills, good team skills and outstanding writing skills.

Experience: I am an Occupational Therapist and author of three books with mainstream publishers including a well-respected child development text. I have been recognized in my profession for my child development expertise and evidence-based practice in working with Aboriginal communities and families. I’m the non-Indigenous parent of our three Torres Strait Islander sons and been responsible for the majority of their schooling through distance education.


Claire McWaters-Smith
Contribution: I am a parent of a child who is in the Gifted and Talented, Engineering and Music programs. I also work full time in a not-for-profit organisation in Midland developing, implementing and evaluating services for young people.

Skills: I have strong networking links in the community and am aware of the latest research on engaging young people to build upon their strengths.

Experience: I believe my 17 years of experience in youth services and connection with community will support the school to work strongly towards achieving their vision.


Nicola Peiris
Contribution: Roadwise Advisory Working Committee at the City of Wanneroo. Recipient of the 2015 Human Spirit Award. Local area Infrastructure project – Landsdale PS and Churchlands PS. Currently working with the City of Swan, WALGA and WA State Government to upgrade the Road safety around GSSHS. My capacity on the Board will ensure my support and solidarity towards good and fair governance at GSSHS. It will create a platform to represent the school community and help address the current issues GSSHS is faced with comparing the rest of the State, Nationally and broadly internationally.

Skills: Management relating to events and coordination programs for Not-for-Profit social service organisations. Administration relevant to infrastructure projects and budget allocation/grants. Policy initiatives in Brisbane for the Gifted and Talented Children’s Association (QAGTC). Coordinator for several STEM p0rograms and projects based in both Primary and Secondary schools in Perth.

Experience: Journalist, Advertising Executive, Project Manager, Sociological Research Officer, Property Manager (Self-Managed) and currently State Coordinator for a Not-for-Profit International organisation based out of Australia and New Zealand.


Beth Simmonds
Contribution: I have two children at Governor Stirling Senior High School, so I have a vested interest in providing the best possible educational environment for our students.
Skills: I have served on the board of several school organisations and have also taught at the high school level for five years, so I see things from both the perspective of an educator and a parent
Experience: The only way to provide the best environment for our students is for parents, students, educators and community members to work together.


Voting closes on Friday 13 April 2018.


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