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 make 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 of Week 6 of each term commencing at 3:45pm to 5:00pm 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                                                                                                     
Amanda Baxter (Chairperson)
Lisa Lynch
Jane Beck
Natalie Vesey            
Annecke Theron
Andrew Whiting

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

Staff Members
Rebecca Smyth                                                                           
Steve Bedford

Principal (Ex Officio)
Andrew Fraser

Manager Corporate Services (Ex Officio)
Charlene Holmes

Students
Lauren Voss
Telisha Knight

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

Amanda Baxter 

I have one daughter, who is a student at the college and is now in Year 6.  I work for Wanslea Family Services, working closely with the community and focusing on early years and parenting support.  I have a strong belief in early intervention and supporting families in our community the best we can.  I love the programs the college offers, the support for students and offering schooling primary through to high school.

Lisa Lynch 

I farm locally with my husband, and both of our primary aged children attend the College. I am passionate about early intervention, public education and providing opportunities for all students to be their best.  I have been actively involved in the P&C and College Board for several years. 

My involvement as a community volunteer and work in the agribusiness business sector I believe I bring valuable skills and experience to the table. I am committed to the ongoing improvement of programs and facilities at the college for the benefit of all students and look forward to representing parents on the College Board in 2020.   

Andrew Whiting 

My name is Andrew Whiting and I have been a member of the School Board since 2016. My  two daughters completed their secondary education at the College and are now moving into the next stage of their lives. I have worked as a teacher and school administrator at Kendenup PS since 2011 and am currently the Principal at Cranbrook PS.

Working in local schools has given me useful insights to the operation of school systems which I believe can benefit the Mt Barker learning community. I value the opportunity to have input into the planning and future directions of the school during our meetings and acknowledge that the Board is one facet of the overall school structure. By working together in pursuit of common goals, we can continue to improve the learning environment for all students.

Steve Bedford

I am the Head of the Science learning area and line manage the Technologies area at MBCC. This is my 31st year teaching in the state school system, and my 12th at the College. Previously I taught at Kununurra (13yrs), Wickham (5yrs) and Eastern Hills (1yr). I am a second generation teacher and have a strong passion for raising student’s abilities, increasing their resilience and empowering them to make good decisions in their broader lives.

My wife Caroline and I have committed to the town and the College by buying our house here, and our son has done all of his schooling at MBBC. He is currently in Year 7. Caroline is a visiting teacher of the deaf and works with students both at MBCC and throughout the district. She is also serving her 3rd year as P&C President. We both love the K-12 nature of the college, and that the sense of community is real and tangible, not just a word added to the ethos. I have been on the board for 6 years and bring staff, student and parent perspectives to the conversations and decisions of the board.

Minutes of previous meetings