Getting to know your School Board


We are an Independent Public School (IPS)

As such, the Bunbury Senior High School's board (the board) meets twice a term to guide the strategic direction of the school in line with the school's Delivery and Performance Agreement and Business Plan.

The Performance and Delivery Agreement describes in broad terms what the school is expected to provide to its students, staff and the community in exchange for the funding provided by the state government.

Where is Bunbury Senior High School heading?
In 2017, the board endorsed Bunbury Senior High School's strategic business plan which will conclude in 2019.
This framework links school's vision and local planning to the overall direction of secondary education in Western Australia.
The framework was developed during 2016 by the school's leadership team with input from the staff and the board at that time. The current plan considers lessons learnt from previous plans including the outcomes of the external review of the 2014 to 2016 plan.

Consequently this new business plan continues a big picture perspective, allowing the school's leaders to develop operational level plans and to implement them over the course of each year

What does the Board do?
While the board doesn't run the school (this is the job of the Principal), it has an important role in the governance of the school.
This includes:
  • endorsing the Delivery and Performance Agreement
  • endorsing and reviewing the school budget and Business Plan each year
  • endorsing the annual fees and charges
  • regularly monitoring the budget and progress towards the Business Plan
  • processes to review school performance
  • processes to determine satisfaction levels of parents, staff and students, with results reported in the school's annual report
  • the process for selecting the principal.

The board is guided by Western Australia's School Education Act 1999 and regulations, specifically those relating to school councils.

Who is on the board?

The Bunbury Senior High School board draws its membership from parents, the local community, Year 11 students, staff and the Principal. The board meets on Tuesday evenings (5-7 pm) in Weeks 4 and 8 in the meeting room next to Student Services. Meetings are generally open for others to attend and observe, unless confidential or sensitive matters are being discussed. Each year in Week 8 of Term 1 the board holds a public meeting that includes election of new members and the Board Chair.

How is the board different from the Bunbury Senior High School P & C?

Most Independent Public School (IPS) boards are not incorporated which means they cannot operate bank accounts, run businesses or raise funds for the school. In this and other ways, IPS boards differ from the Parents and Citizens (P & C) Committees. The Bunbury Senior High School P & C meets regularly and includes members from the parents and general community as well as the principal. The BSHS P & C provides valuable services to the school by running our school's canteen and uniform shop fundraising and provides another avenue for parents to be involved in the school. Each year the P & C nominates a community or parent representative for the school board. The board and the P & C offer two different ways to get involved with our school and help shape our directions. While it takes time and commitment to become involved, it is rewarding to be able to support our kids during their high school years.


School Board Members 2017
Craige Pettit, Principal
Ian Lockhart – Vice Principal
Erin Van Noort – Chair, School Board
Tyril Houghton – Staff Representative
Sharna Dallywater – Staff Representative
Jamie Richards, Student Representative
Zeke Tinley, Student Representative
Geoff Upston – Parent Representative
Dr Steve Thomas – Parent Representative
Todd Brown – Parent Representative
Robyn Wilson - Parent Representative
Sonia Jones – Parent Representative
Vacant – P & C Representative