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Narangba State School is an Independent Public School (IPS). Queensland independent public schools have greater flexibility to enable innovation that improves performance through:
• managing their planning and review processes
• determining staffing options
• determining the departmental policies and procedures that best suit their individual communities.

All independent public schools remain part of the strong state system. They have a responsibility to work within the system to support growth, and share learnings and practices to build collective capacity.

School governance is slightly different for Narangba State School as an independent public school. Independent public schools are required to have a school council. This enables greater involvement of the school community and other stakeholders, such as industry, in setting the strategic direction of the school. 

The role of a school council 

• monitor the school's strategic direction
• approve plans and policies of the school of a strategic nature, including the annual estimate of revenue and expenditure for the school
• monitor the implementation of the plans, policies and other relevant documents
• advise the school's principal about strategic matters.
The school council plays a role in monitoring and informing the school's strategic direction in a way that achieves the best learning outcomes for the school's students.
The size of the school will determine representation of parents, staff and students on the school council. School councils will comprise of at least six, but not more than 15 members. A school council must include at least one elected parent member and one elected staff member. The number of elected parent members and elected staff members of a school council must be equal.

The establishment of school councils will not impact upon the functions and powers of P&Cs and the P&C president will be included on the school council to represent the views of the P&C association.

School councils will have the responsibility to approve documents that set the strategic direction of the school, but will not be involved in daily operational aspects. 

School council members


Pamela O'Loughlin

P&C president 

Steven Hursey

Staff members 

Carolyn Thomas (staff member and school council chair)
Casey Hughes (school business services manager)

Parent members 

Kelli Bishop
Peta Harrington (project officer for the Department of Education & Training and school council secretary)

The school council meets each term to discuss the school’s strategic direction. Should you have any questions or agenda items for the school council please send an email to and we would be more than happy to discuss at our next meeting.