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