Push for community leaders to join school boards


John Tonkin College chair Rhys Williams.
Picture: Jon Hewson       d455338
John Tonkin College chair Rhys Williams. Picture: Jon Hewson       d455338

COMMUNITY and business leaders are being encouraged to join a public school board.

The Makers chief executive Rhys Williams is the John Tonkin College school board chairman.

He urged entrepreneurs, industry leaders, philanthropists and others who had made a contribution to their communities to step up.

“There is nothing more important for the future of our community than the strength of our local education system,” he said.

“Our school boards can be instruments of change within all facets of our schools, and can lead the charge on innovation, leadership and encouraging strong community culture in our local schools.

“As a former student, I’m so proud to be chairing John Tonkin College.

“It’s an incredible school with an incredibly dedicated staff and a huge talent pool of students.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to be involved in the next phase of the school’s journey.

“Being part of a school board is a great honour, and I’d strongly recommend it to anyone with a passion for creating a better future for our community.”

School boards have a key role in setting the direction of schools.

Curtin University researchers cite a need for more training and support for Independent Public School board members.

The Department of Education has released details of a new program. For more information, go to www.education.|wa.edu.au.