2017-2018 WASSRA Management Committee

LYN CLARK

PRESIDENT

Lyn ClarkI commenced working with the Department of Education and Training in 1988 part time in a small country town called Gnowangerup. I applied for the position of school officer in 1989 and was appointed for two days per week.

I commenced full time in 1993 and continued to work as a school officer at Gnowangerup District High School until 2003 when I took up the acting position of Registrar at the Gnowangerup Agricultural School, which was very different from working in a main stream school.

I returned briefly to Gnowangerup DHS as a school officer, but decided that I aspired to be a registrar and so decided to become a relief registrar in the country area. I worked at Narrogin Primary school for three months whilst the registrar was on Long Service Leave and then at Woodanilling Primary for six months while the registrar was on leave.

I returned to Gnowangerup District High School in October 2004, but decided to move to Perth and was merit selected to the position of registrar at Redcliffe Primary School in January 2005 where I am today.

Phone: 9277 2569 | Email: [email protected]

MANDY GRIFFIN

VICE PRESIDENT / PLIS

Amanda GriffinI started working with the Department of Education in 1992 at Mosman Park Primary School were I worked until 1998 before winning the position at Ashburton Drive Primary School where I have been ever since. I initially got into the job so that I could work but also have maximum amount of time with my two children; they are now 21 and 23.

I was previously on the WASSRA committee from 1999 to 2003 (Sponsorship Co-oordinator 2000 to 2003).  I have also been an Area Co-coordinator for the Canning 2 cell now the Regional Cell Co-ordinator South Metro 2 since 2003.

I have joined the committee again because they were struggling to get enough members and WASSRA has been great for me.  I have made some terrific friendships through WASSRA and feel lucky to be part of such a terrific group of people.

Phone: 9490 1113 | Email: [email protected]

SONIA NELSON

VICE PRESIDENT / WEBSITE PORTFOLIO

Sonia NelsonI have enjoyed working for the Department of Education (and under its many name changes) since 1996 where I was ‘tapped on the shoulder’, as is often the case in small towns, to relieve as a School Officer at Wyndham DHS. That appointment was for one day only but I am still here all these years later! From not even knowing how to turn a computer on to experiencing all the implementations and changes with IT has been a welcomed journey in itself and a fantastic learning opportunity.

Leaving my home town in 2000, my family and I decided to give city living a go and moved to Rockingham where I won a substantive position at Singleton PS as School Officer. After a few stints at relieving Registrar positions I won substantively the Registrar role at Hillman PS where I happily worked for 5 years – until we decided city living really wasn’t for us.

So in 2007 we moved to Geraldton where I applied for and won the substantive position of Registrar at Pia Wadjarri Remote Community School which is another challenge as I am based in Geraldton at Meekatharra SOTA and my school is 320kms north east.

I was ‘coerced’ into joining WASSRA as a management committee member in 2010 and had taken on the database profile before changing to website coordinator and was very pleased to be able to renominate for another 2 years in 2012 and again in 2014. The committee work tirelessly in promoting and gaining recognition of Support Staff in schools and I look forward to being a part of future evolvement.

Phone: 9923 5204 | Email: [email protected]

KAY ELLIOTT

SECRETARY

Kay ElliottI commenced working with the Department of Education in 2003 as a part time school officer at Brighton Primary School. We were operating as a school in houses as our new school was being built in Butler which we moved into in February 2004. I gained my permanency with the department in 2005 and was delighted to be Butler Primary Schools inaugural school officer. I first joined WASSRA and the WASSRA Committee in 2005 and extremely enjoyed my time as Sponsorship Coordinator. As our school grew to over 920 students I gave up my position on committee in 2010. I re nominated for committee in 2012 after having a 2 year break and I am looking forward to working with such a wonderful and dedicated group of people.

Phone: 9562 1804 | Email: [email protected]

 NICOLE COOPER

TREASURER

I commenced with the Department of Education as a casual school officer at Ellenbrook Secondary College in 2008 which grew to a full time permanent position quite quickly. With the support of the administration team and fellow school officers, my aspirations were encouraged and I secured the position of Registrar at Arbor Grove PS in 2011.

I thoroughly enjoy the diversity my job brings and the challenges of working in a large primary school. I have been fortunate to work with a number of different staff from schools in my network which helps me on my own learning journey and am inspired by the work of the WASSRA committee. I am passionate about sharing what I have learned with other Registrars and Business Managers so we can continue to grow as a professional team within Public Schools, providing support for each other as we navigate through our changing roles.

I look forward to working with the committee and meeting many of you at our forum days or Professional Learning Opportunities.

Phone:  9297 9300 | Email: [email protected]<

VICKY JOHNSON

SPONSORSHIP

Vicki JohnsonI commenced work with the Department as a PCAP officer in Southern Cross.  I then moved to Kalgoorlie in 1996 and worked doing relief at different schools as a library officer, EA and a school officer.

I commenced work in the office at O’Connor PS in Kalgoorlie, a day here a day there, and eventually started full time work  there in 2000 and stayed until 2006.

Since moving to Perth, I have worked at a couple of schools on fixed term contracts and I also worked for 7 months as an Administrative Assistant to a District Director.

I am now working as a School Officer at Cloverdale PS. I have been on the WASSRA committee since 2006

Phone: 9277 2960 | Email: [email protected]
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SHONA NASH

DATABASE OFFICER

Shona NashI commenced with the Department in May of 2006 as Library Officer at Mount Magnet District High School. After a very short stint of only 3 months in the library, I was asked to do School Officer relief in the front office.

