COGSO Team

NT COUNCIL OF
GOVERNMENT SCHOOL ORGANISATIONS
Phone: (08) 8999 3255

COGSO Team

COGSO Executive members represent you, your children, and your school.

 

Tabby Fudge - President

School Council: Girraween Primary School

School Board: Taminmin College

Contact: 0417 844 251 

Tabby is a long term Territorian and has two daughters, one attending Girraween Primary school and one at Taminmin College where she serves on their respective school council and school board.  Tabby is also an active volunteer at the school, as well as involved with her children’s netball.

Tabby has long been a passionate advocate for our Public Education System; “The social and economic benefits our communities could be rewarded by a properly resourced public education system are immeasurable.”

Prior to accepting the position of President at COGSO Tabby was Vice Chair of the Palmerston and Rural Region and Treasurer of COGSO.  Elected as President in 2015 and re-elected in 2016 Tabby commits considerable time and energy to promoting the interests of children and families in public education.  She is a passionate advocate for schools at our monthly meeting with the Minister for Education and our monthly meetings with the Chief Executive of the Department of Education.

   
 

Robin Lawrence - Vice President

School Councils: Sanderson Middle School

School Board: Casuarina Senior College

Contact: 0409 847 755

Robin Lawrence, was born in Darwin in 1966. About half of his and his sisters school years were via correspondence as his parents worked in remote areas and communities during the dry season. They attended Wagaman Primary School before the Cyclone, Robin and his family were not evacuated from Darwin but stayed on to help with the rebuilding of the town. Then as schools were being put back in operation they attended; Moil, Wanguri, and finally Howard Springs Primary as his parents had bought a property in what is known as Elizabeth Valley (behind Noonamah and the only way in to it at the time was via a dirt road that often got washed out during the wet and came out on the Arnhem Highway near the Humpty Doo shops). Robin attended Casuarina High school initially then moved to Dripstone High when it first opened.  Dripstone High at that time had an annex of the School of the Air located there.

Robin and his wife have four children (3 sons and a daughter) attending two different schools; Sanderson Middle School, and Casuarina Senior College. He was once Chairman of Anula Primary School Council & is presently the Chairman of Sanderson Middle School Council.  Robin also sits as a parent member on Casuarina Senior College Board. He is presently involved at Sanderson Middle school where school council are running a pilot after-hour’s centre called the Sanderson Neighbourhood Activity Centre.

Robin presently works for the Northern Territory Government, is the owner of a local small business that he has started and hopes that his children will take an interest in it when they leave school, he helps the Chung Wah Society by helping transport some of the Lion troupe’s around for the Chinese New Year shop blessings, along with some Temple festivals. He is also community minded with his local area and has run for Alderman to be on the City of Darwin Council.

Robin has been involved with School Councils since about 2007 as he believes that public education is important and that as parents and adults we have a responsibility to have input into our children’s education and wellbeing.

   
 

Tooba Awais - Treasurer

School Council: Stuart Park Primary School

Contact: (08) 8999 3255

Tooba Awais was born and raised in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and is working as a Science Teacher and is mum to two girls.  She is currently studying a Masters in Teaching with the aim of a PHD in Education.

Tooba strongly believes that education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world and that is what she aims for.  Since arriving in Australia she has assisted at her children's school by listening to reading, mentoring children, teaching dance and preparing many multicultural dance performances.

With a strong belief in empowering the girls of our society, Tooba also enjoys working as a Leader for Girl Guides NT.

"I would say that as parents we are given every opportunity to take part in our children's education.  Elected as Treasurer of COGSO is a rewarding experience for me and I look forward to being a part of the amazing team of parents that run this valuable organisation".

Tooba encourages other parents out there to step up onto their school council and speak up for the great cause of public education.

   
 

Jeff Cook - Arnhem Region Representative

School Council: Nhulunbuy Primary School and Nhulunbuy High School

Contact: 0400 078 128   

Jeff has 1 child attending Nhulunbuy Primary School and 1 child attending Nhulunbuy High School in North East Arnhem Land, where his family has lived since arriving in 2002. He strongly believes that our public education system is best placed to meet the diverse needs of its students.

Jeff is keen to be involved in promoting the valuable role the school council plays in influencing the quality performance of our schools.

