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:
Dr John Glaister
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Mar Biol), MBA, PhD (Anth Soc), GAICD
John Glaister has been a CEO of many large organisations and has experience in government relations at the State and Federal level, high level policy skills, and commercialisation of IP in a University environment.
In his current role as director of Glaister Consulting, John has experience in conceiving, drafting and delivering policy; change management and restructuring organisations; grant writing; and stakeholder engagement.
- Deputy Chair – Sunshine Coast Grammar School Council (first appointed 2016, current term until 2020)
- Director – Glaister Consulting
- Deputy Chair – Bendigo Community Enterprises Ltd (Bendigo Bank)
- Chair – NORMAC (Northern Prawn Management Advisory Committee-AFMA)
Mr John Hall
BEc, BComm, MBA, FAICD
John is an experienced company director, with more than 30 years experience with listed public companies, unlisted public companies, government business enterprises, government public authorities and private businesses. The diverse entities involved include sand mining, tourism and events, superannuation, investment and funds management and debt raising and management.
John has held a variety of board related roles including Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Company Secretary and Audit and Risk Committee Chairman. He is a Fellow of the Australian lnstitute of Company Directors (AICD) and has a Company Director’s Diploma from the AICD.
John holds degrees in Economics and Commerce and has a Masters of Business Administration. He has extensive management experience in both the public (government and statutory authority) sector and the private sector, including 25 years at Chief Executive level. He specialises in corporate governance, strategic planning, finance and economics.
- Councillor – Sunshine Coast Grammar School Council (first appointed 2014, current term until 2021)
- Fellow – Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Board member – Caloundra Branch, Bendigo Bank
- Board member – Visit Sunshine Coast
- Chairman – Pelican Waters Probus Club
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
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
Mrs Maria Woods, Principal
M Ed, B Ed, Dip T, Cert Residential Care MAICD MACEL MACE AIMM
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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I have been part of the Grammar family ever since Prep.
So many doors have been opened for me at Grammar, providing me so many magnificent opportunities to thrive. All throughout my time at Grammar I have been continuously encouraged by teachers to not only achieve, but to extend myself in all areas. One area I aspire to is our specialist lessons. These weekly opportunities stimulate our imaginations and provide motivation to pursue our unique talents. An area I am most passionate about is the subject of Visual Arts. I have been nurtured to further my love and mastery of the subject through the continued support of the specialist teachers in this area.
Lily Woods, Student
Each of us are truly blessed to teach, learn and play alongside such passionate, respectful and caring people every day at Grammar. To share each day with staff, students and their families in a school community built solidly on service above self and looking outwards to others is indeed humbling.
I am privileged to have worked at Sunshine Coast Grammar School since 1999. I enjoy working with like-minded people who are passionate about the education of young people. Sunshine Coast Grammar School provides students with the opportunities that will allow each individual to reach their true potential. I believe in a Grammar education so much, my son will spend his educational journey at Grammar.
Jeannie Baxter-Reid, Teacher and Parent
Our family relocated from Hong Kong to the Sunshine Coast five years ago. When looking for a suitable school we chose Sunshine Coast Grammar because of its reputation and balance for academic and sporting excellence. We fell in love with the grounds and superb facilities at the school. The boys are all involved heavily with the music program and finding friends and fitting in was made a lot easier by starting the school rugby program immediately. Through the boys sports and extra curricular activities they were quick to form friendships that will have a long and lasting impact beyond their time at Grammar.
My time at Grammar was instrumental in shaping who I am and being able to achieve my dreams today. Education delivered in a thoroughly supported environment by passionate and amazing teachers, have set my colleagues and I to be competitive in our respective fields. Further to which we were encouraged to develop skills and talents we enjoy, and to become well rounded individuals.
Dr. Siyaguna Dilum Ekanayake (MBBS/BSc), Alumni
Grammar provided me with many skills that benefit me every day in my career and at university. The support from the Grammar staff throughout my schooling was second to none, and I will forever be grateful for my time at this wonderful school.
Zarsha Merlo, Alumni
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