School Board

Carmel Bochenek

I have worked in the South Metropolitan Education Region for most of the last ten years. Prior to that, I worked in rural and remote communities in teaching, school leadership and educational research. I moved to Hilton Primary School as the new, permanent Principal, in Term 2, 2019.  I have been delighted to begin working with the Hilton Primary School Board to progress our Business Plan 2018-2020 as an Independent Public School. At all times, our focus is to what is best for our students, finding ways to support the ongoing professional development of our staff, and creating opportunities for further engagement with our School community. I am looking forward to a strong future for Hilton Primary School as “A great place to learn and grow.”


Jo McKay

Jo's background is in the Arts and community development and she currently works for local government as a Community Development Officer with a focus on youth, children and families. With two young children at Hilton Primary Jo is passionate about continuing to grow a strong school community that supports all areas of education through a responsive and creative approach to learning. As former President and an active member of the P&C Jo is all about strengthening relationships, good communication, positivity and fun.

Board Chair

Luke Vladich

Luke is a business owner and Private practice physiotherapist with natural leadership and interpersonal skills. He is passionate about his community, childhood education and parenting, and will compliment the schools ability to bring thoughtful sophistication to the process of skilled governance and leadership. By being a Hilton Primary School board member, Luke hopes he can help guide the school, its staff, teachers and parents, in raising its students to become well rounded, happy and educated young teenagers...... ready for lives challenges from graduation to secondary school and beyond. Luke has two children attending Hilton.

Board Member

Erin Baker

I am currently the Head of Science at Baldivis Secondary College. I am a passionate educator with a particular interest in Public Education. I believe that we need to be the change we want to see in the world so I have chosen to volunteer to be a School Board member to in order to ensure our kids are getting the best education possible. I hope that as the Chair of the Board I will be able to use my educational experience to further the great work that the school is doing already.  We have been Hilton residents for many years and my two children Sam and Caitlyn attend Hilton PS.

Board Member

Fiona Blaauw

A Primary school teacher with 20 years experience, I started my country service in South Hedland, WA, after graduating from Edith Cowen University with a B.A. in Education, majoring in Visual Arts and Drama. I have spent many years as a classroom teacher, but have taught in specialist areas including, P.E., Music, I.T., Science and my passion Visual Arts. I have held various management roles within schools including Acting Head at Fulham Prep School in London, U.K. I have had experience in country and metropolitan schools in W.A. as well as in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. I have experience teaching in both public and private education settings as well as at an international School, in Rotterdam. More recently I have taught Arts at Notre Dame University in Fremantle and I currently teach Visual Arts at John XXIII College in Mt Claremont and at Hilton Primary School, where I am also a parent.

Board Member

Andrea Townes

Classroom teacher and whole school science curriculum coordinator. Coordinator of Hilton Primary Schools’ engagement and membership with Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative WA since 2010. Coordinator of the ‘CSIRO Scientist in Schools’ engagement. New member of the Hilton School Board March 2017.

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Felicity Monck

As a mum, I feel it’s vital to be engaged in my children’s school community. As a school psychologist, I'm passionate about building safe, supportive learning environments and activating school community capacity to improve mental health and wellbeing; it's amazing the difference belonging can make! As a Board member, I hope to bring experience in school improvement planning and whole school approaches to wellbeing and behaviour management to the Business Plan for the Hilton IPS community.

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Meredith Beaton

My son Lachlan is in year 4 and has been at Hilton PS since 2014 when we moved to Perth from Port Hedland. The sense of community and belonging the school has is inspiring and welcoming. As a Board member I hope to help continue grow these. I am currently the Head of Humanities at Rossmoyne SHS and believe education is the most important thing we can give our children to make the future better for them and to help them grow into compassionate, intelligent adults.

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