   
 

Wayne Green - Barkly Region Representative

School Councils: Tennant Creek Primary School and Tennant Creek High School    

Contact: (08) 8999 3255

Wayne is an active School Council member at both the High School & Primary School in Tennant Creek. He is into his 6th year at Tennant Creek High School and has served 8 years in total (but not continuously) at Tennant Creek Primary School. Wayne has 4 children across both schools ranging from Year 1 to Year 12.

Wayne is a big believer in the need for parent and community involvement within the school.

   
 

Noelene Armstrong - Darwin Region Representative

School Council: Stuart Park Primary School

Contact: (08) 8999 3255

Noelene is the parent of two children at Stuart Park Primary School.

As a passionate advocate for children with special needs, Noelene believes that with the appropriate supports in place, all children can feel safe and thrive in the school environment.

Noelene also has a strong interest in child mental health and building resilience in children as part of the education curriculum.
   
 

Allan Kingsley - Katherine Region Representative

School Council: Katherine High School

Contact: 0412 046 334

Allan’s family moved to Katherine in 2008 having previously sampled and enjoyed the Territory lifestyle on a couple of previous short stays. Allan’s daughter completed her Primary School education at Casuarina Street Primary School before moving to the Katherine High School, where she is currently in year 12.

Allan has been involved with the Katherine High School Council for four years, and is currently serving as the Chair.  The Katherine region has many strengths, with a rich diversity of cultures and a strong sense of community being at the fore. Allan believes that the process of educating, nurturing and developing our students is best served with the active involvement and engagement of their families and their community.

The value of parent participation and engagement in our schools and community cannot be undervalued and serves as a great role model for our students.

   
 

Beverley Ratahi - Palmerston & Rural Region Representative

School Council: Taminmin College

Contact: (08) 8999 3255

Beverley Ratahi is a passionate supporter of public education and the need for increased parental involvement in schools, which is shown to have a positive impact on student achievement. 

Beverley was elected to Bees Creek Primary School Council in 2008, completing three consecutive terms of office in 2013.  In 2010 Beverley was elected as Chairman of the Bees Creek Primary School Council.  For several of these years, Beverley also undertook the role of Fundraising Coordinator, coordinating and actively working to raise in excess of $50,000 per year for a number of years.  In 2011, Beverley was elected to the Taminmin College Council and has served as Chairman since that time.

Beverley has previously served on the COGSO Executive as Palmerston and Rural Representative during 2011/12.

   
 

John Adams - Southern Region Representative

School Council: Centralian Senior College

Contact: (08) 8951 4228

John is the parent of 3 children with the youngest studying at Centralian Senior Secondary School. He has been a member of school councils for 5 years both at Centralian Senior Secondary and before that with Centralian Middle School.

John has lived and worked in Alice Spring and Remote Areas in the Northern Territory for the past twenty years. He works in the area of social services. John believes that a strong government school system with well-developed support programs is the best way to support young people in the Territory.

   
  

Fred Richardson

Public Officer

Contact: 0408 944 265

1)   The Public Officer must ensure that documents are filed with the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs in accordance with sections 23, 28 and 45 of the Act.

2)   The Public Officer must keep a current copy of the Constitution of the Council.
   
  

 Governance & Mentoring Training Officer

 
 

Alice Gawler

GMTO Officer

Contact: (08) 8999 3255

Alice has recently relocated to Darwin with her family after living and working in the remote town of Yulara for the past 8 years.

After working in hospitality and tourism for several years, Alice was then employed by the Department of Education as Business Manager for Yulara School, Imanpa School and Mutijulu School.

Allice was actively involved in the Yulara School Council as Secretary and Treasurer as well as the wider community, taking on positions within several community organisations and clubs.

Alice is passionate about education and strongly believes in sharing and developing community knowledge and skills to empower parents and caregivers to ensure they are receiving the best possible outcomes for their child every day.

 

Life Members Register

COGSO recognises and thanks the following Life members for their outstanding contribution to public education in the Northern Territory

  • Mr Matt Skoss
  • Mr Peter Garrigan
  • Mrs Wendy Pelizzo
  • Mr Steve Carter
  • Mr Chandra Seneviratne
  • Mr Richard Creswick
  • Mr Alan Jones
  • Mrs Sue Kroemer
  • Mrs Betty Oates
  • Mr Ian Pontifex
  • Mrs Susan Taylor