School council


​​We proudly stand for learning, caring for one another and discipline which is based on reciprocal respect. We are a school with an excellent tradition and reputation for student success. We foster high standards of academic and vocational learning; we nurture the abilities of each student; we work with each person to develop meaningful pathways to the future.

Governance of Indooroopilly State High School is overseen by a School Council consisting of elected members determined by the Indooroopilly State High School Council Constitution. The President of the Parents & Citizens’ Association and the Principal are appointed to the Council, while the parent, staff and student members are elected representatives. The object of the School Council is to improve student learning outcomes by exercising specified functions for guiding the broad strategic direction of the school.

The current members of the School Council are:

Mrs Lois O’Reilly Executive Principal                   

Mrs Glenys Harbottle  President P&C - Glenys has been a parent at Indooroopilly State High School since 2013. She is a registered nurse, having decided to change careers when her daughter was young. She enjoys helping out at school functions and is looking forward to more as her son progresses through Senior Secondary.      

Mrs Louise Nakanishi-Lind Teacher  - Louise began teaching at Indooroopilly State High School in 2011 after returning from Japan where she lectured in English at a National University. She taught English as an Additional Language or Dialect for a number of years before transitioning into the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme teaching Literature and joining the Learning and Teaching team. Louise is currently teaching English and IB Literature. She has been a School Council member representing teachers since 2019.  


Mr Brad Blashak DP - School Operations  - Brad began teaching History and English in 2005.  In 2015 he joined Indooroopilly SHS as Head of Department – Social Sciences and HPE and subsequently took on the newly created position of Head of Department – Senior Secondary before being appointed Deputy Principal – School Operations in 2020.  He has been School Council secretary since 2015 and also served a member and Secretary of the School Council at his previous school.         

Ms Michelle Terret Teacher - Michelle has taught English since 2005 in America, the UK and Australia. She began teaching Theory of Knowledge in 2015. In 2018 she joined Indooroopilly SHS as a teacher and was subsequently promoted to the position of Literacy Coach. She now serves as a pedagogical leader in the role of Head of Department – Student Life with a focus on enhancing the school’s student-centric culture.    

Ms Kim Asmar Parent - Kim has been a parent at ISHS since 2017. She is a teacher with 20 years experience in both primary and secondary schools with Education Queensland, teaching PE, Senior Health, Science, mathematics and STEM. She has involved in curriculum development on the senior health panel and  coordinates the STEM curriculum at her current school. Kim proudly enjoys watching  her children engage in the various programs and events at this school.                              

Mr Nimrod Klayman Parent                           


Ms Gaylene Bell Parent - Gaylene is a CPA qualified accountant who has worked in senior finance roles across a range of industries, primarily not-for-profit organisations and independent schools ranging in size from 300 to 1500 students.  She has experience in a wide range of strategic and operational responsibilities in the areas of budget and finance, company secretary, facilities, human resources and information technology. 


Spencer Holzheimer - Student Representative Year 12​

Maia Weatherstone - Student Representative Year 11​

The Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 provides for the establishment and operation of school councils for state schools with the object of improving learning outcomes.

School Councils will monitor the school’s strategic direction; for example the Council’s role will include:

(a)  monitoring the school’s strategic direction
(b)  approving plans and policies of the school of a strategic nature
(c)  monitoring the implementation of the plans, policies and other documents
(d)  advising the school’s Principal about strategic matters.

The Council must perform its functions in a way that achieves the best learning outcomes for the school’s students.

The Council must have regard to the documents listed in Schedule 1 of the School Council Constitution in performing its functions.

The Council may not:

(a)  interfere with the management by the school’s Executive Principal of the day-to-day operations of the school and its curriculum; or
(b)  make operational decisions about the use of teaching or learning resources at the school; or
(c)  make decisions about the individual teaching style used, or to be used, at the school; or
(d)  make a decision that is contrary to law or a written policy of the department; or
(e)  have control of funds; or
(f)  enter into contracts; or
(g)  acquire, hold, dispose of or deal with property; or
(h)  sue or be sued.

Download a copy of the Indooroopilly SHS School Council Constitution and Nomination Form (PDF, 274KB).

Last reviewed 31 March 2022
Last updated 31 March 2022