All government schools in Victoria have school councils. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school. In the performance of their role, school councils are able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students. Within guidelines provided by the DET, a school council has responsibilities for developing such things as:
the school’s strategic plan which sets out the main goals and priorities of the school for three years
the school’s budget which shares out the available resources to make sure that the plans of the charter are carried out
the general educational policy of the school
the physical appearance and maintenance of the school’s buildings and grounds
the student code of conduct which provides a safe and orderly environment for learning
an annual report on the school’s achievements.
School council meets at least twice each term, currently on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. All members are also required to be part of a sub-committee, which will also meet at least twice each term. School council elections are held each year. The notice of election is advertised through the school newsletter in February of each year. For more information on school councils click here.