Meet Our Governing Council

The Norwood International High School (NIHS) community has a local focus, but a global vision.

This vision is shared between our community stakeholders (parents, caregivers, students, teachers and school management teams, both local and international students, community partners and at government level) and resonates strongly to support the purpose of the school: excellence and opportunity for all.

Like most other government schools, Norwood International High School has a Governing Council who work in partnership with the staff to ensure effective governance and management of the school. The NIHS Governing Council determines strategic objectives and budgeting priorities.

The 2023 Norwood International High School Governing Council Members are:

Lou Pyman
Damien vanden Berg
Deputy Chair
Katherine Bartsch
Sandra Mestros
Kristine Cook
Parent Representative
Spiros Dimas
Parent Representative
Jared King
Parent Representative
Kellee Madden
Parent Representative
Fiona Melillo
Parent Representative
Alice Char Yee Ong
Parent Representative
Shannon Power
Parent Representative
Hilary Sweeney
Parent Representative
Hon. Vincent Tarzia MP
Member for Hartley
Josh Bird
Staff Representative
Emily Jackman
Parent Representative
Marlyn Morris
Staff Representative
Fran Millard
Executive & Staff Representative
Jacqui van Ruiten

Governing Council

The Norwood International High School High School Governing Council comprises 16 passionate and committed members:​

  • The Principal (ex-officio)
  • 12 elected Parent Representatives (with a 2-year tenure)
  • 2 Community Representative (appointed by the Council)
  • 2 Student Representatives (with voting rights)
  • 3 Nominated Staff Representatives (including the Business Manager and 2 staff members nominated by their staff colleagues).

The NIHS Governing Council, in collaboration with the NIHS Executive Team, plays a critical role in ensuring our continued success – which naturally translates into our students’ successes.

Meetings &

The Norwood International High School Governing Council meets twice a term. Members of our school community are welcome to attend meetings and contribute ideas to the future direction and strategic planning of our school. We encourage interested community members to check the school calendar for meeting dates.

The council welcomes feedback and ideas from other parents and invites comments to be forwarded to

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2023 Priorities

As a Governing Council and staff, we have also committed to ensuring each learner will thrive in a world class learning experience and have therefore identified the following priorities for 2023:

  • ​Increasing success and growth for all with a focus on personalised, intentional teaching and feedback
  • Strengthening our community’s understanding of the IB
  • Promoting learner agency and resiliency
  • Reviewing the senior school curriculum framework, teaching and learning charter, and assessment and reporting procedures for implementation in 2024
  • Undertaking facility improvements with a new AI laboratory and updated senior school classrooms

An overview of this work is below, highlighting our priorities, pillars and planned incentives.

2023 NIHS Strategic Work

Norwood International High School

We are a vibrant, progressive learning community with 1700 students from diverse cultural backgrounds, located in the foothills of eastern Adelaide.