School Board

2024 School Board Members

At the end of 2018 Baler Primary School was successful in its application to become an INDEPENDENT PUBLIC SCHOOL (IPS) and as such now has the exciting process of transitioning from a School Council to a School Board.

The Board of an independent public school works with the school community to achieve the best outcomes for students.

While members of the school council may be re-elected to the new board, establishing the board of an Independent Public School is an opportunity to attract a broader cross-section of people with a range of experience and expertise. Strong community and industry representation ensures the board can make an even more significant contribution to the development of the school.

The board can have an important influence on the direction of the school, with members bringing ideas and lending their expertise to strategic planning, and community partnerships. Professional skills in areas such as management, finance, procurement, marketing and cultural knowledge support the principal and strengthen the school’s capacity to meet the needs of its students.

2024 School Board Members

Lisa Armstrong – Chairperson

I have lived in Port Hedland for 25 years and I have been involved with education for 23 years.  I have been at Baler Primary School for 9 years, originally working as an Educational Assistant. In 2017 I assumed the role of Attendance Officer for Baler PS, extending to become the Pilbara Attendance Coordinator for the Port Hedland education district. I feel very passionate about education, and being a member of the school board, I will be able to have an input in the school to ensure our children receive the best opportunity available to them in order to succeed with their education.  I look forward to working with other board members to ensure  Baler PS provides a nurturing and positive learning environment.

Katie Andrew – Principal

Jason Keller – Parent Member

I am a parent to my daughter attending Baler Primary School and one son attending HSHS, both for the past two years. I have just this year (2021), joined the Baler School Board. I am looking forward to having the opportunity in being involved in the decisions being made that can impact on mine and other families children’s educations.

I was FIFO for many years before we moved up here to the Pilbara, so I have seen this town change quite a bit over the years. We are very passionate about our new home town and want to see this town and community grow and develop as it deserves.

Sonya Orford – Staff Representative

Passionate about education and equality for all, I am eager to represent the staff and students of Baler Primary School by volunteering to be on the Baler PS Board.  As one of the school’s three Deputy Principals, I am able to share the perspectives of Middle Primary and Integrated Computer Technology (ICT) education at the school.  I have enjoyed working at Baler Primary School for the past seven years and returning to the Board after a two year break. I was a resident in Port Hedland as a graduate teacher some 32 years ago.  I am excited about the future direction of Baler Primary School and am proud to be an active member of this dynamic group whom are all keen to implement change that will benefit the school’s and student’s future.

Profiles being updated:

  • Parent Members: Melanie Norman, Adrian Hatwell, Rai, Jennie Cromer
  • Community Members: Jamie Bunn, Em Morrison
  • Staff representatives: Hazel Herd

Functions of a School Board

  • establishing and reviewing from time to time, the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions;
  • the planning of financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions;
  • evaluating the school’s performance in achieving them; and
  • formulating codes of conduct for students at the school.

Determine, in consultation with students, their parents and staff a dress code for students when they are attending or representing the school.

Promote the school in the community


  • charges and contributions for the provision of certain materials, services and facilities;
  • extra cost optional components of educational programs;
  • items to be supplied by a student for personal use in an educational program;
  • the school’s Funding Agreement;
  • any agreements or arrangements for advertising or sponsorship in relation to the school


Our Code of Conduct

Frequently asked questions

The Roles and Responsibilities of School Boards

Roles & Responsibilities

The School Board plays an important role in contributing to good school governance so that school resources are used efficiently and community expectations and the school’s priorities reflect the needs of students. This means taking part in the shaping and monitoring of the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions.  The functions of boards are covered by legislation and include both approval and advisory roles. 

Boards make these decisions with the principal who ensures the decisions adhere to legislative and policy requirements. Principals also seek the advice of boards so as to understand local community views.

The board does not intervene in the control or management of the school. This is the role of the principal.  This is Principal provides educational leadership and effective day-to-day administration, supervision and control of the school, its staff and students

Further information on School Boards in the WA Education system is available here: