School Community Council
* 2nd June, 2019 - this page is currently under construction.
The St Gregory’s Community Council has a decision-making role in certain policy areas and an advisory role in others. The policies of the school are always set within the wider mission of Catholic education. In the areas where it has responsibility for the development and monitoring of policy, the Community Council operates within the policy and procedures determined by the Catholic Education Commission and Catholic Education Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn.
St Gregory’s Community Council members.
My name is Ryan Harris and I am the Chair of the St Gregory’s School Community Council.
I currently have two beautiful daughter’s (Matilda and Violet) at St Greg’s in both Kindergarten and Year 2.
Since Matilda started in Kindy I wanted to be engaged with the school and I thought that being a member of the Community Council was a good way to be involved with the school to assist in decision making, fundraising and to help make sure that the “parent voice” heard.
In terms of my professional life, I have had over 20 years’ experience working in the not for profit and government sectors in both front line and management roles. The main focus of my work has been in the areas of Youth Engagement and Youth Development, community development, child, youth and family support, alcohol and other drugs, and outdoor education/recreation. Over the last 3 years I have held numerous volunteer positions, including the Northern Region representative of the Catholic School Parents Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, Vice President on the board of the Youth Coalition of the ACT (the peak body for Youth Affairs in the ACT) , ACT Community Services Directorate Practice Leaders Group co-chair, and a member on the “Future of Education working group” facilitated by ACT Education and Training.
In my down time, I love spending time with my family and friends whether that be relaxing on the couch watching a movie with my girls, being outside having a picnic, going on a family bushwalk or participating as a family in the weekly parkrun.
I have enjoyed being a part of the School Council and an active part of the St Gregory’s Community and encourage you to get involved if you have the opportunity to do so.
My name is Leah Tozer and I am the Secretary of the St Gregory’s School Community Council.
I have two daughters, Amelia in Year 2 at St Gregory’s and Josie who is in childcare.
My husband and I are actively engaged in our children’s’ personal growth and learning, and while I have been an active member of the St Greg’s community I wanted to support Amelia and the whole school community as much as possible. The School Community Council is an opportunity to support all St Gregory’s students, parents, carers, teachers and staff.
I am a working mum – I started off the in the private sector, but for the last 12 years have worked in the Commonwealth Government, where much of my focus has been in education and training. This has encouraged my career interest in education (no doubt because I am a parent), specifically in improving student outcomes and ensuring student wellbeing.
I love family time, and our best time together is spent away in our caravan. I also enjoy cooking, reading and (when I get time) crocheting.
I enjoy meeting members of our school community, chatting about school and family and am passionate about making our children’s school years enjoyable, enriched, and an environment to thrive.
My name is Kirrilly Gregerson and I have the pleasure of being both the Treasurer and the Parent Contact Coordinator of the St Gregory’s School Community Council.
I have two children at St. Gregory’s. I am honoured to be a part of the school community – it is such a wonderful, supportive environment and I know my children are receiving an excellent education in a nurturing environment.
I was happy to take on this role within the Community Council, as it gives me the opportunity to remain involved within the school community outside of regular school hours, It is important to me to help when I can, since I work full-time, and my husband takes on most of the usual roles such as drop-offs pickups and searching for endless lost property each day!
In my personal time I enjoying baking (sweets and savouries), sewing (clothes and quilts), and spending time with friends and family. Family activities often involve gardening, camping, crafting, catching up with friends and family, playing with our dog, and exploring local attractions.
On a professional note, I have worked in the Real Estate industry for over 8 years. I started my role as an assistant, and dedicated myself to forming a specialised understanding of the Strata industry and a passion for client service - I now oversee the daily operations of the Strata team in a local Real Estate agency.
I look forward to being involved in the School Council and getting to know the families within the St Gregory’s Community. If you feel inclined to get involved please speak up, the more the merrier!
My name is Cameron Fowler and I am a St Gregory's School Community Council representative.
I have 2 kids at St Greg's, Brayden who is in Year 5 and Isabelle in Year 3. This year is only our second year at St Greg's but we have many school, community and family connections in Queanbeyan and surrounds.
My wife Emma and I understand how important it is to be a parent representative for our kids and for the school. Whether it be at sporting carnivals, fundraisers or in this instance on the council. We have made good friends through the school and look forward to helping develop and maintain the great school we have found St Greg's to be.
Personally, I am an active and outgoing guy with too many hobbies and not enough time. Some of these include wakeboarding, dirt biking, mountain biking, gym work and handyman/landscape work at home. As a family, we love to spend time with friends and relatives, go camping, fishing, 4wding and exploring Aus. Oh and of course supporting the Raiders!
