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 development and implementation of the Darwin High School Strategic Plan.

Contact the school board

2024 School Board Committees

  • Buildings and Masterplan
  • Education Strategy and Reporting
  • Finance 
  • Alumni, Foundation and School History
  • Contarf and STARS

The 2024 Darwin High School Board

Parent members:

  • Simon Niblock (Chair)
  • Jo Kuswadi (Secretary)
  • Anthony Bale (Treasurer)
  • Anna Goat
  • Philippa Cotter
  • Kimberely Broughton
  • Matthew Bonson

Invited members:

  • Brent Potter


  • Jill Hazeldine

Teacher members:

  • Heather Standley
  • Liam Phillips

Student representatives:

  • This is a shared role by members of our Student Representative Council

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.

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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