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.

Alison Jenkins – Deputy Principal

Alison was appointed Deputy Principal at City Beach Primary School in 2017.  Prior to her appointment, she worked at Woodlands Primary School where she undertook many different roles as an administrator. This included being coordinator of the Teacher Development School initiative for English and the management of the successful Woodlands Australian Curriculum Implementation club.  These roles saw Alison work with teachers across the state to assist them to develop their knowledge, understandings and develop teaching strategies to support their use of the Western Australian Curriculum in English.

Previously, Alison has worked at South Ballajura Primary School, Lockridge Junior Primary School and Paraburdoo District High School. In her long association with South Ballajura Primary School she worked as a Pre Primary teacher, Year One teacher and then undertook training as a “Getting it Right Literacy” teacher. In her role as a GIR-L, she worked across the school to support both students and teachers to develop key literacy skills and then supported teachers in the early phases of the Australian Curriculum implementation. She continued in this role until 2011 when she took up an acting position as Deputy Principal.  As Deputy Principal at South Ballajura she continued to work as a curriculum leader and oversaw various areas including Students at Educational Risk and K-3 learning phase.  Alison has a Diploma of Education in Early Childhood Education from The Western Australian Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Education for Western Australian College of Advance Education.

As a parent to two young adults Alison has experienced the education system from the other side. She is passionate about education and strongly believes and supports the goals of the Melbourne Declaration that all young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens. 

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.

Nancy Howard – Parent Representative

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia.  She spent over a decade working as a commercial lawyer, specialising in commercial litigation.  Nancy has worked as both in private practice and as in-house Counsel for multinational corporations.  During her time in private practice she worked for both national law firms and ran her own legal practice.  She has a keen interest in education, and, prior to the birth of her last child, was a Senior Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator at the Edith Cowan University Law School.

Nancy currently runs her own gardening business part time and is studying equitation science.  She is mother and step-mother to Jack, Ella, Tilly, Tom and Harry.  Nancy is delighted to be able to give back to the primary school which has provided such a positive and nurturing start to her three youngest children’s education, together with so many rewarding opportunities.  She is currently both a member of the City Beach Primary School Board and the Parents and Citizens Association, as well as a co-organiser of the school’s Children’s Book Week activities.


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.


Rosie Candler – Community Representative

Rosie is a speech pathologist with almost 40 years’ experience. She has run her own practice in City Beach for 30 years.  Rosie also works in Stirling with educational psychologists treating children with literacy and pragmatic issues.

Her involvement with CBPS goes back to when her father and other parents planted the first crop of grass on the new school oval.  Rosie, her brother and sister all attended CBPS and her dad was the P & C President. Fast forward 28 years and her son and daughter also attended the school.

Rosie was honoured to be asked to join the CBPS Board, the school having given so much to her family, it was a great opportunity to give back. She is always open to chat about her school and the community. She hopes that her placement on the Board will be one that benefits the school and its students.


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:

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  • School Principal – Mari Dart
  • Two school staff – Alison Jenkins and Lauren Graffin
  • Five parents – Fiona Ellett-Leggo (outgoing), Sophie Cunneen, James Fuller, Trevor Hammond, Nancy Howard and Jade Pervan
  • One external community member – Rosie Candler

View and download the Board Code of Conduct

Board Meeting Minutes 2020

CBPS SB Minutes 1 September 2020

CBPS SB Minutes 20 March 2020

CBPS SB Minutes 10 February 2020

Board Meeting Minutes 2019

CBPS SB Minutes 2019 26 February

CBPS SB Minutes 2019 28 May

 CBPS SB Minutes 2019 30 July

CBPS SB Minutes 2019 24 September