Education Queensland recognises that good decision-making often occurs at a local level through direct engagement with the needs and aspirations of the school community.
School councils are the primary mechanism for ensuring these needs and aspirations are addressed. School councils contribute to the strategic leadership of the school and act as the bridge between the school and its local community including staff, parents, governments, community groups and local business and industry.
With the freedom to respond to community needs and through the use of local expertise, school councils are well-positioned to embrace innovation to maximise student learning outcomes.
School councils play an important role in reviewing and/or approving school-based innovations such as: working autonomously with local businesses, industry and other community organisations, leading to innovative models for sponsorship, industry and infrastructure partnerships contributing strategically to the shape of curriculum offerings that suit the needs of students, for example: International Baccalaureate programs, extracurricular programs, gateway programs and centres of excellence using local flexibility over finance and human resources to ensure resourcing and staffing plans meet local needs the development, use and sharing of facilities and resources.
To contact the school council please email : ISSCouncil@ironsidess.eq.edu.au
Council positions are for a 2 year appointment. Elections are held annually. This is now a fully established and cyclical ‘half senate’ model that maintains renewal and stability in the organisation. The School Principal and President of the P&C are automatic seat-holders on the school council.