About BSHS P&C
The Brisbane State High School P&C engages parents, the school and our local community to improve students’ educational and developmental outcomes. We do this through extra-curricular subcommittees, contributing P&C members to the School Council, engaging in activities that facilitate the school’s development, and hosting regular meetings attended by the school Executive Principal and members of staff.
Our P&C is a key contributor across school stakeholders by providing:
- close cooperation between parents, community, staff and students
- feedback on school policies and activities
- resources to enhance student learning and improve the school environment by raising and allocating funds, enabling extra-curricular activities, and operating facilities such as the Canteen and Uniform Shop
- opportunities for parents to be involved in their child’s education and the broader school community.
We strive to be a vibrant P&C Association with members who actively contribute to creating a strong sense of community and generating positive outcomes for the school.
Every parent and interested member of the community is welcome to join, as participating in the P&C contributes both to the wider school community and to the education of your child. Research shows that parents who are engaged in their child’s education make a significant contribution to their child’s success at school.
A major role of the P&C is to manage volunteer support for the school. One of the most impactful groups of volunteers are organised as subcommittees associated with sporting and cultural extra-curricular activities. These consist of volunteer parents and teachers who are involved in the organisation of and fundraising for those activities.
All parents are encouraged to attend subcommittee meetings relevant to the activities in which their child participates. Not only do parents get to meet the teachers and parents involved, they can also find out what is happening first-hand.
Currently, the following sub-committees are active:
School Council - Parent Members
One way the P&C works towards achieving its Purpose is through the School Council.
Brisbane State High School is an Independent Public School administrated by a School Council. The Council includes parent, student and teacher representatives. The P&C Association President and three parent representatives are members of the School Council.
The School Council monitors the school’s strategic direction, which includes:
- 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 plans, policies and other documents
- advising the school’s Executive Principal about strategic matters.
The Council performs its functions in a way that achieves the best learning outcomes for the school’s students. More information about the School Council can be found here.
There are insufficient volunteers to deliver all of the essential services provided by the P&C. This requires the P&C to supplement its team with 20 paid full-time, part-time and casual employees across 5 service areas. These essential service delivery areas include canteens, a physical and online uniform shop and administration.
P&C Life Membership
Life Membership is awarded to a P&C member in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to the Brisbane State High School P&C Association and Brisbane State High School. Through this award, the P&C is able to publicly express appreciation, encourage long term participation within the P&C and acknowledge and define exemplary standards of service. If you would like to nominate a P&C member for this award, complete the nomination form and submit it to the P&C Office at least 4 weeks before the AGM.
All Queensland P&C Associations are legitimate entities with their existence and structure revolving around a common sense of purpose and goals shared, not just with P&C members, but also Education Queensland, the school, and, importantly, its students.
P&C Associations are established under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 and Education (General Provisions) Regulation 2017. Queensland P&Cs are a statutory body under the Statutory Bodies Financial Arrangements Act 1982. They are not incorporated entities under the Associations Incorporations Act 1981.
Education Queensland sets out a range of procedures and guidelines that are applicable to the governance and operation of a P&C. The BSHS P&C aligns its structure, and all of its processes to the Act, Regulations and guidelines established. Interested P&C members can find information relating to the regulatory framework at Education Queensland here, and at P&Cs Queensland here.