School Board


One of the strengths of the ACT education system is that parents, teachers and students participate in school decision-making through the school board. The board provides a formal mechanism for parents, staff and students to have their views taken into account when decisions are made.
Section 39 (1) of the Education Act details the functions of a board of a public school:

  • to establish strategic direction and priorities for the school
  • to monitor and review school performance and to report on it to the Chief Executive, parents of students at the school and staff
  • to develop, maintain and review curriculum for the school
  • to develop and review education policies at the school
  • to establish budgetary policies for the school and approve the school budget
  • to establish policies for the efficient and effective use of school assets and the management of financial risk
  • to develop relationships between the school and the community and between the school and community organisations
  • to make recommendations to the Chief Executive on issues affecting the school and to give effect to the Chief Executive’s directions
  • to encourage parent participation in their children’s learning
  • to exercise any other function given to the board under the Act or any other Territory law.

Education Directorate handbooks for board members are available from here.






Ms Melissa Planten


Assistant returning officer, secretariat

Mrs Sumana Sen


Staff Member

Mr Gerard Barrett

To March 2024

Parents and Citizens Member
(Board Chair)

Mr Andrew Roden

To March 2024

Parents and Citizens Member

Ms Raylee Bielenberg

To March 2024

Student Member

Ms Katie Jakab-Van Dooren

To March 2024

Student Member

Ms Jemma Rule

To March 2024

UC Appointed Member

Ms Michaela Vergano

Board Report

The Board reports annually.

The purpose of the Annual School Board Report is to:

  • provide information about school performance
  • celebrate school achievements
  • record progress against the objectives in the school plan
  • transmit information about the school to central office.

Download Board Reports: