School Board


In 2015, Albany Senior High School gained its Independent Public School status. This very important milestone allows for greater autonomy for the inaugural School Board, school administration and the Albany community. Together, we are guiding the future direction of Albany Senior High School. The newly acquired independent decision is allowing the Albany Senior High School to adapt to the unique demands of ASHS and the Albany Community.

 

2020 School Board Members

 

Jenny Firth
Principal
Joined School Board 2015


Education has always been my passion as it provides the keys to opportunity and personal fulfillment for everyone. Having come from a migrant working-class background, education has been the catalyst for my own work and life journey, which has led me to my dream job here as Principal of Albany Senior High School.

 

My university studies have included a double degree in Mathematics, postgraduate studies in education, science education and education management at a Masters level. I have also been fortunate to have been awarded a leadership award by the Professional Association for Principals in WA in 2014 and selected for Leading Australian Schools Program conducted through the University of Melbourne Business School.

 

My professional career has taken me all around WA in working in schools and providing professional support for teachers and school leaders. Having taken on the role of a school support officer and as an active member of professional associations, I provided professional mentoring and support. I have always explored innovative ways to address issues in schools. As a maths teacher, this was by promoting student engagement including real-life problem solving and activity-based learning. This professional practice was shared through publications on behalf of the professional association and as an independent author.

 

In my role as a Principal since 2006, I have explored ways to work for the enhancement of education both in my own school but in collaboration with local primary and high schools. Being the Principal of a school in the second intake of Independent Public Schools has enabled me to explore the opportunities and develop my own skills in evidence-based decision making as an autonomous school leader.

 

Albany Senior High School is positioned to undergo generational change, with many staff members planning to retire over the next five years, respecting the traditions of the school, while planning for innovation to engage learners to fully develop their potential, provides a significant challenge. The profile of our student and staff population is changing and provides an ideal opportunity for innovation, as we head into the next century of the school’s journey.



Dan Northcott
Parent Representative - Chairperson
Joined School Board - 2017

I have been a member of the Albany Senior High School Board since 2017 and am privileged to have been elected Board Chair in 2019.


My working career has spanned 26 years in the Golf Industry owning and operating various retail and wholesale businesses in Perth.

Originally born and educated in Albany led to a decision in 2013 to relocate back to Albany for lifestyle reasons and take on a role at the Albany Golf Club where I am currently the General Manager. Being part of the Golf Club has provided me with a passion for community engagement and the historical and cultural attributes that both the Golf Club and School share within our community is of great interest to me.

As a parent of two girls attending ASHS I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute back to the school and community through my involvement on the School Board. Working strategically with the School Board to ensure good governance and achieving outcomes that will be beneficial for not only my children but future generations.

As your School Board Chair, I welcome any feedback the school community may have and look forward to representing the school in the future.

 

Mark WellerMark Weller
Community Representative
Joined School Board - 2019


I am proud to live and work in the Albany community, having been here since 2002. In previous work roles, I was involved in upgrades to local sporting and recreational infrastructure including the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre redevelopment, Hockey Turf, Sandford Road Skatepark and Albany Downhill Mountain Bike track. I’ve also served on many local community committees.

I now run a consulting business with a team of six personnel, delivering infrastructure and other project development and management services throughout the Great Southern region, Western Australia and Australia.

ASHS is a terrific school with a proud history. Our daughter attends the school and our son will go to ASHS once finishing primary school.

As current ASHS facilities age, there are plans for the renewal of existing infrastructure and the development of new facilities. I am looking forward to assisting the board and school to gain funding for key projects; as well as contributing in other areas.

I believe in the value of education and am committed to continuous learning. Current qualifications include a Master of Business Administration; Bachelor of Social Sciences (Leisure Sciences and Eco-Tourism); Agile DSDM Project Management; and Cert IV in Training and Assessment.


Geoff Dickson
Parent Representative
Joined School Board - 2019


I was born and raised in Albany and have a strong affinity with Albany Senior High School.  I am a previous student at the school and have returned to Albany recently with my family because of work commitments.  I am keen to reconnect with the school community and give back to the wonderful learning environment that shaped my formative years, especially with my youngest child now at the school in Year 12.

 

Since leaving school, I have immersed myself in lifelong learning.  I have returned to university a number of times throughout the last 15 years, now holding a Masters degree and two postgraduate certificates that give me a strong insight into academia, strengthened through strong workforce application of learning.

 

In moving throughout regional WA, my family and I have experienced regional schooling in a number of government-based schools.  Having four children has allowed me to become familiar with the educational system, how some kids thrive whilst others, struggle.  With that in mind, my interest in the governance of schools led me to be a school council member at Toodyay District High School and more recently, I was the chairperson of the school council at Northam Senior High School.

I look forward to being part of the Board and bringing a breadth of experience to help shape the future of this wonderful school.  Student behaviour is of particular interest to me, how a school adapts to an ever-changing society and creates a place of safety and learning for all students.



Wayne AustinWayne Austin
Staff Representative
Joined School Board - 2019


I was appointed to Albany Senior High School in 2019 and have been a member of the school board since my arrival.

As a Deputy Principal at Albany Senior High School, I believe that I will have a wide understanding of the issues that teachers face, as I interact with staff at all levels and across all learning areas. I have a strategic role in the development of new initiatives, including the remodelling of the schools timetable for 2020. I have a strong understanding of policy and procedure and believe I can help guide the School Board in decision making that is in the best interest of the staff and school.

I have always had a community-minded focus. In the past, I have been a member of various community bodies, for example, Roadwise as a school representative and worked as a volunteer in Emergency Services. I believe that a strong community connection is vital to the work schools do and the school board is a perfect platform to build this relationship.

 

Emma Pedretti
Staff Representative
Joined School Board - 2019


I grew up in the Wheatbelt and attended school myself in country schools (Wagin DHS and Narrogin SHS; where I attended the Hostel for Years 11 and 12) and so I have an affinity for them. Part of country schooling experience was moving to Perth at 17 to study. After gaining my Bachelor of Arts in English and then Graduate Diploma in secondary teaching, I moved back to my home town to begin my teaching career (in 1999). Ever since then, I have continued to teach in country schools; including in Kalgoorlie, Esperance and now here in Albany.

I am a passionate advocate for state education and am proud to have my own children being taught by the teachers here at ASHS.

Teachers at ASHS would already know that I have had a special interest in the needs of our students with disabilities and in delivering literacy interventions for students at risk. However, I have had a varied career spanning other aspects of secondary schooling; including teaching extension classes, Literature and ATAR English, engaging in curriculum development at a regional level, and enjoying a four-year stint as an Agriculture teacher in Esperance. 

I am interested in student outcomes above all else and believe that the best way of ensuring our students are catered for adequately both in their well-being and in their academic success, is through supporting their classroom teachers. I would like to bring this lens to the School Board and work collaboratively with all of our stakeholders to maintain the focus on the classroom and the relationships between teachers and their students as that is the foundation for the entire school’s success.

I also hope to have the opportunity to contribute innovative ideas and be a positive support to the existing members of the Board in their governing roles.


Dianne Heinrich
Staff Representative
Joined School Board - 2020

 

I am the senior school program coordinator of student services, a role which I have been in since joining the staff at Albany Senior High School in 2017.

Prior to working at ASHS, I was the Head of Learning Area of Technologies and the Arts at Merredin College where I had been teaching for the majority of my career.


I was born in the country and have always lived in the country, so have a realistic understanding of country towns and education for country students along with the limitations and advantages of the country way of life. I have 3 adult children who went through the public education system at Merredin College followed by university educations with the two eldest moving into successful careers and the youngest still studying at ECU.

As Program Coordinator of Student Services, I work with students and families experiencing a variety of issues on a daily basis. I see the struggles that many families face relating to social and emotional wellbeing along with the requirements of the academic studies. I have developed links with many of the support services in Albany to assist and support students with the majority of the concerns they may have.

As a member of the ASHS School Board, I bring an understanding of the complexity of families and the struggles they face, along with a knowledge of requirements to assist students in achieving their future goals.

I look forward to working with all members of the school community in my role as a member of the ASHS School Board.


Natalie Jarvis
Parent Representative
Joined School Board - 2020

 

I was born in Perth but grew up on the Northern NSW coast and moved back to Perth for University in 2002.  I moved to Albany 6 years ago to study and have been actively involved in the Albany community since moving here.  I have  Bachelor of Communications (Film), Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary), Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Counselling, currently studying my Certificate IV in Mental Health.  I sit on the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group for my workplace as well as an Albany Pride committee member and facilitate Spectrum Under 25 LGBTIQA+ group. 

 

 I am an Albany representative in the state roller derby committee Derby West.  I have been involved in the Albany Family and Domestic Violence Action Group, No Lights No Lyrca and through my work the Mental Health Week - Mad Hatters Tea Party event for the past 6 years.  I have been involved with Albany Roller Derby since its inception in 2014 and have captained the team to Bronze in the State Tournament in 2019.  Making Albany the highest ranked regional team in Western Australia.  I have also been involved with the creation of the only purpose-built roller derby venue in Australia, The Track,  that is managed 100% by volunteers from the league as well as running low-cost roller sports programs for children and teenagers 7 - 17 as well as coaching adults in roller derby and roller sports programs for the past 5 years.

 


Claire Boujos
Community Representative
Joined School Board - 2020

 

For the past ten years, my work as a Designer and Architect has been focused on the areas of education, community consultation and heritage, with the aim to improve the community and educational facilities. I believe that listening to community and client needs forms the basis of a great and successful outcome.

 

I have had the opportunity to work with local communities throughout WA, providing support in regards to the conservation of culturally significant places in both the natural and built environment. I am passionate about assisting communities in achieving project outcomes that improve their circumstances and lives and find it particularly rewarding to assist our Great Southern schools improve their learning facilities.

 

Supporting and participating in community activities is specifically important to me, and I currently volunteer at the Rainbow Coast Toy Library.

 

Albany Senior High School is such a prestigious Albany institution and landmark, and it is an honour to be on the Board, and assist with directing the school’s facilities to a bright future.

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@ 2019 Albany Senior High School