Staff Structure

The overall governance for the School lies with the School Board of Governors.  The current School Board comprises the following members: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and other members as agreed by the Board. These members are nominated and elected annually by the members of the parent body. The Principal is also a member of the Board.  Whilst the School Board maintains its legal responsibilities for ultimate control over school affairs and is responsible for governance and strategy, the school’s operations are managed on a day-to-day basis by the Principal.

RMS School Board 2018

Chairperson:       Shea O’Neill

Vice Chair:       Matthew Watt

Principal:       Vanessa Aikins

Vanessa Vanessa Aikins (BA, BEd, MEd) has over 20 years experience in education and teaching. Vanessa commenced her teaching Career as a Home Economics, Physical Education and Health Education teacher, then moved into school administration in Department of Education Senior High Schools and District High Schools as Head of Department, Deputy Principal and Principal. Vanessa worked in the Department of Education Canning District Education Office as a Curriculum Officer and was Principal of Warnbro Community High School’s Education Support Centre. Vanessa has had over ten years as a school administrator prior to joining Rockingham Montessori School as Principal in 2011. Vanessa completed the AMI Montessori Orientation Programme to Adolescent Studies (12-18) in 2013.

Secretary:       Lisa Daley

Treasurer:      Neil Campbell
Neil Campbell

General Board Member 1:      Barry Down

Barry Professor Barry Down BSocSc, GradDipEd, BEd, MEd, PhD Murd
Barry Down is City of Rockingham Chair in Education at Murdoch University. He has been involved in teaching and teacher education since 1980. His research interests focus around student engagement, personalised learning and the small schools movement. He has co-authored a number of books, among them: Critically Engaged Learning: Connecting to Young Lives (New York: Peter Lang); ‘Hanging in With Kids’ in Tough Times: Engagement in Contexts of Educational Disadvantage in the Relational School (New York: Peter Lang); and recently The Socially Just School (Dordrecht: Springer) and Promoting early career teacher resilience (London: Routledge). Barry and his wife Jenny live in Baldivis, have two teenage daughters, and two pampered dogs for company.

General Board Member 2:      Nigel Denny

Nigel DennyNigel has a B.Arch (1985) from UWA. He has worked for a number of architects in Perth as well as in the UK. In 2007, Nigel started his own practice; Nigel Denny Architect. Nigel has a history in school and university projects and currently the majority of his work is residential. Nigel has two children at RMS.

General Board Member 3:      Kath Sugars
Kath Sugars



Members of the School Board chair a number of committees and report monthly to the Board on the activities of each committee.

Finance Committee: Responsible for overseeing the financial management of the School and advising the Board of matters of strategic importance.

Governance Committee: Facilitates best practice governance by the School Board.

Risk Management Committee: