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 Business Plan 2016-2019.

The 2017 Darwin High School Board

Parent members:

  • Michael Duffy (Chair)
  • Kon Vatskalis (Deputy Chair)
  • Suzi Kapetas (Secretary)
  • Inoko Pinto (Treasurer)
  • Deb Coleman
  • Michael Jones
  • Dr Michele Willsher
  • Lisa Heath
  • Samuel Herry
  • Philomena Smith

Invited members:

  • Laurence Ah Toy 
  • Hully Liveris
  • Dr Janice Warren

Principal:

  • Trevor Read

Teacher members:

  • Anne Donnelly
  • Jackie Dupe
  • Michelle Elliott
  • John Shield

Student representative:

  • TBC
As a Board member, I feel I’m actively helping to shape the direction Darwin High School takes. For me, it’s also a way parents can support their own children’s schooling and at the same time make a difference to the way all students experience education in the NT. Michael Duffy, Parent and School Board Member 2017

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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