School Council

 

Lynne Flynn

Principal
School Council

Sherri Barden

PFA Representative
School Council

Shane Howe

President
School Council

Matt McPherson

Treasurer
School Council

Stephen Elliott

Vice President
School Council

Gayle Bedford

Minutes
School Council

Meg Stower

Richard Conway

Lauren Arthuson

Scott Trewella

Richard Conway

Brendan Leersen

Howard Brettig

Andrew Briggs

Rebecca Trevisan

What is a School Council?
  • is a legally formed body that is given powers to assist in the key directions of a school
  • is the major governing body of the school
  • plays an important role in school accountability and improvement processes
  • endorses the key school planning, evaluation and reporting documents.
What is the function of a School Council?
  • establish the broad direction and vision of the school within the school’s community
  • develop, review and update school policies
  • raise funds for school-related purposes
  • approve the annual budget and monitor expenditure
  • maintain the school’s grounds and facilities
  • enter into contracts (e.g. cleaning, construction work)
  • generally stimulate interest in the school in the wider community.
School Council does not
  • manage the school, employ ongoing teaching staff with no fixed date for termination
  • represent sectional interests
  • renew the principal’s contract or hire and fire the school principal
  • determine class allocations
  • discuss individual issues between teachers and   students and/or parents
  • purchase land or buildings
  • enter into hire purchase agreements or obtain credit or loan facilities, unless authorised by the Minister.
What qualities would I need to possess to be on the School Council?
  • you need to be keen, but you don’t need to be an expert
  • you need to like people and be able to work in a team
  • you do need to be prepared to commit the time needed to ensure the work of council gets done.
Benefits of being on School Council
  • it’s a great way to get involved and have a real say in what your school is doing for its students
  • it’s a very good way to help current and future students of the school
  • your children may feel a greater sense of belonging with the school.
What is the election process?
  • the Principal arranges and conducts the elections.
  • these are held in February or March each year.
  • if you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself.
  • your nomination form needs to be returned within the time stated on the Notice of Election and Call for Nominations.
  • ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions to fill.
  • all school community members are encouraged to vote.