School Board

Thornlie Primary School

Tamba Matusch (School Board Chair)

Lee Woodcock (Principal)

Jacqui Rodrigues (Teacher Representative)

Lynda Pettit (Teacher Representative)

Ross Albones (Community Representative)

Mike Raspa (Community Representative)

Susan Claude (Community Representative)

Eleen Chen (Parent Representative)

 

Meet our School Board Members

Tamba Matusch (School Board Chair)

Board chair and Parent Representative, Tamba is wife to Walter and mother to Karl (Year 2), Theodore (Kindy) and Freddy (Siamese fighting fish).

In a previous life she was an occupational therapist at a hospital and later a women’s pastor at her church. 

Tamba joined the board to give back to the school which has given so much to her kids. She enjoys hearing at board meetings how Thornlie Primary just keeps getting better and better.

Lee Woodcock (Principal)

I have worked in Education for over 25 years as a Teacher, Deputy Principal and Principal across nine schools. My career started in the metropolitan area and then took me to the Wheatbelt in Western Australia where I worked for 8 years before returning to Perth in 2002. During my teaching career I have taught students from Kindy – Year 7 and enjoyed the experience thoroughly. I have found my role as Principal at Thornlie Primary School extremely rewarding and have enjoyed seeing the school move from strength to strength. I look forward to many more successful years at Thornlie Primary School and continuing to work in this vibrant community.

 

 

Jacqui Rodrigues (Teacher Representative)

I have been teaching within the Intensive English Centre (IEC) at Thornlie Primary School for ten years.

I am passionate about education and feel privileged to be able to teach within this specialist program where I can support students who are newly arrived to Australia as they start their education journey in Australia.

Prior to teaching at Thornlie I taught mainstream in a few different schools and then transitioned into the IEC at Beaconsfield PS after completing Graduate Studies in Linguistics.

Prior to beginning my career in teaching, I worked within a very different profession. I was always interested in education and learning so I decided to pursue a very different career which started with studies in Sociology and      Psychology followed by a diploma of education.

I am pleased to be a member of the Thornlie Primary School board, and within this role provide a wide perspective which encompasses the needs of the whole school and is reflective of the current community within the IEC.

 

 

 

Lynda Pettit (Teacher Representative)

My association with Thornlie Primary School goes right back to the beginning of my journey in education, starting as a Year One (or Grade One as it was then) when the school was only three classrooms big and the oval was bush. After completing high school at the no longer existing Cannington Senior High School, and while attending teachers’ college, I once again returned to Thornlie Primary to undertake my long-term final teaching practicum.

Upon graduating, I taught in the country at Northam and Denmark. I then took a break from teaching to travel, intending for this to be only twelve months. This, however, turned into five years, in which time I became a nanny for a millionaire’s three daughters, and through their traveling and my backpacking in my holidays, managed to travel through most of Europe and parts of Africa and Asia.

Upon returning to Perth I took up relief teaching, and on one of these occasions was offered a position at Thornlie Primary. That was 30 years ago this year. In that time, I have been a class teacher from Years One to Four, a specialist Literacy teacher, deputy principal and acting principal.

Consequently, I have seen many changes at our school – the addition of more buildings and the creation of the IEC, the expansion of the multicultural backgrounds of our students, and the on going and often rigorous changes in education itself.

Recent times have seen more milestones in the history of Thornlie Primary. Firstly, in becoming an Independent Public School, and secondly, in achieving nominations in two categories of the 2019 WA Education Awards.

I have been proud and privileged to be part of this chapter in the history of Thornlie Primary as both a class teacher and School Board member.

 

 

 

Ross Albones (Community Representative)

Ross is a community member of the Thornlie Primary School Board and has a long association with the school as a former Director Schools in the Canning Education District and as a Mentor with the Fogarty Edvance Program.  Following graduation from Claremont Teachers College in 1966, Ross held teaching positions in several Western Australian country schools before receiving promotion to Deputy Principal at East Narrogin Primary School in 1975.  This was followed by further Deputy Principal appointments at Exmouth and Carine prior to promotion to Principal of North Scarborough Junior Primary School in 1982.  Ross held Principal positions over the next 20 years at Lake Gwelup, Lockridge and Beaumaris Primary Schools.  During this time he studied externally to gain BA (UWA), BEd(Curtin) and MEdAdmin (UNE) degrees.  He was also awarded the position of Fellow with the Western Australian Council for Educational Administration as well as a Leadership Centre Fellowship for a North American Study Tour.  He was a Principal of the Year finalist in 1997 and 1998.  Ross acted as District Director in the Joondalup and Fremantle Districts before becoming Director Schools in Fremantle Peel and Canning Districts with a total of 10 years at senior executive level. Since his retirement from the Department of Education in 2011 Ross has worked as an education consultant and coach mentor with the Fogarty Foundation.  He is a School Board member at Thornlie and is Patron of Rosalie Primary School.

 

 

Mike Raspa (Community Representative)

Mike was born in Vasto, Italy and arrived in Australia when only three years old. He attended Trinity College and Tuart Hill Senior High School before completing an apprenticeship in the Printing trade. In 1975, Mike left the trade to work for Esso Oil managing their Retail Service Station outlets in Perth and later managed the BP Service Station in Newman.

In 1977 Mike returned to Perth to commence his own printing business and after selling it to a national Stationery company he joined Fuji Xerox in Sales as a Digital Printing Specialist. He went on to have a successful career in Sales Management, Marketing and Training.  He is currently the Proprietor of his own Print Broking business.

He was recruited to Thornlie Primary School in 2013 to serve on the School Council and was a driving force for Thornlie becoming an Independent Primary School. He is a past Chairman of both the school’s Council and Board.

Sue Claude (Community Representative)

I have lived in Thornlie for 26 years and been involved with Thornlie Primary School for 23 years. My five sons completed their Primary education at TPS. My youngest grandson is currently in Pre Primary. I have held an Executive position on the P&C for the past 10 years and am currently the P&C President. I’ve also represented the parent body for 6 years on the School Council prior to becoming an Independent Public School and was the Parent/Community support in Thornlie Primary School’s application for IPS. I can be found around the school most days volunteering in various capacities; Uniform Shop, Canteen, Fundraising. My background is in Adult Migrant Education, Social Services with DIMIA and WA Police Dept. I’m committed to supporting and encouraging genuine collaboration and partnership between families, school and the greater community. I’m honoured to be a Community Rep on the TPS Board.

 

 

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