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The Band Programme

Winthrop Primary School offers a dynamic band program for students in Years 5 and 6. The program is organized by the Winthrop Primary School Parents and Citizens Association Band Committee in consultation with the school principal and music teacher.

Instrument Opportu


All students entering Year 5 have the

opportunity to enter the Band Program. Tuition is offered in flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion. No previous instrumental experien

ce is

necessary. There is an expectation that students will commit to continue with the band through to the end of Year 6.

Students commencing at the school in Year 6 may be eligible to joing the Band Program if they have had previous tuition in one of the instruments listed above.

Instrument Tuition

The Band Committee engages instrument teachers to visit the school to provide a weekly half hour lesson in a small group. Lessons are generally conducted during school time or over the lunch break. The instrument teachers liaise with the Band conductor regarding the Band Program and student progress. Tuition fees are paid direclty to the instruments teachers by the parents each term.

Band Training

In addition to instrument tuition students attend a weekly one hour band training session to develop their ensemble skills.

Band Rehearsal times are:

  • Year 5 - Thursday 3.00pm - 4.00 pm
  • Year 6 - Thursday 7.45am - 8.45am

The Band Conductor (Mrs Elizabeth Campbell, the school Music teacher) facilitates this process. A small fee is charged by the Band Committee each semester to cover the costs of the Band Conductor, sheet music, transport to performances, teacher release time, etc.


Our 3 bands play regularly at the school's weekly assembly. In addition they play wih bands from other local primary schools and at a range of events within the local community.


For performances, all bands wear a white polo shirt embroidered with the Winthrop Band logo. For formal occasions the Year 6 Band wears a band uniform consisting of long sleeved white shirt with the band logo, black pants, and a green cummerbund and bow tie.

Further information

For further information about the Band Program, please contact the school's music teacher on 9310 6100

The Committee

The Graduation Committee is a subsidiary of the P&C and is made up of a number of very enthusiastic Year 6 parents. The Committee is responsible for coordinating a number of events and activities for the graduating Year 6 class. This includes, but is not restricted to:

  • Leavers shirts
  • Production of a Yearbook and DVD
  • Graduation Ceremony in conjunction with the School
  • End of year graduation celebration

How parents can help

There are times that we will need to contact parents with requests such as for a kindy photo of your Year 6 child, to compare then and now, or Yearbook orders later in the year. These requests will be circulated to parents individually but all relevant graduation information and forms will also be kept updated on this page.

Photographs for Yearbook

An integral part of the Yearbook process is the collection and compilation of photos of all Year 6 events during the year. In order to cover all activities, we need the help of parents and would love you to share any photographs that you may take of Year 6 school events. Please follow this link for further information and to upload photos to the relevant folder:

Parent Photography Information 2016

If you would like be involved or require any further information about the Graduation Committee or graduation events please contact:

Christine Wardell-Johnson 0417 966 144

2016 P&C Buy a Brick Initiative

All graduating students have the opportunity to celebrate their time at Winthrop Primary School by purchasing a commemorative graduation brick plaque. Each plaque will record the graduating student’s name on their own individual brick displayed in the undercover area as a permanent record of the students connection with Winthrop Primary School. To order please complete the order slip and return your order form with cash or cheque payment of $50 to the locked box in the School Office before Friday 24th June. Plaques will be unveiled at the end of the year. Proceeds will be used by the Winthrop Primary School P&C to fund various projects around our school.




Kindergarten Photo – Required for Year 6 Graduation

We are writing to ask you to please forward a good quality, original photograph of your child in Kindergarten (or equivalent from 2009) to be used to compare the difference between “then” and “now” for the Year 6 Graduation Book, DVD and Graduation Ceremony slideshow. The “now” photo will be a portrait, head and shoulders shot so it would be ideal if the “then” photo could be also.

We would be most appreciative if photos could be uploaded directly into the Dropbox file. However, if this is not possible, a hardcopy of the photo can be placed in the wooden box in the Office marked ‘Graduation Kindy Photos’. Parents need only to upload the kindy photo as the year six photos have already been collected via Kapture school photography.

