WES Talks: Cutting through the noise of education to meet individual needs


You’re listening to WES Talks, the podcast! Each month a valuable insight into the mindset of the educators of today and tomorrow.


This month host James Lush is joined by Assistant Head of Junior School Candice Clynk, Dean of Academic Enrichment Tanya Thorp and education expert Kylie Bice, to discuss how we can best focus on the individual in a classroom environment.



Candice Clynk – Assistant Head of Junior School at Wesley College
Candice has worked at Wesley College for over 13 years after joining the College from the Department of Education and completing her studies at the University of British Columbia. She has held roles at Wesley College ranging from classroom teacher, Literacy Co-ordinator PK-12, Dean of Curriculum PK-6 and Assistant Head of Junior School (PK-4). Candice is passionate about Early Childhood Education, teaching philosophy to children and Inquiry Learning. She is currently studying her MBA at Edith Cowan University with a focus on Educational Leadership.


Tanya Thorp – Dean of Academic Enrichment at Wesley College 
Coming to Wesley in 2017 from a long stint at John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School (JSRACS), Tanya’s focus since leaving full-time classroom work in 2006 has been inclusive education. Starting from little more than a bare brick-walled office and an unfolding vision, she developed JSRACS’s inclusive education system from the ground up, writing and implementing differentiation practices, intervention strategies and some other clever things as she built her team of 1.5 to 24 full-time teachers and EAs. Commencing her Master in Education (Well Being and Positive Mental Health) in 2016, Tanya’s philosophy is to identify best practice in her field, and apply it with a single aim: achieving the best possible outcome for students.


Kylie Bice – Education Consultant with Growing Up Greatness
Kylie Bice is an Education Consultant with Growing Up Greatness www.growingupgreatness.com, and an award-winning teacher and scholar. Kylie is recognised as an expert in Western Australia in the fields of gifted education, disability and differentiation, and is regularly called upon to consult with parent groups, schools and educational organisations. Kylie consults with government, Catholic and independent schools throughout Western Australia and interstate and has worked with the staff in the Wesley Junior School for the past two years as they strive to cater for students who are gifted and talented, and improve differentiated teaching practice across all years. Kylie will continue to consult with the Wesley College community in 2018.