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.
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
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 has been in Educational Leadership for 15 years. Originally teaching Geography, HPE and Math. He has held a number of leadership positions in large complex high performing schools. Nigel has been a leader at Southport State High for the past 5 years and is looking forward to what the school can achieve in the next 5 years.
Outside of Education, Nigel is heavily involved in community organisations with a 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.
Non-Teacher Representative, Leigh Johnston
Leigh was raised in Moree, New South Wales, and has a background in marketing, administration and bookkeeping. She commenced as a staff member in 2006 in both learning support and student services but for the last twelve years has worked as pantry manager for hospitality and in the classroom supporting student literacy and numeracy. Leigh is a passionate advocate for the staff and students in our school community, has been a school council member since its inception, is a member of the Local Consultative Committee and is our school’s Workplace Health, Safety & Wellbeing Advisor. She is the recipient of two Queensland Day Awards for service to sport as a volunteer and is a life member of Runaway Bay Little Athletics.
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.
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.