School Council

2019 SCHOOL COUNCIL PARENT ELECTION INFORMATION

SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTION PROCESS AND TIMETABLE
EVENT DATE
Notice of election and call for nominations Wednesday 13th February 2019
Closing date for nominations Wednesday 20th February 2019
Date by which the list of candidates will be posted Wednesday, 27th February 2019
Date by which ballot papers will be prepared and distributed Wednesday 27th February 2019
Close of ballot Wednesday, 6th March 2019 at 4.00 pm
Vote count Wednesday, 6th March 2019 at 4.30 pm Principal’s Office
Declaration of poll Wednesday, 7th March 2019 via Compass Newsfeed
First council meeting to elect office bearers Wednesday, 13th March 2019 following Annual General Meeting

SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETINGS 2019

  • Wednesday 13th February
  • Wednesday 13th March
  • Wednesday 13th March - Annual General Meeting 7.00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 27th March
  • Wednesday 1st May
  • Wednesday 19th June
  • Wednesday 24th July
  • Wednesday 21st August
  • Wednesday 11th September
  • Wednesday 23rd October
  • Wednesday 20th November
  • Wednesday 18th December

All meetings are conducted in the staffroom and commence at 6.00 p.m. all meetings are preceded by a Finance Sub-committee meeting at 5.00 p.m. The last meeting of the year will be followed by dinner at Zagame's.

CURRENT SCHOOL COUNCILLORS

PARENT CATEGORY

Stephen Cooke Vanessa Foley
Michael Low Alex Murer
Adam Wilkie Kaz Murphy
Simone O'Keefe Steph Kakris
Michelle Ballentine

DE&T CATEGORY

Bruce Kearney               Laureen Adderley
Jacinta Trask Barbara Balliro
Annemarie Honeybone

WHAT IS A SCHOOL COUNCIL AND WHAT DOES IT DO?

The role of the School Council is to support the Principal in the running of the school. All government schools in Victoria have a School Council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a School Council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students. The role of the School Council is to:

  • establish the broad direction and vision within the school's community
  • develop and monitor the school Strategic Plan
  • develop, review and update school policies
  • oversee PFA fundraising and social activities
  • approve annual budgets and monitor expenditure
  • maintain the school grounds and facilities
  • enter into contracts
  • report annually to the school community and DE&T
  • encourage parent participation in the school

The School Council does not manage the day-to-day running of the school, for example, it does not employ teaching or support staff, decide which classes students are placed in, sort out issues relating to individual teachers, students and/or parents. Such issues are of a management nature and therefore the responsibility of the Principal. School Councillors are not appointed to represent specific interest groups or permit special interests or personal agendas to dominate council business.

Decisions made by the School Council of Reservoir West Primary School reflect the best interests of the students and support the core business of the school - teaching, learning and student wellbeing.

WHO IS ON THE SCHOOL COUNCIL?

There are three possible categories of membership:

  • A mandated elected parent category. More than one third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DE&T) employees can be parent members at their child’s school.
  • A mandated elected DE&T employee category. Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
  • An optional community member category. Its members are co-opted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DE&T employees are not eligible to be community members.

The term of office for members is two years. Half the members must retire each year and this creates vacancies for the annual school council elections.

WHY IS PARENT MEMBERSHIP SO IMPORTANT?

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.

The Reservoir West Primary School School Council meets usually once a month on Wednesday evenings. This equates to about two times each term. The meetings last about an hour and a half. School Council is the ultimate authority at Government Schools and is responsible for overseeing financial, curriculum and policy matters of the school’s operations. It also gives parents an inside view of how the school functions and an opportunity to take an active role in decisions affecting their children’s education.

HOW CAN YOU BECOME INVOLVED?

The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in February or March each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.

In view of this, you might seriously consider:

  • standing for election as a member of the school council
  • encouraging another person to stand for election.

DO I NEED SPECIAL EXPERIENCE TO BE ON SCHOOL COUNCIL?

No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO STAND FOR ELECTION?

The principal will issue a notice and call for nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March. For parents, this notice will probably be given to your child so you may need to check with them whether it has been sent home.

If you decide to stand for election, you will need to complete a nomination form in either the parent category or DEECD employee category. Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the notice of election.

If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted in the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.

Click here for a copy of School Council Privacy in the School Community Statement.