School board

The Fremantle Language Development Centre (LDC) School Board works with the school community to achieve the best outcomes for students.

The School Board is comprised of elected staff, parents and community representatives. The role of the School Board is to assist in setting the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school’s operation. The School Board does not run the school – that is the job of the principal, but rather, it provides additional expertise to help the school achieve the best outcomes for the students.

As an unincorporated public school Board in Western Australia, the Fremantle LDC School Board is regulated by the School Education Act 1999, School Education Regulations 2000 and the Fremantle LDC School Board Terms of Reference. The Fremantle LDC uses its Terms of Reference to define its way of working and meet the requirements of the legislation. All members of the School Board must adhere to the Fremantle LDC School Board Code of Conduct.

The responsibilities of the School Board are to: 

  • work within the Department of Education’s relevant legislation and regulations and the School Board’s Terms of Reference
  • contribute to the Delivery and Performance Agreement.  This document summarises what the school wants to achieve in the future and how it plans to get there. The agreement will be signed off by the Chair of the Board, Principal and Director General of Education
  • monitor the progress of the school’s Business Plan
  • endorse and review the annual budget (this summarises the income received annually from the Department of Education and other sources, and also lists planned expenditure, including salaries)
  • assist with the formulation of Codes of Conduct (guiding principles that influence the decisions and actions that the school takes)
  • participate in a review of the performance of the school
  • create interest, within and across the community, about the school
  • take part in the selection of, but not the appointment of, the school principal
  • approve fees, charges, contributions and items of personal use (booklists)
  • approve extra cost optional components of programs
  • approve arrangements for sponsorship or advertising
  • liaise with other committees within the school e.g. the P&C
  • hold an annual public meeting once each year to advise the school community of the performance of the Board in the last year
  • provide advice to the principal on religious education and related activities

The School Board does not:

  • manage the day to day running of the school. For example, the School Board does not employ staff, decide which classes students will be assigned to, or resolve issues relating to individual teachers and students and/or parents
  • discuss individual issues relating to teachers, staff or parents – these are management roles, and therefore the responsibility of the principal
  • represent specific interest groups, or permit special interests to dominate the agenda of the Board
  • intervene in the educational instruction of student
  • borrow money, obtain funds or purchase property
  • performance manage the Principal or any other Department of Education employee

For further information on the role of the School Board in an Independent Public School please refer to the Department of Education website.


Department of Education (2010) Unlock your school’s future. Information for Principals and School Councils.
School Education Act (1999)
School Education Regulations (2000)
Department of Education (2004) School Councils Policy 

School Board Members

The School Board is comprised of elected representatives from Fremantle LDC staff, parents and community members.  All members have an important role to play in representing the school community.

  • parent members of School Boards bring their experience as parents at the school, and the views and context of the wider school community to School Board meetings
  • community members bring wider perspectives, particular skills and expertise to the School Board. They may have business, accounting, building, or some other skills that the school is looking for at that time
  • Department of Education employees bring their educational expertise

School Board members can be contacted through the Fremantle LDC School Board Executive Officer, Penny Newton by email.

2022 School Board Members

School Board Meetings

School Board meetings start at 6.30 pm and are held in the Conference Room at the Fremantle LDC (Caralee site).

Meetings are generally open to the public, unless otherwise stated.  Persons other than board members do not have speaking or voting rights.  The chair can ask for their input if appropriate.  All persons present at the meeting must adhere to the Fremantle LDC School Board Code of Conduct.

Copies of all meeting minutes are available for viewing at the school office or can be emailed by the Executive Officer, Penny Newton, upon request:


2022 School Board Meeting Dates

Term 1:

Thursday 10 March
Thursday 7 April

Term 2:

Thursday 12 May
Thursday 23 June

Term 3:

Thursday 8 September

Term 4:

Thursday 27 October
Thursday 8 December