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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.


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).


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 2019 School Council Meetings will be held on the following dates:

Week 8, Term 1
​Tuesday 20 March
Week 5, Term 2
​Tuesday 21 May
Week 6, Term 3
​Tuesday 20 August
Week 5, Term 4
​Tuesday 5 November

Minutes of previous School Council meetings:


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

The elected members of the Council are:

School Council Representatives
Mr David GillespieParent MemberChair
Dr Judy SmeedAppointed Member Deputy Chair
Mrs Marie-Claire GradyParent Member
Mr Rob FaragoParent Member
Ms Chris CollinsStaff MemberSupport Staff Representative
Ms Nikki BazaineStaff MemberTeaching Staff Representative
Ms Kimberly Rase
Staff MemberTeaching Staff Representative
Bria Skordou
Student Member 
Priscilla SooStudent Member
Mrs Michelle KoripasP&C PresidentOfficial Member
Mr Wade Haynes
Executive Principal
 Official Member

Read our 2019 Councillor biographies - 2019 Councillor Biographies (PDF, 176 KB).

The 2019 School Council members photo will be uploaded in due course.​​

Brisbane State High School Councillors 2018

Back (L-R):  Ms Nikki Bazaine, Mrs Michelle Koripas, Mr Rob Farago, Mr David Gillespie, Mrs Marie-Claire Grady

Front (L-R): Ms Chris Collins, Dr Judy Smeed, Mr Wade Haynes, Miss Bria Skordou, Ms Christie Myrea, Miss Jenny Park

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

ICSSSC Response from BSHS School Council & P&C

The following report is the School Council and P&C Association's joint response to the precinct selection report in relation to the Inner City South State Secondary College (ICSSSC).