School Board

Board Members

Trevor Hammond – Parent Representative and Chairperson

Trevor has two boys at City Beach Primary School (Luca and Zed) and looks forward to making a positive contribution to the school’s strategic, academic and financial goals, and to ensure the school maintains it sense of community and fun. He loves being an active participant in the day-to-day school lives of his sons.

Trevor can often be found at Bogan Bingo, School Camp-Outs, Very Old Red Nights and other fantastic social events organised by the P&C. He also enjoys teaching his boys resilience through making them costumes for Book-Week and assemblies that they are unable to walk or sit in (sorry guys!).

Outside of school, Trevor is a partner in an international accounting firm, working predominantly with organisations in the resources sector. He has been a Board member for several not for profit organisations, holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce, and is a Chartered Accountant and Registered Company Auditor.

James Fuller – Parent Representative 

James has two young children at City Beach Primary School and is committed to making the school an even better place for students. This includes a focus on high quality academic outcomes as well as a supportive and fun school environment.

James has more than 15 years’ experience working in communications and stakeholder engagement roles across a number of organisations in Australia and the UK across the education and health sectors. He has a Bachelor of Communications and an Masters of Business Administration.


Mari Dart  – Principal

Mari joined City Beach Primary School as the newly appointed principal at the beginning of Term 4, 2018. She is an energetic, vibrant and highly motivated educator and leader, with a Diploma of Teaching and Bachelor of Education, and over 29 years of experience. Prior to her appointment, Mari contributed to and influenced 10 diverse school communities, working as: a classroom teacher; literacy specialist teacher; cluster leader; deputy principal; associate principal; and principal.

Mari also spent three years working with school leadership teams as a Principal Consultant in the area of numeracy with the Improving Literacy and Numeracy Project (ILNP). This involved working with 140 schools across the State to support the implementation of positive curriculum reform with a school improvement focus.

Mari is genuinely excited about leading a dynamic and involved school community, and is driven by her strong belief that relationships and connections are critical to school success. With two grown sons, she values the importance of knowing each child, how they learn and play. Mari believes that a balance between academic and social-emotional learning is the key to supporting each child, and member of our school community, to be the best they can be.

Lauren Graffin – Staff Representative

Lauren has been teaching at City Beach Primary School since 1998.  She is currently the Year 1 teacher and has taught all years from Year 1 to 6 during her time here.

Lauren has completed both a Diploma and Bachelor of Education.  She has taught at a range of schools, including six years at Wickepin Primary, one year at West Leederville Primary and six years at Mullaloo Heights Primary.

When not teaching, Lauren enjoys supporting the Fremantle Dockers Football team during the AFL season and the Perth Scorchers and Wildcats over the summer months.

While at City Beach Primary, Lauren has had many roles including leader of the Professional Learning Teams for Year 4 to 6, Science Cost Centre Manager, and coach of the Interschool Football team.  She also enjoys being part of the School Social Committee – coordinating staff birthday celebrations, staff social functions and our famous soup lunches in Terms 2 and 3.

Sophie Cunneen – Parent Representative

Sophie is a Corporate lawyer by background with significant relevant experience having advised UK and Australian company boards and individual directors about their corporate governance responsibilities. Sophie has children attending City Beach Primary School for the next 7 years is personally invested in ensuring optimal educational outcomes for the School’s students now and into the future. She views the success of the school as critical to the general well being of the community in which it operates. Being on the Board will provide Sophie with the opportunity to participate in discussions around the School’s strategic direction and how it can continue to improve the way it engages with the wider community.

Jade Pervan – Parent Representative

Jade is a parent of two current students and one more in the next few years.  Jade is excited to assist the school with its strategic direction and sees the Board position as a privilege to build upon the already strong foundations and values of the school that focuses on environment, sustainability and an appreciation of diverse cultures.

Jade holds a PhD in Archaeology and Human Biology, a Masters in Forensic Science, a Diploma of Educational Studies and Certificate in Tertiary Education.  She has over 20 years of experience in teaching across university, secondary, vocational education and early childhood levels and 15 years of experience in the resources sector, including setting strategic direction, managing people and teams, project managing large scale projects and working with diverse stakeholders.

