School board

Darwin High School is an Independent Public School. This means that our principal and our school representative body have a greater role in decision-making and there is stronger engagement between our school and the community.

About the school board

The Darwin High School Board:

  • has a strong focus on strategic planning, monitoring and reporting
  • works together with the principal to create and achieve the long-term vision for the school
  • involves the school community in the governance of the school to strengthen and support public education in the community, and
  • maintains genuine autonomy at all stages of its dealings on behalf of parents, students, teachers and the wider school community.

The Board is incorporated under the Education Act (2015), and operates within Department of Education policies. Broadly the functions of the Board include:

  • advising the principal about the educational needs of the community and policy implementation
  • assessing and advising on the physical needs of the school
  • overseeing work on buildings and grounds being carried out at the school
  • building links between parents, community groups and the school
  • determining the school’s annual budget
  • determining community use of school facilities
  • employing school board staff.

A key area of focus for the Board is the implementation and monitoring of the Darwin High School Strategic Plan 2020-2023.

The 2021 Darwin High School Board

Parent members:

  • Alison Fitzgerald (Secretary)
  • Anne Davis
  • Anja Moritz-Zimmermann
  • Dr Peter Anderson (Chair)
  • Duncan Poulson (Treasurer)
  • Max Ibrahim
  • Peter Sargeant
  • Simon Niblock 
  • Stella Zhang
  • Yasuyo Patel

Invited members:

  • Russell Keith


  • Jill Hazeldine

Teacher members:

  • Mark Bunnett
  • Rodney Cremona
  • Peter Coulter
  • Tony Valle

Student representatives:

  • This is a shared role by members of our Student Representative Council
As a member of the School Board and as a parent, I have witnessed the resilience, dedication, and passion of our teachers and staff and I acknowledge them for these qualities and their efforts throughout the year. To all the teachers and support staff, thank you for your hard work and commitment to the students and to the school. I would also like to thank the parents of Darwin High School. Helping your children prosper takes energy, patience, and perseverance in a regular year. 2020 has been no ordinary year and I’m sure your young people will have appreciated and benefitted from your love and support. To the parents, families, and friends of Darwin High School, the School Board values your support and the efforts that many of you have been able to contribute to the School. Peter Anderson, Parent and School Board Chair 2021

Get involved

All members of the school community are welcome to contribute to the board. This can be through engaging with board members directly, attending board meetings as an observer, participating in feedback and consultations or by becoming a member of a board subcommittee.

Board Chair, Dr Peter Anderson

I’m a chemical scientist, working as a manager of technical projects in metallurgical refining, environmental impact and minesite rehabilitation studies within the resource industry.

I joined the Board to become more knowledgeable about contemporary education and be involved in a significant part of my kids lives, helping out a little where I could. I see being on the Board as analogous to being involved in junior sport. It’s good to understand the game, know the coach, and be able to support your kids and the whole team from the sidelines. Hopefully with a few ideas and effort along the way you can improve the experience for other kids into the future, finding ways to make the club a better place.

I enjoy being on the DHS Board and a couple of committees as it’s a chance to interact with other enthusiastic members, solve problems in a completely different context to regular work, and with people from diverse backgrounds.

Teacher member, Tony Valle

Darwin High School Science Teacher. I joined because as a member of the board I have an opportunity to be involved with the strategic direction of the school. It is an opportunity to work collaboratively with like-minded individuals whose intentions are to ensure the school continues to provide students with the best chances for growth and success.

Parent member, Alison Fitzgerald

My name is Alison Fitzgerald. I have a son in year 10 at DHS and 2 daughters currently at DMS. I am a nurse and have a strong interest in the health and wellbeing of students. I am also on the Wellbeing subcommittee.

I enjoy being a part of the Board as it helps me to connect with the school and understand the issues that are going on for teachers and students. I think the Board is important as we can often look at things impartially, through knowing our young people, being a parent and having knowledge of working within a system. I also really like that I can have input into future plans and assist with making positive choices for the school.

The Compass App

Students and their families are encouraged to download the Darwin High School Compass app to their smart phone/tablet device. Compass app allows you to stay up to date with announcements and events, complete a range of e-forms for student absences and excursions and easily contact us via phone or email direct from the app.

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