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Minutes from Annual General Meeting on 7 November 2022
While we are proud of our history, we are excited to look ahead as we continue to enhance and support the important role our members play in primary education.
“We are on a quest to build stronger inclusive membership, with effective connection, ensuring the purpose and relevance of all undertakings for each of our members and the profession.”
— Western Australian Primary Principals’ Association Board
WAPPA Annual Reports
“It’s been a pleasure to work with WAPPA members over the past two years, both as part of your Annual Conference and the Act of Leadership webinar series. It’s always inspiring to see how Principals and Deputy Principals balance the day‑to‑day challenges of running a school long with the broader overarching aims of the education system. To be invited to support you in doing this is always a thrill as I often learn more from working with you, than you do from working with me! As the world continues to emerge from the last 3 years of COVID I wish you ll the best as you lead and support students, staff and your communities to thrive, professionally and personally.”
— by Dan Haesler
“It has been my privilege to work with WAPPA over several years, supporting the powerful work the Association does for members and their professional growth. The Association’s advocacy for school leaders and its support for the learning and wellbeing of the people charged with the complex work of school leadership has never been more important. I always come away from my work with WAPPA more conscious of the genuine dedication and generous energy of the people I have worked with. In my own professional journey, it was only when I left my role as a school leader that I realised how much I missed the support of a professional network; colleagues who truly understood the work I did, its privilege and its challenge. I hope that WAPPA goes from strength to strength as a key point of professional connection for school leaders in Western Australia in the years ahead.”
— by Brendan Spillane
“It’s been my privilege to partner with and learn from WAPPA leaders over the last few years. Never before have school leaders faced such extreme levels of complexity and uncertainty. The capacity for school leaders and their teams to be agile, adapt to changing circumstances, and build learning organisations has never been more important. We can’t navigate this complex environment alone. WAPPA will continue to play a critical role in helping Western Australian leaders to learn from each other, generate innovative solutions and find approaches that really work to serve their students. The future of school improvement will be led by school leaders, deeply networked together and focused on their moral imperative for collective impact.”
— by Simon Breakspear
“Over the last two years, I have become aware of the excellent work WAPPA is doing to support the lives of educational leaders across WA. The more I learn about your work, the more convinced I am that WAPPA has a role to play in sharing lessons from WA leaders to the rest of the world. There is much to learn from your approach and the impressive expertise and commitment of school leaders in WA. Congratulations on another successful annual conference. It was a true pleasure to participate and consider me a WAPPA fan for life!”
— by Karen Edge
“WAPPA has continued to build a strong professional leadership arm, delivering programs for aspirants through to experienced school leaders. Delivering timely and focused Professional Learning (PL) is critical and members can be proud that WAPPA is leading in this area.
A major initiative this year has seen the appointment of a WAPPA Wellbeing Officer, supporting the work of our General Council, Support Line and President in supporting members.
Again, I am pleased to report that WAPPA has continued to grow its membership and at a time when we are developing our next strategic plan, look forward to the opportunities to expand our services to members and influence key stakeholders.”
— by Ian Anderson WAPPA President
“This year, WAPPA has commissioned Kaya Consulting to undertake a major research project into the funding of students in Years 4 to 6. With a focus on early and sustained intervention, this paper will have implications for the future funding of primary education not only in Western Australia, but across the country. The paper will also form the basis of our response to the Department’s review of the Student Cantered Funding Model, due to take place in 2018.
I would like to make special mention of our partners for the support they provide. It is through these strategic partnerships that we are able to offer a wider range of services to our members.”
— by Ian Anderson WAPPA President
“WAPPA has made various submissions and formal representations to the Department of Education on a range of topics including curriculum development, policy review and protecting the health and wellbeing of school leaders. In May 2016, WAPPA also made a formal submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Independent Public Schools.
Kaya Consulting was engaged for the first project which included three phases to formulate a comprehensive and practical blueprint which outlines what needs to happen in the Western Australian public education system over the next ten years.”
— by Stephen Breen WAPPA President (Retired)
“WAPPA's membership remains strong with over 1100 members on our database, highlighting the strength of the Association's value proposition to support members and the profession.
The Board of Management, with input from WAPPA Chapter Chairs, has developed a clear and determined path for the next three years, and has identified four key priority areas and a number of enablers to focus our resources in order to reach our organisational objectives.”
— The WAPPA Board of Management