School Board

The School Board provides an opportunity for greater involvement of the local community in the school. The Board enables a spirit of partnership to be developed within the school community and is constituted in a way that allows the various bodies within the school to be represented and to participate in the development of the school and its management.

The School Board is responsible to the Conference of Bishops through CECWA.

The Board meets on a monthly basis with an Annual Community Meeting being held in November of each year. At that particular meeting, a report by the Board Chairperson is presented and the Board Treasurer presents the provisional budget for the ensuing year. Also at that time, the election of members to the Board for the following year is held.


  • to oversee the financial management of the school.
  • to plan for the resource needs of the school
  • to provide membership on the panel which recommends the appointment of the Principal
  • to disseminate information about the school and about Catholic education
  • to act as a consultative body for the principal as required


The Board is comprised of the Principal and the Parish Priest as the ex-officio members, a parish representative and elected community representatives.



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Brendan Long - Board Chair

After being welcomed into the Whitford Catholic Primary School Community in 2009, I was nominated onto the School Board in 2014 and became Board Chair in 2015.

I nominated for the Board for two main reasons.  Firstly, I wanted to actively demonstrate to my two children my interest in the school and thought with my skill sets the Board would provide the best platform for me in which to do so.  Secondly, I was excited to join a stable and competent Board of people sharing the same common vision.  To this day I am grateful to have served with past Board Members and with the current Board I look forward to providing continual leadership and support to the School Executive.

My wife and I are fortunate our children have experienced the quality educational and communal values that optimize Whitford Catholic Primary School.

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Michael Chiera - General Board Member

When choosing a school for our children, my wife and I could not look past WCPS.

Having been a student at the school myself, we were extremely impressed with the strong community feel and the warmth that continues to exude from the staff and students. We could not be happier with how our first son has settled in.

I have been a secondary school teacher in the Catholic system for 16 years now and am committed to the Christian values and ethos that comes with this.

As Director of Learning Technologies at Sacred Heart College, I believe I can support the WCPS community by bringing a good understanding of the workings of a school as well as the practical knowledge and experience that comes with having been at the ‘coalface’.

I am excited to be a part of the School Board as we help serve the Executive and wider community, always keeping the best interests of the student body at the forefront of all decisions.

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Karolina Brown - General Board Member

Being co-opted onto the School Board in 2017, I am honoured to support the Board in the growth and strategic direction of Whitford Catholic Primary School. I am also pleased to bring further diversity to our School Board, being a working mum and coming from a home where English was my second language, I will work hard to represent the voice of many school mums.

I believe it is important to be involved in what matters to our children and with schooling being such a sizeable component of their lives, I will look to leverage my skillset and experience in my role on the School Board to actively partake in this important part of their lives.

My family, including my son and daughter, were welcomed into the school community in 2014. I am looking forward to working with the Board and supporting the school to make it the best it can be.

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Pina Pettinicchio - P&F Representative

I have been a part of the WCPS community since 2009 when my eldest child started Kindy.  He is now in Year 9 and his younger siblings, Audrey (Year 6), Anthony (Year 5) and Christian (Year 3) are current students here.

I attended my first P&F Meeting in 2012 as I wanted to see if there was something I could offer.  Since 2013 I have been on the P&F Executive Committee, first as Secretary (1 year), then Treasurer (5 years) and now President.

The P&F is important as it helps create and strengthen friendships within the school community, raises funds for facilities at the school and to support student experiences. 

Being the P&F Representative on the Board gives me the opportunity to see how else we can support the wonderful staff at the school and continue to make WCPS an exciting place for our children to grow up in.

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Doug Yek - General Board Member

Having been nominated onto the Board in 2017, I am grateful to be given the opportunity to contribute towards the welfare and endeavours of the school.

With two children attending Whitford Catholic, I can see first hand the impact that the school’s excellent staff and education system have on its students. To be able to embrace the school community as an extension of the family is testament to the positive impact the school has on everyone. To this end, I want to be an involved parent in order to continue the community spirit that engenders the school.

I look forward to partnering with the other Board Members and the School Executive in working towards the school's goals and objectives.


Dion Panossian - Board Treasurer

Nominated to the Board in 2016.

I was so impressed with the school's culture in my son's first year attending the school, that it was natural for me to want to be more involved in this great community.

I have 2 children at the school with another two to follow. I currently sit on a number of not-for-profit boards and thoroughly enjoy giving back to the community.

We can never be too busy to contribute to our kids educational environment . I am grateful to be a part of such a professional Board with a common interest in supporting the great team of teachers that educate our children.

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Cynthia Bartolomei - General Board Member

My name is Cynthia Bartolomei and I have 2 children at WCPS, Massimo in year 1 and Rio in Kindy. My husband John runs our family tiling and renovations business and I am a Marketing Manager at EY and have worked in Professional Services for over 13 years. I am delighted to provide strategic direction advice for our wonderful school and honoured to be a part of this great community. Finally, for fun and fitness, I play women's soccer for Whitfords.

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Tamara McGougan - Principal

I grew up and studied in Melbourne, Victoria and moved to Perth with my husband and two children in 1996.

Although I started teaching in 1976, it still seems like yesterday as I clearly remember the excitement of beginning my teaching career! I continue to experience that same excitement when students and staff are engaged in learning and when they experience those very important 'light bulb' moments when something connects.

When considering what is best for our school and our students, my first thought has always been ‘what would I have wanted for my own children?’ or, more recently, ‘what would I want for my four lovely grandchildren?’.

The best part of my job is visiting the students in their classrooms. Getting to know every student and every student getting to know the Principal is a challenge, but one worth pursuing!

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Annual Community Meeting 2018

Principal's Report 2018

Chairman's Report 2018

Catholic School Board Constitution