School council


Samford State School - School Council


Our 2021 meeting dates are as follows:

Monday 22 Feb (W5, T1) 

Monday 22 Mar (W9, T1)

Monday 17 May (W5 T2)

Monday 14 Jun (W9, T2)

Monday 2 Aug (W4, T3) (Cancelled)

Monday 13 Sept (W10, T3)

Monday 1 Nov (W5, T4)

Monday 6 Dec (W10, T4)

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 Outside 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 25 years of experience of working in schools. As the principal of Samford State School he is passionate about ensuring every student 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 classroom 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. 

Kyle Walker - Staff (2021 - 2023)

Trish Bennell-Kling - Staff (2021 - 2023)

TBA - Staff (2021 - 2023)

Beth Lack - Staff (2020 - 2022)

Beth has been a Teacher Aide at Samford State School since 2005. During this time, she has worked with all year levels and departments in the school. She is currently working with the Year 4, 5, and 6 Targeted Teaching team who support classroom teachers in providing an inclusive and nurturing educational environment for all students.

Beth has been known to say 'I have the best job in the world! No I am not managing an island in the Whitsundays, but instead I get to spend my work time with some of the most amazing assets Samford State School has – our students.'

Beth and her husband moved to the area in 2004 and all four of their children attended this school and later Ferny Grove State High School. She has worked within the community as a swimming teacher at the local Samford swimming pool and as a Joey Scout Leader with the Samford Scouts Group.

Her passion for supportive education for all children has rubbed off onto two of her daughters as they follow their own passions within the education system as teachers.

Beth is looking forward to working with the School Council Team to improve student learning outcomes. 

Jeff Mychajlyszyn - P&C President


Amanda Holding - Parent (2020 - 2022)

Amanda has two children, one in Year 9 at High School and one in Year 6 at Samford State School.  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.   


Felicity Magee - Parent (2020 - 2022)

Felicity Magee.jpgFelicity is a parent of three children at Samford State School in Year 3 and Year 1 and has taken on the Secretary role for the School Council this year.

Before Schooling returned into my life, I was a Geologist in the Mining Industry by profession which I now work casually on, and I also work Part-Time for the Australian Government.

As a result of my career I have lived in a number of remote locations, most of which have been large expanses of red dirt or more industrial settings. I love the Samford region not just for its contrast to that and its beauty, but the lovely community living here. I have enjoyed getting to know other parents and locals along the journey of our children’s schooling together and creating those friendships that will last beyond.

I am on the School Council to take the opportunity to have an active positive impact on the education at Samford State School and to be able to be involved in its direction and position into the future.


Mark Gjerek - Parent (2021 - 2023)

Kristy Gooding - Parent (2021 - 2023)


Last reviewed 09 August 2021
Last updated 09 August 2021