The School Board is made up of elected parent representatives, staff members and the Principal.  Other parent or community members may be co-opted to the School Board in an advisory role.

The board meets on a regular basis, and its key role is to set priorities and monitor progress of the school. The School Board was formed in 2016.

What the School Board does…

  • contributes to the School Delivery and Performance Agreement and the Business Plan;
  • endorses and reviews the annual budget; reviews the performance of the school;
  • assists with Principal selection when a vacancy arises; approves arrangements for sponsorship or advertising;
  • liaises with other committees within the school;
  • and holds one open meeting each year to report to the school community.

What the School Board does not…

  • run the day to day operations of the school;
  • discuss individual issues relating to teachers, staff or parents;
  • represent specific interest groups, or permit special interest to dominate meetings;
  • intervene in the educational instruction of students; nor
  • performance manage the principal or any other staff member.

It is not about running the school – that is the job of the Principal – but rather, providing additional expertise to help the school achieve the best outcomes for students. The role of the School Council (board) is outlined in the Education Act 1999.

The Rivergums Primary School Board consists of 10 members that each bring experience as parents, educators and/or community members.

The Rivergums PS Board welcomes your input into our school. If you wish to contact the Board Chair and School Principal please use the below form.

Contact Form


Rivergums PS School Board

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Nicole Patolo Schmalkuchen


A bit about me, I live locally and my daughter Hannah and son Fletcher attend Harrisdale. My family is committed to the area and we are all excited about how the school is developing and the role it will play in how our young community develops. I welcome the opportunity to help the school develop into the shining light at the heart of our community that the students, parents and staff want it to be.

Professionally I am a Chartered Accountant working for an Aged Care organisation so I have some experience with government departments and the uncertainties that can unfortunately exist around government funding. I also completed my MBA with Curtin in 2011 and believe these skills could allow me to be an effective contributor on the school board.


Personally I believe strongly in the power of education and the importance of strong, well run and well- funded public schools to deliver the best educational experience and equip children to take advantage of the opportunities that life will present to them.


Opening a new school is an enormous challenge, but also a tremendous opportunity and I welcome the opportunity to help the school develop the strategic direction necessary to achieve the vision that Karen and the rest of her team have set out already.

Tracey Renton

Tracey Renton
School Principal


As a child, I can’t remember ever wanting to be anything else other than a teacher and here I am many years later, living my childhood dream on a much larger scale than I ever would have believed possible. It is such an honour for me to win the position of Foundation Principal, Harrisdale Primary School and I look forward to leading this school to become a highly successful and high care school.


Graduating from the West Australian College of Advanced Education- Churchlands campus in 1981, I began teaching in 1982 and have worked in a variety of educational settings over my thirty six year career. I have taught in rural schools in the Pilbara and the Wheatbelt, and in metropolitan schools. I have taught a range of year levels from Kindergarten to Year 7.
Over the years, I have also worked in Central Office, Regional/District Office and WestOne K-12 Curriculum Services in the area of curriculum leadership.


I began working in an administrative capacity as a deputy principal initially in 2000, and won my first principal position in 2010 as principal of Medina Primary School. I have held principal positions at Medina, Koorana, Ardross and Harrisdale Primary Schools.


I have been very humbled in my tenures as principal to be :

  • State Finalist in the WA Education Awards Primary Principal of the Year, 2013,
  • Awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in 2014,
  • Nominated for Outstanding Leader in Aboriginal Education (WA) in 2103,
  • Winner of a WA Primary Principals’ Association ‘Leading from the Front’ Award in 2016 (with $10 000 grant for leadership development), and
  • Nominated for inclusion (and participated ) in the Experienced Principals’ Program in 2017, a joint venture between WA Catholic Education and Department of Education.


My leadership of Harrisdale Primary, is a great honour. We have a highly supportive community and one that greatly values education. Whilst we hold the title of currently being the most rapidly growing primary school in WA, we can more importantly, hold our head up high and proudly announce, that we are a school that puts students and learning at the centre of all that we do and that we continually strive to develop the unique potential in each and every child.
My leadership has focussed on three pillars of:

  • Student Success
  • Excellence, and
  • Innovation.


Respectful relationships, care and compassion are at the core of my leadership style. If you see me out and about, be sure to say hello.


My goal is for Harrisdale Primary School to be recognised as an excellent school, characterised by high student performance and high care.


I look forward to continuing to work with our school community to achieve this goal.


Karen Duncan
Foundation Principal, Harrisdale Primary

Donna Moore

Donna Moore
Associate Principal


I have a daughter who is enjoying every bit of schooling in HPS. She has grown with HPS like many other kids from the first Kindy cohort.


A little bit about me, I live locally with wife, daughter and ‘Lola the lab’.


Professionally I am a CPA, Chartered Accountant and & a Registered Tax Agent with 15+ years of management and consulting experience in Commercial and Not for Profit organisations.


Since calling Australia home in 2013, I am working for a Not For Profit engaged in delivering Social Housing across Australia. I also volunteer my professional experience in pro-bono roles in finance, business and taxation areas. My recent assignment was with Give Write – a charity donating school supplies to kids in need. Previous to that, I have assisted charity organisations/associations operating to delivery Occupational Health & Safety, Youth Engagement and cultural awareness services to the WA community.


I owe my success in life to a right school and university education. I believe learning is an ongoing process necessary to contribute to any individual or organisation’s success.


Like many other parents/carers, I am personally invested in the success of HPS in delivering quality education and safe environment for our kids. Therefore, I am looking forward to applying my experiences gained in business management, stakeholder management and problem-solving to assist the school leadership team in delivering the business plan and provide oversight. The experiences I gained will help me in effectively discharging the responsibilities of this fantastic opportunity to represent the community/parents on the HPS School Board.

Rowenna Hendricks

Rowenna Hendricks
Staff Representative


My name is Kelly Riva and I have two children attending Harrisdale Primary School. I am a full time working, single parent with a strong background in administration and office management. Following are the skills and attributes that I can offer to the School Board:


  • A willingness to contribute and make a difference to the school and local community. 
  • The viewpoint of a working Mother 
  • Organisational skills and the ability to work within a team environment. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively across cultures and at multiple levels. 
  • Experience writing, reviewing and maintaining policies, and managing corporate partnerships/sponsorships. 
  • Experience upward managing an executive team, as well as extensive administration experience. 


I would like to be a member of the School Board so that I can contribute to our local community, support the school in running effectively and efficiently, and to ensure that the values of the school are upheld.

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Noel Behrman
Parent Representative


I was a founding school board member at Harrisdale Primary School and I am fully committed to helping our school remain a great place for everyone. I have 3 children at Harrisdale (Brayden – year 6, Sofia – year 4 and Eva – Pre-Primary) and I have been very impressed with every one of their teachers as all the teachers and staff go the extra mile to make the school a great place for all families. I have over 10 years of leadership experience in the defence industry and in the utilities industry and I have served on several boards and committees. I am currently the President of a Social Club and I have successfully delivered over $1 Billion worth of projects in my career. I have international leadership experience and I have a Bachelors Degree in Business Management as well as an MBA. I have extensive experience in project management, leadership and I have previous school board experience. I look forward to the opportunity of serving on the school board.

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Andrew Heberle
Parent Representative


I am currently the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA. I have spent almost four decades working to improve the wellbeing of children and young people, particularly in delivering education services and programs to children and young people living in regional and remote areas of the State. I have worked as a teacher and then principal in a number of regional schools, before holding the role of Executive Director Regional and Remote Education at the Western Australian Department of Education for three years.


I am a father of three and a grandfather of three.

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Lorraine Brown
Parent Representative


My name is Maddi Gorton. My teaching experience has seen me teach across a number of year groups, from Year 2 – Year 5, along with multiple leadership roles. I have an interest in ensuring that Harrisdale Primary School continues to provide the highest level of teaching and as such, currently hold the position of Impact Coach for the junior years. I am a passionate staff member and joined the board to be involved in the systematic decision making processes that ensure our students have access to the best educational experiences that we can provide. I look forward to being a collaborative member of the board during my tenure.

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Melissa Murray
Parent Representative


Hi, my name is Annaliese Dawson and I currently teach Year Four at Harrisdale Primary. I started at Harrisdale in 2019 after spending a number of years teaching in the country. I am proud to have joined a school that is innovative and puts students first in all that they do. I look forward to being an active and collaborative member of the board during my time.