Watch the full Women of Achievement Awards Ceremony above.

Membership Update


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

  • Nikki Lyons, Brookman PS
  • Paul Cassir, North Harrisdale PS
  • Lesley Kemp, Aveley North PS

We would like to congratulate all of the nominees and the five finalists for today's Women of Achievement Award.  Two WAPPA members were amongst the finalists, with the Women of Achievement Award recipient being Lee Musumeci.   Lee has, for many years, been a trailblazer in the establishment of inclusive, innovative practices, that encompass community involvement and allied support.  Last year Lee was an expert panellist at the 2022 WAPPA Conference.

  • Lee Musumeci, Principal Challis Community PS
  • Deb Taylor, Principal Cloverdale ESC & President of WAESPAA
  • Phillippa Beamish Burton, Exec Director Finance and Commercial Services
  • Julie Campbell, Principal Champion Bay SHS
  • Ann Lord, School Psychologist Consultant

As mentioned in our last edition of WORDS, the response to our call out for Chapter Chairs was overwhelming.  We are so grateful that members are keen to support their colleagues and the Association, by looking after the needs of their 'patch'.  This is a very healthy sign for WAPPA moving forward and I would like to thank everyone who put their hand up to take on this important role. Chapter Chairs should reach out to you in the near future, so you are aware of who yours is, in the meantime the full list of Chapter Chairs can be found here.

Advocacy & Support


The 2022 annual Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey will be fully released in March. Last week, initial information was released by the Australian Catholic University. Key information demonstrates that teacher shortages are a major source of stress for school leaders.

Heavy workloads and a lack of time to focus on the core responsibilities of teaching and learning were the top two sources of stress recorded among almost 2500 principals surveyed in 2022, according to the annual Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey.

National teacher shortages ranked third – up from 12th compared with the 2021 survey results. Mental health issues among students and staff rounded out the top five sources of stress.

Principals are also concerned about the welfare of staff and students, with their top five concerns for staff being burnout, stress, anxiety, depression, and alcohol and/or drug use, while anxiety, school refusal, depression, stress, and self-harm were leading causes of concern for their students.



This week saw the first AGPPA and APPA National Council meetings, which included an audience with Minister for Education, The Hon Jason Clare MP.  A key strategy for AGPPA is to advocate for a more equitable resourcing agreement for primary schools, with the AGPPA Resourcing Sub-Committee, providing the following update.

The delay in the next National School Reform Agreement has created an opportunity to strengthen the Australian Government Primary Principals Association sponsored research by Professor Pasi Sahlberg.  This research will outline the critical nature of ensuring equity in funding for government primary school students.

For over 10 years, the Gonski needs based funding model has not been funded fully by every state and territory government. AGPPA once more calls on the Federal Government and all states and territories to fund all Australian government primary schools to ensure they receive a minimum of 100% of the Schooling Resource Standard per student at the commencement of, or within the next NSRA.

Pasi has been tasked with presenting a clear understanding of the complexities in public education and outlining the economic benefits for the Australian society of a fully funded government primary school education system.

2023 WAPPA Conference


Calling for Expressions of Interest for 2023 WAPPA Conference.

  • Concurrent Presentation EOI's,  please click here for more information. Concurrent EOI.
  • School Performance EOI's, please click here for more information.  School Performance EOI.


WAPPA Support Line - New Phone Number


Due to inconsistency with the WAPPA Support Line previous number, we now have a new phone number that will put you in touch directly with someone to provide you the information and support you may need. Please save this number in your phone so you can call whenever you need us.  (08) 6389 5540

From the Field



Cooloongup Primary School was recently awarded the Association for Physical Education (afPE) Quality Mark. Cooloongup Primary school is the first Australian school to ... read more

2023 Football Tipping Competition


The First game is next week! 

Free to join 

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2023 WAPPA Football Tipping Competition

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You do not need to submit your credit card details to join this competition, please contact your bank if you think you may have entered in this information.

Professional Learning


Our Manager of Professional Learning, Amanda McGovern, is starting a new venture with a fantastic opportunity to provide facilitation and delivery of PL in her own right, expanding beyond education.  WAPPA would like to acknowledge the work of Amanda over the last 20 months and her contribution to conference and PL development for WAPPA.
We have been working with Amanda to ensure that we continue our productive relationship to deliver programs for our members, especially those that are currently underway. We will be proceeding with the following arrangements.

  • Amanda will deliver the suite of programs currently underway for WAPPA in Terms 1 & 2, inclusive of all Elevate programs and Fierce Conversations.
  • Meanwhile, WAPPA will continue to run cohort specific PL, such as Making the Leap, ISL and Aspirant networking opportunities.
  • Beyond Semester 1, WAPPA will liaise with Amanda, with a view to having her facilitate PL for WAPPA members, where able.

WAPPA will continue to create, and broker, great new PL opportunities for our members, moving forward. We wish Amanda the best of luck with her exciting new venture.

Don't miss out! 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.

Register now for Making the Leap to Deputy Principal running on May 29, Term 2. 

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Member Advantage


This March, your WAPPA Member Advantage brings you discounts on groceries, retail, travel and more. You could literally save money every day! Available online, 24/7. That's your Member Advantage.

Does your school have a story to tell? Wakakirri is an award winning performing arts program and festival that helps schools develop student engagement and well-being. For more information go to

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