The School Advisory Council provides an opportunity for greater involvement of the local community in the school. The Council enables a spirit of partnership to be developed within the school community and is constituted in a way that allows the various bodies within the school to be represented and to participate in the development of the school and its management.

The School Advisory Council is responsible to the Conference of Bishops through CECWA.

The Council meets on a monthly basis with an Annual Community Meeting being held in November of each year. At that particular meeting, a report by the  Chairperson is presented and the  Treasurer presents the provisional budget for the ensuing year. Also at that time, the election of members to the Council for the following year is held.

  • to oversee the financial management of the school
  • to plan for the resource needs of the school
  • to provide membership on the panel which recommends the appointment of the Principal
  • to disseminate information about the school and about Catholic education
  • to act as a consultative body for the principal as required

The Board is comprised of the Principal and the Parish Priest as the ex-officio members, a parish representative and elected community representatives.


Doug Yek – Board Chair

Having been nominated onto the Board in 2017, I am grateful to be given the opportunity to contribute towards the welfare and endeavours of the school.

With two children attending Whitford Catholic, I can see first hand the impact that the school’s excellent staff and education system have on its students. To be able to embrace the school community as an extension of the family is testament to the positive impact the school has on everyone. To this end, I want to be an involved parent in order to continue the community spirit that engenders the school.

I look forward to partnering with the other Board Members and the School Executive in working towards the school’s goals and objectives.


Michael Chiera – General Board Member

When choosing a school for our children, my wife and I could not look past WCPS.

Having been a student at the school myself, we were extremely impressed with the strong community feel and the warmth that continues to exude from the staff and students. Our boys always look forward to going to school and are thriving in their learning and development.

I have been a secondary school teacher in the Catholic system for 17 years now and am committed to the Christian values and ethos that comes with this. As a member of the Executive at Sacred Heart College, I believe I can support the WCPS community by bringing a good understanding of the workings of a school as well as the practical knowledge and experience that comes with being at the ‘coalface’.

To me, the opportunity to serve as a member the School Board is a privilege – all decision made, or any action that is taken, needs to prioritise the best interests of the students.


Karolina Brown – Treasurer

Being co-opted onto the School Board in 2017, I am honoured to support the Board in the growth and strategic direction of Whitford Catholic Primary School. I am also pleased to bring further diversity to our School Board, being a working mum and coming from a home where English was my second language, I will work hard to represent the voice of many school mums.

I believe it is important to be involved in what matters to our children and with schooling being such a sizeable component of their lives, I will look to leverage my skillset and experience in my role on the School Board to actively partake in this important part of their lives.

My family, including my son and daughter, were welcomed into the school community in 2014. I am looking forward to working with the Board and supporting the school to make it the best it can be.


Pina Pettinicchio – P&F Representative

I have been a part of the WCPS community since 2009 when my eldest child started Kindy here. He is now in Year 10 at Sacred Heart College and my daughter graduated from WCPS last year and is now in Year 7 at Prendiville Catholic College. My two youngest children, Anthony (Year 6) and Christian (Year 4) are current students at WCPS.

I attended my first P&F Meeting in 2012 as I wanted to see if there was something I could offer. Since 2013 I have been on the P&F Executive Committee, first as Secretary (1 year), then Treasurer (5 years) and now President (since 2019).

The P&F is important as it helps create and strengthen friendships within the school community, raises funds for facilities at the school and to support student experiences. Being the P&F Representative on the Board gives me the opportunity to see how else we can support the wonderful staff at the school and continue to make WCPS an exciting place for our children to grow up in.


Dion Panossian – General Member

Nominated to the Board in 2016.

I was so impressed with the school’s culture in my son’s first year attending the school, that it was natural for me to want to be more involved in this great community.

I have 2 children at the school with another two to follow. I currently sit on a number of not-for-profit boards and thoroughly enjoy giving back to the community. We can never be too busy to contribute to our kids educational environment . I am grateful to be a part of such a professional Board with a common interest in supporting the great team of teachers that educate our children.


Cynthia Bartolomei – General Board Member

My name is Cynthia Bartolomei and I have 2 children at WCPS, Massimo and Rio. My husband John runs our family tiling and renovations business and I am a Marketing Manager at EY and have worked in Professional Services for over 13 years.

I am delighted to provide strategic direction advice for our wonderful school and honoured to be a part of this great community. Finally, for fun and fitness, I play women’s soccer for Whitfords.


Vicky Wren – General Board Member

Our family were welcomed into the WCPS community in 2017 when our daughter was part way through year 2 and were blown away by the warm welcome we received.  My husband and I feel truly blessed that 2 of our children are already part of this wonderful WCPS family, with our youngest starting pre-kindy later this year.

I nominated for the Board in 2019.  As a chartered accountant with over 16 years’ experience in the corporate world, I feel privileged to be able to give back to the community in supporting the school in delivering its strategic plan.

Working alongside such a passionate School Executive and fellow board members is truly inspiring and something that I am extremely proud to be a part of.


Mark Marando – Principal



Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti – Parish Priest

My full names are Fr. Cyprian Malongo Shikokoti however I prefer to be called Fr Cyprian or Fr Cyp (pronounced as ‘sip’).  I was born and raised in western Kenya in the little village town of Eregi.  I am the firstborn of eight children to my late father Mr Alfred Usete Shikokoti and my mother Jane Usete. I arrived in Australia in October 2006 and ordained to the priesthood on 04/03/2011 at St Mary’s Cathedral for the archdiocese by Emeritus Archbishop Hickey. During my priesthood journey I’ve have served as a student, a Deacon and an Assistant Priest in this diocese. For last five years I’ve been serving as Catholic Chaplain to Murdoch University and UWA.

Please feel free to contact me if you’ve any questions; Fr Truc, our secretaries and or myself will assist the best we can. Please don’t shy away.  With many blessings to you and your families – Fr Cyp.

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