School Board

Governor Stirling Senior High School

School Board

School Boards play a key role in Western Australian government Independent Public Schools.  The school board supports the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.


Our School Board, established in 2015 when Governor Stirling Senior High School became an Independent Public School, is an active and highly effective advocate for the school and ensures the needs of the local community form an integral part of our strategic planning.


The Board have three main responsibilities:

  • Finance – overseeing the development of the school’s annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept of the school’s financial operation.
  • Strategic Planning – participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan.
  • Policy Development and Review – developing, reviewing and updating policies that reflect the school’s values and strategic plan.

Becoming a school board member is a rewarding and challenging experience. All parents and local community members are eligible for membership on the Board. The board is comprised of the following members:

  • The Principal
  • Two staff representatives (elected from staff)
  • Five Parent representatives (elected by parents)
  • Two community members (selected by the board from the nominations)
  • Two student representative.


The School Board meets at least 6 times a year. Meetings are open to parents, students and community members. Normally meetings are held in the admin block conference room, however they may be held in the theatre if more space is required.


Terms of reference –  The Board operates under a terms of reference provided by the education department.  This document describes the functions and operations of the board.  Click Here to download it (PDF)


Strategic plan – The school maintains a strategic business plan to establish priorities and measure the results it achieves. The current plan is available here. One of the main roles of the board is to assist to develop, review and assess the school’s achievement of the strategic plan.


Parent Voting Information on Elections TBA

School Board Elections

Election of parents, community members and staff to the School Board

The School Board is comprised of 11 members. Five (5) positions are for parents, 2 positions for community members, 2 are for school staff and one P&C representative. The school Principal is automatically on the Board.

Parent and staff positions are for two years, and are elected positions.  Community members are appointed by the Board.


2024 School Board Nomination Form


Parent member nomination and voting

Nominations for vacancies on the school Board are called early Term 1 of each year. The 2-year tenure commences from the first meeting of Term 2.


Community member nominations

The Board will appoint the community members from a list of nominees.


Staff nominations

Nominations for staff vacancies are called early Term 1 of each year with tenure commencing from the first meeting of Term 2,  Note that staff members are not eligible to nominate as parents, even if they have children at the school.


The school links to tertiary and industry bodies to offer Governor Stirling Senior High School students access to university pathways, scholarships, traineeships, and future training opportunities. These initiatives support the revitalisation of Governor Stirling Senior High School.

Agenda and School Board Minutes

“Our school aims to provide students with a well-balanced education within a supportive learning environment designed to unlock their individual potential.”

– Dr Pasco Putrino, Principal

Meeting Dates & Members

For 2024, the board meets at 4:30 pm in the admin conference room on the following dates:

  • Term 1 Monday 18 March (W8)
  • Term 2 Monday 27 May (W7), Monday 24 June (W11)
  • Term 3 Monday 26 August (W7)
  • Term 4 Monday 28 October (W4), Monday 25 November (W8)

Current Board members are:

  • Leo Surjan (Principal)
  • Chris Morris (Chair, Parent member)
  • Natalie Tempone (Deputy Chair, Finance Committee Rep, Staff member)
  • Andrew Rodgers (Parent member)
  • Melissa Conway (Parent member)
  • Darryn Longbottom (Community member)

Current Board members cont:

  • Sarah Howlett (Community member)
  • Greg McPherson (Parent member)
  • Blake Thomson (Staff member)
  • Daria Kennedy (Student member)
  • Amelia Rashidy (Student member)

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