Staff Board Members
Don joined the Dalmain School Community in 2007. He has taught and been a principal across a broad range of schools and locations. Having grown up in the country Don has always had a close affinity with teaching in country locations and has spent a significant part of his career living and working there. These have included positions in the Mid-West, Pilbara and Gascoyne regions.
Don’s leadership style is one focused on a distributed model of leadership where staff members, students and parents are actively encouraged to develop and share their skills. This approach provides opportunities for others to grow, have ownership and make significant contributions to the school community. Ultimately, it is the students who then benefit most from this approach.
While Don is a keen mathematician and sports enthusiast, he is also a strong advocate for having a holistic school focus where students have the chance to shine in both academic and non-academic areas. Don avidly promotes and supports the Arts and the opportunities available for students to perform both at school and out in the broader community.
Alessandra started her teaching career in 1995, specialising in Early Childhood Education. She spent time teaching in the remote WA Kimberley’s and various metro schools; moving into curriculum improvement, early intervention, staff development, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Education, ICT (Information Communication & Technologies), Technologies and administration. Alessandra’s experience in these areas has provided her with the opportunity to present and provide school support in Melbourne, Sydney and in many local and Western Australian country schools.
Alessandra joined the Dalmain Community in 2018. She continues to engage in STEM Education and Technologies through her volunteer role at Scitech and membership with various Associations. Early intervention, Technologies and whole school curriculum improvement remain a career focus for her as does engaging in Education Department Initiatives and projects.
Emma graduated from Edith Cowan University in 2014 and was awarded the Graylands Teachers’ College Memorial Prize, the Traylen Prize, and the World Education Fellowship Prize. Emma has been a member of the Dalmain team for three years after completing her final practicum placement in pre-primary at Dalmain IPS.
Emma is the curriculum leader in Health and assists with implementing Dalmain’s Waste Wise priorities. She has strong interest in instructional pedagogy and enjoys researching and implementing new approaches to teaching and learning in her classroom.
Prior to becoming a teacher, Emma worked as a graphic designer and as a special needs education assistant.
Kaylie has been a member of the Dalmain team for the past five years. Previously she worked at Heathridge Primary School where she developed her expertise and knowledge in applied behaviour analysis. Kaylie has enjoyed teaching in the early childhood area for much of her career. She is passionate about early literacy skills and creating success for all students.
Kaylie oversees the Digital Technologies at Dalmain and helps to run the media set up at the school. At Dalmain she has helped to initiate the You Can Do It program, Letters and Sounds Program, Digital Technologies Scope and Sequence and the introduction of iPads. Kaylie likes to be involved in school projects and is currently involved in a STEM learning project. She loves the small school feel and community at Dalmain. Kaylie feels privileged to represent Dalmain’s Staff as a member of the Board.
Parent Board Members
Justin has served as a Parent Representative on the Board since 2012. Justin has worked consistently to improve outcomes and facilities for the students. He currently has two children attending Dalmain Primary and an older child who is a former student.
Justin has been a teacher since 2000, filling various roles in country and city schools. He is currently the Head of Health and Physical Education at John Forrest Secondary College. Justin has served on a variety of other committees such as West Perth District (AFL), WA Football Advisory Committee, and is a secondary representative on the School Sport WA board.
Justin believes that students at Dalmain Primary School should be given a variety of experiences that will help develop life skills and prepare them for their high school years.
BA, DipEd (Secondary), Grad.Cert (Social Impact)
Bianca Galipo joined the Dalmain School Community as a parent in 2009 and has served on the Board since 2014. She is passionate about education and firmly believes in its capacity to transform people and communities.
Bianca graduated from Curtin University in 1990 with a double major in Literature and Theatre Arts. After obtaining a Diploma of Education from Edith Cowan University, she taught English and Theatre Arts for 4 years at North Albany S.H.S. In 1996, Bianca travelled to Italy to study at L'Accademia Nazionale D'Arte Drammatica, "Silvio D'Amico" in Rome. After graduating from the Academy in 2000 with a Diploma in Directing, Bianca worked as an independent stage director for 6 years. In her last 4 years in Rome, she also worked as a translator and tour guide with Through Eternity.