Uploading files into Dropbox is very simple and easy to do. Simply enter the above address and follow the onscreen instructions. To assist us we ask that you ensure your photograph meets the following criteria:

1. Be a JPEG.

2. Be no more than 300 dpi (dots per inch). In layman terms we don’t want massive files. If it’s over 2MB it’s too big.

3. Naming convention is important for us to identify the photograph from the hundred others so please call the JPEG, your child’s first and last name with the date ie.YildizVos2009.jpg

If you have any issues, upload the wrong file, or put it in the wrong place, just email the Dropbox owner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will fix all.

If a photo is supplied in hardcopy it will be scanned by a Graduation Committee member, uploaded into Dropbox and then returned as soon as possible. Please supply hardcopy photos in a protective plastic sleeve with your child’s name and class clearly written on the back.

All photos need to be supplied by Friday the 3rd of June.

If you have any queries please contact:

Esther Vos-Poiesz on 043 530 0414 or Collett Richards on 041 359 6265.

2016 Graduation Year Book - FINAL survey for ALL Year 6 students

We are collecting final content for the Graduation Year Book, through a second on-line survey. Your child is simply required to answer five (5) questions and then select the submit answers button. In order for your child’s content to be included in the Year Book, this second and final survey needs to be completed BEFORE the beginning of TERM 4 (i.e. completed over the Term 3/4 break). Please direct your child to the following survey link.

Winthrop Primary School Forms:

Medical Forms:

Administer Medication - short term


Digital Usage Consent Forms:

Internet & Digital Device User Agreement for Year K-3 Students

Internet & Digital Device User Agreement for Year 4-6 Students


Excursions / School Based Activity Forms:

P&C Year 6 "Buy a Brick"

Eagles Cup Applecross - Gairloch Reserve: Friday 19th May

Piney Lakes Yr 3: Thursday 25th May & Thursday 15th June

Melville Civic Centre - Sing Fest Yr 5: Friday 26th May

Melville Civic Centre - Sing Fest Yr 3: Friday 26th May

Kings Park War Memorial: Wednesday 31st May

Eagles Cup Ardross - Friday 2nd June

P&C Pre-Primary Scooter-a-Thon: Friday 9th June

P&C Years 1 - 6 Lap-a-Thon: Friday 9th June

Eagles Cup Kardinya - Friday 9th June

Eagles Cup Booragoon: Friday 16th June

Musica Viva - Zeeko - Friday 16th June

Perth Concert Hall Excursion: Friday 23rd June: Year 2 & 4

Wendy Binks: 23th June 2017

Taiko Drum Incursion: 27th July 2017

Interschool Cross Country: 1st August 2017

Wireless Hill Park: 2nd & 3rd August 2017

Ooey Gooey Stew K1G & K2B: Tuesday 8th August 2017

Ooey Gooey Stew K1Y & K2R: Friday 11th August 2017

WA Massed Choir Festival: 11th August, 20th September & 21st September 2017

AH Bracks Library: Monday 14th August 2017

Canning Bridge Library C3 & D3: Tuesday 15th August 2017

Scitech: Thursday 17th August 2017

Willagee Library D4 C2 & D2: Monday 21st August & Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Willagee Library B2 & B4: Thursday 24th August 2017

Awesome Arts Festival - WILD TROUPE: Friday 13th October 2017

Swimming Lessons 2017 - Years PP3 & 2 - Tuesday 10th - Friday 20th October 2017

Swimming Lessons 2017 - Years PP1 & PP2 - Monday 23rd October - 3rd November 2017

Wellbeing Incursion B1 B2 B4 C2 C3 D2 & D4 - Series of four sessions

Yirra Yaakin Workshops Yr 5 & 6 - Series of three workshops

West OZ Wildlife Kindy - Monday 20th or 23rd November 2017

Barking Gecko Theatre Yr 3 & 4: Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Cicerello's Fremantle A1: Monday 27th November 2017

