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School Board Members 2016



The structure of the School Board
The School Board generally comprises up to 15 members:
  • School Principal
  • Four members of the school staff
  • Five members representing the parent community
  • A parent nominated by the P&C
  • Two - Four community members who will be selected by the School Board and invited onto the Board
Parents and community members will comprise the majority membership on the School Board.  This requirement is stipulated in the current Education Act regulations.

2016 School Board Members


Lea Hadley - Principal, Master of Education. Appointed to Harmony PS in 2007. I have 19 years’ experience as a Principal at a range of metropolitan schools. I value working with a school and its community to achieve the very best for every child who attends Harmony PS. I have a high regard for working together to achieve excellence and value the contribution that the wider community can make to our school and the success of our students.

Jason Pearce (Chairman of the Board) - Harmony Primary School has been a part of my families lives for the past 7 years. This year my eldest daughter is in Year 5 and my youngest daughter is in Year 3. I have been a member of the School Board since 2012 and have served as Chairman since 2013.

Professionally, I work as the General Manager of the Technology Division at Snowden Mining Industry Consultants. This role exposes me to global technology trends as well as working with an amazing team of software development and industry professionals. I take these skills and experiences to board meetings as I believe a strong understanding of technology is critical to succeed in the modern world.

I am comfortable working with a diverse group of people and bring a logical approach to problem solving.

Adam Zen - This is my third year as a Community member on the Harmony Primary School Board. I am a Secondary Teacher at Atwell College, in my seven years at the College I have taught many students who have had their formative years of education at Harmony Primary and also have a young family member currently in year 1.

I highly value the efforts and importance of Primary staff and their influence on young minds. Personally I wish to foster a positive community relationship between Atwell College, Harmony and the wider community making Atwell a safe and successful place for students throughout their Primary and Secondary education.

Berry Johnston - I am a parent to 4 children, with 3 children at Harmony Primary. I am passionate not only about their school based education but also their life long education that can be nurtured through my family, Harmony Primary and the wider community.

I have strong values on the importance of the relationships between the family and a school and feel that through volunteering on the school board I can encourage other families to engage and participate in their child's life long education. School's play such a vital role in the development of children in so many domains, such as literacy and numeracy but they also play a significant role in our children's health and wellbeing. It is in this field of Health and Wellbeing that I feel I can offer expertise and support to Harmony Primary and members of its community.

I am an Occupational Therapist and I run a paediatric practice in Atwell. A large component of this work includes contact with both government and private schools providing support and advice both to teachers, families and children. I can contribute the knowledge and skills I have in the area of child development and health and well-being to the Harmony School Board and consequently would hope to support all children in our community to be healthy and have a good sense of wellbeing.

I currently offer some informal support and advice to the team at Harmony, however would like to assist the school in a more formal voluntary capacity and I feel the school board is a way of doing this.

David Giejsman – I have taught at Harmony Primary School since 2011 in Year 5 and 6, with experience teaching in the distance education system and overseas. In 2016, I commenced my role as Professional Learning Community Support in which I assist teachers in working collaboratively to critically reflect on their students’ learning, and in doing so, the impact of their teaching.

I highly value collaboration among a school and its wider community to ensure that all students are having their individual needs met. Harmony Primary School is an excellent school and I look forward to continue working with the staff and students to help everyone strive for excellence.

Erin Swarbrick - My husband and I have three young boys - Bryce, Lachlan, and Harrison. Bryce and Lachlan currently attend Harmony Primary School in Year One and Kindergarten respectively.

I am an accountant working as the Team Leader of Taxation at the University of Western Australia (on parental leave until July 2016). My role at the University has provided me with exposure to both the education sector and Government financing.

Attending school should be about more than a curriculum - it should be about forming relationships, gaining confidence, and learning life and social skills.  I truly believe that each child has their own learning style, and these differences should guide the way our children are taught at school and at home.  Children should be encouraged to embrace their differences, not feel limited by them.

I believe that my life and career experiences will allow me to make a valuable contribution to the Harmony Primary School Board.
Holly Thomas - This my fourth year on the Harmony Primary School Board and I continue to enjoy having input to our school at this level and finding out more about the fantastic programs which our kids benefit from. I have children in year 3 and 4 and am the convenor of the P&C Canteen Committee.

