All government schools in Victoria have a school council. The school council is the group of people who assist in governing the school. It is given the power to set the key directions for the school, and is a legal entity in its own right. A school council directly influences the quality of education that a school provides to its students.
A school council's Constituting Order specifies the total size of the council and the number of members in each category. Most members of a school council stand for election at the school where they are parents or Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DET) employee members. Other members can be co-opted by the council within the limits of the constituting Order.
Council Membership categories
A mandated elected parent category: Because parents have such an important part to play in schools, there is an elected parent member category. Parent members must comprise more than one-third of council's total membership. DE&T employees are eligible to be parent members at their child's school, as long as they do not work at the particular 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. As the Executive Officer, the principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
An optional community member category: Its members are co-opted by the decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experience, for example parent club representative and accountant. DEECD employees are not eligible to be community members.
The North Geelong SC, school council composition includes:
(9 parents, 1 Community members and 5 DET employees - Voting members)
• 9 x parents (no DE&T employees)
• 5 x DE&T employees – teaching and non-teaching staff
• 1 x Community members
Total number of voting members 15.
The College Principal is the Executive Officer of the school council
This year we have 5 parent vacancies for a 2 year appointment (2018 & 2019) and 1 DE&T employee member vacancy for a 2 year appointment (2018 & 2019). I call for parent nominations for the 5 vacancies, any parent that would like to discuss the role of Council or the role of the parent member on council please call the school and speak to Ms Dina Markov or the Principal.
Nomination forms can be obtained from the General Office, see Ms Dina Markov and they close on Monday 5 March at 4.00pm.
A new council category (Students on school council) is currently being developed by DET in relation to students being part of the 2018 School Council. The DET School council Guidelines state this category will be outlined in appendix E, however, Appendix E hasn’t been developed yet. I will provide more information as soon as the DET releases the new guidelines. Meanwhile we will invite our 2018 school captains to be part of our school council.
I take this opportunity to thank all school council members in particular the parent body for their outstanding contribution to the life of the College.