School Board News: Board Chair Report

School Review

Congratulations to Viv and the FLDC staff on the result of the recent School Review process (October 2021).  Many long hours of thought and work were put into presenting data and documentation to the reviewers.  The reviewers not only want to develop a sound picture of the school and its plans, but also require all assertions to be supported soundly by evidence.  A great effort, followed by a great result.

I was pleased to be able to speak with the two School Reviewers who came to evaluate the school’s journey to date.  One point that I made at the time, and I believe was well-received by the reviewers, related to the many parents who responded to the Parent Survey with the wish that the school would continue beyond Year 3.  I believe this is a testament to how well the school, and its staff, meet the needs of its students.  It was a delightful experience to share, with the reviewers, the many positive attributes of the school’s journey to date.

Board Structure

At this time of the year we have several members of the Board stepping down from their roles.  This due to the restructure of the Board as previously notified, and parents of students leaving the school having to step down from the Board.

On behalf of the FLDC Board I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the dedicated work undertaken over the past several years, and express appreciation to the following:

Jo Wiese – Board Chair 2015 to 2021

Spencer Flay – Board member 2015 to 2021

Mary Claessen – Board member 2015 to 2021

Michelle Livesey-Giles – Board member 2019 to 2021

Monika Jodihardja – Board member 2020 to 2021

The Board members aim to be a visible and tangible entity of the school community.  The work of the individuals above has really helped pave the way for the incoming Board to continue the uphold the high standards already set.


I would like to acknowledge the members of the School Board, through whose tireless care for the school, ensures the Board operates fairly and professionally and supports astutely, the work of the school.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the amazing, dedicated and collective work of the staff of FLDC.  The caring guidance and leadership of Viv Doig, whose vision of excellence for the schools, is ably supported by Jennie Dawson, Nichola Middlemiss and Jodie Shepherdson.  The whole-school focus, and commitment to the individual needs of each student undeniably results in students who leave the FLDC in a much better place to participate successfully in mainstream education.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to join the Board.  I look forward to 2022 and working with the school.  As a member of the FLDC Board, I am excited about continuing to support working towards the achievement of the school’s planned outcomes, as set out in its new business plan.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, along with an enjoyable and relaxing break over the coming school holidays.

David McLean Hewitt
Fremantle Language Development Centre Board


School Board News: Board Activities

The Fremantle LDC Board meeting for Term 2 was held on Thursday 20th May, 2021.

The meeting was both informative and open for discussion.  All points of view were heard and ready consensus reached when required.

Principal’s Report

Viv presented her Principal’s Report.

Board Restructure

Resulting from some work the Board has been undertaking over the past two years, a small sub-committee of the Board met to review, and make recommendations, for a Board restructure.  The Board subsequently agreed with the following recommendations, commencing 2022:

  • 7 members on the School Board
    • 3 staff, 3 parents and 1 community member.
    • At least one member from each satellite of the school.
    • The number of parent and community members combined should be greater than the number of staff (including the Principal).
    • Each member will be elected for a two-year term but may re-nominate for election.
  • Additional community representatives will be co-opted as needed and for a defined period.  Co-opted members will not have voting rights.
  • No Deputy Chair position will be required.
  • Nominations will be called for, and elections held, at the end of each calendar year for the following year’s terms.

School Priorities – “Student Achievement”

Each Board meeting has a focus upon one of the school’s strategic priorities, as identified in the school’s planning. This meeting’s focus was Student Achievement and was exemplified through the school’s new choice of literacy program.

Fleur Aris (Literacy Coordinator) took the Board on an informative and entertaining journey, explaining the thorough process undertaken and which lead to the new literacy focus. Starting 2019, a School Improvement Team was formed. Following a rigorous self-assessment process and review, the decision was made to update the literacy program and take on InitiaLit as a whole school literacy program.

FLDC Board Strategic Plan

The Board has commenced the development of its own strategic plan, which would align closely with the school’s plan.

Starting with Priority 1 Student Achievement, the Board members shared thoughts and strategies for the Board to undertake and that would support the work of the school in the areas of oral language, literacy and numeracy.

Viv and Jennie offered the following as a structure for the discussion, and upon which the Board members then proposed their ideas.

Together the Board will:

  • Support school initiatives in accelerating progress
  • Build awareness of school programs
  • Support and promote workshops
  • Be involved in disciplined dialogue around data

I would like to once again thank Viv for the work that she along with Jennie and Fleur, put in to ensuring each Board meeting is well-organised and purposeful.  This enables each Board member to be well-informed of the strategic directions of the school.

Many thanks to Penny for her excellent skills in capturing all discussions and presentations for the Board records and minutes.

And of course, many thanks to the Board members who work voluntarily to ensure each child at Fremantle LDC is supported along his or her learning journey.

Contacting Your School Board Members

If you would like to contact me or any other Board member to discuss any issues or gain clarification on any issues relating to the School Board, please feel free to contact our Executive Officer, Mrs Penny Newton,, and she will assist you to get in contact with one of our Board members.

Thank you.

David Hewitt
Board Chair

School Board News: 2020 Annual Public Meeting

The Fremantle LDC School Board welcome you to join them for their 2020 Annual Public Meeting.

Jo Wiese, Chair of the Fremantle LDC School Board will share her 2020 School Board Report, including the highlights and successes of the school Board during the year.

Date: Thursday 10th December 2020
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Fremantle LDC Willagee Staff Room, 24 Winnacott Street, Willagee

This will be followed by the Fremantle LDC School Board Meeting. Please click here to view the meeting agenda.

Everyone welcome, we hope to see you there!

School Board News: Board Activities

We held one Board meeting this term.

At this time Viv presented the Board with the Principal’s report and a finance report. Viv also provided an update to the Board on a range of operational items. The Board also discussed and approved the Voluntary Contributions and Charges for 2021, and endorsed the Funding Agreement Schedule.

As part of the school’s Self-Assessment process, the Board spent some time reviewing the “IPS School Board Training Modules” and reflecting on our performance with respect to our role. This provided the opportunity for a very engaged discussion with all Board members. It was a very valuable reflection and conversation in terms of the Board continuing to support the school.

Annual Public Meeting

Remember the Annual Public Meeting will be held on Thursday 10th December from 6.30pm in the Willagee site conference room. This will be an opportunity for parents to come and hear about the progress of the School Board as well as the progress of the school in relation to Business Plan targets.

Contacting your School Board Members

Please remember that if you would like to contact the Chair, Jo Wiese, or any other Board members, to discuss any issues or gain clarification on any School Board issues, please contact our Executive Officer Mrs Samara Gleed on: and she will assist you.


Mary Claessen
Deputy Chair
Fremantle LDC School Board