I have been a member of the Governing Board of this wonderful school since 2014 and became Chair of Governors in 2016. My background is in Catholic education and I taught English at our neighbours, Saint James’ Catholic High School, for thirty eight years. In addition to chairing the Governing Board, I am a member of each of the three committees that oversee the work of the school. I retired from full-time work in July 2015, though my association with Blessed Dominic Catholic Primary School dates back even further: I worked as an unestablished teacher at the school for a term in the summer of 1973 prior to entering higher education. The school had just opened at that time and it seems to be the completion of a circle as we approach the closure of this site in 2019. In addition to my duties as governor at Blessed Dominic, I also am employed as clerk to the governors at Saint James’ and at the Annunciation Junior School in Burnt Oak. I am strongly committed to each child having a communal experience of Christ as part of this wonderful, diverse community. The purpose of our school is provide experiences both in and outside the classroom that prepare our children to make the most of their life chances and develop into responsible contributors to society. Parents are a child’s first educators and I thus see the connection between home and school as an essential part of the mission of Blessed Dominic Catholic Primary School.
I have been a member of the Governing Board of Blessed Dominic Catholic School since 2016 and became Deputy Chair of Governors in 2017. My background is in Banking and Finance where I have been working for one of the high street banks for the last 31 years. I am currently in a leadership role within Business Banking. As a leader in Banking, this has given me a great skill set to apply my capabilities in education and feel that I can add value from a finance and human resources perspective. I am a mother of two teenage boys so understand the importance of a Catholic Education and the support that Blessed Dominic can give to every child and the role it has to play in their everyday lives. Parents are a child’s first educators and I thus see the connection between home and school as an essential part of the mission of Blessed Dominic Catholic Primary School.
I have been a Foundation Governor at Blessed Dominic’s for the past year and have had the privilege of seeing this wonderful school in action thought various monitoring visits. My background is in education, having taught for the past 20 years in Torquay, Jerusalem, Liverpool and London. I am currently the School Chaplain at St James’ Catholic High School, Colindale and have a passion for bringing students faith alive. I have enjoyed fostering partnerships between Blessed Dominic’s, St Margaret Clitherow Parish and St James’ and am looking forward to being part of further collaborations.
I am a local councillor here in Barnet, representing Burnt Oak ward, and a Governor at two local primary schools: Blessed Dominic, since 2012, and Barnfield, since 2014. I have degrees in Philosophy, Political Theory and Jurisprudence, am a published author and work professionally as a University lecturer. I have always firmly believed that the provision of good quality education is the surest mechanism by which to ensure social mobility and achieve social equality. Education directly impacts not only one’s prospects in life but also the manner in which one perceives the world and one’s own place in it. For this reason I believe is it as important for children to do well in school as it is for them to want to do well in school; for the educational experience to be as enjoyable for children as it is enhancing. The bulk of the burden for enshrining within children this love of learning falls upon the shoulders of primary school teachers, who are more than willing and abundantly able to meet this challenge. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to observe as the teachers and staff at Blessed Dominic have taken on this humbling responsibility with unfailing devotion to the cause and to their work
I became a Parent Governor in 2014 and a Foundation Governor in 2017.
I have three boys. The eldest joined Blessed Dominic in September 2006. A few of us mothers decided to meet up for coffee mornings and formed a parent group called COMO. This later became the Friends of Blessed Dominic and now is the Parents’ Group and raises funds to help the school. My cousins’ and friends’ children have attended the school since 1989 and I have witnessed these children grow up in the Catholic faith with good education, good morals and good behaviour. I want to have these qualities for my children, of which I have three boys. As the school was a one form entry and most of the children in the class have families living in the area and attend the same church, they grew up together like an extended family.
I have been a member of Blessed Dominic’s Governing body in the role of Parent Governor since 2016 and chair of the Children, Families and Community Committee since 2017. My background is in Nursing where I have been a qualified nurse since 1997 and a Ward Sister in planned surgery for the last 10 years. I have two children attending Blessed Dominic School and have always admired the teaching standards and the way in which the children are valued as individuals. I have always felt there to be great importance placed on the link between the school and family communities and I feel this shows in both the happiness and the level of learning in the children. I look forward to continuing in my role as Parent Governor and being of much assistance to the school as possible.