School Board

The School Board is responsible for the school's strategic direction, ensuring that Phoenix Primary School meets the present and future needs of our school community.  It is a formal mechanism for parents, carers, staff and students to participate in school decision-making.

The School Board meets four times a year. Parents and staff representatives are elected early in the year. Staff representatives elected represent all staff in the school.

Our School Board members for 2018 are:

Chairperson: Meredith Guthrie 

Principal: Margaret Pretty

Staff Representative: Francesca Coen

Staff Representative: David Anderson

Staff Representative: Maryke van Rooyen

Parent Representative: Sally Garbin

Parent Representative: Rhonda Fleming

Community Representative: Ron Addison

There is an open school board meeting scheduled for Wednesday 23 May at 7:30am in the library.  Please come along to see how the school board operates.


We would like to introduce some of our School Board Committee Members.




As Principal of Phoenix Primary School since 2013, I have brought to this school a wealth of experience as a School Principal for 31 years.  My previous experience has been in such roles such as Consultant Principal Speech and Language , Principal of a Language Development Centre since 1989 and Principal of Cyril Jackson High School ESC, as well as a staffing officer for the W.A. Department of Education.  My teaching experience has been in the area of Early Childhood and children with language and intellectual disabilities to Year 10.


My philosophy is about considering the needs of the child first.  I always consider suggestions in light of what I would like for my own child.  I believe that children have a right to a quality education as this will give them choices in life and a chance to follow their dreams.  I want the children to have the option of many varied learning experiences and expand their horizons at school which then may extend to their home.  It is important to me that children enjoy their time at school and get the most out of their education academically, socially and emotionally.


I believe that Phoenix Primary School has a great future.  It is part of the Phoenix community and that we should support our local community wherever possible.  We are providing quality education for our children in a State Primary School, who achieved Independent School status through the support of our school community in 2015.  Our improvement continues as we focus on the needs of our students and our community. - Margaret Pretty

My name is Francesca Coen and I am the Deputy Principal at Phoenix PS. I am delighted to be one of the staff representatives on the School Board.


During my career with the Education Department I have taught all year levels and as a specialist teacher. Before joining Phoenix PS in 2017, I was the Deputy Principal at a metropolitan school for two years. I absolutely love working at Phoenix PS and I am passionate about providing a quality education for all students.

I look forward to continuing to work with the staff, parents and children of the Phoenix community. - Francesca Coen



 I am very pleased to be a part of the Phoenix Primary School Board as a representative of the teaching staff. I have been a member of the School Council and enjoy being involved in the planning and organisation of programs being developed to improve student outcomes.

I have taught every year level and have recently been a part of the ILNNP (improving Literacy Numeracy National Project) is a nation wide initiative to assist those students at educational risk.

I am particularly interested in Maths and STEAM and was a Getting it Right Numeracy specialist for four years. My role was to introduce the First Steps Maths program to the staff. As well as Mathematics my particular interests are Science, STEAM and student Centred Learning. - Maryke van Rooyen


I am a parent of Phoenix Primary School and feel very honoured to be part of the School Board.  In the past five years I have seen Phoenix Primary School transform and change for the improvement of all students and teachers.


I have had experience with Disabilities in Children for the past nine years and this has led into Education Support for children with Special Needs.  I am an enormous advocate for children to receive their education, to learn and grow, in a safe and happy environment. With this opportunity I hope to continue to help raise the bar when it comes to connecting communication between Parents and Teachers, as I feel this is paramount to getting the most out of your Childs needs.


With Phoenix Primary School becoming Independent in 2015, I look forward to working with a proud and driven group of Parents and Education Staff that are committed to giving this wonderful school an even more prosperous future. - Sally Garbin


 I have four children, my eldest in year 6, my second eldest in year 3, and twins who will start Pre Primary in 2018. I have a Doctor of Philosophy in Botany and work two days a week as a research scientist with the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA.

I believe Phoenix Primary School provides our children with a safe nurturing environment in which to grow. - Meredith Guthrie


My partner and I have lived in Spearwood for 10 years.  It is important to me to support my son's school and working full time I have limited availability, so I decided to nominate for the school board.  I was raised in the country and know it is important for people to actively contribute to our schools and sporting clubs as these are vital in sub-cultures which bring our community together. - Rhonda Fleming


I am a member of the Phoenix Independent Public School board, standing as a community representative and as a local area member.  Previously I was a permanent teacher on staff, serving for 42 years in that role.  Now, having retired form teaching, I wish to continue to be part of this school and to contribute to its future progress.  The maintenance and enhancement of its reputation and good standing in the Cockburn area is of interest and importance to me. - Ron Addison