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Samford State School - School Council

Our 2019 meeting dates are as follows:
Monday 20 May
Monday 17 June
Monday 22 July
Monday 5 August (Guest Speaker - Tony Ryan)
Monday 9 September
Monday 14 October
Monday 4 November
Monday 25 November
So what is a School Council and why have one?

The School Council is a group of elected parents and staff from the school community who work towards improved student learning outcomes.

They collaborate with the broader school community to write and monitor the broad strategic direction of the school.

Independent Public Schools (IPS) are required to have a school council as part of their governance structure. The School Council’s main task is the production and (active) monitoring of the school’s strategic plan.

What is the difference between a P&C and a School Council and why does a school need both?

The main difference between the School Council and the P&C is the Council deals with strategic matters and the P&C with operational matters, like Out of Hours School Care (OSHC) and fundraising.

For a list of upcoming School Council discussion topics, please refer to the School Council calendar.

Our Current School Council Members
Bradley Clark (Principal)   
Brad is a school leader with over 24 years of experience of working in schools. As the principal of Samford State School he is passionate about ensuring every students develops a passion for lifelong learning.  He is committed to creating a culture of success, challenges and opportunities for students and the school community within an Independent Public School.

Brad has worked in schools from a broad range of socio- economic and cultural differences from around the state. Brad has also worked in schools in Japan, England and United States of America as a class room teacher.

He is an educator with a broad range of experiences able to develop strategic approaches that enhance students’ learning, promote collegiality and develop a unified learning community. 

Adrian Ryan - Staff

Adrian has been working education for over 20 years and has worked at Samford State School for the past 8 years. Currently in the role of senior deputy principal, he share’s the vision ‘to engage all students in a well-rounded curriculum to prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow.’ He is focused on promoting a culture of collaborative excellence, in both curriculum and non-curriculum areas, with a foundation of the values of integrity and respect. Adrian has a special interest developing systems to track student growth, and inform teaching programs.

Outside of education, he enjoys anything with 2 wheels or 6 strings. 

Linda Craven - Staff  
Linda has been working in education for over 20 years and has worked at Samford State School for the past 4 years. Before joining Samford State School, Linda worked at Regional Office as a Transition and Partnership Officer which provided her with the opportunity to work closely with a number of schools and community groups throughout the state. She is currently teaching Prep and has taught a range of grades in both lower and upper school. Linda has 2 children, one in high school and the other in Year 4 at Samford State School. She particularly enjoys being involved in discussions around improving student outcomes and strategic planning to ensure all students gain a year’s worth of growth in a safe and supportive environment.
Jannice Shackleton - Staff 

With over 25 years of experience, Jannice has worked in various primary schools across Queensland.  She is currently teaching Year 5 and has been at Samford State School since 2008. With involvement working with children from Years 1 to 6, Jannice is committed to promoting a learning environment which is inclusive, engaging and challenging for all students. She is looking forward to working collaboratively with fellow School Council members and our broader school community to provide the best possible educational outcomes for our students.


Chrissie Molloy - Staff

Chrissy has been employed as a Teacher Aide at Samford State School since 2014.  Currently she is the year 2 Teacher Aide and prior to this worked in the Prep classrooms and SEP. 
Chrissy has lived in the local community for 18 years and has 2 boys in highschool that both attended Samford State School.  Both boys made life long friendships and have very fond memories of their time spent at Samford.  Go Clarke! 
Work experiences prior to working as a Teacher Aide include working as an Architectural Draftsperson for 7 years and owning and managing a Newsagency and Post Office with her husband for 11 years. In 2012 Chrissy and her husband sold their business and travelled around Australia for 12 months with their boys.  It was during their travels that Chrissy became passionate about educational experiences for children as she taught her sons year 2 and year 4 on the road. 
Chrissy is excited to be the voice for Samford Teacher Aides as they are a group of very professional and nurturing people who are dedicated to creating the best learning and social outcomes for all students.
Claire Limbrick - P&C President
Claire has been on the P&C Executive committee since 2017. With her passion for building strong relationships between the school and the community, she took on the P&C President role in 2018.

Claire takes pride in the school and our community and has one son currently in grade 2, with another joining in 2020. She has lived in 3 countries and after spending most of her career working for multinational organisations in the HR and staffing industry, she retrained and set up an interior design consultancy in 2015.

In this role she works closely with many businesses and residents in our community, whilst actively participating in the school, her children's learning and various local volunteering activities.
Amanda Holding - Parent
Amanda currently has two children at Samford State School in Years 3 and 6.  Amanda has previously actively supported the school through volunteer roles in the classrooms, as well as performing the Secretary and Vice President roles on the P&C for between 2012 and 2016.  
Outside of the school community, Amanda is an in-house counsel with a construction delivery company where she provides in-house legal advice and support on major projects delivery, approvals, procurement, board meetings and reporting and general advice. 
Amanda is passionate about parents’ involvement in the school community and is looking forward to assisting the School Council on their continued development and achievement of the school’s strategic plan.  
Justine Bowtell-Harris - Parent
My name is Justine and we currently have two children attending Samford State School and our youngest is due to start prep in 2020. 

I love the environment at Samford State School and over the years I have loved helping and supporting our classroom teachers however I have been able to as a parent. From swapping books, to group work and as Parent Rep, I have loved every opportunity I have had to be part of my children’s learning journey at Samford.

I have joined the School Council firstly because I want to give back to a school that has so greatly impacted and supported the individual growth of all of its students, no matter where their starting point has been. Secondly, because I believe in helping establish learning foundations in our children that aren’t limited by today’s boundaries and academics.  Instead choosing to focus on the future by helping them build principles and strategies that they can use to build upon and become respectful, active and continued learners in all spheres of their lives. 

Samford is an amazing community, one I am proud to be a part of and I really look forward to the opportunity to work with some amazing people to help continue cultivating an environment within the school that supports its young students in their individual learning goals.


Mark Gjerek - Parent
Hi. My name is Mark Gjerek and I have two children at Samford State School: one in Year 3 and the other in Year 5. I nominated to join the School Council for two main reasons.  
Firstly, I’m proud of the school that supports and educates our kids, and it’s important to me that we support it back. As a family, we already do that in several ways (P&C, volunteering, fundraising). I volunteered at the last two Festivals, and I attend school events when I can. I see joining the School Council as another way to support the school.  
Secondly, I feel I have something useful to contribute. As an engineer, a writer, and small business owner, I have worked in government, industry, and consulting. Most of my work has been strategic, which suits the School Council role. I’m also passionate about innovation, energy and the environment.   
Thinking back to my school days, the most important lesson for me was figuring out how to navigate change. Change happens much faster today, but I think my perspectives and experience could help the School Council to equip students to navigate their changing world.  
Simon Shea - Parent
I have two daughters in Years 3 and 4 who started their schooling with very limited English language. The progressive and supportive faculty and environment at Samford State School has been invaluable in helping my girls gain a great education and set them up for their future.
I am a technology professional who has worked with some of the world’s largest and most successful technology companies. I have experience with emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, robotics and automation and am passionate about helping the next generation to be successful in whatever the future of work looks like for them.