A word from the Board Chair:

The Hedland Senior High School Independent Public School Board was first formed in 2011 with the aim of engaging in activities that will enhance the education and opportunities provided by the school to the Hedland community.

Board members are focused on achieving great outcomes for all students at Hedland Senior High School and support the current strategic directions and programs being delivered by the school’s dedicated staff.

Unique in the landscape of IPS boards, the Hedland Senior High School Board consists of representatives from State Government, Local Government, the small business sector, major industry (BHP, FMG and Roy Hill), education, parents and the local community. This mix of representation reflects the high value all sectors of our community place on providing quality education for our students.

In 2018 the key areas the Board are focusing on are safety, educational excellence and employment opportunities for our students. These discussions have seen some critical partnerships with the school being developed such as the Industry Sub Group who are working on employment pathways for ATAR students into university, Trade Training Centre students into apprenticeships and Vocational students into traineeships.

The Hedland Senior High School Board looks forwards to working with the Hedland community to create a school that provides the best opportunities for our students and thank the staff at Hedland Senior High School for their hard work and dedication.

Board functions are covered by the School Education Act 1999 and School Education Regulations 2000. An unincorporated board such as the Hedland Senior High School IPS Board has an approved Terms of Reference  to define its way of working to meet the requirements of the legislation. Detailed information includes advice on the roles and responsibilities of a school board, membership, induction and procedures for conducting elections and meetings. The Board chair, on behalf of the board, is a signatory to a Delivery and Performance Agreement with the Principal and Director General. The agreement sets out the performance and accountability expectations of the school, as well as the resources and support provided centrally to the school.

For an understanding of how the School Board, P&C, Finance Committee, School Executive, Student Council and Learning Area Teams work together to support students and provide effective school governance, see this diagram



Narelle Ward

Community Representative – Chair

Mrs Narelle Ward, Principal of Cassia Primary School, has been an educator for over 20 years and has spent a significant portion of her career in the Pilbara. Hedland has been home for her and her family for the past 10 years and she is currently the Hedland Network of Schools – Network Principal, appointed to this role at the end of 2017.

She currently has a child attending Hedland Senior High School in the Trade Training Centre and commends the high school on the exceptional opportunities afforded to children and educational pathways offered on site to meet a diverse range of educational needs. She looks forward to working with the School Board to positively promote the school within the community and support the successful educational initiatives already embedded in the school and those that are planned for the future.


Warren Wellbeloved

Community Representative (BHP) – Deputy Chair

Warren has lived in Port Hedland with his wife Claire and children, Anna (7) and Luke (5), for the last 7 years. He studied Chemical Engineering in South Africa, holds an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles and the National University of Singapore as well as a Graduate Diploma in Asset Management. Warren is the Manager of Locomotive and Track Machine Maintenance for BHP Iron Ore’s Rail team.

Over his 13 years with BHP, Warren has held several leadership positions across multiple commodities and geographies. In his spare time, Warren is an avid sportsman and enjoys nothing more than camping along the Pilbara coast with his family.



Therese Anderson

Community Representative (Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce)

A resident of South Hedland since late 2008 and co-owner of a local electrical contractor business ‘Foxman Electrical’ with experience in areas such as nursing, office management of our electrical contracting company and administrative roles within a not-for-profit / community organization.

Elected committee member of the Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce Inc. for the past five years and representative on the Hedland Senior High School Board for 2017.

Jeanette Hasleby

Community Representative (Roy Hill)

Jeanette started her career as a teacher of languages and moved into training, curriculum development and project management in the Department of Education.

She has had extensive experience in curriculum, policy and strategy development and has been responsible for state-wide strategies for WA public schools for students at risk, attendance and behaviour management. She held a wide number of roles in the sector including Director in the WA Department of Education overseeing services for students in school attendance, behaviour management, child protection, disabilities and several national projects.

In November 2011 she left the public sector to take up an opportunity at Roy Hill working on community development including Native Title, Aboriginal employment and business development. More recently she set up Roy Hill Community Foundation which supports education, health and arts and cultural projects with a focus on the Pilbara.



Lincoln Tavo

Parent Representative

Born and raised in Port Hedland, Lincoln has lived in Port Hedland for 43 years where he attended high school here at Hedland SHS from year 8-12. Lincoln and his wife Cindy raised three children in Hedland with their third, Maddison (14) still a student at the school.

Lincoln is an electrician by trade and now works as NPI at Fortescue Metals Group, where he has been for the past 6 years. Lincoln is a passionate member of the Hedland community and has held several volunteer positions among many organisations including board member of YIC, committee member of SAFE, Swans Football Club volunteer as well as being part of the Ed Connect mentoring initiative and various JD Hardie youth programs. Outside his work and philanthropy, Lincoln enjoys playing Golf when he can.

Aleksander Balzeski

Hedland SHS Staff Representative

Aleksandar joined Hedland Senior High School as a school-based intern teacher in 2014. The following year, he began his career as a full-time English teacher and has since had the opportunity to teach all courses offered in the English learning area, including ATAR English and Literature. Since the end of 2017, Aleksandar has been employed as the Head of English. In this role, he leads a team of eight English teachers to broaden the comprehension and appreciation of language, literature, and literacy in students as they develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active global citizens. Prior to embarking on a career in education, Aleksandar studied and worked in advertising, journalism, and public relations and operated a squash centre in Perth.

Jase Hayward

Hedland SHS Staff Representative

I have lived in Hedland since 2014 and previously taught at St Cecilia’s Primary School and Port Hedland Primary School before coming to Hedland Senior High School to work at Milli Maya. I was born in NSW and have lived all over Australia, having to move with different teaching jobs. I have family all over the world, including a brother who resides in Kuwait. My interests include surfing, refereeing Soccer, playing Rugby and being involved in Navy Cadets. I love working at Hedland Senior High School and I have a big heart.

Margi Faulkner

Community Representative (WA Country Health Service)

Originally a physiotherapist, Margi’s fifteen year career in health has seen her work as a Perth-based hospital clinician before progressing to various project positions in the metropolitan area. Coming North in 2015, Margi was responsible for day-to-day operations of two remote Kimberley hospitals, working in partnership with other health providers and non-health agencies. Now, as WA Country Health Service’s Regional Director, Margi has oversight of the Pilbara’s seven hospitals, two Nursing Posts and community health services. Living locally in Port Hedland since 2017, Margi understands firsthand the challenges of vast distances and the inequalities often experienced by remote communities. She is passionate about ensuring country residents have equitable opportunities to metropolitan residents and is excited to be able to work with the Board to continue to provide and develop these pathways and opportunities for the high school students of her community.


2020 Meeting Dates


2020 Board Meeting Dates  
Term 1 Week 3 Thursday 20 February 2020 @ 4:00pm Conference Room
Term 2 Week 3 Thursday 4 June 2020 – Public meeting @ 4:00pm Conference Room
Term 3 Week 3 Thursday 6 August 2020  @ 4:00pm Conference Room
Term 4 Week 5 Thursday 12 November 2020 @ 4:00pm Conference Room

Agendas of previous school board meetings:

Minutes of previous school board meetings: