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School Council

​​​​​​​​​Brisbane State High School is an Independent Public School. We are a member of an elite group of Foundation Government schools which will be administrated by a School Council.

Role

The School Council monitors the school's strategic direction, which includes:

  • approving plans and policies of the school of a strategic nature and other documents
  • affecting strategic matters, including the annual estimate of revenue and expenditure for the school
  • monitoring the implementation of plans, policies and other documents
  • advising the school's Executive Principal about strategic matters.

 The Council must have regard to the documents listed in Schedule 1 of the School Council Constitution in performing its functions.

Download the BSHS School Council Constitution (PDF, 91 KB).

Functions

The Council must perform its functions in a way that achieves the best learning outcomes for the school's students.

The Council may only perform its functions in relation to the school for which it is established. The Council is not part of the Department of Education and Training, is not a body corporate and does not have a separate legal identity.

The Council may not:

  • interfere with the management by the school's Executive Principal of the day-to-day operations of the school and its curriculum; or
  • make operational decisions about the use of teaching or learning resources at the school; or
  • make decisions about the individual teaching style used, or to be used, at the school; or
  • make a decision that is contrary to law or a written policy of the department; or
  • have control of funds; or
  • enter into contracts; or
  • acquire, hold, dispose of or deal with property; or
  • sue or be sued.

Meeting dates and minutes

The 2017 School Council Meeting will be held on:

  • Tuesday 16 May
  • Tuesday 8 August
  • Tuesday 31 October

Minutes of previous School Council meetings:

Download the Review of School Performance 2013 (PDF, 70 KB).​

Members

The Council consists of student, staff, parent and community representatives. The Executive Principal and the Parent and Citizens Association President are automatic members of the Council.

The elected members of the Council are:

School Council Representatives
NameRepresentativePosition
Mr David GillespieParent MemberChair
​Dr Judy SmeedAppointed MemberDeputy Chair
Mrs Marie-Claire GradyParent Member
Mr Rob FaragoParent Member
Ms Chris CollinsStaff MemberSupport Team Representative
​Mrs Dianne Goggi​Staff Member​Teaching Staff Representative
​Ms Christie Mylrea​Staff Member​​Teaching Staff Representative​
J. ParkStudent Member 
D. Hunt​​Student Member
Mr Scott SladeP&C PresidentOfficial Member
Mr Wade Haynes
Executive Principal
 Official Member

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Brisbane State High School Councillors 2017

(L-R): Ms Christie Mylrea, J. Park, Mr Barry Irwin (Observer – Past Students’ Association), 
Mrs Dianne Goggi, D. Hunt, Mr Wade Haynes, Mr Rob Farago, Dr Judy Smeed,
Mr David Gillespie,
Ms Chris Collins, Mrs Marie-Claire Grady and Mr Scott Slade

Executive ​Principal's statement

Our Council started its work at a time when education is starkly in focus across our country. Politicians, policy makers and the media are all having a say about what works and doesn't work in our education systems and in our schools. Our Council will need to navigate these issues with clear heads and a strong understanding of research, so that our direction is informed by the best available thinking.

At the same time, State High is working through significant change. The introduction of Junior Secondary, major building programs coincide with the increased flexibility of being an Independent Public School. We continue to work on our strategic plan goals and the three focus areas of the Improvement Plan: Improving Performance, Visible Learning and Positive Culture. We are looking to grow the work of the foundation, our alumni and community partnerships.

Wade Haynes
Executive Principal​