You can find Jade around the school, often in one of the gardens, particularly Malak Mernejy Bidi (bush food garden), teaching the school children about how cool it is to be an archaeologist, or just playing with her children and their friends.

Shane Downey – Parent Representative

Shane is a parent of two, with his youngest daughter attending City Beach Primary School.  Having recently relocated back to Perth from Singapore, Shane was looking for an opportunity to contribute to the school community.  As part of the Board, it’s important the Shane that we continue to help provide an environment for our teachers and children to develop into the best version of themselves.  Our community plays a significant role in achieving this and how we engage is important to our schools success.

Shane had extensive experience in strategic, operational and people management working in the retail industry for over 25 years.  Shane has run his own business, worked for Nike and has been with Apple for the last 11 years.  In his current role he leads the operations of Apple’s retail stores in Asia Pacific.

Outside of work Shane enjoys keeping active, fishing, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Amanda Sobkowiak – Staff Representative

Amanda is a Senior teacher and currently teaching Year One and Two. She has taught Year 1-3 and/or Year 7 at City Beach Primary School since 2005. Prior to this she taught Year 6-7 at Boddington DHS and Wagin DHS.

Amanda has completed a Bachelor of Primary Education with a specialisation in teaching students with special needs. She is passionate about meeting the needs of all students and has a special interest in teaching gifted students.

Amanda is currently the team leader for the Early Childhood Professional Team and a staff representative on the Learning Support Team. She has coached and mentored colleagues with using digital technologies, P.4.C. (Philosophies for Children), Genius Hour and visible learning strategies.

Role of the Board

The role of the School Board is outlined in the School Education Act 1999. In essence, the role of the School Board is one of setting the long term future goals for the school and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school’s operation. It is not about running the school – that is the job of the principal. It is about providing additional expertise to help the school achieve the best outcomes for the students.

The responsibilities of an Independent Public School Board is to:

  • work within the Department of Education’s relevant legislation and regulations;
  • contribute to the School Delivery and Performance Agreement and the Business Plan. (These documents summarise what the school wants to achieve in the future and how it plans to get there);
  • endorse and review the annual budget (the budget summarises the income received annually from the Department of Education and other sources; It also lists planned expenditure, including salaries);
  • assist with the formulation of codes of conduct (guiding principles designed to influence decisions and actions that the school takes);
  • review the performance of the school;
  • create interest in the school within and across the community;
  • assist with principal selection when a vacancy arises (the chair of the School Board will be a member of the selection panel);
  • approve fees, charges, contributions and items of personal use (booklists);
  • approve extra cost optional components of programs;
  • approve arrangements for sponsorship and advertising;
  • liaise with other committees within the school eg. the P&C;
  • hold one open meeting each year to report to the school community; and
  • provide advice to the Principal on religious education and related activities.

The School Board does not:

  • manage the day to day running of the school (eg. it does not employ staff, decide which classes students will be assigned to, or resolve issues relating to individual teachers and students and/or parents)
  • discuss individual issues relating to teachers, staff or parents – these are very clearly management roles and therefore 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;
  • purchase land, buildings or motor cars, nor enter into hire purchase agreements or obtain credit or loans, unless permission is given by the Minister; and
  • performance manage the Principal or any other staff member.

Role of School Board Members:

  • Parent members of the School Board bring their experience as parents of the school, and the views and context of the wider school community to School Board meetings.
  • Community members bring a particular skill to the School Board. This may include business, accounting or building skills, or some other skill that the school is looking for at that time.
  • Department of Education employees bring their educational expertise to School Board meetings.

Configuration of the School Board:

  • School Principal – Mari Dart
  • Two school staff – Lauren Graffin and Amanda Sobkowiak
  • Five parents – Sophie Cunneen, James Fuller, Trevor Hammond, and Jade Pervan
  • One external community member -TBC

View and download the Board Code of Conduct

Board Meeting Minutes 2021

CBPS Board Minutes – 15 June 2021

Board Meeting Minutes 2020

CBPS Board Minutes – 1 September 2020

CBPS Board Minutes – 20 March 2020

CBPS Board Minutes – 10 February 2020

Board Meeting Minutes 2019

CBPS Board Minutes – 26 February 2019

CBPS Board Minutes – 28 May 2019

 CBPS Board Minutes –  30 July 2019

CBPS Board Minutes – 24 September 2019