School Board

Josh Penstone (Chairperson/Parent Member)

I currently work in the public service and also run a building design and drafting agency. I have qualifications in drafting and design, project management, sustainability and small business management. I am a Father of three amazing children with two of them attending Marri Grove Primary since 2014. My involvement with the children’s schooling has led to my position with the school board and more recently as chairperson. I am an advocator of sustainability in all its forms and hope to bring this and more to my role at MGPS. I enjoy time with my family, I like to travel, Dive and restore furniture when time permits.

Melissa Matthews (Vice Chairperson/Staff Member) 

I currently teach year 6 at Marri Grove Primary and I have been a teacher at the school since 2010. Throughout this time I have taught years 4 – 6. Teaching is my passion and I have lived in the Armadale/Byford area my whole life and love being a part of the Marri Grove and wider Community. Being a member of the school board is very important to me and a role I take very seriously. I decided to become a member because of the opportunities it provides me to serve and support the school and be a part of decisions that can make a difference in the education of all the students of Marri Grove Primary School.

Dost Khan (Parent Member)

I am a confident leader with 20 years plus experience in management, risk, quality, organisational performance, project management and governance. 

I have worked in the public sector, private sector, local government, multi-disciplinary international organisation (UNDP) and not for profit organisations.

Emma Harris (Parent Member)

I am an environmental accountant with a background in metallurgy. I work primarily within the resources sector helping ensure organisations meet their environmental compliance obligations. As a mother of two children attending MGPS, I have been part of the School community since 2015 when my family moved to Perth. Having lived and worked in some of WA’s more remote communities, I am keen to work with other members of the board to allow the school to continue to provide excellent opportunities for its students in terms of positive and inclusive education for our diverse community. 

Angela Parker- (Community Member) 

I am a recently retired teacher who has worked across all year levels in primary education for many years. I am now working part time for my son in his business and also have a number of interests I volunteer for. I am now able to enjoy more time with my grandchildren and having some involvement in their schooling. I am currently working as a volunteer for Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, helping to develop an educational program. I also volunteer time to the Upper Lesmurdie Waterfalls project helping to rehabilitate the environment. I love gardening so spend many hours in our garden and we enjoy the vegetables we produce. My husband and I now have more time to travel so have already travelled to some countries overseas and have a list of many more we hope to visit. In my spare time I enjoy reading and catching up with friends.

Mario Tamburri (Staff Member)

I have now been teaching for 3 years, (2 at Marri Grove). This year I am teaching year two’s. I moved to Byford in 2015 from Fremantle, and bought our first home with the intent to stay in the area to begin our family. I joined the board in 2016 after applying for and gaining permanency at the school with the intention of making a contribution towards the school community.

Katherine Weaire (Staff Member) 

I graduated from Edith Cowan University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Education. I have been a Year 1 teacher at Marri Grove Primary School for three and a half years and I am currently teaching Pre-Primary. I joined the School Board (Council) in 2016 and was involved in the transition to IPS. This role has allowed me the opportunity to contribute to and engage with the school community to improve student outcomes. 

Rachel Dowling (Principal)

Having graduated as a teacher in 2000, I have worked in schools both in the Isle of Man and Australia for 18 years, initially as an Early Childhood educator with smaller leadership roles, transitioning to Deputy Principal positions from 2015. Having immigrated to Australia in 2005, initially to Bullsbrook, I now have worked and lived in the Byford locality for 10 years and has two children who attend West Byford Primary School. My passion is in learning support and the provision of relevant and equitable access to education for all students.

Marri Grove Primary School Board

Our hope at the Marri Grove school board is to help promote our great school and increase its community involvement.

The board helps the school to establish school objectives, priorities and policies. We work towards financial objectives and help evaluate outcomes.

We will continue with our best efforts in working work with our principal, staff, teachers and parents to promote better outcomes for the children.

We value and encourage input from all stakeholders and look forward to what the future holds at Marri Grove Primary school.