Welcome to our School Board Members 2022

School Board Member 2022

George Craig - Principal 

As the Foundation Principal of Caversham Valley PS my focus is to bring our diverse community together and operate as a single school. Before us is the very exciting challenge of acknowledging and embracing the many different cultures and language groups that make up the backgrounds of our families and students. It is this rich tapestry that makes our school and school day so dynamic and enjoyable. Of critical importance is the opportunity that we have as a staff to further broaden and develop our knowledge and learning when working closely with the school community.

The education industry has provided me with the opportunity to work across Western Australia including the Kimberley, Pilbara, South West, Wheatbelt and Perth. These opportunities have been in primary schools, high schools, district high schools and remote community schools. Each setting has brought with it different challenges, learning experiences and rewards. A majority of my teaching career has been in the country including nine years outside of Perth as a Deputy Principal or Principal. Since 2015 I have been a Principal in Perth schools. I look forward to establishing Caversham Valley Primary School as a place that is recognised in the community as a safe and encouraging space for children to grow and learn.

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Jessica Milne- Teacher 

My name is Jessica Milne and I am excited to join the Caversham Valley School Board. My upbringing taught me resilience, perseverance and the encouragement to believe that you are capable of achieving anything you set your mind to. Now I hope to light that same spark in our children; I want them to know that they too should dream big because anything is possible… with a little hard work and when you put your mind to it.

I am passionate about the early years of teaching and the importance of positive partnerships between families and staff to support the foundation of successful learning. My greatest enjoyments in my teaching career so far have been experiencing the pleasure of teaching children from different cultures and walks of life both in England and Australia, developing partnerships within the school community, working with exemplary and experienced teachers, and building relationships with my students and their families. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the School Board to continually improve this dynamic and growing school, ensuring that CVPS continues to meet the needs of its students, parents and staff.

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Justin Eveson - Teacher

As one of the foundation staff members at Caversham Valley PS, I have had the pleasure of assisting our school to grow into a pillar of the Caversham community. We have embraced many challenges since opening and each time, we have moved forward together to the benefit of those who matter most, the children of our school.

I believe strongly in public education providing engaging, motivating and stable learning environments for all children, no matter their circumstances. I have taught in both the public and private sectors, but Caversham Valley PS is special to me because of all that we have learned and achieved together so far. I look forward to continuing these efforts at  board level, so that we may continue our progression.

Outside of school, I enjoy being outdoors and travelling the beautiful state that we live in with my family.

 

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Virginia Prescott- Teacher

Hi my name is Virginia Prescott and I am excited to be joining Caversham Valley’s School Board.

Working in early Childhood Education is an absolute passion of mine. I strongly believe children in their early years have the best possible start to schooling when they have a nurturing and welcoming environment. Along with my Bachelor of Education I have a qualification in Teaching English as an Additional Language.

Outside of teaching I enjoy Reformer Pilates, swimming at Cottesloe Beach, and spending time with my husband and teenage son and our fur baby, Jack.

 

 

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Meera Byatt - Parent

I’ve been a Caversham local for the past four years, with a son in Pre-Primary at CVPS and a daughter at Nido Caversham. I consider it an honour and privilege to be a Parent Representative on the inaugural School Board. The values that I stand for and will advocate include, providing clear boundaries for students to enable them to thrive; and building courage and resilience within students to allow them to navigate a world that may be quite different to the experiences of their parents.  

Through my education and work experience, I have a strong background in project design, planning and implementation; event management; marketing and fundraising; health administration; social impact; contract management; and organisational development across the government, private and non-government sectors.

 

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Alisdair Annall - Parent

Having returned to WA in late 2018 after 4+ years in Victoria, my wife Valentine and I settled in the area with our four children in early 2019. Since being in the area, we have found the community to be both welcoming and supportive, and I am excited to be part of the School Board and to have the opportunity to give back to the community by contributing to the success of the school and indirectly to the education of our children, three of which are now attending the school in its inaugural year.

As a CPA, I have held senior management roles across a number of industries over the past 12 years of my working career, actively contributing to the strategic direction of the businesses I have been involved in whilst also ensuring good corporate governance practices were maintained within those organisations. My strengths lie in critical and analytical thinking, stakeholder management and communicating across all levels. Despite the “curve balls” thrown at the school in its inaugural year, I have been impressed with the way the teachers, led by George Craig, have laid their early foundations and I look forward to working with my fellow board members and the broader school community to help steer the school to its longer term success.   

