At Hedland Senior High School we believe that leadership is vital at school. We’re committed to nurturing the next set of leaders in every field, to do this we ensure Hedland Senior High School has quality teaching staff who have the skills and experience to best match the needs of the students and the school community.

As an Independent Public School we have the ability to select our own staff who we provide 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 opportunities that challenge and broaden students learning.

Principal – Bill Mann

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 Year 7/8 – Mathew Boreland

T: 9172 8000

E: mathew.boreland@education.wa.edu.au

I began my teaching career in 2010 specialising in Health and Physical Education in the metropolitan area. I have since held various leadership positions at several country schools before moving to Hedland Senior High School at the end of 2018 as the Head of Health and Physical Education.

Throughout my teaching career I have had the opportunity to develop my curriculum and professional knowledge in order to lead staff and students to become lifelong learners.

In my current role as Year 7 and 8 Deputy Principal, I work closely with staff and students of the sub-school to support them through the transition phase from primary school into middle school.

 

Deputy Principal Year 9/10 – 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 Year 11/12 – 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 year 11 and 12 students and teachers to support them through their final years in high school. I am passionate about the wellbeing and success of every child at Hedland Senior High School and equipping them with the skills and knowledge that will help them achieve their goals and guide them in their future pathways.

 

 

Manager Corporate Services – Karen Ballantyne

T: 9172 8000

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

I have worked at Hedland Senior High School since 2001, 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 Finn

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) – Aleksandar Blazeski 

T: 9172 8000

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

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.

 

Head of Department (Mathematics) – Haley Carine

 

T: 9172 8000

E: haley.carine@education.wa.edu.au

I moved to Hedland in 2015 from Victoria/South Australia to join the mathematics teaching team at Hedland SHS. Currently I am Head of Mathematics and I have taught Maths from years 7 to 12, including ATAR Mathematics Methods, Mathematics Applications and Specialist Mathematics. I have also had the opportunity to teach Health and Physical Education, including being involved in the Shooting Goals program. Previously, I was the Year 12 Coordinator guiding students through their final year of school and preparing them for life post school.

 

Head of Department (Humanities and Social Sciences) – Chi See Tho

T: 9172 8000

E: chiyenn.seetho@education.wa.edu.au

I joined Hedland Senior High School in 2014 as a Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) teacher before my appointment as Head of Learning Area in 2018. Prior to returning to university to pursue teaching, I worked in a management role with Nespresso Australia.

My job involves working closely with the HASS team to facilitate teaching and learning opportunities across the four sub-strands of History, Geography, Economics & Business and Civics & Citizenship. The team’s interests lie in promoting the understanding of global peoples, societies, histories and cultures that help students imagine the future and make decisions as active and informed citizens.

A highly motivated individual, I strongly believe that impossibilities are an opportunity for innovation and finding new solutions. Away from the office, I can be found planning travel adventures and office funnies.

 

Head of Department (Technologies) – Philip 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) – Jasmine McBurney

T: 9172 8000

E: jasmine.mcburney@education.wa.edu.au

I moved to Hedland in 2013 from Queensland and was extremely excited to become part of the Hedland Senior High School Arts team. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Specialist Arts Program and building fantastic partnerships with the wider community. Currently I am the Head of Learning Area for the Arts and the Specialist Arts Program. I am also a passionate Dance and Photography teacher. The opportunity to teach a variety of Arts subjects over the years at Hedland Senior High School has helped to build my skills and knowledge in a range of areas.  

I received a Bachelor of Dance/Drama as well as a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at The Queensland University of Technology. I have also obtained a Cert IV in Musical Theatre and commercial dance. My previous experience includes; teaching Dance and Drama in London for several years, teaching Dance and Drama in Australia, as well as taking as the role of extra curriculum coordinator for Dance and Drama in Queensland for many years.

My passion for the Arts, and building the Specialist Arts Program at Hedland Senior High School is something is of upmost importance to me as I would like our students have the same opportunities as students in Metro areas. It has been a privilege to be the Head of Arts at Hedland Senior High school at the outset of 2019 and I look forward to the exciting opportunities we have instore for our Arts staff and students this year. 

 

Head of Department (Health and Physical Education) – Dayne Eldridge

T: 9172 8000

E: dayne.eldridge@education.wa.edu.au

I moved to Port Hedland at the start of 2014 from Perth to join the Health & Physical Education team at Hedland SHS.

Currently I am Head of Health & Physical Education and I have taught HPE from Years 7 to 12, including Cert II Sport & Recreation and Physical Education Studies.

I also previously had the opportunity to be a Year Coordinator for four years, guiding students through the start of their high school journey in the lead up to their final two years of school.

 

Program Coordinator for School Improvement – 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 working at the school and being part of the wider community, resulting in staying in town for a number of years. I am currently the Program Coordinator for School Improvement – a new and exciting role within the school.

I was previously the Music teacher and Head of Learning for the Arts, and have also taught across the Arts learning area over the years and been 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 Instrumental Music School Services.

I am passionate about engaging students to develop skills for both school and life beyond school. I care about supporting students to not only achieve academically, but also in staying emotionally happy in order to be well-rounded individuals. Supporting and developing staff capacity is also a passion, and I am privileged to work with the school’s graduate teaching staff and the wider school community around the 2022 Business Plan.

 

Student Services Manager Year 7/8– Amanda Fing

T: 9172 8000

E: amanda.fing@education.wa.edu.au

I started my teaching career in New South Wales in 2012, before moving to Port Hedland in 2014 to join the teaching team at Hedland Senior High School. I am currently the Student Services Manager for Years 7 and 8 and prior to this role, I worked in the English and Technology and Enterprise Learning Areas, and was the Year 8 Coordinator in 2018 and Year 7 Coordinator in 2019.

I am passionate about creating a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students, and providing them with the skills required to be strong and resilient individuals.

 

Student Services Manager Year 9/10 – Teneal Russell

T: 9172 8000

E: teneal.russell@education.wa.edu.au

I first started my teaching career at Hedland SHS as a Graduate Teacher in 2003. Since then, I have held many teaching and leadership positions including Health and Physical Education Teacher, School Librarian, School Based Traineeship Teacher, Skilled to Work Teacher, VET and WPL Coordinator and HoLA of HASS.

I am currently the Student Services Manager for Years 9 and 10 and am very passionate about this role. I love supporting students through their learning journeys educationally, mentally and socially.

 

Student Services Manager Year 11/12 – Alice Colbeck

T: 9172 8000

E: alice.colbeck@education.wa.edu.au

I moved to Hedland in 2012 after graduating from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Human Movement. I worked at Baler Primary School as the Physical Education Specialist for three years and discovered that my passion sat in secondary aged students. I have worked in the Health and PHysical Education Department for five years and had the opportunity to teach Years 7 to 10 HPE and Shooting Goals, as well as Upper School PE Studies, ATAR and Outdoor Education.

When moving from Baler PS to Hedland SHS I was lucky enough to be the Year Coordinator for the new Year 7 cohort and continued with this year group until Semester 2 last year when I became the HoLA of HPE.

Currently I am working with Year 11 and 12 students and teachers to support them through their last two years of schooling. I am passionate about student well-being and guiding them to be the best they can be for their future pathways.