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Samford State School - School Council

Our next meeting is Mon 26 February, 2018
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

Rachel Foley Lewis - Parent (Chairperson) 
Rachel is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years' experience providing advice to clients across a range of industries.  A Corporate Finance partner at Deloitte, she also sits on Deloitte's national board of partners.  Rachel has 2 children at Samford State School.  She is keen to harness the diverse skills of Council members to develop and support the strategic direction of Samford State School, thereby assisting the school to achieve high quality education outcomes for all students in a rapidly changing world.
Jaimee Baturo- Parent
Jaimee has a background in Hospitality Operations Management and currently assists in the strategic planning, operations and fiscal management of her own Restaurant and Bar Hospitality group. With credentials in Early Childhood Learning she is passionate about education opportunities for all children and support for their families. Jaimee has two children at Samford State School and has been a part of the school community for four years. She can often be found volunteering within the school and is excited to be a part of such an innovative and dedicated School Council.
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. He 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.
Dani Axford - Staff
Dani Axford has been teaching at Samford State School for 7 years.  She is currently teaching Year 2 and has taught primarily the younger grades. Dani has 2 children, now in high school, who both enjoyed and thrived at Samford State School. As a teacher, past parent and member of the Samford community she feels privileged to be part of the school council.  Being part of this council is an opportunity to support our school to continue to evolve into a place that offers our children amazing educational opportunities and a school community that is supportive, caring and dynamic.
Julie Sanderson (P&C President) 

Julie is a mum to one daughter in Year 5 and has been a member of the school community for 6 years and Samford for 25 years. A background in accounting and business consulting with an MBA in marketing, has given Julie a career she loves. Working mainly with small businesses, Julie creates strategies and implements all aspects of her client’s marketing needs.

As well as working, Julie is active in the school Chaplaincy program, the P&C, School Festival, Tuckshop and many other school activities. Away from school, Julie is also active in the Samford community including local business groups, SPADEwerx Community Theatre and the Samford Garden Expo amongst others.

There is a brilliant quote by Rudyard Kipling which encapsulates all Julie feels about Samford and our school…’God gives all man all earth to love, but since man’s heart is small; ordains for each one spot shall prove, beloved overall’.  

Stella Sheil - Staff
Stella worked in the role of Community Engagement Officer at   Samford State School, a role she expanded over the last 4 
years.  Previous to this, Stella was in Event Management roles working for 15 years within the legal, pharmaceutical and tourism industries.  With a passion for customer service and organisation - Stella's focus is to help others.  She currently lives in Samford with her husband and 2 children, who are in Year 5 & Year 2 and is excited to have completed her diploma in Leadership & Management late last year. 
Susan Kirkpatrick - Staff 

Susan Kirkpatrick has been teaching at Samford State School for over 2 years. She is currently teaching Year 5 however has taught a range of grades in both lower and upper school. Previous to Samford State School, Susan worked and lived in Mackay. As a fairly new teacher in the Samford community, she feels privileged to be part of the School Council.  Susan 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.


Adrian Ryan - Staff

Nicole Herberston - Parent
Nicole has two boys at Samford State, in Years 3 and 6.  Whilst enjoying caring for her sons, she has been an active member of the school community. For the last 6 years her volunteering efforts have included serving on the 2016 P&C Executive Committee and 2015 Festival Committee, being a member of working parties and supporting P&C sub-committees along with a variety of school initiatives.  Nicole has a background in marketing and communications with over 20 years’ experience in the finance industry.  She currently works in the field of customer experience specialising in all areas of customer centric strategy - understanding consumer behaviour and designing organisational change to improve customer and business outcomes. Nicole is grateful for the opportunity to represent parents and carers as a member of the School Council, and is committed to helping the school achieve the best possible outcomes for children and enhance the unique spirit of the Samford Valley Community.
Steven Pickering - Parent
I am a local Samford resident whose family has been based in the Samford community for over two generations. My two daughters  now attend Samford State School in Year 3 and Year 5.  I also attended Samford State School as a student and it’s a privilege to see both my daughters attend the school.   I am Vice President of Drought Masters Society, Australia’s 3rd largest breed society. Prior to this appointment I maintained a position on the board over for 6 years, assisting with developing and maintaining the strategic direction of the organisation. I am also the Managing Director of A1Genetics which imports and exports bovine genetics and provides marketing services for the Australian livestock industry.   I am also involved as the owner director of RSVP & Sylvan Springs Droughtmasters, and Samford Garage which is a local family business where I currently work as part of the team.