Headmaster’s Welcome


In April 2017, Mr Dean Dell’Oro was appointed Hale School’s 20th Headmaster. Before commencing at Hale, Dean was Head of the Corio Senior School Campus at Geelong Grammar School in Victoria, Australia.

Dean was raised on a farm in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne and commenced his career as an engineer with ExxonMobil. Dean’s passion for working with people and for education were the inspiration for his career change to teaching. He gained a Diploma in Education from Monash University and then moved to the United Kingdom where he graduated with an MBA in Educational Management from the University of Leicester. 

He worked for several years at Brentwood School, London, teaching Middle and Senior School students in classes comprising boys only, as well as co-educational environments. His knowledge of that curriculum and the pathways to tertiary institutions in the UK underpins his understanding that Hale boys need to be prepared for a global world of opportunities.

On his return to Australia, Dean taught for many years at Geelong Grammar School as Head of the Mathematics Department and a senior boys’ boarding house.  

In Perth, Dean is a Board Director with St Bartholomew’s House where he enthusiastically involves himself in its mission for every person to have a home. He is an active member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia, promoting the value of a strong and united independent schooling system. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition, focused on best education practices for boys worldwide.

Dean and his wife Nadia have three sons who attend Hale.

What I want for my boys will be very similar to what you want for yours, and this should give you confidence that we are all working towards the same goal at Hale School.

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