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School council

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School councils enable greater involvement of the school community and other stakeholders, such as industry, in setting the strategic direction for the school.

After nominations were called for, via our school newsletter, for new members to the PSPC School Council, we are pleased to announce our school council members are:

Donna Gosling - Principal
Alison Ryan - Teacher Representative
Anna-Maria Raghavan - Teacher Aide Representative
Jerame Ashton - Parent Representative & Chair
Katrina Ousten - P&C Representative

The school council plays a role in monitoring and informing the school's strategic direction in a way that achieves the best learning outcomes for the school's students.

The functions of a school council under s.81 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (Qld)   (the Act) are to:

  • monitor the school's strategic direction

  • approve school plans and policies of a strategic nature, or other documents affecting strategic matters including the annual estimate of revenue and expenditure for the school

  • monitor the implementation of the plans, policies and other documents mentioned above

  • advise the school's principal about strategic matters.

The range of plans and strategies that a school council must consider when carrying out its functions are listed in Schedule 1 of the Model Constitution.

A school council may not, under the Act:

  • interfere with management by the school's principal of day-to-day operations of the school and its curriculum (s.81(3)(a))

  • make operational decisions about the use of teaching or learning resources at the school (s.81(3)(b))

  • make decisions about the individual teaching style used, or to be used, at the school (s.81(3)(b))

  • make a decision that is contrary to law or a written policy of the department (s.81(3)(d))

  • have control of funds (s.82(a))

  • enter into contracts (s.82(b))

  • acquire, hold, dispose of or deal with property (s.82(c))

  • sue or be sued (s.82(d))

  • establish a committee or subcommittee (s.114).


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Last reviewed 12 May 2020
Last updated 12 May 2020