2018 Past News


Congratulations to the following students who were elected as school leaders for 2018. 



  • Taj Favazzo
  • Karl Layco
  • Emily Daglish
  • Adele Gabrielson




House Captains


Congratulations to our House Captains and Vice Captains for 2018 who were elected by their peers.


  • Davilak Captains – Eriki Murray and Ellira Boase




  • Hamilton Captains – Blake Garbin and Jamilia Edwards




  • Manning Captains – Dillon Fuller and Mya Arbon




Eco Warriors


  • Jack Willis
  • Thomas Guthrie
  • Sarah Kamphuis
  • Sofia Puizina
  • Tyson Correia-Schultz
  • Zachary Caranna-Paratore




National Young Leaders Conference

On Friday 9 March 2018 Mrs Pontillo and I had the great pleasure of accompanying our sixteen student leaders to the National Young Leaders Day at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The students had a wonderful day listening to four motivating and inspiring speakers who shared their wisdom and knowledge about leadership. I have included their main messages below:



John Coutis

Speaker and Mentor

  • Treat  people the way you wish to be treated
  • Responsibility – know what is right, know what is wrong, IT’S YOUR CHOICE

Dr Fiona Wood

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon specialising in burn care, trauma and scar  reconstruction

  • Use your gifts to help others
  • Keep learning how to improve your best

Andrew Embley

West Coast Premiership Player

  • Make the most of any opportunity you are given
  • Talent is important but you also need work ethic

Rick Ardon

News Presenter

  • You will make mistakes, don’t try and cover it up, admit to it and LEARN from it
  • Don’t be silent about bullying, be conscious of everyone else and their feelings


The students engaged in all of the activities and took copious notes. Some of their ‘take home’ messages were:


  • On Friday 9 March we went to the Young Leaders Day. I loved all the speakers who inspired me with their speeches. I also loved the silent disco and representing our school. The important lesson I learnt was to never give up no matter what you do or who you are. – Ellira


  • On Friday 9 March the student leaders went to the National Young Leaders Day. We all had an amazing day and we got to meet fantastic speakers. We also had a great silent disco. – Dillon


  • We all had an amazing day on Friday. The inspirational speakers were the best. They talked about their school life and how they go to where they are today. At the breaks there was an awesome silent disco that I’m pretty sure all the students loved, but the most important thing the speakers told us was to never give up even when you feel like it. – Adele


  • I loved going to the National Young Leaders Day because it was inspirational listening to the speakers and I loved the silent disco. It was also an honour to represent my school and the most important lesson I learnt was never give up no matter who you are and what you do. - Mya


  • On the 9 March 2018 the National Young Leaders Day finally arrived. There were four speakers John Coutis, Fiona Wood, Andrew Embley and Rick Ardon.

We had to get to school at 7.30am so we could leave at 7.45am. After 45 minutes of traveling in the bus we arrived at 8.30am. When we got inside there were lots of people and then came up John Coutis, he was really funny but unfortunately he had his legs amputated. He was my favourite.


Then it was first break and there was a silent disco and people getting signatures from John. It was quarter past 11 already and we had more disco fun.


Then came up Dr Fiona Wood, she was the person who invented spray on skin for burns. After that Andrew Embley came on to the stage in front of hundreds of schools. He is famous for being the West Coast Eagles Vice Captain from years 2004-2007. After he finished it was finally the second break after sitting down and taking notes for two hours.


 Last but not least there was Rick Ardon, he was and still is a news presenter and reporter for Channel 7 News.


After a brilliant day of fun we went back to school on a little 24 seater bus. - Blake


Congratulations to the student leaders on their engagement and behaviour on the day. We can’t wait to see what fantastic work you do this year for Phoenix PS.


Francesca Coen

Deputy Principal


Travel Smart News

The Travel Smart team meet with me in B4 every Monday at 10:45am.  During this time we plan what will happen during the term and work out what will be presented at the assembly.


The team gather information by going around the school to each class.  They record each child who walked or rode to school on that day.  The child’s name is then written on a ticket (during a Monday meeting session) and is put into our raffle box. At each assembly one ticket is drawn out and the lucky winner keeps the Golden Sneaker in their classroom until the next assembly.  The winner also gets to choose a prize. Information is gathered randomly throughout the year.  Children are encouraged to keep walking or riding to school to increase their chance of winning a prize.




2018 Travel Smart Team




At the beginning and end of each year, I send a summary of our school data to the Your Move Travel Smart officers at the Department of Transport.


I blog on the Your Move website and am awarded points. I can then use these points to obtain prizes that are used for the raffles or competitions during the year. 


At the last assembly, the names of ten lucky children who rode to school on the National Ride Safely to School Day last term were drawn out by Ms Coen. They chose from a selection of special prizes including a bike lock, helmet, toys and erasable pens.



