Membership Update


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

  • Kareena McCabe, Lakelands PS
  • Carmen Lopez, Westminster ESC
  • Chantelle Branley, Kelmscott PS
  • Cailie Spencer, Mt Hawthorn PS
  • Sarah Byrne, Dawson Park PS
  • Jo Anderson, Hillcrest PS
  • Kylie Ritchie, Mt Lockyer PS
  • John Gillett, Beeliar PS

It is a great sign for our Association, that principals, deputy principals and aspirant leaders continue to look to WAPPA to meet their leadership needs and opportunities. This only happens through word of mouth and through existing members having positive experiences with WAPPA, so I thank you for recommending WAPPA to your colleagues and staff within your schools.

We look forward to providing you with the Support, Advocacy, Leadership Development and Connection for which WAPPA is renowned. Likewise, we welcome your voice to the ongoing discussion around primary education and school leadership, through the numerous avenues provided to our members.

Last week, the list of QTS Lead Schools and Centre Schools for the Centre for Excellence in the Explicit Teaching of Literacy, were announced.  A large number of the leadership teams within these schools are comprised of WAPPA members. Any school that is chosen to model best practice in any given area, must have high quality leadership, vision and commitment, strong school culture and whole school fidelity.  We believe the schools chosen for QTS and Centre for Excellence, demonstrate these qualities within their leadership teams and school structures and we congratulate them for the recognition they have received. The QTS Lead Schools catering for primary are; 

  • East Kalgoorlie Primary School
  • Esperance Primary School
  • Roebuck Primary School
  • Wananami Remote Community School
  • Cervantes Primary School
  • South Newman Primary School
  • Highgate Primary School
  • Joondalup Education Support Centre
  • Madeley Primary School
  • West Balcatta Primary School
  • Ranford Primary School
  • South Halls Head Primary School
  • Woodland Grove Primary School
  • Rapids Landing Primary School
  • Spencer Park Primary School
  • Narembeen District High School

Centre Schools are:

  • Caladenia Primary School
  • Challis Community Primary School
  • Greenfields Primary School
  • Warriapendi Primary School
  • Wattle Grove Primary School

Advocacy & Support

Members will have seen in Ed-e-mail that Compass is the preferred respondent for the SIS replacement functions of school administration, school management and timetabling.  There will be a number of matters for school leaders to work through in the next 12 months in relation to any transitions and I would encourage members to visit the following IKON page.  There is a specific sub-page titled 'Advice to school leaders'. We anticipate more information being made available to school leaders in the near future, however we are collating any issues that are of immediate concern to school leaders and are happy to work with the Department, in order to develop responses to any FAQs.  Should you have any immediate concerns, or queries, please feel free to contact us at the Business Centre on the following email link.

In the last edition of WORDS, I shared a link to an IKON page that provided support for school leaders in managing requests from allied professionals. Since that time, I have met with Stuart Percival, Director Disability and Inclusion, to further discuss some of the issues being raised by our members, when supporting the needs of all students.  Stuart was keen to provide further input, as well as hear directly from members and we are working towards a plan of having members of that team attend part of State Assembly in May. 

I was recently sent a resource from the Grattan Institute, that may align with the work many schools are already doing in relation to whole school curriculum implementation, as well as with the Department's Quality Teaching Strategy and Teaching for Impact resources. It may be a useful guide to assist schools through self assessment processes, or future planning considerations. View the Grattan Guide here.

If you know an outstanding educator who deserves recognition for shaping the minds and futures of their students, consider nominating them for a NEiTA Award, so their passion and commitment can be celebrated. .

2023 WAPPA Conference - Gala Dinner


Black & White Gala Dinner 

Registration for Dinner Only, is now open. In Term 2, we will be opening the dinner seating plan.  Those who have booked their 3 day conference tickets or the dinner only will get first seating preference.  Proudly sponsored by Woods Furniture.

 Calling for Expressions of Interest for 2023 WAPPA Conference. 

From the Field



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Professional Learning


Making the Leap to Deputy Principal   May 29 

Do you want to explore and understand the leadership skills required to become a Deputy Principal? This one day program will help you to identify your skills to enable you to make the leap.

Aspirant Event Series 1  -  20 April 2023

Last chance to register for this school holiday event. Numbers are close to full. If you can't make it in person, you can join us on Zoom. If you are a WAPPA Aspirant Member, or if you have a teacher aspiring to leadership in your school, we encourage you to come along to the Aspirant event series of workshops. Please register today to be a part of this great event. These events are proudly brought to you by Class Solver.

Click here for more information.

Partner Spotlight


Could your school benefit from epilepsy training?

With 27,000 West Australians living with epilepsy, and 1,500 new cases diagnosed each year, increasing awareness through training is a positive step in ensuring your school is inclusive and is able to meet your duty of care.

Our face-to-face training is conducted by one of our experienced Nurse Educators and includes information on understanding epilepsy and its impacts, and how to administer Emergency Medication and Seizure First Aid.

We also offer online automated training via live video link or through our online learning portal. Should your school be interested in knowing more about epilepsy and how to respond should someone experience a seizure, please reach out today.

 Call 1300 880 660 or email for more information.

WAPPA Support Line - New Phone Number


WAPPA Support Line has a new phone number.  Please save this number in your phone so you can call whenever you need us.  (08) 6389 5540

WAPPA Partners

WAPPA is proud to have the support of the following partners

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