College Board

The Halls Head College Board is formed with the fundamental purpose of enabling parents and members of the community to engage in activities that are in the best interests of the students and will enhance the education provided at the College.

The elected members include parents, staff and community members. The Principal of the college is a member.

Our Board takes part in:
  • establishing and reviewing, from time to time, the college’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions as outlined in the Business Plan
  • planning financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions
  • evaluating the school’s performance in achieving those objectives, priorities and directions including endorsing and reviewing the college’s annual Budget [1]
  • the selection of, but not the appointment of, the School Principal or any other member of the teaching staff if prior approval is given by the Regional Executive Director [2]
Approves of:
  • a charge or contribution determined by the college for the provision of materials, services and facilities
  • the costs determined by the college to be paid for participation in an extra cost optional component of the school’s educational program
  • the items determined by the college to be supplied by a student for the student’s personal use in the school’s educational program; and
  • an agreement or arrangement for advertising or sponsorship in relation to a government school
Role of Board members:
  • Parent members of the Board bring their experience as parents at the school, and the views and context of the wider school community
  • Community members may bring expertise such as business or accounting skills that the Board is looking for at that time
  • Department of Education employees bring their educational expertise

[1] The budget summarises the income received annually from the Department of Education and other sources; it also lists planned expenditure, including salaries. Budget is under section 5.1.4 of the Department of Education’s Financial Management in Schools Finance and Accounting policy. Planning financial arrangements is section 128(a)(ii) of the School Education Act 1999

[2] Participation in selection processes by a representative of the Council is restricted to positions determined through local selection and will not include vacancies filled through the central transfer or placement process or the redeployment process regulated by the Public Sector Management (Redeployment and Redundancy) Regulations 1994. Section 129(2) of the School Education Act 1999

Halls Head College Board

robert-spark Robert Spark – has been a Halls Head College Board Member since 2011 and School Board Chair since 2012.Rob brings to the Board extensive experience in Corporate and Non-profit Organization committees, particularly in leading transformation and transition. This has been valuable at a time when Halls Head College has built toward and attained Independent Public School status.

“I have a very personal interest in Halls Head College being a distinguished institution as I have two children who are students there. I will be thrilled if their lives reflect HHC’s values of Care, Courtesy, Cooperation, Commitment and Courage.

 I have a passionate interest in public education generally that is driven by my own positive experience and a strong belief in its considerable value to my children and to our local community’s young adults.”

Please feel free to contact Rob with any suggestions or concerns regarding the School Board.

helen-stoneHelen Stone
Helen has been in education for about 30 years. Commencing as a swimming teacher with the Department of Swimming and Water Safety in 1987, Helen worked all around Western Australia teaching and supervising swimming classes. After graduating from UWA with a Science degree in 1990 with honours in Anthropology, Helen worked in the Pilbara mines for a couple of years. Then she went to Japan to teach English for a couple of years and then travelled to America and Europe on her bicycle. After settling down, Helen went on to teach part-time and study part-time in primary and high schools. She worked for Murdoch University for 5 years supervising practicum students and received her Masters in 2006. Looking for a challenge again, Helen then worked at Hakea and Casuarina Prisons teaching literacy skills. Currently, she is completing her PhD in Education at Murdoch University and hopes to return to teaching when she finishes.

I am very pleased to be welcomed onto the Halls Head College Board and I hope to make a contribution to the school.

kevin-watersKevin Waters has been recently appointed to the Halls Head College Board.

Kevan brings to the Board extensive experience having worked in many committees and working groups involved in strategy & policy development, financial planning and developing job guidelines and work instructions. He has worked for 46 years in the mining and water utilities industries. He has a long history in community organisation administration.

He places a high value on education and believes our college’s direction should be about preparing students for post school life and adulthood.

bill-bargerbosBill Bargerbos has been a Halls Head College Board Member since 2012. Bill has given many years of service to P & C Associations and School Councils as his children progressed through their schooling. He recently retired as a police sergeant, after serving in many country and metropolitan communities. He holds an Associate Diploma in Business Management.

Bill’s wife is a school officer in the college administration, having worked at the school since its beginning in 2001. His son commenced at the college in its inaugural year, so he has had an association with the college throughout its evolution.

brooke-burnsBrooke Burns joined the Halls Head College Board in 2015 having been a teacher at the school since 2001. Brooke has a passion for innovative approaches to education and has extensive experience as a Physical Education teacher and in more recent times, as an Advisory Teacher within the college’s Big Picture Academy. With a teaching philosophy that focuses on building and nurturing sound working relationships with students and families, Brooke approaches her role at the college with the intent to provide learning experiences that link students to the real world and that encourage deep learning.

In the broader community, Brooke has experienced great success in the sporting arena as captain, coach and life member of the Mandurah Magic Basketball Club having been named League MVP and Coach of the Year throughout her career.

Brooke is honoured to be a member of the school board and is excited about the future direction of the College.

mark-crookMark Crook As a foundation staff member at Halls Head, Mark has been involved in the School Council, and now the College Board, since mid-2000. Mark brings to the Board an extensive knowledge of the College’s history together with being the Head of English. He has been involved in many aspects of the College and seen the development as a Middle School grow to its new identity as a comprehensive Senior College. His background in English and Literacy initiatives provides a wealth of experience and knowledge to help lead and direct the college into its exciting future. His background from previous schools in Strategic Planning, as well as having acted in Deputy Principal roles at Halls Head and Albany SHS, provides him with an insight into the major responsibilities of the Board making him an asset to our new direction.

peta-alexanderPeta Alexander has been a Halls Head College Board Member since 2012. Peta brings to the Board extensive experience/skills running her own business and large family of seven; she was also P&C Secretary for 5 years prior to joining the board as well as guiding 4 children through the college during this time.

Peta has interests in boating, fishing and spending time with her husband, children and dogs. During the years at the college there have been many changes for the better having been involved in fundraising, special events, participating in the uniform changes and petitioning for funding for the building program as well as for Independent Public School status.

Peta has always maintained a strong belief in the public school system and will continue to volunteer her time and efforts to Halls Head College in the coming years.

margaret-southMargaret South is the Manager Corporate Services at Halls Head College. Margaret has been in the role of Business Manager with the Department of Education since 1999 both in primary and secondary schools and at Halls Head College since January 2009.

Margaret also volunteered her time for a number of years as the P&C Treasurer for another senior high school while her 3 children attended that school.

Since Margaret’s time at Halls Head College, she has supported the college transition from a middle school to a senior college, becoming an Independent Public School, the change of the college name, college uniform and college branding, the extensive $40 million building program and the introduction of the new Student Centred Funding Model in 2015.

Halls Head College nominated Margaret for the 2015 WASSRA Business Manager of the Year Awards and Margaret is honoured to have been one of the 3 finalists for this award in Western Australia.

Margaret looks forward to being a part of, and supporting, the exciting future of Halls Head College.