Board

School Board

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.

 

Approved Minutes of Previous Meetings

The 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

 

View the School Board’s Terms of Reference.

Current Board Members

 

ChairpersonBrad Holme
PrincipalKarina Meldrum
Parent RepresentativeAndrew Dunn
Bernice Tan
Chelsea Packer
Dominic Ong
Glyn Geen
Han Ho
Trish Davison
Staff RepresentativeAnnie Chua
Vivienne Miguel

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Board Members Profiles

Brad Holme: Chairman (Parent Representative)

Brad has been board Chair since 2020 and a board member since 2019. He has lived in Winthrop since 2009. Brad and wife Abby, have two daughters attending Winthrop Primary; Tess, in Year 5 and Eden, in Year 3. Abby is a relief teacher.

 

Brad grew up on a wheat and sheep farm, before moving to Perth for high school. He has a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology (Honours) from The University of Western Australia. He is a Software Engineer currently employed with AEMO (Australian Energy Market Operator). Previously, Brad was a self-employed Software Engineer servicing the Education sector. Customers included: Catholic Education Western Australia, Education Department Western Australia, Association of Independent School Western Australia, The University of Western Australia and Northern Territory Department of Education. Prior, he worked on infrastructure projects including Western Australia Police, Woodside, BHP and International public transport projects in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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 for the last 4 years has been a Co-Principal and Deputy Principal.

 

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:

Julie Carlson is delighted to be Principal in her local community. Julie has three daughters who went to Winthrop PS and Applecross SHS and can often be seen playing with her grandaughter in Winthrop Park and Piney Lakes.

Julie has had extensive experience as a Principal at Dalkeith PS and Coolbinia (Mt Lawley) and has fulfilled roles as a Curriculum Leader and Policy Developer at the WA Leadership Institute and with the Department of Education. Prior to being a Principal, Julie taught all year levels in many country locations such as Christmas Island, Port Hedland, Merredin, Donnybrook and Balgo Aboriginal Community. Julie also taught at Huntingdale PS, Forestdale PS and was deputy principal at KinlockPS. Julie is committed to ensuring every student is successful, every teacher is effective and that Winthrop Primary School is a leading school.

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!

Andrew Dunn: Parent Representative

Andrew Dunn moved from Zimbabwe to Australia in 1981. Born to an English father and Swiss mother he considers himself a man of many cultures and is proud to hold both Swiss and Australian passports. He has been married near 21 years to his wife Carissa and they have a son, Jayden in early high school and daughter Maddy, who joined Winthrop Primary in 2020 in year 4. They have two little Cavoodles and have also welcomed numerous foster babies into their homes over the past few years.

 

He loves to travel and has been privileged to have 2 long service leave trips to Europe to see friends and extended family, one pre-children, and the other with his young family in tow. In addition to Europe, he was able to take his children to meet their 4 Compassion sponsor children in Kenya, which was incredibly special. Being nearly 6ft 6inches, basketball was a natural choice at school and his love for the game has continued for over 35 years, still playing regularly (though no longer dunking)!

 

Andrew has been a passionate educator for the past 22 years. Beginning as a Mathematics Teacher at Winthrop Baptist College and after various other roles became the Director of Students at Kennedy Baptist College 8 years ago. His experience in pastoral care, problem-solving with families and staff and a strong belief in the importance of quality holistic education equips him to be an asset to the Winthrop Primary School board.

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.

Glyn Geen: Parent Representative

Glyn is a proud father of 3 children, currently in Kindergarten, Year 4 and Year 7. Glyn has served as President of the Winthrop Primary School Parents’ and Citizens’ Association since 2019 and is a passionate supporter of the P&C’s activities to assist the School in delivering a fantastic school environment for our kids. Glyn co-founded in 2019 the highly successful Winthrop Primary School Dads Group as part of the Fathering Project – which launched with a Pizza and Paper plane event with over 180 of our Dads and kids attending.

 

Glyn’s day job is in corporate governance and he is a Chartered Secretary and Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. He has held senior roles in enterprise risk management, compliance and assurance across resources, financial services and the public sector. Glyn is also the convenor of the multi-industry WA Risk Managers Forum for risk professionals.

 

Glyn is the Secretary of the Classical Guitar Society of Western Australia and enjoys playing classical guitar with the Society’s guitar orchestra. He also loves wine-tasting, camping and hiking.

Glyn Geen joined the School Board in 2020.

Anie Chua : Teacher Representative

Annie Chua BSc, Master Mngt, Grad Dip Marketing, Grad Dip Education, Training and Assessment Cert IV.

 

I am a teacher in Winthrop Primary School. I am connected to WPS since ten years ago when I did my Practicum here. I am very proud to be with WPS till this day as I believe in her motto and values. I believe the school has deep interest to nurture the future generation of Perth. This is the vision in my life – the best for the future generation of Perth. I also enjoy working closely within a team striving for the same goals. This, I find at WPS.

