The Winthrop Primary Independent Public School Board's role is to provide strategic guidance and monitoring of the school's performance. It supports the school in increasing effective autonomy and flexibility to further improve the quality of the whole school program.
School Board Purpose
The School Board assists the Principal in:
- developing a Delivery and Performance Agreement which sets out the expectations of the school
- formulating a Business Plan
- developing the school budget, performance indicators and success measurements
- reviewing the school's performance
- reviewing the satisfaction level of parents, staff and students
- developing the Annual Report
- reviewing and developing school policies
Click here for the School Board's Terms of Reference
Current Board Members
Don Johnston: Chairman (Parent Representative)
Karina Meldrum: Principal
Karina was appointed to Winthrop Primary School in 2003. During this time she has been a classroom teacher, has attained Level 3 Classroom Teacher status, has been the school's Learning Support Coordinator and is currently one of the two Deputy Principals.
Karina has been teaching since 1990 at a number of schools ranging from country to city, Junior Primary school to District High schools. She was in the last cohort of training teachers to graduate from Claremont Teachers' College in 1989.
Karina is the mother of 2 daughters, both of whom are past students of Winthrop Primary School and therefore has enjoyed a long association with the school in both a professional and personal capacity.
Outside of school, Karina is a passionate, proud and loyal supporter of the Fremantle Football Club and attends as many home games as possible.
Julie Carlson: Principal
Sean Pitt: Parent Representative
Sean Pitt is a Senior Commercial and Engineering Manager with Chubu Australia, a large investor in oil & gas projects and one of the world’s largest buyer of energy globally. Sean has held executive roles within Woodside Energy Ltd and Alcoa Inc. Sean graduated from Murdoch University with an Engineering degree, as well as completing a Commerce degree in Accounting & Finance, a Master of Business Administration (with Distinction) and a Masters of Economics & Human Resources (with Distinction).
Despite having an engineering background, Sean has predominately worked in the commercial, finance and investing areas of the oil and gas sector.
Sean, and his wife Marisa, have lived in Winthrop for the past 10 years, and their daughter Sienna (6) is currently in Winthrop Primary's Year 1 class (A1). Sienna has been attending the school since 2013 (Kindergarten).
For over two years Sean was a Non Executive Director on the Finance and Audit Board of Melville Council as well as being a Non Executive Director on the board of NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect). Each of these identifies a commitment to empowering and supporting community initiatives. He will bring to Winthrop Primary School his expertise in fundraising, governance and a "strong network" as well as being a genuine supporter of staff in a changing and challenging environment.
Sean and his family actively participate and support the school in all aspects. Given his engineering background, Sean is a strong advocate for the physical sciences in schools and actively encourages the participation of girls in science.
Kylie Chatfield: Parent Representative
I grew up in a small coastal town in Tasmania. I love the community feel and missed it greatly when my husband and I moved to Perth 17 years ago. After having children (2 boys ages 3 and 7) one of our desires was to ensure that our children get to experience community culture.
I love being involved in projects that provide exciting and new opportunities for children and the community. I am a local volunteer Joey Scout Leader and I am involved at Winthrop Primary School as a P&C member, class parent representative, and I coordinated/designed the school library makeover (my artistic outlet!). I have also organised other external Winthrop PS family activities such as the annual Easter & Christmas picnics at Piney Lakes.
I have been employed with the Department of Fisheries for the past 17 years, working in many areas (Training/Education, Aquaculture, Fish Diagnostics, Biosecurity, and Commercial Fisheries Management). Through my passion for science and presenting I have facilitated training throughout regional WA and within local communities on Christmas Island and Cocos Keeling Islands. In 2016, I plan to further my educational studies and enroll in the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary, Science & Maths).
Leigh Emmert: P&C Representative
Leigh Emmert is a parent to three boys that attend Winthrop Primary School; as of 2016 they are in Kindy, Year 3 and Year 5. She has been involved in the school for the past 3 years as a Class Representative and P&C Secretary. She actively volunteers in our School Canteen and enjoys helping to plan exciting events within the Fundraising Committee.
Before Winthrop and 3 children, Leigh studied Early Childhood Teaching at Edith Cowan University. She began teaching in Preprimary Centres, Childcare Centres and she also spent a year overseas teaching English within a provincial town in Thailand. The Thai students aged in ranges between 5 and 10 years old, with many class sizes reaching over 50 students per class!
After teaching, she moved into a sales role within Random House Publishers in Sydney, and then followed her husband around country Queensland for his work within Port Logistics. They are now happily settled in WA.
Nowadays, when Leigh is not busy juggling school life with three active boys, she unwinds with a camera in hand taking portraits of children including her own.
Vivienne Miguel: Teacher Representative
Vivienne was born and raised in Perth, attending local government primary and high schools before graduating from Claremont Teachers College.After graduation she taught at Gnowangerup District High School, before moving on to East Fremantle and Kardinya Primary Schools. During this time she completed her Teachers Higher Certificate, a Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Educational Administration at W.A.I.T (now Curtin University).
Vivienne started at Winthrop Primary School as a foundation staff member in 1991 where she has mainly taught in the middle school from Years 4-6. In this time Vivienne attained Senior Teacher status and took charge of the Science learning area prior to a Science specialist being appointed to the school. She also served on the inaugural Winthrop Primary School Council and various other school committees.
Vivienne has reduced her teaching load to part time in recent years and attends yoga, pilates and gym classes when she is not working and enjoys yearly overseas trips.
Jenny Cotham: Teacher Representative
Jenny was born in Perth and attended local government schools in the Winthrop area. She always wanted to be a teacher and after completing her Commerce degree and whilst raising her family she completed her teaching degree and began working at Winthrop Primary School in 2012.
She is a passionate teacher with a keen focus on integrating technology into the classrooms to enhance the teaching and learning opportunities for our Winthrop Students.
She loves her Community Liaison position at Winthrop which enables her to work closely with parents, staff and students to improve communication across the community.
She likes to stay involved in the community and volunteers at her daughters’ school, has been coaching netball for 7 years and and likes to dance in her spare time!
Bernice Tan: Parent Representative
Garreth Dirk: Community Representative
Andrea Edmondson: Parent Representative