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Simon Meredith - Parent

I moved to Caversham with my wife Taryn and our two daughters Charlotte (Yr3) and Caitlyn (PP), 4 years ago from Esperance, regional WA. During the 8 years I resided in Esperance, I served the community as a WA Police Officer, a volunteer firefighter (three years as an officer) and was an active participant of various local community sporting clubs. I moved to Australia twelve years ago from London, UK, via international recruitment into the WA Police.  The last 9 years I have spent working in rail logistics in supervisory, leadership and project-based roles. 

I will work hard on the school board to ensure excellence in education, a common-sense approach and safety for the students and families at Caversham Valley. I have worked throughout my career within legislative and rule-based frameworks that focused heavily on safety and fairness. I understand how to operate within these frameworks and adhere to the rules, and that it requires knowledge and understanding of its effects. I recognise the potential for Caversham Valley Primary School and as a school board member I am looking forward to the opportunity to be part of its foundation and future.

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William Sharp - Parent

My wife Bronwyn and I have been part of the wonderful Caversham community for about 6 years. We have three children at CVPS in Kindy, Year 1 & Year 3, and are looking forward to being part of the CVPS community for many years to come. For this reason I was excited to apply and to be part of the School Board to assist in the development of the school and help make it a success. 

With over 25 years’ experience working in IT I have held many IT related roles and been responsible for numerous IT Projects. I am currently employed as Head of IT & Business Intelligence at the Australian Institute of Management WA, and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. This role is responsible for the strategic direction for technology, systems and analytics for the institute.

I have a passion for knowledge and believe that we never stop learning. As such I am currently continuing my education by studying a Master of Management (Information Technology). 

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Mustafa Kasim - Parent

My wife Alaa and I have enjoyed living in Caversham Valley for the past 4 years. We have 3 children Rida 9, Zain 7 and Faye 4.

I am a leader in Corporate Service and Project Management with over 15 years’ experience achieving organisational targets and reporting better performance to company boards and steering committees. I am a value driven manager who inspires respect and leads by example. I proudly work every day to improve organisational performance thereby improving the lives of the people around me.

As a parent member of the Caversham Valley School Board, I would like to see the school thrive in education and honour, leading by example and bringing knowledge into the everyday lives of our Caversham families. I want the community to be proud of their children’s achievements and aspire for better future perspectives. 

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Jagdish Karnavat - Parent

My wife Nayana and I have been living in the Caversham community for 8 years. We have two children Joy & Zency at CVPS who absolutely love every moment attending CVPS school. Recently our son Joy was selected for PEAC (Primary Extension and Challenge) program and this has been a very proud moment for our family!

I have work as a Mortgage Broker/Home Loan Specialist in the local Caversham & Swan Valley area for nearly 7 years now and I meet wonderful growing families each day as a part of my working day. I have helped many young families to secure their family home within the Caversham community by providing guidance on home loans and mortgages. I am very excited to be part of the School Board to share and contribute my experiences with the local families here in Caversham community and to give back to the community by contributing to the success of the school in all aspects of learning and growth.

I am also a member of the CPA and strongly believe that learning is a lifelong journey, especially during the early years at primary school, where children acquire the core skills for learning at school and becoming responsible and respectful citizens of the nation in the future. I am looking forward to contributing to the CVPS Board in 2022.

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Aaron Ryder - Parent

My family and I are thrilled to be part of the Caversham community, my wife and I have lived in the community since 2012. In this time, we have been fortunate to welcome two beautiful children into our lives, who now attend CVPS, in Kindy and Year Three. I’m an excited about the opportunities CVPS has for its future and I look forward to seeing our kids get the most from their education experience.

In my work life, I am a Management Consultant, working with Western Australia’s leading organisations, public and private, to execute strategies that help them achieve their goals and objectives for the future. I also work with organisations to make their businesses and operations more sustainable to ensure continued prosperity in our communities. 

I am deeply passionate about ensuring our children have access to the best opportunities and can make the most from their education. As a parent representative on the School Board, I look forward to working with the school to see our children achieve what we know they are capable of.