 

Upon graduation, I started my career with ABC-TV when I was selected as one of the eight Management Development Officers recruited from the many who applied for the job around Australia. I was seconded to NSW-TV Management, and later I had a great opportunity to work with the Managing Director as his Executive Assistant. This job gave me a wider horizon working at a board level. With those experience, I was head-hunted to work in Hong Kong as a Senior Marketing Manager. I headed Marketing Departments in ten provinces in China. This included training thousands of young people to run marketing programs in those Provinces. From running such training sessions, I found my passion to share and to teach. I continued to share and teach – lecturing at business schools in Singapore offering educational programs linked with Murdoch University, Box Hill TAFE and other UK degrees. After an enriching life, I know I am equipped and ready to return home, Australia, to continue my passion to teach. My extensive experience has given me a unique insight into teaching. I have confidence to deliver my best to the leaders of tomorrow, the Perth children.

 

I strive for high standards in teaching. I gain great fulfilment in teaching children to express themselves in ‘Writing’. I pride myself on my solid Naplan results with my children’s good writing skills.

 

WPS is a school with a high percentage of students from all over the world. My international work and life experiences in the different levels of education will position me to contribute my utmost best to the school. The world is changing rapidly in these unprecedented times, we definitely need a stronger next generation. With this in focus, I am the dedicated teacher to encourage and to bring the best out of our children, our leaders of tomorrow with a broader vision of the world!

Han Ho : Parent Representative

I’ve lived in Winthrop for the past 12 years and I am also the father to two daughters – one in Year 2 and another in Year 4 at WPS. My professional background is in engineering and management, and I’ve worked across a number of industry sectors both nationally and internationally. I hold a Bachelor of Engineer, Bachelor of Science and also Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia.

 

I have a keen interest in education, psychology and behavioural science – particularly from an application perspective. I believe that laying good foundations is instrumental in shaping the quality of life as our children grow into adulthood and beyond. For context, these foundations extend beyond just the academic; they encompass also the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual. Cumulatively, the quality of these foundations will extend further from the individual to communities and society in general. It will serve as a core contributing factor to the ongoing growth for our world and future generations.

Chelsea Packer: Parent Representative

I am a high school Humanities and Social Sciences teacher who is passionate about public education and getting involved in the community. I hold a Bachelor degree in Arts (Politics and Government), a Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Master degree in Education specialising in School Leadership. I deeply believe in volunteering in community events as the benefits to my family, my community, and to myself are incalculable.

 

I have previously served on two other school boards and am also currently on the board at Atwell College as an elected staff representative. I served on the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School Board (KBCHS) for 2 years ex officio as the Public Relations Coordinator. During this time, I was involved in the application process where we became an Independent Public School, changed the school uniform and supplier, and initiated a Healthy Schools food program. I simultaneously served on the South Kalgoorlie Primary School Board as a parent where I was involved in the Public School Review process. In both cases, I also worked on sub-committees where I implemented meaningful change and represented the Board at school events.

 

Furthermore, I have significant experience in public relations in education and building community relationships. Prior to moving back to Perth last year, I was the Public Relations Coordinator at KBCHS and was instrumental in changing the community (and media) perception of the school and promoting all the wonderful achievements made by students and staff.

 

I believe my skills and experience in school governance will benefit the Winthrop Primary School community. I know my experience as both a parent board member and staff board member, in both the primary and high school settings, offer a unique perspective of Education Department and community interests. I also believe communication is vital in a community, and as such, would strive to ensure the interests and privacy of all parties were considered.

Trish Davison: Parent Representative

I’m originally from a small rural community in N.S.W, where being the last of six children, we were taught to be involved in the community to help make a difference. From my father who was Captain of the rural fire brigade, to sisters running the P & C, to brothers running local football or B & S balls, it was part of living in a community to participate.

 

I held various roles in college committees, including College President and Secretary of the National Association of Australian University Colleges, so I’ve seen the benefits off being involved.

I first studied Economics at University then moved to Perth in the late 90’s for work and further study. After years of focusing on a career, I’m now a partner and Senior Financial Consultant at our firm, Fitzpatricks Private Wealth WA, located in the city.

 

Like many professionals, I balance study, work and family, with my role in providing support first and foremost to my daughter being my priority. I see joining the school board as an extension of this.

 

We moved into Winthrop with the main purpose of being close to the school to support our daughter. After the loss of my husband to Melanoma while she was attending Kindy at Winthrop, we have been lucky to have the support of some wonderful families we met thru the school.

 

I don’t yet understand the internal working of the school but feel by getting involved and better understanding this, I’d like to be an informed voice with the view of a parent not in the education system. I hope this can be a way for me to give back to the Winthrop school community that we are apart off.

 

You will find me with my daughter and our other family member, our toy spoodle “Rosie”, at Piney Lakes dog park most afternoons.

Dominic Ong: Parent Representative

Dominic moved to Australia in 1988 from Malaysia and has been in Australia ever since. He is a father of 3 girls who are currently attending Winthrop Primary School in Year 4, Pre-Primary and Kindergarten.

 

Dominic has been studying and practicing mixed martial arts since he was 9, and has competed in statewide competitions in MMA and Jiu-Jitsu. With 21 years of corporate work experience, in Operations Management, Business Process Improvement, Risk and Change Management, as well as 13 years in the Finance and Banking industry, and investment experience in property and trading on the ASX, Dominic is passionate about contributing his skills to support the long term growth and development of the development of Winthrop Primary Schools’ objectives.

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