Cicerello's Fremantle A2 & B3: Friday 1st December 2017

Fremantle Historical Buildings B4: Tuesday 28th November 2017

Winning Faction Reward (Wattle): Wednesday 6th December 2017

Coogee Beach C4: Friday 8th December 2017

Regional Resource Recovery Centre E6: Monday 11th December 2017

Port Beach and HBF Stadium Yr 6: Thursday 7th & Wednesday 13th December 2017

Cockburn Ice Skating Yr 5: Thursday 14th December 2017

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)


29 MrTsangBMalcom Tsang: Parent Representative
I was born in Hong Kong, emigrating with my parents and siblings to Australia at the age of five. I attended primary schools in NSW and WA before commencing the Academic Extension Program at Applecross Senior High School.
My partner Julie, (from New Zealand) and I have lived in Winthrop since 2000. In 2016 our children will be in Year 5 and Year 2.
I worked in child protection for twelve years and am passionate about all children having the opportunity to reach their potential. I am currently Principal Project Officer at the Department of Housing where I oversee the implementation of complex policies and programs.

Prior to being a school Board member, I served on or chaired many committees and working parties including eight years on Federal and State working groups that covered child protection, juvenile justice and educational outcomes.
My favourite time of the year is Christmas, and each year I co-ordinate fundraising to buy Christmas presents for children in foster care and my vocal quartet, 'Musaica' performs for patients at the Sir Charles Gairdner Cancer Centre.

Mark Wirtz: Principal
Mark was appointed as Principal at Winthrop Primary School in January 2016. He has over 20 years’ experience as a principal in remote, rural and metropolitan schools including as foundation principal of a new school in Canning Vale. Mark has also worked as a Principal Consultant across an education district, a Project Manager for Leadership Development and a Consultant Principal for the Commonwealth Government’s Smarter School’s National Partnership in Literacy and Numeracy.

Mark is returning to education after 3 years in private enterprise where he worked in organisational development and leadership development roles for Rio Tinto and Leighton Contractors. During this time, Mark maintained his currency in education as Chair of the Board at an Independent Public School.

He is passionate about learning and developing people (young and old!) to be the best that they can be. His family is his focus outside of work and he loves camping, family holidays and pottering with well used but not-yet-classic cars.

29 KDepKarina 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.


29 S PittSean 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.

29 Kylie ChatfieldKylie 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).

29 Leigh EmmertLeigh 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.

29 MrsMiguelVivienne 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.


Rhonda Thorncroft: Teacher Representative

Bernice Tan: Parent Representative

Bernice has lived in Winthrop for 15 years and is a parent to two daughters, with one of them in Year 1 and the other in Kindy at Winthrop Primary School.
With a strong background in Psychology and Languages, she has been teaching since 2007 at a number of schools after graduating from the University of Western Australia. She is passionate about developing language programs, supporting migrant families and communities and providing opportunities for all children to enhance their education experience. 
She used to run her own business and has experience working in children services and serves on numerous committees. She is committed and would like to provide support and contribute to the strategic direction of the school. Her family regularly volunteers with hosting migrant families and students and organizing basketball games for leisure.

Garreth Dirk: Community Representative

Garreth is a former Winthrop Primary School student and now also a proud parent himself. Having fond memories of the exciting opening years of the school, he graduated as school captain moving on to Applecross SHS. Garreth holds a BSc in Computer Science and Grad Dip in Secondary Education (Information Systems & Catholic Education - Accred B) as well as industry specific technical and project management certifications.
Starting out his career as a teacher, Garreth has spent more recent years in Process, Analyst and Infrastructure roles with companies such as Chevron, Clough, Monadelphous, and Amec.  The rationale behind the transition from education to Corporate was to add value to learning by better understanding the progression of students toward industry and gaining first-hand experience the challenges and opportunities.
Given his IT and education background, Garreth has strong interest in the role technology plays in achieving learning outcomes and encourages a balanced approach to utilising technology as one of many tools for supporting learning, problem solving and process improvement. He is proud to again be part of the Winthrop community and its ongoing commitment to learning excellence.

Andrea Edmondson: Parent Representative



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