School Community Council
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 Year 2 and Year 4.
Since Matilda started in Kinder 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 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 Lee McLean, and I’m the Secretary of the St Gregory’s Community School Council. My wife and I have two children, Cooper and Riley, who are both enjoying everything that St Greg’s has to offer. We all feel lucky to be part of such a strong, welcoming and supportive school community and I am delighted to be able to give something back through my role on the School Council.
In my professional life I work in a government relations and public affairs role with Australian Grape & Wine, the national association for Australia’s wine sector. Prior to this, I worked in the Australian Public Service for a little over ten years, primarily in roles with a foreign policy and international trade focus.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family exploring NSW the south coast, reading, following the Bombers in the AFL, and enjoying good food and great wine with friends and family.
I’m always keen to meet new people in the school community, so please come and say hello if you see me at drop-off, pick-up or school events. Aside from just enjoying a chat, I’m keen to understand what people think about the school to inform my contributions to the Council and support its efforts to give St. Gregory’s students the best experience they can possibly have.
I am Ben Mills and I'm the proud Dad of Evie and Lachlan. Evie is currently in 1 Gold and Lachlan will be joining us as a student in the next few years.
I have joined the school council because it is important to me to be an active part of our school and our community. I want to help build our school to be the best it can be for the future of my kids and all the kids that are part of our family here at St Gregory's.
I contribute to the Queanbeyan area through my work in real estate, and am extremely passionate about our community and it's continued improvement and advancement.
I am an avid sports lover and love spending my spare time outdoors, enjoying activities such as camping and fishing.
I look forward to getting to know all the parents, carers, and members of our community and offering help and support wherever I can.
My name is Garreth Wigg. I have been a teacher since 2008 and am currently the Assistant Principal at Ss Peter and Paul’s Primary School in Goulburn. I worked as a classroom teacher and executive teacher at St Gregory’s from 2010 until mid-2019, with a year off in-between teaching in Wilcannia, NSW. Queanbeyan has been my home for the best part of 16 years. Our town, our school and our parish combined make for an outstanding community. My family and I feel very connected to this town in the lifestyle that it provides. My daughter Ruby is currently in Kinder and is thriving in Mrs Hill’s class. She has made so many great friends with the students at the school, as have I with many parents and carers at the school over the years. Her needs are met through a supportive and dynamic school community.
As a community council member, I will always strive to represent and make heard the ideas and opinions of our parent and carer community. Collaboration and understanding is the key, and I will be a conduit between the school leadership and the parents and carers of St Gregory’s students to help keep achieving great things for our kids.
I encourage everyone in our community to contact the school council if you have any questions, concerns, thoughts or ideas that you feel would be worth sharing.
I look forward to working with you and meeting you over the coming years.
Hi, my name is Amy Bresnik.
I’m the proud Mum to Grace, Lachlan and Lily. Grace is currently in Year 3 and Lachlan in Kinder at St Gregory’s and we look forward to 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.
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: email@example.com