School Board

The School Board consists of parent members, school staff and non-school stakeholders. These members either have a local interest or can offer specialised professional expertise to benefit and support strategic initiatives.

About Our School Board

In 2016 we were successful in our application to become an Independent Public School and were required to have a School Board rather than a School Council.

We officially commenced with the newly constituted School Board in 2017 in accordance with the Education Act 1999 under the Governance model including a Constitution, Protocols, Procedures and Terms of Reference.

The School Board convenes at 6:00pm on the third Wednesday of each month.

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What are the Objectives?

  • Work together with the school community to create and achieve the long-term vision for the school.
  • Represent and advance the interests of students, parents, staff and the broader school community in order to provide the best possible educational opportunities for students.
  • Involve the school community in the governance of the school to strengthen and support public education in the community.
  • Work cohesively with the two collocated schools on the Bullocky Point educational Precinct; Darwin High School and the Northern Territory School of Distance Education as well as support and advance the City Schools Partnership agreement.

What is the School Board Membership structure?

The composition of the School Board totals 13, calculated as per Regulation 22 (not less than 5, but not more than 19 members). The board membership must include:

  • Seven (7) parents of students enrolled in the school, elected by the parents of the students enrolled in the school.
  • Three (3) teachers at the school, elected by the teachers teaching at the school.
  • The School Principal.

The School Board membership may also include:

(a) Two (2) invited members

Persons invited to be a member of the board may be:

  1. persons whom the School Board considers to have special qualifications, knowledge or experience that will be able to assist it in the performance of its functions by the giving of information or advice;
  2. the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the electoral division in which the school is located; or
  3. a person nominated by the local government council in the area in which the school is located.

(b) the board must not invite a person to be a member if that person is a teacher at any Government school, including the school for which the board was established.

Darwin Middle School Board Members

Chair - Kate Crawley

Chair - Kate Crawley

Kate is a mother of four lively children and is passionate about ensuring they - along with their cohorts, become lifelong learners through engagement with accessible and inspiring education systems. She is a registered forensic psychologist with 20 years experience and currently operates a private practice. She has worked in a variety of government and non-government roles including child and adolescent mental health. Kate will ensure Darwin Middle School Board strives to maintain an effective governance process for the benefit of students, parents and the wider community.

Treasurer - Skevos Lelekis

Treasurer - Skevos Lelekis

Skevos Lelekis is a father of two students at Darwin Middle School, he is very passionate about the advancement of Science and Technology through primary and secondary education. He is a practicing Pharmacist with the Northern Territory Department of Health with many years experience in the pharmaceutical and chemical sector. He will be a strong advocate and make positive contributions towards the further advancement of STEAM disciplines benefiting students, parents and the wider school community.

Secretary - Jane Tonkin

Secretary - Jane Tonkin

Jane has extensive experience in the arts and cultural sectors with a passion for community arts and young people. Jane has been at the helm of Corrugated Iron, the flagship youth arts company in the Northern Territory, for more than a decade and lead significant expansion of the organisation. A 2016 Churchill Fellowship has supported Jane’s passion for arts and education, building capacity for the arts to invigorate learning and to support pedagogical practice through innovation.

Other Board Members

Marcus Dixon

Marcus Dixon

Principal

Andy Cowan

Andy Cowan

Parent Member

Susan Kirkman

Susan Kirkman

Parent Member

Peter Pangquee

Peter Pangquee

Parent Member

Parent Member

Parent Member

Vacant Position

Sue Neal

Sue Neal

Assistant Principal

Barry George

Barry George

Staff Member

Cathy Deans

Cathy Deans

Staff Member

Invited Member

Invited Member

Vacant Position

Invited Member

Invited Member

Vacant Position