College Board

Mount Barker Community College Board works with our school community to achieve the best outcomes for our students. Our Board seeks to be representative of the school community, ensuring that elected parent representatives span the college year groups. The Board also includes MBCC staff and co-opted community members.

It plays an important role in contributing to good school governance so that school resources are used efficiently, and community expectations and the school’s priorities reflect the needs of students.

The functions of the Board are covered by legislation and include both approval and advisory roles. Some of the matters our Board may make decisions on include fees and charges, book lists, sponsorship, and dress codes. The Board makes these decisions with the Principal who ensures the decisions adhere to legislative and policy requirements. Principals also seek the advice of the board so as to understand local community views.

Board meetings occur on Tuesdays, once per term, commencing from 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm with additional meetings arranged where needed. All meetings can be attended by any members of the public as observers but may be asked to leave if voting needs to occur or decisions made.

Board Members

Parent Members                                                                                                     
Miles Ebert (Chairperson)
Natalie Vesey            
Annecke Theron

Caroline Bedford

Community Member

Co-opted Member (Ex Officio)
Cr Karen Woltering  (Plantagenet Shire Council)

Staff Members
Rebecca Smyth 

Rhianna Reynolds                                                                          

Principal (Ex Officio)
Andrew Fraser

Manager Corporate Services (Ex Officio)
Charlene Holmes

Student Representatives
Jonty Semple
Alex Wiehl

The board does not intervene in the control or management of the school. This is the role of the Principal.

Get to know your Board Members

Annecke Theron

I have three children spread from Year 2 up to Year 11. I have been the Principle of my own Accounting practice for the last 8 years and the Director of Gloria Dieu Farm, the farm we run with a commercial Apricot Orchard and Sheep Studs.

We absolutely believe that Mount Barker Community College is an undiscovered gem and we find it a privilege to provide as much support we can to the school as we can, including visits to the orchard from the school to help in their education program, promoting the school at many events including the Albany Show, and providing the financial and farming skills we have to serve the school on the Board.

Rebecca Smyth

I am the Associate Principal of the K-6 and have been a part of the college team at MBCC since 2010. I came to teaching late after many years living and working in South America, Europe, and Asia. I have always had a love of languages and an interest in stepping outside my comfort zone in different cultures around the world. Being culturally unaware and linguistically clumsy, even for a short space of time, is a lesson in humility I have always found very powerful. It has helped me to connect with the world around me and there is no doubt in my mind that our shared future depends very heavily on the quality and capacity of our young people coming through.

My commitment as an educator has always been to empower children to use thinking in positive ways, to have a love of learning and problem solving, and to value kindness as one of the greatest character traits that exist.

Minutes of previous meetings