All government schools in Victoria have a school council, a group of people who set and monitor the school’s direction. School Council 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.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. The school council supports the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.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:
- raising funds for school-related purposes
- maintaining school grounds and facilities
- reporting annually to the school community and the Department
- representing and taking the views of the community into account
School Council meets twice a term, generally late Wednesday afternoon at a venue in Bairnsdale for less than two hours. Being a councillor is a great opportunity if you wish to take an active part in the education of your child.
For more details on becoming a School Councillor, please speak with the Principal, or click here to open a new tab linking you to the relevant webpage of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.