our board of trustees
Andy McOnie - Finance
Robert Dol - Chairperson
Steve Dunsmore - Principal / Health and Safety
Stacy Mahon - Policy and Property
Justine Steele - Funding and Communication
Lisa De Vargas - Staff Trustee
Emma McCarthy - Fundraising
The current Horsham Downs School Board of Trustees ("the board”) was elected in May 2019 and has seven members including the school principal, a staff representative and five parent representatives.
A key focus is to monitor and evaluate school performance against objectives and targets in the school charter. Staff report regularly to the board, and through questions and discussion, the board gains confidence that the information received is relevant and meaningful for this purpose.
The board meets monthly, usually on the third and eighth Wednesdays of the school term. Parents are welcome to attend the meeting and the minutes are available for inspection at the school office. From time to time for reasons of privacy the meeting moves "in committee”, but this is rare. Speaking rights can be arranged in advance with the Chairperson.
The Board appreciates the tremendous work undertaken by the Parents' Association and the many parent volunteers who support the school’s activities throughout the year. The annual donation from the Parent Association, together with the school donation you make toward your child’s education, make it possible for the Board to provide a significantly higher quality educational experience than would be possible relying solely on the Government’s operational grant.
We are proactive in working with the school community on key issues and endeavour to keep you up to date on the board’s focus areas and achievements through regular newsletters. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the board’s work or would like to bring an issue to the attention of the board, please feel free to contact the principal or the Board Chair.
Steve Dunsmore, firstname.lastname@example.org