Assembly winners - May 2018



Bike Enclosure

A BIG Thank you to the P & C for enclosing the bike shelter at a cost of $5255 to help make it a safer area for the individually locked bikes and scooters.  



New bike shelter enclosure




Special News

Congratulations to Bianca (B4) on her selection as the Travel Smart Team Leader.  During the last 18 months she has been a very dedicated member of my team.  She displays initiative and is always enthusiastic, reliable and responsible.



Travelsmart Captain - Bianca



Remember to stay healthy and keep walking or riding safely to school.


Ms Maria Clapsis

Travel Smart Co-Ordinator




City Of Cockburn Recognises Phoenix PS!



The following article was sent to all schools in the Cockburn area during the month of June 2018. 



Congratulations to Phoenix Primary School for achieving silver level and earning 316 points so far this year for posting two stories on the Your Move webpage.

Several families would not let their child ride or scoot to school as they felt the bikes / scooters would not be safe so the Phoenix Primary school P & C enclosed the bike shelter to help make it a safer area for the individually locked bikes and scooters.


The Travel Smart team meets each Monday to plan how to encourage more families to walk and ride. The team gathers information by going around the school to each class. They record each child who walked or rode to school on the day and write their names on a raffle ticket.


At the next assembly the ticket is drawn for the Golden Sneaker award and the winner is able to choose a prize.


Bike Riding Lessons!

Well done to the parents who have taken up the opportunity for their child/ren to be part of the free bike riding lessons. 


Special mention to those children for being able to ride without trainer wheels after 1 or 2 lessons. All the children who took part were awarded with a prize.

We would like to extend a very big thank you to Christina from People on Bicycles did a wonderful job with the children.  Thanks again to the City of Cockburn for providing the funds ($360) to make these sessions possible.

Also, a huge thank you to Jasy (C3) who has never forgotten to secure the bike compound every day he is at school. We can always rely on you!

Winter Interschool Carnival



The boys and girls of the Phoenix soccer teams had a wonderful day out at Beale Park. The extra training sessions the boys and girls had taken part in after school paid dividends; with the A Team finishing as Champions of A division and our B Team coming a very creditable 3rd place.


The A team started the day in scintillating form winning the first 4 games without conceding a goal, despite a narrow 1-0 loss to Coogee in our 5th game we qualified for the semi-finals as group winners. A comfortable semi-final win over Guilford Grammar set up a final with local rivals Newton PS. Once again the players showed their class to win the final 2-1.


The B team played well throughout the Interschool Carnival. Two excellent goals each from Dianne and Kruz, helped secure 3rd place in the Interschool Carnival.


All students demonstrated commendable sportsmanship and fair play throughout the day.

Mr Walsh and Ms Owen








On Thursday June 21 four of the Notre Dame pre-service teachers and I took a group of year 4-6 students to compete in the 2018 Winter Netball Interschool Carnival. The carnival was held at Success Regional Sporting Grounds with 28 teams competing on the day.

Despite the rain, our A team managed to secure 4th overall. The feedback from students proved the day was a fantastic success as they showed off their skills and knowledge of the rules.

A big thank you to Tracey Katnich, Renee Puizina and Trudy Kinita for coming along to support Phoenix Primary and to the Notre Dame teachers who assisted with coaching, sorting out positions and managing the sporting equipment.

Well done to all students who attended, your behaviour was exceptional and thank you for giving up your lunch breaks this term for our training sessions.

Ms Read





Pre Primary Nature Playground

The Nature Playground in the Kindy/Pre Primary outdoor area is looking amazing. The new addition of the boat is now ready for the kids to enjoy. 














 2018 Graduation Ceremony


Phoenix Primary School 2018 Graduation Ceremony Performance from Phoenix Primary School on Vimeo.

Phoenix Primary School 2018 Graduation Ceremony Entrance from Phoenix Primary School on Vimeo.

2018 Graduation Achievement Award Recipients


The following students were recipients of the following awards at our Graduation Assembly. Congratulations everyone!



Academic Dux Award - Emily Daglish

Academic Excellence Award - Karl Layco

Academic Excellence Award - Sofia Puizina

Fremantle College Enthusiasm for Learning Award - Keshia Marie Bisnar

Endeavour Award - Beau Whittaker

RSL Leadership Award - Adele Gabrielson 

Citizenship Award - Dillon Fuller

City of Cockburn Graduation Award - Mya Arbon

Woodside Scitech Science Award - Jasy Enjo

Woodside Scitech Science Award - Lanz Jared Bagalawis

Sporting Achievement Award - Blake Garbin

Sporting Endeavour Award - Taj Favazzo


Christmas Performances 










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