All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within statewide guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.
The School Council is empowered by the Department of Education & Early Childhood Development to determine the general policy of the school, within Ministerial guidelines and to facilitate the day-to-day running of the school.
Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and are able to contribute skills that can help shape the direction of the school.
Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.
School Council has a very important say in the following areas:
- Budgeting and maintaining resources
- Development and improvement of buildings and grounds
- Approval and accountability for all school policies and programs
- Ensuring the school is open to parents and students School Council
All positions except that held by the principal are for a two-year term with the option to extend your term at election meetings. Elections are held during March with the new council taking over from the beginning of April and we strongly encourage parents and carers to join each year.
Meetings are held eight times during the year and dates and times are decided upon by the serving committee.
Meetings are open to any member of the school community and you are most welcome to attend.