St Mary's Primary School, MOOROOPNA

Phone: (03) 5825 2858
Fax: (03) 5825 4026
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Let Your Light Shine


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

Age:                          52

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

Age:                     40

Kids Names:       Aidan, Nathan & Eloise

Occupation:        Accountant

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)

Age:                   46   

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

Age:                     39

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)

Age:                        45

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)

Age:                        43

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

Age:                       45

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.