I have 17 years’ experience as an Environment Scientist/ Adviser, providing educational programs, undertaking ongoing communication and liaison with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders, and critically review technical and regulatory documents; skills that I hope will be of valuable to the Board.

Laura Fox-Woodford – I am a part time Kindy teacher at Harmony Primary School and also have three children who attend the school. This is my first year as a member of the school board. I have been teaching at Harmony Primary since 2012 as a relief teacher and part time contract teacher. I have been a teacher for almost twenty years in WA and the NT, mostly in the field of early childhood but also in senior positions and in curriculum.

Although I am on the school board as a staff representative I feel I have the advantage of having both the perspective of teacher and parent. In the short time I have worked at Harmony, I have had the opportunity to see and partake in a variety of programs and initiatives that make it such a successful independent public school.

I very much enjoy working with the staff and my team at Harmony Primary School and feel I can offer a great deal from my experiences in a diverse range of contexts. I am particularly passionate about the Early Years, Health & Physical Education and the Arts. I look forward to contributing to the Harmony school board in 2016.

Leanne O’Kane - I am the Student Services Deputy Principal at Harmony. I commenced at HPS in 2008 and have taught from year 2 to 6 and been an administrator since 2014. Being part of the school leadership team since 2009, I feel privileged to have been part of the ongoing development of this school.

Always striving for excellence, our school provides opportunities for students, staff and families to reach their potential. I am looking forward to continuing being a member of the School Board.
Louise Legerstee - I have been part of the Harmony community since 2010. I work at the school as an Education Assistant. Whilst I sit on the board as a staff representative I have two children, my eldest recently graduated from Harmony whilst my youngest child is in year 4. I have a strong interest in promoting and developing children's health and emotional well-being, so that each child has a strong sense of belonging.

Harmony is lucky to have a strong community of staff, students and parents who are committed to providing the best education possible for each child. I feel privileged that I can continue to contribute to the school's development.

Matt Verney - I have two sons attending Harmony Primary School in years 3 and 6 and this is my second year on the School Board.

I am employed with the State Government in the Marine Environment sector and play a major role in ensuring Western Australia’s preparedness to affect a proportionate and adequate response to Maritime Environmental Emergency issues and active in both State and Commonwealth committees/workgroups.

Within my role I am responsible to ensure my department designs and delivers competency based training courses under the Australian Quality Training Framework.

I value the importance of education to all Harmony PS children and I look forward to contributing my skills to the school as a Board member.
Natalie Machin - As a parent of three children, one at Harmony PS (Year 3) and two at Atwell College I have been privileged to watch our school evolve from a drawing on a piece of paper, through to the Independent Public School it is today. 

I believe strongly in the school ethos of “striving for excellence” and to that end believe that excellence in education comes from strong partnerships between school staff, parents and the community. 

I have been a member of the School Board since 2011 and was President of the P&C for 5 years.  I bring to the Board a parent and staff member’s perspective and a background in public policy, government administration and politics.

Nick Jones - I have two children attending Harmony Primary School. Madeline is currently in Yr 1 and Luke is currently in Kindy.

I have been a teacher for 16 years and I am currently the Deputy Principal at John Wallaston Anglican Community School.

We are very lucky to have such a fantastic local Primary School and I am delighted to be able to contribute to the strategic direction of the school as a member of the School Board.

Contemporary educational research shows that the most important factor in ensuring high student outcomes is the quality of the teacher in the classroom. We are blessed with a dynamic and professional staff at Harmony Primary School and I look forward to supporting their work with the other members of the School Board.

Samantha Joseph - Parent, Bachelor of Education (K-7)

I have a personal interest in exploring best practices in early childhood education, the integration of information technology across all levels of primary school and environmental sustainability within the school community.

My eldest of three children attends Kindy at Harmony Primary School. I hope to be able to contribute to the future planning and development of the school.

Simon Berry - I have three daughters attending Harmony; Grace (Year 4), Mollie (PP), and Matilda (PP). My son Jack has just completed his primary schooling at Harmony having attended since 2008, which is when my association with Harmony began.

Since that time I have watched the school grow into the proud institution that it is today, benefiting from a passionate teaching body and great community support.

I am a Chartered Accountant holding a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration, and run a small accounting practice in the area.

I am passionate about the importance of education in providing our children with the opportunities to do whatever they wish to in life and to equip them with the tools to be successful.


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