Following the birth of her son, Bianca returned to Australia and worked for 8 years in Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Western Australia. After recently completing a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at the UWA Business School, Bianca now works in Community Development, developing and managing community and corporate partnerships for the City of Armadale.
Nick’s background is in marine science research and more recently in informal science education. Nick is currently overseeing Scitech’s Statewide Department which aims to encourage Western Australians to value, use and study science, technology, engineering and mathematics. His team delivers a suite of tailored programs to Western Australians in every corner of the state.
Nick has been a member of the board since 2015 and has two children at Dalmain Primary School. A strong advocate for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in schools, Nick brings this passion to the Board.
Jane’s involvement with Dalmain IPS began with her eldest child starting Kindergarten in 2012, and Jane now has two children at the school. Jane has been involved in the school in many ways, starting with volunteering as a parent helper in the School library. Her involvement has evolved over time and although Jane still volunteers on a weekly basis at Dalmain, she is now also a relief staff member of the Department of Education, covering leave and absences for Library Officer positions.
In 2015 Jane co-ordinated the 25th Anniversary Fete which raised funds towards the Nature Play Area. Jane has been the Vice President of the P&C since 2016 and currently serves as a parent representative on the Board.
In her professional career, Jane has had experience in the finance industry with twelve years in the Reserve Bank of Australia and a year with Note Printing Australia. She has also filled varied roles from staff training, fundraising, event management, marketing and administration. In her spare time, Jane runs a small business from home and enjoys reading, sewing and of course spending time with her children.
BA(Hons), Grad Dip Arch(Com), PG Dip Arch Prac
Andrew and his wife have been associated with Dalmain IPS since 2014 and have two children attending the school. Both Andrew and his wife have been actively involved within the school community volunteering their time in various capacities. More recently Andrew was on the planning committee for the creation of the recently completed Nature Play Area and fulfils the Treasurer role for the P&C committee.
Andrew was trained and registered as an Architect in the United Kingdom before migrating to Perth in 2003. Andrew is the Managing Director and owner of an Architectural Practice which has been operating since 2007 and specialises in large commercial projects that include apartments and offices. Andrew’s professional background allows him to bring to the Board the skills of project management, business management, strategic planning, budgeting and creative thinking. He believes an active and supportive school community enhances the experience, education and opportunities for all who form part of the Dalmain community.
Community Board Members
Clinical Associate Professor - MB BS, FRACGP
Peter is a General Practitioner and a Forensic Physician and has been in Medical Practice for over 4 decades. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board particularly in the area of child protection. Peter lectures widely within the community about the topic and has been a consultant at Princess Margaret Hospital for over 35 years. He has also had work published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Peter has been a community member of the Board since 2013 and demonstrates compassion and care for the students at Dalmain Primary School.
BSc, DipEd, MEd(RE), MEd(Leadership)
Chris has lived in Kingsley for over 15 year and within the draw area of Dalmain IPS for over 10 years. Chris is a teacher and is currently Head of Mathematics at Aranmore Catholic College, Leederville. Chris teaches three graduands of Dalmain at Aranmore. Chris’s experience in middle leadership include Head of Mathematics at Servite College, Tuart Hill and Nagle Catholic College, Geraldton. Prior to this Chris taught at Sacred Heart College.
Chris has worked with, and maintained several IT platforms at various schools and currently oversees Aranmore’s SEQTA Learning Management System. Chris is part of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority’s Curriculum Advisory Committee for Mathematics.
Chris joined the Board of Dalmain IPS in 2016 as a community member. Chris’s desire was to become more involved in his local area, to learn further skills in education management and serve the school offering an independent and secondary perspective to discussions. Chris is also active in various sports, has held committee positions in the past, is a Justice of the Peace and volunteers with Telethon Community Cinemas.