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Meet our council

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​​School Council Chair

Dr Harry Kanasa 

Dr Harry Kanasa brings 22 years of experience in education as the Chair for the School Council. Whilst in the classroom, Harry taught high school maths and science but has since taught gifted and talented mathematics and science to primary school kids, lectures science education to pre-service teachers and conducts in-service professional development on topics such as science experimentation, inquiry based learning and mathematical and scientific inquiry. “Serving on the council allows me to serve my community and provide invaluable insights to the strategic direction of Benowa SHS."​



​P&C President

Donna Fraser

Donna Fraser is the Benowa SHS P & C Association representative on the School Council. She is a long term member of the P & C after joining when her eldest child joined grade 8 in 2012. During her time on the committee she has held the positions of Secretary, Vice President and is currently President. Donna has had all three of her children attend Benowa and her youngest graduates in 2021. Away from Benowa, Donna is a high school teacher who specialises in Inclusion.​


​Student Member

Alexis MacDougal

My name is Alexis MacDougal and I am the student representative of Benowa State High School. I am passionate about the Environment and I am a part of the school's environmental council, while also being involved with the peer support council. I am excited to be a part of the school council in addition to the school community to not only help improve the school but provide input to aid the school community.



​Staff Member and School Council Secretary

Adrian Hays

Adrian Hays has been teaching at Benowa State High School for 13 years and his teaching areas include English and Geography. Currently, Adrian is the Head of International Studies in where he is responsible for the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and leading the Council of International Schools accreditation process. He has a strong interest in international education and developing a school culture in where individual students strive to achieve their personal best. ​



​Parent Member

Mandy Howden

I have had 3 children enrolled at Benowa. My eldest son was a member of the first STEM Excellence Program at Benowa, my daughter was in the Music Excellence program and my youngest son in the Waldorf Excellence Program. As a parent I will have been involved with Benowa for 9 years through the schooling of my 3 children. I have a background in Education myself and have worked in the industry for more than 25 years. I hope to increase the profile of the School Council and make known to our school community the role of the school council and how we as a council contribute to the Benowa community.





​Appointed Member

Robert Horner

Hi all, my name is Robert Horner.

​Moved here from overseas in 1976, I bring a lot of historical knowledge of how the Gold Coast has grown especially the areas of Benowa and Sorrento. Locally educated at Aquinas, I entered the local family business in Sorrento in 86 and have owned it since 1993. The family are happy to say we've employed over  150 students for Saturdays and holiday work, with a large percentage coming from Benowa high school. Our business continues to accommodate charities and schools that help in raising funds for everything from school fetes to cancer councils, local clubs and were heavily involved in the  Crossroads disability support services in its early years https://newlifecare.nu/our-services/crossroads-disability-program/ .

Being on the school council as a part of the community and an employer, gives me insight into current issues that are important to the students, many of whom I'm sure will develop themselves and being involved in either local business , public service, education, health or the community in general. 



Executive Principal

Mark Rickard

Mark Rickard has been Principal of Benowa SHS since 2004. Mark first began his teaching at Benowa State School and then transferred as a teacher to Benowa SHS until he left to become a school administration member. Mark's own children went through Benowa and he is a very proud parent in our school community. Mark has a lifelong association with the maritime industry and his passion for kayak marathon racing has seen him represent Australia at many World Championships.​



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Last reviewed 01 September 2021
Last updated 01 September 2021