A word from the Board Chair, Lincoln Tavo:

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

Lincoln Tavo

Community Representative (FMG) – Board Chair

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.

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.

Narelle Ward

Community Representative

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.

Patrik Mellberg

Parent Representative

Patrik Mellberg has lived in the Pilbara for nearly 30 years in total including time in Newman and Karratha and residing in Hedland since 2000 with his family. Patrik has 4 kids with 2 kids currently at Hedland Senior High School. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science and more recently completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) through Curtin University.

Patrik currently works in the Pilbara Corporate Affairs Team at BHP Billiton, having been with the company for 9 years. He has held various community relations and strategy roles with BHP Billiton during this time with his current role being that of Team Lead, Community for Port Hedland. Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Patrik was Regional Director of Health for the Pilbara region.

Patrik has a long standing commitment to being an active community member having participated in numerous committees and boards over many years. Patrik has served on the school Board since 2013 and presided as Board Chair for 3 years. He has also been on the Executive Committee of The Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce since 2013 and is a committee member of the Port Hedland Industry Council.

Ngaire Whyte

Parent Representative

I am a married mother of three sons, one of my three sons attends HSHS, hence my decision to nominate, and ultimately being nominated as the one of the two parent representatives on the Hedland Senior High School Board. A position I am committed and passionate about.

Listed below are personal and professional attributes I feel that I bring to this position.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills: in my professional capacity as a RN and nursing educator communication and listening skills are pivotal to my role. To communicate effectively with patients, fellow colleagues and students requires an ability to be a good listener too. It is important to be able liaise and communicate effectively with numerous health professionals on various different levels depending on the nature of the conversation.

Sound problem solving skills: on a daily basis as a nurse situations change dramatically, sometimes within minutes. Being able to think on the run and sometimes think outside the box has helped me on numerous occasions throughout my career.

Empathy, compassion and respect: being a nurse is a privilege. We care for people when they are at their worst and usually in very vulnerable situations. Showing respect and having empathy whilst caring for patients shows them that you care and gives comfort and hope at their time of need. Also being respectful of people’s culture and being culturally sensitive is extremely important, as culture plays such a significant role in how people interact with each other. As a nurse I have acquired a level of knowledge in relation to culture and how patients can respond differently to care based on their unique cultural experiences.

All the above mentioned attributes which I have acquired over the years from both personal and professional situations equip me well in my current role as the Parent Representative on the HSHS


Tricia Hebbard

Parent Representative

I am a long-term resident of Port Hedland. I have three children: a 25-year-old who has been through the school system and apprenticeship pathway, a 15-year-old who currently attends Hedland Senior High School and who is choosing an ATAR pathway this year, and a 7-year-old who attends Baler Primary School in South Hedland.

I am familiar with Hedland Senior High School and the challenges schools and communities face being isolated. I have seen some positive changes in education delivery in Hedland and am grateful for the choices being created for our children.

As well as having recently been elected as a Parent Representative on the Hedland Senior High School Board, I was elected as a Councillor for the Town of Port Hedland last year, and with both positions I am keen to keep education as a priority for the children in our community.

I look forward to working with all board team members and the school community in continuing a positive learning environment for all secondary students.

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.

Ashley Chamberlain

Hedland SHS (Staff Representative)

I joined Hedland SHS in 2017 and am currently the Year 7/8  Student Services Managerand a member of the School Board. I was previously the PHEP co-ordinator at the high school and prior to arriving in Hedland, I taught for many years in Perth as a Science Teacher and worked in student services as a Year Coordinator. As teacher I taught lower school Science, Mathematics, Health and ATAR Biology and Human Biology. I am passionate about student success and as the Follow the Dream Coordinator I am excited to work alongside aspirant Aboriginals and their families at our school. I am so glad that I am able to be involved in many opportunities that Hedland Senior High School provides for our students and work together with the Hedland community in continuing to create a school of success.

Teneal Russell

Hedland SHS (Staff Representative)

I have worked at Hedland SHS for 15 years and I am currently the teacher of the Shooting Goals Netball Girls classes for Year 7, 8 and 11, as well as the year 12 Pastoral Care Coordinator. During my time at Hedland SHS I have held many leadership positions and have developed significant knowledge, interpersonal skills and effective working relationships. I have filled roles as diverse as HOLA of HASS, Acting Student Services Manager, VET and WPL Coordinator, Year 11 Coordinator, Year 7 Transition Co-coordinator, Head of Numeracy Committee, Teacher Librarian, Skilled to Work (STW) / School Based Traineeship (SBT) classroom Teacher, Health & Physical Education (HPE) classroom Teacher of Years 8-10 and Physical Education Studies Year 11 and 12. I strive to maintain positive relationships with all involved in the community and work collaboratively with colleagues, parents and community members, respecting the important role they play in the development process of students.

I have two young kids and my eldest currently attends Hedland Senior High School in Year 8. I have many links to the community through my involvement with sport outside school hours and am well known to many families in town. I look forward to working strategically with all members of the board to improve all aspects of the Hedland SHS community so that “Together We Can Achieve”.

Karen Ballantyne

Hedland SHS (Manager Corporate Services) – Ex Officio

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.


2018 Meeting Dates


2018 Board Meeting Dates  
Term 1 Week 4 Thursday 22 February 2018 @ 4:00pm Conference Room
Term 1 Week 10 Thursday 4 April 2018 @ 4:00pm Conference Room
Term 2 Week 5 Thursday 31 May 2018 @ 4:00pm Conference Room
Term 2 Week 9 Thursday 28 June 2018 – Public meeting @ 4:00pm School Library
Term 3 Week 3 Thursday 2 August 2018 @ 4:00pm Conference Room
Term 3 Week 8 Thursday 6 September 2018 @ 4:00pm Conference Room
Term 4 Week 2 Thursday 18 October 2018 @ 4:00pm Conference Room
Term 4 Week 7 Thursday 22 November 2018 – Public meeting  @ 4:00pm School Library

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