The School Board consists of twelve members, including the Parish Priest, the Principal, staff members and elected parent members.
The School Board meets twice a term to discuss school improvement and strategic planning. Parents are invited to present any suggestions/comments to the Board via a letter to the School Board Chair.
Board Member Profiles
Name: Bill Gooiker
Kids Names: Hannah-18, Jayme -16, Chloe – 14, Bailey & Connor – 12 (Adam & Elissa in heaven)
Occupation: Livestock Transport Manager/Owner
Favourite memory of school: Having Mrs Griffin as my teacher and kicking a footy over the fence and an Ardmona Cannery truck running over it!
Hobbies: Motorbike riding, Water skiing, Bootcamp, Caravaning & spending time with my family.
AFL Team: ”The Mighty Demons”
Why I am on the board: St Mary’s is very special to me. I along with many members of my family have attended St Mary’s Primary and feel very much a part of the St Mary’s Parish and community. I think it is important to be involved with our children’s education and I feel privileged to be able to be part of our decision making process. I am committed to and envision a wonderful future for our school. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the board and learning some of the day to day running of our school.
Name: Max Basile
Kids Names: Aidan, Nathan & Eloise
Favourite memory of School: Being a member of the representative inter-school athletics team and competing at Olympic Park in Melbourne.
Hobbies: Football & fishing.
AFL Team: Carlton
Why am I on the board: Gives me an opportunity to give back to the community and keeps me engaged in my children’s primary education.
Name: Sharon Ralph (nee Ryan)
Kids Names: James (yr 7 Notre Dame) & Molly (grade 4)
Occupation: Family Day Care Educator with Kids Matter Family Daycare
Favourite memory of School: Attending St Mary's back in the 70's was such a memory. Watching the school develop and grow over the years. The teachers and friend which I made have a lasting memory and I still have contact with a lots of those people.
Hobbies: Singing, Netball, family time (husband Danny and kids)
AFL Team: Essendon
Why am I on the board: To engage with parents and teachers for the well being and education of my children and all other children within St Mary's school and parish.
Name: Rebecca (Beck) Dean
Kids Names: Sienna, Willow & Oscar (in heaven)
Occupation: CEO at Primary Care Connect
Favourite memory of School: going yabbying in the dam next door to the school
Hobbies: Shopping (a lot) & Netball
AFL Team: Geelong
Why am I on the board: I think it is really important to be engaged in your child’s education, this provides an opportunity to do so and lets me give back in a way I feel I can add value.
Name: Peter Egglestone (Board Secretary)
Better Half: Naomi (who works Tues-Thurs behind the front counter of St Marys)
Kids Names: Ted (Yr 10 Notre Dame), Ruby (Gr6) and Maggie (Gr4)
Occupation: Civil Engineer at Goulburn-Murray Water
Favourite memory of School: Being the quickest at tables races (yes just confirming that I am a nerd)
Hobbies: Active golfer, retired junior netball coach, watching almost any sport, gardening, kayaking, fishing
AFL Team: The mighty Hawks
Why am I on the board: Whilst neither my wife or myself are religious, we both see huge benefits of providing a Catholic Education for our children. I joined the Board to provide a “non-religious” viewpoint to the Board. I also believe that my engineering knowledge is of benefit to the planning and delivery of capital works being undertaken by the school.
Name: Glenn James (Board Chair)
Kids Names: Lucy (Grade 6) Coby (Grade 5) Kade (Grade 3)
Occupation: Chief Technology Officer – McPherson Media Group
Favourite memory of School: The first time my parents allowed me to ride my bike to school and the valued friendships.
Hobbies: Running, Triathlons, Coaching - junior footy
AFL Team: Richmond
Why I am on the board: I would like to use my experiences and skills to add value to the school where possible and be involved in my children’s education.
Name : Carmel Dowell
Kids: Madison (N/Dame yr 9) and Sophie (Grade 5)
Occupation: Medical Receptionist
Favourite memory of school: Being part of the winning Netball team in grade 6 interschool sports
Hobbies: Netball, gym
AFL team Collingwood
Why am I on the board: I love being involved with my children’s education. Along with the Parents and teachers, I want to help St Mary’s provide our children with a safe environment, great school resources and facilities and especially provide overall quality education.