School Leadership Update

Parents and Caregivers,

I write to inform you of some notable changes in the existing leadership structure at Warriapendi Primary School. Late in Term 2, we formally advertised for a new Associate Principal to fill the position vacated by Erin Turner. A panel consisting of two female Principals from metropolitan schools, Mr Slavin and myself, ran a very competitive process that resulted in the appointment of Mrs Roxanne Righton from Upper Swan PS. Mrs Righton brings with her a passion for high-impact, evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning, and is a welcome addition to our team. She possesses energy and a desire to support staff in designing and delivering high quality lessons, while working closely with the broader school community to build strong relationships. 

Following this appointment, we received confirmation that Mr Slavin had been appointed Associate Principal at a new school being built in Landsdale. This is a well-deserved opportunity that Mr Slavin could not let slip by. While it is a big loss for our school community and will no doubt be hard for all involved to say farewell to him, it is an important step in his career and something we wish him nothing but the best for. Mr Slavin has contributed an enormous amount to Warriapendi Primary School during his time here, both in a teaching and administrative capacity. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge his efforts and the professional manner with which he welcomed me to the school last term. He is an outstanding leader and will no doubt add a huge amount of value to his new school. 

Fortunately, as a result of the competitive process we ran, we have been able to appoint Mrs Deann Jones to undertake Mr Slavin’s role. Mrs Jones brings a wealth of experience working in schools such as Koondoola PS and Ellen Stirling PS. She has a passion for supporting students at educational risk and a strong knowledge of contemporary, evidence-based teaching and learning models. 

I would like to take the time to acknowledge the impressive job that Mrs Lannigan has done as acting Associate Principal for the first half of 2022. Her support during my transition to the school was outstanding and I am very excited to see her supporting staff and students via her coaching role throughout the remainder of this year.

We look forward to seeing you all back on site this coming Tuesday and hope that you have the opportunity to meet our new team members. Should you have any questions about these recent staffing changes, please feel free to phone the school or see me during morning duty this week.


Matt Pinkard