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.


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.

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.


2019 Meeting Dates


2019 Board Meeting Dates  
Term 1 Week 4 Thursday 28 February 2019 @ 4:00pm Conference Room
Term 1 Week 8 Thursday 28 March 2019 @ 4:00pm Conference Room
Term 2 Week 4 Thursday 23 May 2019 – Public meeting @ 4:00pm Conference Room
Term 2 Week 8 Thursday 20 June 2019 @ 4:00pm Conference Room
Term 3 Week 4 Thursday 15 August 2019 – Public Meeting @ 4:00pm Conference Room
Term 4 Week 3 Thursday 31 October 2019 @ 4:00pm Conference Room
Term 4 Week 7 Thursday 28 November 2019 @ 4:00pm Conference Room

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