New School Councillors for 2021
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 state-wide guidelines. In doing this, a School Council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.
Parents on School Councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable 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/engagement.
Each year, approximately half of the School council retires to allow new members to become involved. Membership on the council is for a period of two years and regular meetings are held every 2 – 3 weeks.
Councillors will also become members of one of the following subcommittees of council: Education, Facilities & Finance and Community Engagement. If you would like to know more about being a councillor, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send an email at Jim.firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Cahill, Wendy Emin, Robyn Law & Tom Drummond
Julia Kaye, Martin Gill, Nadia Kettle, Natalie Hammond, Simon Middleton, Heath Venn, Aaron Hunt, Andrea Lott and Elissa Gale.
The Role of School Council
In Victoria, School Councils currently have a variety of roles. Willy North’s School Council‘s roles include:
- determining the general educational policy of the school
- developing the School Strategic Plan (a document that sets the 4 year direction for schools)
- reporting annually to the School community which, at Willy North, occurs at the Annual School Community meeting
- acting as a conduit regarding whole school issues, policies and practices
- approving and monitoring the school budget
- developing the student code of conduct
- appointing the Principal and
- generally stimulating interest in the school
What the School Council is not responsible for includes:
the day-to-day operations of the school, such as staffing arrangements, concerns relating to individual students, complaints about teachers or implementation of policies.
At Williamstown North Primary School, School Council is supported in its work by three sub-committees:
- Facilities and Finance
- Community Engagement