I look forward to getting to know members of our school community better and the challenges ahead which will help support and develop our kids.
Hi, my name is Amy Bresnik.
I’m the proud Mum to Grace, Lachlan and Lily. Grace is currently in Year 1 at St Gregory’s and we look forward to Lachlan and Lily starting in the coming years.
My husband and his brothers attended St Gregory’s and we wanted the same opportunities for our kids as we live locally and love the area.
I’m really passionate about our school community and when the opportunity arose for me to be a part of the School Community Council earlier this year, I jumped at it.
I think we have a terrific school with an inclusive and diverse culture.
I feel very fortunate to have been involved in some of the school's activities to date, including class excursions and fundraising events.
I am enjoying a break from the busy life of an EA for now. In my downtime, I enjoy catching up with and supporting our ever-expanding extended family, listening to good music, long walks around the lake with friends, trying out new slow-cooker recipes (always a family favourite during the cooler months!), supporting the Brumbies and I love a good coffee.
Hello, I’m Kerry Crawford and I am a parent representative on the school council and the year 6 parent contact. I am mum to 4 amazing children, Aiden who is in Year 6, Charlotte who is in Year 4, Sienna who is in Year 1 and Liam who goes to Kindy Patch.
I work in public service and have done so for the past 18 years.
I joined the council as I wanted to have a more active role in the school community and provide a voice for others. Being a part of the community is very important to me and my family. I’m also actively in involved in the Queanbeyan Girl Guides with my daughter Charlotte.
My name is Jacinta Handley and I am the deputy chair of the St Gregory’s School Community Council. I have one daughter Eliza in Year 3.
Due to chronic illnesses, I have found it difficult to help at school, so when a position became vacant earlier this year it was the perfect opportunity for me to be able to contribute to the school
community. Being part of the council means I can ensure all parents have their voices heard, especially those parents who find it difficult to be involved due to illness.
In my professional life I have worked across a variety of Federal Government departments including working on the Census at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Department of Health and Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The areas I worked in are administration, marketing, communications and events and feel these skills will be an asset for fundraising and events for the school.
In my home life, I enjoy DIY projects, reading, spending time with family and friends and gardening (although I do have a bit of a black thumb!). I look forward to my time on the School Community Council and ensuring all parents voices are heard.
Key responsibilities of the St Gregory’s Community Council include:
- Promoting the Catholic dimension of the school.
- Providing pastoral care to members of the community.
- Advising on the financial management of the school.
- Advising on policy formation.
- Developing and monitoring school enterprises.
- Developing local strategic plans (finances, building, resources).
- Developing capital and maintenance programs within the school.
- Providing student services i.e. 2nd hand clothing pool, and providing support for school programs i.e. working bees, sports programs.
- Building community and providing opportunities for social interaction and for parents to form supportive networks.
- Managing fundraising efforts.
Specific Roles of the St Gregory’s Community Council
The St Gregory’s community Council has the responsibility to take decisions in the following areas:
- Supporting the development of the Catholic identity, ethos and mission of the school.
- Supporting pastoral care strategies in the school community.
- Promoting the school in the local community.
- Assisting in developing, approving and monitoring the annual budget, including school determined levies, loan commitments and the fees collection and remission policy.
- Developing and monitoring school enterprises.
- Developing capital and maintenance programs.
- Developing local strategic plans (finances, buildings, resources) and contributing to Archdiocesan educational strategic planning.
- Facilitate local school community debate in response to System leadership by the CEC and the CEO in lobbying governments in school funding campaigns.
- Approving school uniform items decided at the school level.
- Ensuring that the parish and school community receives the Annual
School Community Council Report
The St Gregory's Community Council has the responsibility to provide advice in areas such as:
- Curriculum offerings.
- Consulting with the parents on the expenditure of levies or funds in keeping with Archdiocesan regulations.
- Educational policies for the school, eg reporting, homework.
- Student welfare policies, eg discipline, sun safe.
- Parent support processes.
- Other matters as requested by the Parish Priest or Principal.
The St Gregory’s Council also has a major role to play as a parent forum, in developing the community of parents, students and staff, and in fundraising. These functions include:
- Provide input on parent priorities and suggest ideas about Catholic schooling.
- Raise money for school resources as identified in the School’s Strategic Plan and Annual Budget.
- Assist in determining the priorities for the disbursement of funds raised in accordance with the School’s Strategic Plan and Annual Budget.
- Provide student services eg. 2nd hand clothing pool.
- Provide support for school programs eg. working bees.
- Provide opportunities for social interaction and for parents to form supportive networks.
Contact the School Community Council: firstname.lastname@example.org