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Dominic O’Brien - Parent (Chairperson)
 
Dominic and his wife live in Fig Tree Pocket with their 4 children (three of whom are present FTPSS students in grades 3, 4 and 6 and one of whom graduated from grade 6 in 2017).  Dominic is an active member of the school community having served as vice president of the P&C since 2016.  Professionally, Dominic operates a boutique legal and corporate advisory consultancy which services a diverse range of clients.  Dominic draws upon his over 20 years’ experience in senior corporate legal and executive roles across a number of industries in Australia and also internationally during more than 7 years living and working in Europe for a global mining company.  Dominic is keen to bring his skills and experiences together with other School Council members to benefit the Fig Tree Pocket State School and community and to seek to achieve high quality education experiences and outcomes for all students.
 
  
 

Kym Raffelt - Principal
 
Kym has been an educator for 36 years and has worked in primary and secondary schools in two states.  Kym has had the pleasure of working at Fig Tree Pocket State School for eleven years.  During that time there has been significant research into the type of learning that is most powerful for students and a recognition of the type of learning that students require in the modern world.  Kym is committed to the ideal that Fig Tree Pocket State School does everything necessary to deliver the best possible learning for all students.  The partnership and engagement of committed parents and staff on the School Council, is an exciting and valuable means of reaching this goal.  Away from work, Kym enjoys playing with grandkids, cycling and travel.
 
 
 
 
 

Toni Fox - Deputy Principal
 
Toni is a school leader with 30 years of experience working in schools. As the deputy principal of Fig Tree Pocket State School, she is committed to ensuring every student develops a passion for curiosity and lifelong learning.  She is dedicated to creating a culture of success, challenges and opportunities for students and the school community within an Independent Public School. She has worked in a diverse range of schools around the state and embraced the distinct contexts that each experience provides. Toni has also worked in statewide curriculum projects, facilitated professional learning for teachers in the teaching of science and mathematics, and worked as a Reading Recovery teacher providing intensive reading support for students. She is an educator with a broad range of experiences able to develop strategic approaches that enhance students’ learning, promote collegiality and develop a unified learning community.
 

 


 
Sharon Morgan - Teacher

Sharon has been teaching at Fig Tree Pocket State School for the last 4 years and is currently teaching the Yr 1/2 multi-age class.  She has taught in several schools around Brisbane since 1985, predominantly in the early years and in reading support.  Sharon moved to the western suburbs a few years ago and has a son in a nearby high school.  She feels privileged to be part of the local community and this school.  She is excited to be a member of the school council because it is an opportunity to further support this amazing school and take an integral role in helping to shape the direction that the school takes in the future.
 
 
 
 
Mark Dacey - Parent
Mark and his wife Charlene have lived in the area for 11 years and have 3 boys,  two currently at Fig Tree Pocket State School in grades 4 and 5.  Mark is an active member of the school community having served as President of the P&C since 2018.  Professionally Mark is the General Manager and Director of an IT Consulting firm, having previously worked for Software Development companies both in Australia and overseas.  Mark has extensive experience developing solutions for and working with numerous Fortune 500 companies, he brings these diverse skills and experience that complement the other School Council members as we aim to help FTPSS and the community strive for high quality educational experiences.
 
 
 
Neil Pollock - Parent
Neil and his wife have two children attending Fig Tree Pocket State School (Year 1 and Year 2) with another due to start in 2020.  With several children likely to attend the school for the coming years he was not only keen to support the school in delivering it's goals, but to also have the opportunity to understand the strategic aims of the school and how they directly support his children, and how he can support his children.  He is a Chartered Naval Architect with over 20 years experience in research, design and strategic development within the Gas and Shipping industry.  Neil grew up in the UK and as a family moved to Australia in 2011.  He is looking forward to representing parents on the School Council and to provide feedback from both the school and parents alike.  Neil is also keen to help the school in delivering their strategic aims.
 
 
 
 
 
Danielle is a mother of four young children (two current students at Fig Tree Pocket State School).  Her family has lived in Fig Tree Pocket for over ten years and she has a long history of involvement in the school community.  Professionally, Danielle is a Paediatric Speech Pathologist with over fifteen years' experience in Private Practice and with a keen interest in education.  Working in health and in a variety of educational settings, Danielle brings to the School Council a wealth of knowledge about learning disorders and inclusive education.  She is passionate about providing the best education for our children.
 
 
 
 
Vriz is mother to Naira (7 years) currently attending Grade 2 at Fig Tree Pocket State School. Vriz personally is keen on the conservation of flora and fauna and ecology, whilst completing a Masters in Business Administration. Professionally, Vriz is an Internal Audit Officer in the public sector with over 10 years' experience in workplace health safety & environment, enhancing risk and governance processes to strengthen controls and quality assurance within local government. She is keen to work with the community and looking forward to assist in improving and enhancing the strategic direction of the school to ensure children are receiving high quality education and prepare them for the future.
 
 
 
Clare Conway - Staff
Clare has been involved with Fig Tree Pocket State School both as a parent and staff member for 11 years.  She is married with three children, all of whom were students at the school with the youngest graduating from Year 6 in 2017.  Her knowledge of the workings of Fig Tree Pocket State School and her interactions both as a parent and an employee have given her an insight into the needs of the children at the school.  She is keen to be a part of a group of people whose aim is to maintain a high level of education for students of all abilities and to look at new ways to benefit the school and its students.