SCHOOL COUNCILLORS 2023
Bec Wood - President
Gerard Daley - Vice President
Will Rigney - Treasurer
Steve Stafford - Executive Officer
Hayriye Ali - Secretary
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 ViewsPrimary 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 Training (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 Views 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 DE&T 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.