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 2023 are:

  • Gina Fisquet - Chairperson
  • Margaret Pretty - Principal
  • Wendy Conti - Staff Representative
  • Shannon Howie - Staff Representative
  • Carys Lynch - Staff Representative
  • Laura Arscott - Parent Representative
  • Letitia Pante' - Parent Representative
  • Elizabeth Woodberry - Parent Representative

If you would like to nominate for a position on our school board please refer to the below attachments.

School Board Nomination Information

School Board Nomination Form



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



I am excited to be the Chairperson of the Phoenix Primary School Board.


I have one child in year 3 this year and another in Year 5.  I grew up in Canada and have lived in Perth for 14 years.  I work as an environmental scientist and consultant three days a week.


I believe that Phoenix Primary provides a positive and supportive learning environment for our children and I look forward to being able to contribute to the growth of the school and the continued quality programs,  experiences and education provided for our children. - Gina Fisquet







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




I have been the Deputy Principal at Phoenix Primary School since term 4 2019. In my 16 year teaching career, I have been lucky enough to have taught across all year levels from Year 1 to Year 6. My previous experience also includes being a curriculum leader, education network leader and Teacher Development School coordinator.


I believe that every child matters everyday. All students deserve the opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential in an engaging, motivating and inclusive learning environment led by quality teaching. As educators we need to work with the whole child and supporting their social and emotional development is essential to improving overall student learning outcomes.


Phoenix Primary School is a wonderful school full of dedicated, passionate staff who aim to provide students with a wide range of quality learning experiences. We welcome the cultural diversity in our school and enjoy working collaboratively with parents, families and the wider community.       - Wendy Conti




I was lucky enough to join Phoenix Primary School in 2022. I have been teaching for 8 years and I specialise  in Early Childhood education. I have a strong interest in play-based, hands-on learning and lead the National Quality Standards (NQS) for K-2 at Phoenix PS. The NQS regulates and assesses early childhood education to ensure high-quality programs that optimise children’s learning and development. I believe in building a solid foundation for students through play, where they can develop the cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills needed for a successful future. 


Since starting at Phoenix Primary school, I have built valuable relationships with students, staff, parents and the wider community and cherish the strong sense of belonging that the school instils in our wonderfully diverse community. As a staff, our focus is always on improving our teaching and learning to best cater for our students’ needs and I am very excited to be a part of what is next to come for Phoenix Primary School.    - Shannon Howie





I have been a teacher at Phoenix Primary School since 2016. I was very lucky to be able to work as a relief teacher throughout the school, which gave me a strong understanding of the whole school at each level. I was then offered contracts in the following years before gaining a permanent position at Phoenix Primary School. I have been privileged to teach Year 6 and provide them with the skills and knowledge required for the transition to high school. Having been at this school for a while now, I have been able to form very positive relationships with students, staff, parents, and the wider community.


I have a strong interest in Sustainability and Senior Primary education.  Becoming the Team Leader for our sustainability group within the school has allowed me to pour my passion and time into this area, attending professional development courses and forming strong links with groups outside the school. Building knowledge and embedding sustainable habits in students is an area that I take seriously and want to provide them with real life information that they can take with them after they leave this school.


I believe Phoenix Primary School is an amazing school with strong teachers at every level, working together to promote a whole happy student. Phoenix Primary has goals set individually for each student and we work hard to help them gain what they are capable of. Watching students achieve is a real privilege. - Carys Lynch





I am very pleased to join the Phoenix Primary School Board as a parent representative. I have one child in year one this year, and another in year 4. I am a microbiologist, and currently work in medical research at the University of Western Australia. 


I believe strongly that access to quality education is the right of all children, and that education transforms lives. Phoenix PS has a wonderful school community and I will work to serve this community whilst a school board member. I look forward to being part of the continual growth and development of the school, for the benefit of all of the children and their families. - Laura Arscott







I am a mum of 3 beautiful children that all go to Phoenix Primary.  I am glad to be a part of this school board, during their growth and development on to an exciting future.


I am a believer in community involvement, and am happy to assist where and when required to maximise benefits for Phoenix Primary. - Letitia Needham







Initially from Queensland, I moved to Western Australia to study Veterinary Science at Murdoch University. After graduating in 2007 I went into private mixed practice and developed my special interest in Equine Reproduction. As a keen sports enthusiast, I am regularly involved in community sports with my family. I am passionate about leading a healthy active lifestyle and being a positive role model for my children in this regard. As a member of the school board I look forward to working with the other board members to help raise the schools community profile. I hope to contribute to the school board to help ensure the students get the best education opportunities available.      - Liz Woodberry 













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