Sunshine Coast Grammar School is one of four outstanding schools owned by the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA) along with our sibling schools – Brisbane Boys’ College, Clayfield College and Somerville House.
Established in 1918, the PMSA is a joint mission of the Uniting Church of Australia, Queensland Synod and the Presbyterian Church of Queensland. The Churches formed the PMSA to purchase Brisbane High School for Girls (now Somerville House) and Clayfield College (now Brisbane Boys’ College) in 1918.
More than 100 years on, the PMSA is a financially strong, not-for-profit organisation that plays a vital role in setting the direction of each school and the connecting link between the schools and the two churches. All PMSA schools offer a unique ecumenical learning environment where children learn Christian values common to two churches, not the beliefs and practices of just one church.
The PMSA works together with the Sunshine Coast Grammar School Council and Principal to provide:
- a caring, Christian-based culture
- high quality programs for developing teaching excellence
- financial strength and support
- human resources, legal and compliance support
- governance and policy-making support, particularly around child safety
The PMSA is run by a board which comprises 13 members. Up to five PMSA Board members are each appointed by the Presbyterian Church and the Uniting Church and up to three are directly appointed by the PMSA Board. The PMSA Board is supported by three committees, a School Council for each of the schools and the PMSA corporate office.
Grammar School Councillors
Sunshine Coast Grammar School Council is made up of up of nine members including two PMSA Board members, up to six independent School Council members appointed from the school’s community, and the school Principal, who is a non-voting member. The Sunshine Coast Grammar School Council is delegated the responsibility to govern and administer the performance of the school. The School Council’s role includes:
- establishing and implementing Grammar business and strategic plans.
- monitoring the management of risks within Grammar.
- overseeing Grammar’s financial and operational performance against KPIs.
- ensuring Grammar adheres to all policies and procedures including child protection.
- overseeing new School Council member appointments.
- being actively involved in the process of appointing the school Principal.
- managing the ongoing performance of the school Principal.
The School Principal reports to the School Council and is responsible for the daily operations of the school.
When positions on the Sunshine Coast Grammar School Council are vacant, they will be advertised on the Grammar website, the school newsletter, the PMSA website, and appropriate websites for board positions available.
The current Sunshine Coast Grammar School Council members are:
Emeritus Professor Jennifer Radbourne (Chairperson)
CertTeach, ATCL, LSDA, BA, MA, PhD, GAICD, AICD
Jennifer Radbourne is a retired academic and has held teaching and management positions in the Faculty of Business at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Most recently, she was Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University in Melbourne.
Jennifer is a graduate of the AICD and has held board positions over 35 years in state and non-profit arts organisations in Queensland. She is also a current member of the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board.
Jennifer is keen to bring her knowledge of management in an educational institution to the PMSA. Her arts background, balanced by several years in a business faculty, gives her a creative edge in thinking and leading in contemporary governance. She has published in relationship marketing, nonprofit governance, strategic management, curriculum development and teaching and learning. Jennifer also has a strong interest in international students, having managed a business program in Hong Kong and taught and recruited students in China, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Mr Wayne Knapp
PG Cert (Applied Mgt), PG Dip (Bus Admin), PG Cert (Bus Admin)
Appointed by the Presbyterian Church, Wayne Knapp has more than 20 years experience on not-for-profit boards for both the Presbyterian and Uniting Churches including Chairman of the board roles at the Wesley Hospital Townsville and PresCare. He also served for five years on the St Andrews War Memorial Hospital Board during a time of significant change. He is currently the Chair of the Presbyterian Church Property Board and a member of the Finance and Administration Board.
Looking forward to the challenge of governance change, Wayne has extensive experience in governance, risk management and leadership on boards. A former police officer retiring as an Inspector, Wayne is currently in a policy development and administration role for the Presbyterian Church ensuring denominational compliance to Work Health and Safety and Child Safety legislation.
- Councillor – Sunshine Coast Grammar School Council
- PMSA Board member (first appointed 2012, current term until 2021)
- Retired police officer
- Chairman – Property Board, Presbyterian Church of Queensland
- Director – Finance and Administration Board, Presbyterian Church of Queensland
- Member – Presbyterian Church of Queensland
Mr Bruce Swan
BBus, ICAA, Registered Company Auditor, Registered Tax Agent
Bruce has more than 30 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant, both in Queensland and overseas.
He has a wealth of experience in the practice area of audit, particularly through his work with not-for-profit and charity organisations, companies, and body corporates on the Sunshine Coast.
In addition, Bruce has worked with a number of small and medium sized businesses, providing business advisory guidance.
- Councillor – Sunshine Coast Grammar School Council (first appointed 2017, current term until 2020)
- Partner, BDO
Mr Chris Wright
BSc Info Proc, BSc(Hons) Computer Science, CDE, GAICD, MACS
Chris is an entrepreneur, investor and mentor and experienced company director with director experience in commercial and not-for-profit organisations. A past parent of Brisbane Boys’ College and a current parent at Somerville House, Chris is a strong supporter of the Christian ethos that PMSA schools provide.
He has a personal interest in education, particularly around changes driven by digital information technology advances and looks forward to bringing his expertise in board governance and compliance; his passion for values-based, for-purpose business strategy development and team building; and his diverse skills in enterprise information technology to the role.
- Councillor – Sunshine Coast Grammar School Council
- Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Principal, CPSZ Consulting Pty Ltd
- Non-Executive Director, Process PA
- CEO & Director, Tutis Compliance Solutions
- Co-Founder and past executive, Oniqua Pty Ltd
Ms Lyn Stokes, Business Manager
BA, MCom, CPA, GradDip App Corp Gov, FGIA
PMSA Vision and Values
All PMSA schools play an important role in educating and guiding young people with values for life. Founded on strong Christian values – relationships, care, ethics, personal development, excellence and celebration – Sunshine Coast Grammar School and other PMSA schools share these collective values. The four schools work collaboratively to share their knowledge and expertise to enhance the educational experience across all schools.
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Student Anti Bullying Policy
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SCGS Complaints and Appeals Policy – International Students
SCGS Deferment, Suspension and Cancellation Policy – International Students
SCGS Entry Requirements Policy – International Students
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SCGS Student Transfer Request Assessment Policy – International Students
SCGS Welfare and Accommodation Policy – International Students
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PMSA Crtical Incident Policy
PMSA Child Protection Policy
PMSA Professional Relationships with Students
Professional Boundaries: A Guideline for Queensland Teachers
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