Welcome Mrs Capper

Dear Parent Carers and Community Members

Hello my name is Melanie Capper but everyone calls me Melanie Ball, as I am married to Wedgeacrrup Farmer Justin Ball. I have stepped in as Principal to take over from Ms Eloisa Goss while she is in a new leadership role mentoring Wheatbelt Principals.


I have close family heritage and ties to the wonderful town of Darkan and Arthur River and very much look forward to meeting up with old acquaintances, but more importantly am looking forward to meeting all of the families that have a connection with Darkan Primary School as we work together to provide an outstanding education for your wonderful children.

I was very fortunate to have attended Camp Kulin last year, 2020, with Mrs King, Mrs Neil-Smith and the lovely current Year 6 students, so many of the children’s faces are familiar to me and they have shown me a wonderfully warm welcome.

For the last 5 years I have been the Principal of Dumbleyung Primary School, previous to that the Deputy Principal at Braeside Primary School in Katanning, and Curriculum Consultant at Narrogin Local Education Office. I have completed my Masters of School Leadership and have myself been born, raised and fully educated in the Wheatbelt region of this great state of ours. Rural living and small communities are what I love!

The Darkan Primary School Staff are an amazing group of individuals who have great skills and knowledge, and will steer me through the researched based ‘Fogarty Edvance’ journey the school community have embarked upon.

My love for children and personal drive to ensure rural education serves its community well is what makes me spring out of bed with drive and purpose.

I look forward to meeting you all and seeing you throughout the term. Please feel free to pop by the school and join me for a cup of tea and chat when you are free to visit.

Warm Regards

Melanie Capper (AKA Mrs Ball)
Darkan Primary School

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