School Board Member Profiles

Jenny Hess –  Board Chair

                                             Jen Hess

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.
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.

Leanne Pool - Board Deputy Chair


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.

Emma Chamberlain - Parent Representative

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My family has been involved with Como Primary School for three years and will be for some time to come. I enjoy volunteering at the school, watching how my daughter and her peers are learning and developing in a positive environment. As a school board member I will act with integrity and enthusiasm. I have worked in Perth for a federal government department most of my career where I have successfully led teams and run projects. I also bring experience in developing strategies to manage risk and evaluating the effectiveness of strategies. I look forward to supporting the school in meeting its vision and business plan in the coming years.

 Terri Youd - Staff representative

My teaching career began in the Great Southern. I then taught in a variety of schools North of the river and the Goldfields before taking time off to raise my family.

I have been working at Como Primary School since 2007. I was a member of the school council for 2 years while we were working towards IPS status, then a member of the School Board for a 3-year tenure. I was also a member of the Finance Committee for 7 years. I have had a long association with Como Primary as both my children were students at the school. 

One of my roles over the past couple of years has been to guide my colleagues through a program, ‘Assessment for Learning’, which provides tools for self-reflection and strategies to refine their practice and to optimise success for all students. 

As a member of the school board, I look forward to contributing towards providing strong foundations for every student and engaging more widely with the school community. I consider myself to be very lucky to work at Como Primary and to be able to spend my day teaching the students that make our school such a wonderful place.

Steve Pascoe – Staff representative 




Maryann Tsai – Parent representative


I currently have one child at Como Primary School.  I was born in Taiwan and migrated to Perth when I was 10 years old. I have enjoyed being a Class Parent Representative, volunteering in the school canteen, assisting with reading and being a parent helper within the classroom where I have had the opportunity to meet and engage with parents, staff and students.

I have a Bachelor Degree in Engineering (major in Information Technology) with Honors from the University of Western Australia. I have worked in the private sector for 8 years as a Corporate Account Manager in various industries managing client accounts and dealing with clients on a daily basis. I have also had the opportunity to run projects and manage a small team. In addition, I have worked in the public sector for The Department of Workforce and Training for 6 years in various roles dealing with students and staff on a daily basis.

I am currently a small business owner and run my own baking business from home. I enjoy volunteering at the school and I hope to be able to contribute to the school and the School Board on an ongoing basis.

June Tan - Secretary

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My association with the Como Primary School started when my son attended the School’s Kindergarten in 2009. I currently have a daughter studying in Year 5. 

I have lived in the City of South Perth since 1994. I was born and raised in Malaysia. It is a privilege to be part of the School Board to promote and see our children living up to the School’s motto “Only Our Best”. Through my upbringing in a multicultural environment, I look forward to incorporating my cross-cultural experience to contribute positively to a school that is made up of students and families from a range of diverse cultures. I am also excited to be able to give back to our wonderful school community and really look forward to working alongside other Board members in achieving its strategic directions.

Professionally, I have worked as a qualified accountant in the public sector for nearly two decades until I decided to become a full time mum three years ago.