Membership Update


I would like to welcome the following members, who have joined WAPPA in the last fortnight:

  • Robyn Day, Parkwood PS
  • Emidio Boto, Wiluna RCS
  • Wendy Conti, Phoenix PS
  • Donna Jarvinen, Ongerup PS
  • Stacy Woodman, Mt Tarcoola PS
  • Katie Rose, Lake Gwelup PS

We continue to have a growing presence in our regional schools and last week I was able to meet a large number of these school leaders at the Newly Appointed Principal Induction. We thank you for supporting WAPPA, but more importantly, for trusting us to support your professional leadership needs.

Last week we held a very successful online meeting for a group of 25 members, who are keen to start a new Collegial Group. This initiative was in response to the growing requests from members, to be placed into a group, which can often be a timely and challenging task.

Last week we wrote to 12 Chapters, who were in need of a new Chapter Chair. The response was astounding, with over 45 emails received, from members who were keen to take on this role. This response speaks wonders about the members being engaged, responsive and wanting to 'give back' to their colleagues and the Association. In some instances, sole nominees were appointed and in others, an election has been run, in order to appoint a new Chapter Chair.

Advocacy & Support

Thank you to the 96 regional school principals who recently completed a GROH survey. The results of this survey are currently being analysed and reviewed in collaboration with the other three associations. We will very shortly release this data to our members, to ensure transparency in the process we are currently engaging in, in relation to GROH advocacy.

As WAPPA continues to advocate for greater funding for primary schools to address a range of needs, we are often reminded about the total allocation of money in school reserve accounts. Notwithstanding the flaws in this argument, we do want to remind members of the need to ensure that you are spending a minimum 94% of your school budget each year and that you have plans in place for reserve account funds. If you'd like support with any aspect of budgeting and managing reserves, please contact us and we can put you in touch with a colleague or Member Support Officer.

In years gone by, WAPPA has developed a Handbook for Level 3 Principals, to support them in their first year of appointment. This document is in need of a review and refresh and we are seeking any interested Level 3 members to provide input into the latest edition. Experience in the role is not a prerequisite to contributing, as we believe the voice of experienced Level 3s is as important as those who are new to the role. If you are interested please email to discuss further.

This week, members of the WAPPA Board are in South Australia, joining representatives from all government associations and departments of education from around Australia, to take part in the NPEWS. The summit will provide a unique opportunity to work collaboratively, to consider how we build the capacity of public education systems to better support the wellbeing of our children. We will be sure to distribute the information and findings that come from this summit, in due course.

WAPPA, WASSEA and DoE representatives working collaboratively at a national level to tackle Student Wellbeing.

In the News


WAPPA President Niel Smith spoke to Channel 7 News this week about the current expectations of schools and the implications for staffing. He spoke of student complexity, lack of funding for early intervention support and impacts of GROH.

Watch the interview on Youtube: WAPPA President Niel Smith - Channel 7 4PM NEWS 20.2.23 or on 7Plus: 7NEWS: 4PM - 20 Feb 2023 (from 5.02)

2023 WAPPA Conference

Choose the Gala Dinner Theme 

  • Black and White 
  • Hollywood Glamour 
  • Venetian Masquerade 

    We are running a Poll on the WAPPA Members only Facebook Group. If you are a WAPPA member and not already a part of this group, join and have your say on this years Gala Theme.

    If don't have a Facebook account, send us an email to with your preference.

    Concurrent Presentations & School Student Performances

    WAPPA is seeking expressions of interest from high profile school leaders and/or their teams to address common challenges and provide knowledge sharing opportunities. For more information please click this concurrent EOI.

    We are also seeking expressions of interest from member's schools to showcase outstanding student performances. For more information please click this School Performance EOI.

    2023 Football Tipping Competition


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    2023 WAPPA Football Tipping Competition

    Professional Learning


    Places are filling fast for our next Fierce Conversations cohort on April 3 & 4. Join us to learn a range of practical skills as well as tips on how to implement with authenticity. The 4 Conversational Models of Team, Coach, Delegate and Confront are critical to leadership success. 

    Last week we delivered Fierce to an enthusiastic group at Helena Valley PS. It was a great network event comprised of Principals, Deputy Principals, Teacher Leaders & MCSs. Feedback from the group was incredibly positive and we look forward to following their success.

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    Other Events


    Early Childhood Education State Conference
    The organisers of this years ECE State Conference have asked us to share the below link with you. Their registration is now open for 2 days of PL designed for Classroom based K-3 Early Childhood educators.

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