School council


School Council

Southport State High is an Independent Public School. Having a School Council is a requirement of being an Independent Public School.

The council has the following functions for guiding the broad strategic direction of the school:

  • monitoring the school's strategic direction;
  • 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 the plans, policies and other documents mentioned above;
  • advising the school's Principal about strategic matters.


2020 Members

ChairBrian Bond & Carer Engagement
Executive PrincipalNigel Hughes

School Educational Outcomes & Marketing
Business ManagerTracey Davis

Financial & Facilities Development
Teacher RepresentativeRachel Cureton

Teacher Development
Non-Teacher RepresentativeDeanne Siegmeier

Support Staff Development
P&C President & Parent RepresentativeJanine Allan


Parent & Carer Engagement
Parent Representative
Alvin Maradeen

Parent & Carer Engagement
Community/Alumni MemberBob Panter

Student RepresentativeArjay Andres

Student Development
Student RepresentativeAmelia Hughes

Student Development


In the photo from left to right: Amelia Hughes, Alvin Maradeen, Leigh Johnston, Tracey Davis, Nigel Hughes, Brian Bond, Rachel Cureton, Janine Allen, Arjay Andres


Member Profiles

School Council Chair, Brian Bond

During my career, I have been responsible for organisation direction, implementing business process improvements, policy development, as well as, monitoring and reporting on performance indicators.

I am currently the Director – Business Services. I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Quality Systems and have worked as a strategic and performance improvement professional for the past 18 years. Whilst living in New Zealand, I was the National Operations Manager for Higher Courts and had the opportunity to project manage the Rugby World Cup 2011 and Pike River Royal Commission Mining Disaster.

I have two daughters, one in primary school and the other attending Southport High. I am involved in their social and sporting activities. I love spending time with family and friends, gardening and playing squash.

I want to be the voice for parents and students, help set the direction and be involved in the activities the school undertakes over the next few years that will benefit current & future students. At the same time, it enables me to be more involved within the community. I bring dedication, integrity and will strive for the best procedures, standards and education environment for our children.

Executive Principal, Nigel Hughes

Nigel began working in Educational Leadership over 15 years ago. He began his teaching career teaching Geography, HPE and Math. Nigel has held a number of leadership positions in large complex high performing schools. He worked at Palm Beach Currumbin State High School as a Deputy Principal and Head of School position for 8 years. Nigel Then secured the Executive Principal role at Southport State High just over 5 years ago. He has transformed the school to one of the Gold Coasts most Innovative school. In 2019 his school was awarded ‘the educators, Innovative school winner’ as well as being a Apple Distinguished School. On top of leading one of the Gold Coasts most high performing school, Nigel is Chair of the Gold Coast Secondary Principals Alliance, Executive member of the Professional Development Network and a member of the State Wide Principals Congress.

Outside of Education, Nigel is heavily involved in community organisations with a strong passion for Surf Life Saving.

Business Manager, Tracey Davis 

Tracey has worked at Southport State High School for 6 years in a number of Admin roles, before commencing as the Business Manager 4 years ago. The role of the Business Manager includes Human Resources, Facilities and Finance. Tracey has recently overseen the construction of the school's new Cultivate building and renovation of the quad. With the continued growth of the school Tracey now leads a team of 70 support staff to provide an outstanding, safe and well equipped educational environment.

Outside of work Tracey enjoys going to the beach and is actively involved in her children's many sporting interests including OzTag, AFL, Tennis and Netball.

Teacher Representative, Rachel Cureton

Rachel has been a teacher at Southport State High for 12 years, teaching Legal Studies and History. During her time at SSHIPS, Rachel has held various leadership roles including leading schoolwide digital learning initiatives, STEAM and pedagogy coaching before taking on her current role as Head of Professional Learning. Rachel is passionate about empowering teachers with high impact teaching strategies that engage and optimise the learning of all students.
Outside of education, Rachel's interests include dancing and travel.

P&C President & Parent Representative, Janine Allan

I have been involved with schools in the Southport community for the past 6 years. From 2014-16 I was the P&C President at Southport state school and their Uniform convener until 2017. At that time I also worked part-time in the Community services sector as a parent support and mentor. This followed many years of retail management.

Since 2017 I have been the P&C president here at SSHS which includes sitting on the school council as a parent representative. In 2018 I became the SSHS Uniform Convener and still hold that position presently.

I am a parent of 7 and since 2013 have had each of my 4 youngest children enrolled at SSHS. The 2 very youngest are in years 10 and 12 now in 2020.
I am an ardent believer that parent or carer engagement during a child’s school years is imperative to their success and creates a positive experience for all. Wonderful outcomes are achieved when the adults within a community are involved in the education of our youth.

Parent Representative, Alvin Maradeen

Originally from Sydney, I moved here in 1992. I have been associated with Southport State High School for 22 years. Professionally, I was a Maths/Science teacher, employed by Education Queensland for 26 years, working at Southport High from 1998-2007 inclusive. My son Zack attended Southport High for years 7-10 in 2015-2017, when he then moved to QAHS. Currently, my son Lynden is in year 9 and my daughter Devorah is in year 8, both at Southport High.

Over the past 20 years, I have been heavily involved in community-based organisations both locally and in Brisbane, serving as President of the Bellevue Park State School P&C in 2013-2014, as well as other organisations outside of education.

My experience in education allows me to cut through the Education Queensland jargon and have a good understanding of school-based policies. I am honoured to be a parent representative on the School Council.

Student Representative, Arjay Andres

Arjay is a student who is currently in year 11. His student leadership journey began in year 6 where he was elected School Vice-Captain. Since then, he has had the pleasure of working on the Southport State High leadership committee, branching off to become Vice President of the Interact Club and recently being elected to join the School Council as the student representative. He is eager to work closely with the School Council in order to achieve student satisfaction.  
Arjay is an academically driven student and a member of the school arts department as a heavily involved drama student. He is described by his peers as a humorous, dedicated and cheerful individual. Out of school, Arjay enjoys relaxing at home playing with his puppy.

Student Representative, Amelia Hughes

Amelia has been at Southport for 4 years and is currently in year 11. Amelia started leadership at Southport in Year 10 as a TORO House Leader and is currently on the School council as a student representative helping to improve student well-being amongst the school. Amelia enjoys doing multiple sports such as Athletics, surfing and NFL and reading books in her spare time.



On Tuesday 18 February 2020 we held our first school Council meeting for the year. As an IPS school the School Council plays an integral part in the strategic direction of the school. It is with great pleasure that I welcome Brian Bond, who was elected as the new School Council Chair. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bob Panter for the tremendous work he has done over the past 30 years. Bob has had an extensive impact on the School through his work on the School Council and the P&C. Bob has stepped down as Chair but will remain on the Council as a Community and Alumni member.

Principal Report


Principal Report


On Monday night we held our first Virtual School Council Forum. Brian Bond our school Council Chair, Arjay Andres Our Student Representative and myself hosted the forum and talked through the Southport State High strategic initiatives.

Last reviewed 19 August 2020
Last updated 19 August 2020