School Council members


Dominic O’Brien 
Parent (Chairperson)

Dominic and his wife live in Fig Tree Pocket with their 4 children (two of whom are present FTPSS students in grades 4 and 5 and two of whom graduated from grade 6 in 2017 and 2019 respectively).  Dominic is an active member of the school community having served as vice president of the P&C during 2016-2019.  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.


Barry Klopper





Jason Boyd         


 Jason is a very experienced educator with over 20 years of working in schools.  Jason has worked in a variety of schools, bringing experience from large and small primary settings, as well as a Prep-Yr12 college.  Over half of his working years has been as a school leader, serving as a Deputy Principal at Tingalpa SS, Sunnybank SS and Calamvale CC, and more recently as Principal of Sunnybank SS and now Fig Tree Pocket SS.  Jason is dedicated to creating a positive culture of challenge and support, enabling effective teaching that promotes enthusiastic, independent learners, committed to lifelong learning.



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.

Mark Dacey

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 from 2018 - 2019.  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 


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.


Vriz Solo-Paulsen

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.


Andrew Boyd                                                 


Andrew lives in Fig Tree Pocket with his wife Lisa and three school aged children.  Two of Andrew's children attend FTPSS, one in grade three and one in prep.  The eldest attended FTPSS until this year.  Andrew has an engineering background and has spent his career working in the mining industry in a range of mine site based and corporate roles.  Andrew joined the School Council after two years as part of the FTPSS P&C executive committee.  As a full time worker who travels quite a bit, Andrew saw being a member of the School Council as a way to understand and contribute to the strategic direction of the school and also to build relationships with some of the teachers, staff and other parents.  Andrew is always happy to raise issues or discuss items that are of interest to members of the FTPSS community.


Sarah Thornton                                           

Teacher Aide 

 Sarah has been associated with FTPSS as a parent since 2002 and as a staff member since 2005.  Mother of two previous students, the youngest graduating from year six in 2015, her long association as a parent, volunteer and varied scope of service have provided insight into the needs of children and families of the Fig Tree Pocket community.  She is keen to be part of a committed team that works collaboratively to enrich the experience of children and explore new options to strengthen the educational outcomes of all students.  Sarah enjoys exploring new opportunities to improve our school, students, staff, family and community bonds.  As a caring, enthusiastic, qualified Teacher Aide, complemented by training to support children with medical conditions, Sarah believes school should be a safe and accepting place that challenges children to be the best they can be.



Robbie Bignami


 Robbie is a teacher with thirty-five years of experience having taught in a number of schools including Sunshine Beach and Pompurraw, an Aboriginal community.  She is committed to ensuring students in her care develop a love of learning, a sense of belonging and acceptance.  Developing strong relationships with her students and parents alike is one of her main priorities.  Robbie's aim as a teacher is to provide each student with every opportunity to achieve their best by encouraging them to be persistent, resilient and resourceful learners.  She looks forward to being on the School Council and providing feedback and ideas from a teacher's perspective.


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Olivia Clarkson                            


 Olivia worked in educational settings with young children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder after completing undergarduate and postgraduate degrees in Psychology.  Her capacity for understanding children's complexities while achieving educational outcomes motivated Olivia to undertake her Education degree and become a classroom teacher.  She is now a senior teacher with over twelve years experience teaching at primary schools in Brisbane and Ipswich.  Olivia fosters a compassionate classroom environment where student voice is integral and students feel they belong.  Using a growth mindset philosophy, she challenges her students to be curious, be brave and to embrace learning opportunities to achieve their true academic potential.  Olivia looks forward to collaborating with School Council members to implement the strategic direction and advance student learning outcomes.



Judi Abbott


 Judi has been a classroom teacher at Fig Tree Pocket since 2001 and working in education for nearly 30 years.  She is currently teaching Year 6, but has taught in both the lower and upper school, including the old Preschool.  Judi is committed to promoting a learning environment which is inclusive, engaging and challenging for all students.  She is looking forward to representing a teacher perspective while working collaboratively with fellow School Council members and the broader school community to provide the best possible educational outcomes for our students.





Last reviewed 20 July 2020
Last updated 20 July 2020