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School Council

Altona Green Primary School Council currently meets on a Monday evening twice a term. Members of our community are more than welcome to attend meetings and become involved in sub-committees. Elections are held at the beginning of each year to elect parent and staff representatives. Everyone is welcome to nominate for election to School Council. We always look forward to working with each new school council to further promote our community’s commitment to our school and to continue our growth and development as a successful school for all involved. We remind all parents that they can attend any of our school council meetings as a visitor.

The Current School Councillors are:

Parent Representatives: Trent Anderson (President), Jo Tyers (Vice-President), Chris Trimbonias, Sue Downey, Annette McQuarrie-Kearton, Daniel Robson, Susan Campbell-Wright and Nathan Arundell.

Community representative: Nan Wang

Staff Representatives: Nola Byrne, Nancy DiTello, Janine Gardiner and Sarah Bergin.
Executive Officer: Karen O’Dowd
Minutes Secretary: Tracy Henderson
If you have any questions about School Council or any issues you would like to discuss, these members are more than happy to talk with you.

Roles and Responsibilities within School Council

School councils play a vital role in the educational opportunity and outcomes of all students at the school. In essence, the role of school council is one of setting the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school’s operation. It is not about running the school – that is the job of the principal. Three of the critical roles of school councils are; developing the strategic plan, approving the annual budget, and setting and reviewing policies.

Other roles include:

  1. School maintenance
  2. Sub-contracting
  3. Fundraising
  4. Developing, reviewing and monitoring the Student Code of Conduct and the School Dress Code
  5. School community engagement.

The roles and responsibilities of school councils are outlined in the following materials which are available for download from the DEECD web site.

Role of School Councillors

It is important for school councillors to be aware of their roles and responsibilities.

For school councils to operate effectively, school council members need to be able to work as a team, respect the different skills, knowledge and experience that each member brings to council, and share the workload and responsibility. The council president and principal need to work cooperatively and, where necessary be prepared to acknowledge any personal differences so as to be able to work in partnership for the good of the school. Similarly the school council president and the convenors of the sub-committees need to maintain respectful and cooperative relationships.

School councillors also need to be able to listen and ask the school community, and sometimes the wider community, about their views on topics that council might be considering.

To effectively carry out their role, school councillors need to be familiar with the following documents which are available for download from the DEECD web site.

Roles and Responsibilities of Sub-committees

Sub-committees are advisory bodies to the school council and assist council in all the work that needs to be done. They report regularly at school council meetings and provide advice and make recommendations to the school council, which has the final responsibility for decisions. Sub-committees are open to non school council members and therefore provide opportunities to involve many people in the school who are not members of school council.

The following provides information and examples regarding the effective use of sub-committees:

While a range of sub-committees may be formed, it is recommended that all school councils have a finance sub-committee that oversees the school council annual budget and financial management.

Our school currently has sub-committees that cover Finance; Policy; Buildings and Grounds; Public Profile and Parents’ Club. All members of the school community are most welcome to come along to these meetings. They are usually held twice each month and precede the School Council meeting.

For more information visit the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development web site.