Our Council 2018/2019
HELEN ANDERSON - President
St Joseph's College, Albany
So who is the President? I am married to Martin and live in Albany, but I’m originally from South Australia. We have three children, with just one still attending school. We have been part of St Joseph’s College since 2001 and I started attending our P&F meetings in 2002 and still do so. I am actively involved in our Parish community and I have been part of PFFWA for over 10 years and I have gained so much more in that time than I could have imagined, I commenced my term as President this year after 7 years as the Vice President.
Natalie Giancono - vice president
St Mary's College, Broome
Richard Bone - treasurer
Mercy College, Koondoola
Richard brings significant Board experience to the PFFWA Council. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Company Director Course and has more than 20 years Board experience. Within Catholic Education WA, Richard served 8 years on the Board of Mercy College, Koondoola including 3 years as Board Chair. Richard also served 8 years on the Board of one of Perth’s leading Not-For-Profit organisations, Ruah Community Services - including 2 years as Chair. Richard was the founding chair of Ruah Board’s Finance and Audit Sub-Committee. Richard works within the ICT industry and has been active in industry associations including 4 years as President of the WA Internet Association and 2 years on the Board of the National Internet Industry Association.
Richard has twin boys attending Mercy College, Koondoola.
rebecca furfaro - secretary
Salvado Catholic College, Byford
Rebecca has three children (3, 5 and 7) who attend Salvado Catholic College in Byford. Rebecca joined PFFWA in 2017 after learning about the important work of PFFWA through the school’s P&F. She is a stay at home mum who enjoys volunteering at school and helping her husband on their dairy and beef farm. Rebecca is also a high school teacher (Ancient History and Italian) and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Theology in order to teach Religious Education and she hopes to return to teaching in the future but at this stage is cherishing spending time with her children.
rev fr.philip perreau - priest advisor
St Maria Goretti's Catholic School, Redcliffe
Simone has three children, two of whom attend St Maria Goretti's Catholic School in Redcliffe, and one at an independent high school. She sits on the Audit and Risk Subcommittee of CECWA. As a non-Catholic she advocates for the value to families of having a choice in education, independently of faith. She is a stay-at-home mum sharing her time between Secretary for her local Parents & Friends Association, and President of the Ascot Eagles Junior Cricket Club.
Notre Dame Catholic Primary School, Cloverdale
Tamara became involved with her school P&F and then PFFWA initially to get a better understanding of the Catholic Education System so that she could be a better advocate for her child with special needs. Tamara’s gained more than she expected and through her involvement has been able to enrich her life by being of service to the school and parent community and to her children’s education. As an IT Project Manager, she hopes to bring her professional skills to the council and as a Mum of two primary age children, she’s keen to offer a parent perspective.
St Kieran Catholic Primary School, Tuart Hill
Anna has five children whose ages range from lower primary through to upper high school. She has extensive experience on P&Fs and has contributed to her school community by initiating grant funding, event management and opportunities to build the school community. Anna’s professional experience is in the field of corporate communications, marketing and public relations, with knowledge of governance and corporate administration. She is also a practising Catholic who endeavours to support faith formation and has a commitment to the Catholic ethos. Anna brings the federation extensive personal and professional experience to represent parents from both primary and high school settings.
St Mary's Primary School, Kalgoorlie
Tracey is a mother of 13 children whose ages range from 31 to 5 years of age. Tracey runs two small businesses and has been involved with the P&F at St Joseph’s School Queens Park and St Norbret’s College for many years. Tracey is currently the President at St Mary’s Primary School, Kalgoorlie.
Tracey and her family will be returning to Perth at the end of this year and she is looking forward to being more involved with PFFWA.
St Elizabeth's Catholic Primary School, Hocking
This is my third year as a Council member. The reason I became a member was to understand the schooling and education system and specifically Catholic schools, as we were new to Australia. The only experience I had at the time was 2 terms in nursery in England and then kindy here, in Perth. I now have 2 happy boys within a Catholic school in Perth. I was welcomed with open arms to the Council and I was so impressed with the knowledge and passion of the Council members and who have become good friends. I wish to remain an active member for many years and carry on the excellent work that the Council do. I have been a member of our children’s school P&F since its inception in 2015 and I am an active member of the school community.
St Anthony's School, Greenmount
Kate has three children (10, 9 and 6) whom all attend St Anthony’s Primary School in Greenmount and is currently the P&F President, having served three terms as Secretary. Kate initially became involved in P&F committee’s when her eldest child started school at St Mary’s Primary School in Kalgoorlie serving as President for a term prior to moving to Perth. Kate believes that as parents we need to not only be involved in our children’s education but volunteer both within and outside our school communities to enrich, grow and encourage others to do the same. Kate is a metallurgist and spends her time in Perth and the Pilbara, She coordinates the St Anthony’s Netball Club (through the Parish), is an executive member of netball associations and regional committees however her number one priority are her beautiful children and husband. Kate is keen to learn from other members of the PFFWA Council and hopes to offer a fresh perspective.