School Board Member Profiles

Ingrid Meyer –  Chair of Board

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Our family has been part of the school for 6 years.  The multicultural diversity of students and families at Como makes a wonderful enriching environment for each person.  I enjoy volunteering and getting to know parents, the children and the Como staff. 

Being part the Board allows me to support and encourage the smooth running of the school. Additionally, the Board helps to ensure that the staff have what they need to teach our children, to the best of their ability. This is a time of growth for the school (becoming an Independent Primary School) as well as a time of reflection.

Prior to moving to Perth, I lived in the USA and I was a medical social worker.  I now enjoy teaching at Curtin University in the Health Sciences for the Schools of Social Work and Public Health.

Andrew Malcolm – Principal



It is a great privilege to serve as the principal of Como Primary School. I have worked in education for the past thirty years in a variety of contexts as a teacher and school administrator and I do appreciate the wonderful community that our school represents. I look forward to working with staff, students and the community into the future to achieve the best possible outcomes for the students of Como Primary School.

Our school Board members bring their experiences and expertise together to represent the school community on setting the strategic direction of our school. They are committed to ensuring we live up to our motto, “Only Our Best”. I value their hard work and input as we work together to realise our vision and direction, and ensure the improvement of our great school.

Penny Herne – Deputy Principal
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I have been Deputy Principal at Como Primary School since 2012 and a teacher and/or acting Deputy at Como since 1993.  I grew up in Como and have spent most of my adult life in South Perth so I am definitely a “local” who has developed many connections with the community. I have also been on the “other side of the fence” as my daughter attended Como Primary from 1996 until 2001. During that time I was actively involved with the P&C.  I was also an inaugural member of the School Council having now served every year except one.

I am privileged to work at such a fantastic school with supportive parents, a dedicated and highly professional staff and bright, well behaved  young  learners who all strive to live up to our school motto of “Only Our Best”.  I feel my involvement on the school Board allows me to further my partnership with parents and the community to achieve the best outcomes for students.

Beverly Parker- Community representative
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As a mother of 3 children I have been involved in the Como Primary School community for over 10 years. During my time at the school I have been an active member of the P&C and through this role have been fortunate enough to have been involved with P &C support, to various projects at the school including the building of the Pre-primary and Kindergarten, the undercover area and canteen, the extra portable classroom, and the installation of the solar panels and smartboards. I have also had the pleasure of managing and running the uniform shop for 8 years and participated in the transition of the new school uniform for 2016. As well as this I have been involved in numerous school events and fundraisers and therefore it feels like a natural progression for me to become a member of the school board. I am very privileged and excited to continue contributing and supporting the parents, students and community with our future as an amazing IPS school.

Jenny Hess- Community representative

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With two children attending Como Primary School, I have been a part of this awesome school for 4 years, with a few more to come. I work locally in local government with a background in Leisure Planning and Sport and Recreation Management.  I have 20 years local government experience in strategic planning, project and facility management, community development, building relationships and clear communication. Being on the Board I hope to build on the existing “family” within the school to empower, nuture and encourage our students to be the best they can be.  It’s a great opportunity for me to give back to a school that provides so much to our families.

 Rachel Martino - Staff representative
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I have been a member of staff at Como Primary School since 2013 and have felt lucky to be part of a school community with a supportive environment and high expectations. During my time at Como I have supported teachers in the implementation of ICT in their classrooms, pioneered the bring your own device (BYOD) program and completed my Level 3 classroom teacher status. It is my belief that teaching and learning should actively engage all student regardless of their ability levels, as each student is provided with a positive learning environment in which they feel confident to take risks. As a school board member I hope to continuously develop and improve the education at Como Primary School through our school vision.

Debra Geers – Staff representative 


I have had a wide range of experience in schools as a teacher and parent, having taught at several metropolitan and country primary and district high schools. My roles, in addition to being a classroom teacher, have included Focus B teacher, Early Intervention teacher, SAER Co ordinator and Learning Support Co ordinator. I was appointed to Como Primary School in 2000, gaining Senior Teacher status shortly after. For eleven years I was a member of the Como Primary School CounciI. I am honoured to be a staff representative on the Como Primary School Board. I feel privileged to be an integral part of this wonderful school and am committed to providing the best education for all our students.  


Dr. Sean Stevens – Community representative since 2014

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I currently have one child at Como Primary School.  My wife Julie and I have been living in Como for the last 13 years and plan to live here until we retire!  I am part-owner of my own business and I have served on a number of boards over the last 15 years, from the Australian Medical Association, doctor in training committees, GP supervisor committees and currently the board of the Royal Australian College of GPs.  I hope to be able to contribute to the school on an ongoing basis.

Leanne Pool- Community Representative

With three boys currently at Como Primary School, I’ve been involved with the school for nearly five years and will be for many years to come.  I’ve enjoyed being both a volunteer and member of the P&C where I’ve had the opportunity to meet and engage with both students, parents and staff and am always reminded of the great environment our children learn in.  I’m delighted to now join the Como Primary School board and work with the other board members in setting the strategic direction of the school for the coming years.  With a background in Accounting, I hope to bring a financial focus to the board and ensure the school can successfully meet its objectives into the future.