Our School

Why have a School Board?

All public schools under the School Education Act 1999 are required to have a Board, with parent and or community members being in the majority. The Act reinforces the importance of the partnerships between schools, parents and the wider community so students can achieve the highest standards.

The DDHS School Board is formed with the primary purpose of enabling parents and members of the Donnybrook Community to engage in decision making that is in the best interests of our students and will enhance the education provided by our school.

Who is the School Board?

The Board decides upon its structure taking into account the nature of the student population and the school community. A School Board may have between 5 to 15 members from the following groups.

Parents and Community members must form the majority of Board.

Donnybrook District High School Board Positions and Membership

Parent Representatives

P&C Representative

Staff Representatives

Shire Representative

  • James Jarvis
    Manager Community Development
    Email: James.Jarvis@donnybrook.wa.gov.au
    9780 4234


What does your School Board do?

The School Board establishes its rules and guidelinesThe DDHS School Board Terms of Reference which are guided by the School Education Act 1999 and the School Education Regulations 2000.

The School Board meets on a regular basis to:

Make recommendations in the following:

  • establishing and reviewing from time to time, the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions;
  • the planning of financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions;
  • evaluating the school’s performance in achieving them; and
  • formulating codes of conduct for students at the school;

Make recommendations in consultation with students, their parents and staff on an appropriate dress code for students; promote the school in the community;


  • charges and contributions for the provision of certain materials, services and facilities.
  • extra cost optional components of educational programs.
  • items to be supplied by a student for use in an educational program.
  • any agreements or arrangements for advertising or sponsorship in relation to the school;

Provide advice to the principal of the school on:

  • a general policy concerning the use in school activities of prayers, songs and material based on religious, spiritual or moral values being used in a school activity as part of religious education; and
  • the implementation of special religious education.
  • with the approval of the Minister or Director General, as the Minister’s delegate, to take part in the selection of, but not the appointment of, the school principal or any other member of the teaching staff.

School Board meetings are generally open to members of the Donnybrook School Community, with at least one public meeting being convened where the School Board’s Annual Report is presented. Records of all Board meetings DDHS Board Records of Meetings are published on this site.

Would you like to know more?

The Effective School Council is a publication by WACSSO ( Western Australian Council of State Schools Organisation) which provides information about School Boards.

The Department of Education and Training www.det.wa.edu.au makes available information for Independent Public Schools and their School Boards.