Governance

Tarremah Steiner School Foundation (TSSF) is the incorporated body of the school and elects the School Council.  All parents and members of the Tarremah community are entitled to become members of the TSSF, vote for councillors and stand for election. Yearly membership for the TSSF is $10 and membership forms are available below.

TSSF Constitution  tssf-constitution-as-amended-may-2013

TSSF Membership Renewal  tssf-membership-renewal-2016

TSSF Council Nomination Form  council-member-nomination

Council Members are elected for a three year term at the AGM.   The Council is legally responsible for budget and compliance issues, and has oversight of the school’s general wellbeing, including adherence to Steiner educational principles

The Council appoints the School Chair who is a Council member ex-officio and the Business Manager is also in attendance at all meetings.

The College of Teachers and School Executive are responsible for the day-to-day running of the school and all educational matters.

Michael Ashby – Council Chair

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Michael Ashby was born and educated in the UK and France before moving to Australia in 1989. He has been a member of TSSF Council since 2010, and Chair since 2012. Michael and his wife Jen have had three children at Tarremah.  They have also been at Sophia Mundi, and were early members of East St Kilda Steiner Pre-School, both in Melbourne.

Michael is a palliative care physician who has held clinical, academic and leadership positions in South Australia and Victoria before coming to his present post at Royal Hobart Hospital and UTAS in 2007. Michael has been on three other boards, has broad interests in ethics, humanities and leadership, and was recently made an associate member of Group Relations Australia after attending the 2015 Tavistock Leicester Conference.

Deborah Leo – Treasurer

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Deborah Leo has been associated at Tarremah Steiner School since 2001 when her first child entered playgroup.  Her relationship as a parent of Tarremah Steiner School was completed when her last child left grade ten in 2015.

As a means of paying forward the years of support Tarremah has offered her family, Deb became a council member of the Tarremah school.  She has seen first hand, the Steiner Curriculum preparing students not only scholastically, but emotionally for the future.  And in a broader sense how the parents, teachers and administrative staff together form a true community supporting not only the children, but also individuals and families.

Currently working as a Registered Nurse at Royal Hobart Hospital, Deb previously owned and operated a Garden Centre for ten years.

Chris Littlejohn – Secretary

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Chris Littlejohn has been a parent at Tarremah since 2000 and a council member since late 2015.  He takes a hands-on approach to community involvement.  You may have met him at the flappy duck stall at the school fair.  He also coaches youth soccer, is a committee member of the Cygnet Sea Dragons Soccer club and is an organiser for the Cygnet Arts Council.

Chris has an eclectic professional background.  He has worked as a disability support worker and a pizza cook, a university student and a social rights activist.  He now works as a school ICT manager emphasising the social aspects of technology in education.  He helped develop Tarremah’s Digital Citizen website which builds awareness of the opportunities and risks of digital technology.  Chris particularly values Steiner’s developmental insights as they offer the growing child physical, mental, social and spiritual nourishment.

John Green – Council Member

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As a young man in England, John first became aware of Steiner education through close friendships with Steiner school teachers.  He is now a retired school principal and in the past has been the principal of both primary and secondary independent schools in Australia. For a number of years he was the Business Manager of the Perth Waldorf School in WA.

John is currently the Chair of the Independent Schools Block Grant Authority of Tasmania, a member of the Schools Registration Board, Independent Schools Tasmania Board and serves on the Board of Management of the Independent Schools Council of Australia.

Catherine Schofield – Council Member

Catherine Schofield first became involved with Tarremah in 1994, when she moved to Tasmania and her step-children and children of friends attended the school.  Catherine considers that the Steiner way of education and supporting children to develop has much to offer the entire education system.  With her partner Ron, Catherine ran the white elephant stall at the school fair for many years and has a passion for using resources both old and new wisely and creatively.

In her professional career she has worked in the area of mental health for over thirty years and have a particular interest in trauma and how to heal the human spirit from its effects.  For the past five years, Catherine has been the chair of the Tasmanian Nursing and Midwifery board, giving her an understanding of governance and robust decision making.  Catherine is currently work as a clinical advisor to the Tasmanian Minister for Health.

Jane Bradshaw – Council Member

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Jane Bradshaw was invited to join the Tarremah Steiner School Council after twelve years as Chairperson for the Parents and Friends Association.  She has been an active parent for many years, with all three of her daughters attending the school – one of whom has now become a Steiner teacher.

Jane has worked as a playgroup leader and in the Early Childhood Centre.  She is deeply committed to Steiner education and the school and has played a key leadership role in the Anthroposophic Society in Tasmania.  Jane has a successful career a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the public system.

Samantha Gorringe – Council Member

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Samantha Gorringe joined the council in 2014 when her son commenced at the school.  A strategy and business professional, Sam currently runs her own business Ascent21, where she works with businesses large and small to determine where they are, where they want to be and then to set a pathway to get there.  She has an intimate understanding of the strategic, operational and personal issues that underpin change, growth and development and is passionate about working with people and organisations who are committed to making a positive contribution to their communities.  She strongly believes in the unique opportunity that the Steiner approach provides for those children and families directly involved with Tarremah but also that through the capabilities cultivated throughout their years at the school, our students can be of great service to the broader world.