In 2017 Forest Lake State High School became an Independent Public
School. A School Council was formed to provide an advisory role to the
Established in 2018, the School Council comprises of:
The School Principal
The P&C President
2 x elected parent representatives – currently Gaynor Smith and Yvonne Navin
2 x elected student representatives – currently Chloe Le and Isabelle Ryan
2 x elected staff representatives – currently Leanne Stack and
The School Council elects a chair – currently Sarah Cox
In 2018 the council members attended training for their roles and
developed a Meeting Plan to guide their operation.
Members of the school community are welcome to attend meetings as
councils can be established in Queensland state schools to enable greater
involvement of the school community and other stakeholders, such as industry,
in setting the strategic direction for the school.
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
- 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; and
- advise the school's principal about strategic matters.
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.
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
- 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)) or
- establish a committee or subcommittee (s.114).