During a trip to Ireland, I received an email advising that I would be asked to step in to the position of Registrar upon my return. My very steep learning curve took a total of 2 days, and without the help of the wonderful Senior Finance Officers over the next 6 months, I’m not sure I could have done it! I won the position in early 2009.

In April of 2010, I relocated to Geraldton and transferred to Meekatharra School of the Air as acting Registrar. Our School of the Air (SOTA) is especially unique as all of our students live in remote locations across Western Australia and don’t attend mainstream school.

I have been a participant of WASSRA Conventions for several years and I look forward to working with and learning from an amazing group of people.

Phone: 9923 5200 | Email: [email protected]

ANNE KELLY

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Anne KellyPrior to the Education Department I worked for Veterans Affairs in the Finance Office of Hollywood Hospital.  After taking a break for family I started as a volunteer in the office at Halidon PS in 1997.  From there I travelled the Metro area as a roving relief Registrar from Mosman Park School for the Deaf to Merriwa ESC and everywhere in between.  Met many wonderful people and saw many schools but in 2004 I decided I wanted a school to call home and the routine of a permanent position.  I commenced at Montrose Education Support Centre the following year and after amalgamation, renaming and moving into new buildings I remain the Registrar at Roseworth ESC.  I have seen many changes over the years with the introduction of new systems, reclassification, additional hours and of course additional duties.  The roles of Registrars and School Officers are constantly evolving and I look forward to working with the WASSRA committee to provide an informed, supportive and united association for our members.

Phone: 6240 4040 | Email: [email protected]<

KATIE TAYLOR

CORPORATE SERVICES STAFF COORDINATOR

I commenced with the Department in May of 2010 as a casual relief officer for TomKatie Price SHS, shortly after relocating to the town due my husband’s job.

This relief role covered a variety of job roles which included SIDE supervisor, Library officer, School Officer and Exam Supervisor. I was then lucky to secure 2 days a week fixed term, which led to permanent full time and was finally appointed as the Finance School Officer.

Working closely with the then Registrar, she enabled a growth in skills and understanding of the Departments habits and policies, and my love of the job grew from there.

In 2012 I was asked to act temporarily as the Registrar and was then successful in winning the role permanently later that year. I have had some amazing support from my local area Registrars without whom, I know there have been times I would have been sinking rather than swimming! I really appreciate the networks and support all Registrars and Business managers give freely.

I have attended many WASSRA Conventions over the years and I look forward to working with the committee and sharing the regional issues from a SHS point of view.

Phone: 9143 8100 | Email: Kat[email protected]

CARISSA MACAULAY

PROJECTS OFFICER

I commenced with the Department of Education in May 2008 as a Level 2 School Officer, Carissa Macaulaytasked with relief coordination and HRMIS processing at Governor Stirling Senior High School. I was thrown in the deep end and have had a lot of personal growth since then (I really can swim!). I have moved around a couple of different Senior High Schools, completing the relief coordination and HRMIS processing with a different additional role at each school.

In 2013, I decided that I would like to further my career and completed two short (4 week) stints as Acting Registrar in very different environments (a Primary Behaviour Centre and a Primary School). I came away from these two acting positions realising how little I knew about the role, and how wide the knowledge base needs to be! I spent the following year learning as much as I could and attending the Aspirant Registrar course run through IPL before taking on another acting position for one week where I completed an EOM process and was included on a selection panel.

In April 2015, I won a fixed term Registrar position at Dalkeith Primary School and have had another steep learning curve, but I am loving every minute of it. I have attended several WASSRA conventions and always enjoy the professional learning and networking opportunities available. I’m looking forward to many valuable learning experiences working with this wonderful group of people.

Phone: 9386 3710| Email: [email protected]

Cathlin Ryan

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PORTFOLIO

I commenced working with the Department of Education in 2007 as a primary school Education Assistant Special Needs working with students with an Autism diagnosis. I went on to study at Edith Cowan University and earned my Associate Diploma – Education Assistant. I was invited to start working in the Administration of Arbor Grove Primary School and quickly learned the multifaceted role of a School Officer in a rapidly expanding primary school. I gained a permanent full time position at Ellenbrook Secondary College from late 2007 through to 2009, and was encouraged to further my professional development by the Business Managers with the Department Professional Learning, the Vacation Learning Program and Aspirant Program.

I transferred to Bullsbrook District High School in 2009 and was mentored by the Business Manager in several key management roles. With the Business Manager’s encouragement and support I gained my Diploma of Management in 2010 through the Professional Learning Institute.

Through performance management I identified my career aspirations of becoming a Registrar and was fortunate to be released from my School Officer position to act as the Business Manager at Bullsbrook District High School covering staff absences. I then won the Registrar position at Malvern Springs Primary School in 2012. I am currently at Mullaloo Beach Primary School as the Manager of Corporate Services. Having worked across primary and secondary, in large and small schools, I have learned valuable skills in my role.

I am passionate about Professional Learning for all staff and strongly believe in succession planning and equipping all staff with the skills and tools to further serve the students enrolled. I am excited by my new role as committee member with WASSRA and my portfolio of Professional Development. I look forward to working closely with the committee. I look forward to hearing from all members and encourage them to contact me at any time with requests for Professional Learning sessions and ideas.

Phone: 9307 2099| Email: mailto:[email protected]