School Council & Sub-Committees
2015 School Council Members
Executive Officer: Janet Ringrose
DEECD Members – Graham Jackson, Carol Dawson, Dani Durando, Jamie Whitfield
Parent Members – Michelle Agnew, Matt Henderson, Kirrily Hunter, Mel Cadman, Jason Rackley, Dougal Hollis, Cathy Aas, Claire Sparks
President: Michelle Agnew
Vice President: Matt Henderson
Treasurer: Jason Rackley
Secretary: Mel Cadman
The School Council offers the opportunity for wider participation by parents through various sub-committees. A number of these sub-committees operate to help with the smooth running of the school.
The sub-committees meet monthly and report back to School Council. Interested parents are warmly invited to attend or join any committee that interests them and so help to contribute to improvements for your children.
Buildings & Grounds Convenor – Graham Jackson
Education Convenor – Carol Dawson
Finance Convenor –
Community Connections Convenor – Jamie Whitfield
Out of School Hours Care Program –
Trading Operations (Canteen & Uniform) –
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 its students.
WHO IS ON THE SCHOOL COUNCIL?
There are three categories of membership:
- · A mandated elected parent category (8 members): More than one third of the elected members must be from this category. Department of Education (DEECD) employees can now be parent members at their child’s school.
- · A mandated elected Department of Education (DEECD) employee category (5 members): 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 (2 members): Its members are co-opted by the decision of the council because of their special skills, interests and experience. Department of Education, (DEECD) employees are not eligible to be community members.
The term of office for members is two years. Normally half the members 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 school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.
HOW CAN YOU BECOME INVOLVED?
The most obvious way is to vote at the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year. However, a ballot is held only if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.
In view of this you may consider seriously:
- · Standing for election as a school councillor
- · Encouraging another person to stand for election.
DO I NEED EXPERIENCE TO BE ON SCHOOL COUNCIL?
NO. What you need is an interest in Heidelberg Primary School and a desire
to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO STAND FOR ELECTION?
If you decide to stand for election, you will need to arrange for someone to nominate and second you as a candidate in either the parent or DEECD employee category. Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time limit 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. At this point I will then ask all candidates to provide a brief written profile of themselves consider standing for election to council this year.