Willetton Senior High School
Trevor has held teaching positions and been an administrator in a number of schools in both metropolitan and country locations over 29 years. His experience in Economics and History teaching, a range of administrator positions, including as Principal of Belmont City College in 2008, was gained in a number of educational settings including 11 years in the Pilbara and positions in Central Office and the Institute for Professional Learning. He elected to return to principalship in 2012 as he believed that he had more to offer our schools by leading the new- build school in Byford and continuing to have an open and close relationship with our secondary administrators that you can only have by being in schools. In 2019 Trevor took up the principalship of one of Western Australia’s largest schools in Willetton Senior High School.
An active committee member, Trevor represented WASSEA nationally at the Commonwealth Parliament gathering for the review on school autonomy. He was also the secondary principal representative on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) panel for the evaluation of the successful consortium for the building of new primary and secondary schools in WA from 2017. He participated in the review of finance practices within the DoE in 2015 and represented WASSEA on the Finance and Schools Resource Group in 2016. Trevor also participated in the review of the current Enrolment Policy in the same year.
Trevor’s passion for public education and in particular, support and improvements for small and low ICSEA schools, also includes a deep interest in innovation and the use of technology within both classrooms and in the administrative processes within schools.
He believes WASSEA’s key role in supporting a strong public education system in WA centres clearly on representing the views and concerns of secondary school administrators to the DoE Executive and the broader Western Australian community. He says that as a professional organisation rather than a union, we are in a position to promote change beyond the elements of working conditions and to have a positive impact on what happens in schools through autonomy, curriculum and assessment change and a continuing focus on the ever-present issue of our members’ health and wellbeing.
Trevor took part in the Leading Australia’s Schools program run by the University of Melbourne. He brings to the Committee such knowledge and experience in a career in low ICSEA and difficult to staff schools in both country and metropolitan locations. He says: “During this time I have experienced a variety of situations which have imprinted on me the need for a clear focus on the support of these schools in need. I have been a vocal supporter of these schools during my time as both a Director in Central Office, and as a member of the WASSEA Management Committee. I will continue to be a voice for all secondary schools in this fast-paced change environment in which we find ourselves today, with a view to supporting equity for all our schools regardless of their location or community.”