Leadership Team

Quality teaching staff have the greatest positive impact on student learning. As an Independent Public School, Hedland Senior High School is able to select its own staff, ensuring that those who are appointed best match the needs of the students and the school community. Hedland Senior High School attracts, recruits, coaches and retains many high quality teaching staff who possess specialist skills and experience.

The school equips teaching staff and students with the most up-to-date information and communication technology, enabling access to learning opportunities from around the world. Our staff have an excellent understanding of their subject area and are committed to providing outstanding opportunities that challenge and broaden students’ learning.


 Principal – Bill Man

T: 9172 8000

E: bill.mann@education.wa.edu.au

Bill began his teaching career in 1973 as a Maths teacher at Hamilton Senior High School and has experiences a broad range of educational settings over the past 40 years. During those years he has helped lead a number of schools to success as a teacher, principal and director of education.

Bill has a focus on the pursuit of excellence as an educational leader and his vast experience in public schools has fostered a passion for equipping young people for their future, both academically and socially.

Although Bill took a short break from the classroom in 2014 where he and his wife spent some quality time travelling, he came back in an effort to make a difference in 2015 when he reviewed Independent Public Schools, similar to Hedland SHS, part time.

Bill believes that Hedland is unique in its settling, community and culture and it is with that uniqueness he will strive to help Hedland SHS to become efficient in helping children achieved their goals and be successful in whatever pathway they chose.


Deputy Principal – Jayne Tracey

T: 9172 8000

E: jayne.tracey@education.wa.edu.au

I have been employed at Hedland SHS since September 2000 and have been involved in a wide range of positions during that time.

As a current educational leader and Deputy Principal at Hedland Senior High School I have initiated and led change processes using a broad repertoire of strategies that have promoted the development of reflective practices and enhanced student learning.

I have diverse teaching and professional development experiences during which I have gained professional and educational knowledge across education systems in metropolitan and remote locations, from primary, secondary and middle school structures as well as across learning areas.

Above all else, I consider myself a professional educator and team leader and I enjoy my work.

Deputy Principal – Andrea Parker

T: 9172 8000

E: andrea.parker@education.wa.edu.au

I have been at Hedland Senior High School for three years as Deputy Principal, and I am responsible for leading Curriculum and School Operations.

Prior to joining Hedland Senior High School, I held the position as leader of the Health and Physical Education Departments in both regional and metropolitan senior high schools. In my current role I work with staff to develop and implement teaching and learning programs, using a range of strategies in line with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), the Western Australian Curriculum, and the new Physical Education Studies ATAR course.

I am committed to continuous school improvement to help Students progress in their learning, enabling them to work towards achieving their full potential.

Deputy Principal – Avneil Swami

I have worked at Hedland SHS for 9 years and I am currently the Acting Principal. Prior to this I have been Deputy Principal leading various portfolios at Hedland Senior high School. I moved to Hedland in 2008 as a graduate Physical and Health Education teacher and have been involved in various leadership roles here including, Year Coordinator, Head of Health and Physical Education, and Health and Wellbeing Manager. I am currently studying “The Masters of Educational Leadership Program”, run through the University of Western Australia and will complete studies this year.

My family and I have made Port Hedland home for most of the past decade and enjoy the Pilbara way of life.

I have a passion for educational leadership and have a strong commitment to creating positive academic and social outcomes for our students. Strong leadership, effective teachers, community partnerships and a supportive environment shape the context for students to achieve success; our challenge as a school is to embrace and align these practices. My work is centred on supporting the successful students we have at Hedland Senior High School and the wider Hedland community- Together We WILL Achieve!

Deputy Principal – Ryan Govan

T: 9172 8000

E: ryan.govan@education.wa.edu.au

I have joined the team at Hedland Senior High School to start 2018, in the role of Deputy Principal: Health and Wellbeing. Prior to my arrival I have been fortunate to hold leadership positions at Shenton College, Derby District High School and Ellenbrook Secondary College. I am currently engaged in further study through the University of Western Australia, in the Masters of School Leadership program, and believe strongly we are all capable of further growth and improvement.

In my current role I am dedicated to supporting the students and staff of this fantastic school to ensure every individual has the opportunity to achieve to their highest potential. I am supported by an outstanding team of professionals, and look forward to building meaningful relationships throughout the Hedland SHS community. The school motto: Together we achieve, really resonates with me and my team based approach, and I look forward to showing my belief in that approach throughout my time here.

Manager of Corporate Services – Karen Ballantyne

T: 9172 8000

E: karen.ballantyne@education.wa.edu.au

I have worked at Hedland Senior High School since 2000, firstly as a school officer and in the last six years as the Manager Corporate Services. I have been in Hedland for 21 years.

I am responsible of the day to day financial, physical and human resource aspects of the school’s operations and administer all school support staff which include our cleaners, gardeners, education assistants, AIEO’s, school officers, laboratory assistants, home economics assistant, network administrator (IT), library officer and SIDE supervisor.

Head of Department (Science) – Sara Zadnik

T: 9172 8000

E: sara.zadnik@education.wa.edu.au

I am currently the Head of Science and have been at Hedland SHS since 2013. I have taught Science from years 7 to 12, including ATAR Chemistry and Human Biology.

Previously at Hedland SHS I was the Student Council Coordinator, helping students organise assemblies, fundraisers and a successful Anit-Bulling Campaign; and the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) Coordinator. I have also taught Chemistry at Curtin University, as well as tutored Science, Maths and Music to students over the last 10 years.

Head of Department (English) – Aleks Blazeski

T: 9172 8000

E: aleksandar.blazeski@education.wa.edu.au


Head of Department (Mathematics) – Sven Colic

T: 9172 8000

E: sven.colic@education.wa.edu.au

After spending just a term here in 2015, I jumped at the opportunity and joined Hedland Senior High School as a full time teacher at the beginning of 2016.

My background in Chemical and Process Engineering has formed the foundation for my passion in Mathematics and Science and their applications in the wider community. These skills are vital in a future Australia, leading innovation in the renewables and technology sector. I want our students to achieve their best in these exciting growth areas.

I have previously taught at Curtin University, teaching several year levels across three specialised units of work: Engineering mathematics, technical risk and safety, and engineering projects. I am excited to be a part of the Hedland Senior High School Management Team and Staff working together to achieve success in quality teaching, student learning and community participation.


Head of Department (Humanities and Social Sciences) – Tracee Bosman

T: 9172 8000

E: tracee.bosman@education.wa.edu.au

Head of Department (Technology & Enterprise) – Phillip Murray

T: 9172 8000

E: philip.murray@education.wa.edu.au

My role at Hedland SHS is to lead the Technology and Enterprise learning area (Design and Technology, Home Economics and Business and Computing). My teaching duties encompass lower and upper school metalwork in the Design and Technology subject learning area. This is my 32nd year teaching at Hedland Senior High School.

Previously, I completed a Certificate of Trades Studies in Mechanical Fitting at Westrail Midland Workshops, then went on to get my Diploma of Teaching at the Western Australian College of Advanced Education in Nedlands. I completed my Bachelor of Education via external studies through Edith Cowan University during the first few years of being up here.

I have been teaching since 1985. My first school out was Yanchep District High School for a year, then I transferred up to South Hedland and worked at Pundulmurra Campus until Easter 1986 before transferring over to Hedland Senior High School. My area of specialty is Metalwork and Welding.

Head of Department (The Arts) – Laura Francis

T: 9172 8000

E: laura.francis@education.wa.edu.au

I came to Hedland Senior High School half way through 2011 on a short term contract after spending some time living in Canada. I have thoroughly enjoyed the school and being part of the wider community, resulting in staying in town for a number of years.

I am currently the acting Head of Arts, and a classroom and instrumental Music teacher. I have taught a variety of Arts subjects over the years as well as being a Year Coordinator. My previous experience includes teaching primary and secondary classroom music in both Perth and the South West, along with instrumental lessons through the School of Instrumental Music program.

I am passionate about engaging students and giving them musical skills they can develop both at school and individually for life-long enjoyment. Music is an important part of everyone’s lives and I enjoy providing and enriching this experience for students. I am also passionate about supporting students to not only achieve academically, but also in staying mentally and emotionally happy in order to be well-rounded individuals.


Head of Department (Health & PE) – Joel Agland

T: 9172 8000

E: joel.agland@education.wa.edu.au

I have been at Hedland Senior High School since late 2016. My role as the Head of Health and Physical Education is to lead a team of enthusiastic PE Teachers who aim to promote student participation in physical activity. This is done by providing students with a varying range of sports and activities that promote challenging, relevant and enjoyable experiences which promote lifelong fitness.

Previously I have taught in Perth in both public and private education. I have experience teaching ATAR Health, Physical Education and Outdoor Education and have achieved high level coaching accreditations in both football and cricket.

I am passionate about leading a team that promotes being healthy, safe and active in both health and physical activity. I believe that we are able to develop positive attitudes and values about a student’s own health and wellbeing, as well as respecting the rights of others. This is achieved through the experiences we as a Physical Education team provide to students at Hedland Senior High School. “Together we achieve”.