Purpose of the School Council
School council play a key role in Victorian government schools, and being a member of the school council is a rewarding and challenging experience. Acting as a team, the school council support the Principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.
The role of the school council is outlined in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. In essence, the role of school council is one of helping set the long term future for Armstrong Creek 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 responsibilities of the school council include:
• Contributing to the development of the school strategic plan (the document that tells people what the school wants to achieve in the future and how it plans to get there)
• approving the annual budget (the financial plan for the calendar year that tells people how the school is going to provide money so it can implement its strategic plan in that year) and monitoring expenditure
• developing, monitoring, reviewing and updating policies (guiding principles designed to influence decisions, actions that the school makes)
• developing, reviewing and monitoring both the Student Engagement Policy (how the school expects students to behave, how bullying will be managed and the school’s approach to managing student behaviour) and the School Dress Code (this includes how students are expected to dress during school hours including traveling to and from school, if the school has a uniform and what that looks like, and any arrangement with clothing suppliers that the school might enter into)
• informing itself and taking into account the views of the school community when making decisions regarding the school and the students
• arranging for the supply of the things needed for the conduct of the school (such as goods, services, materials and equipment), including pre-school programs
• providing meals and refreshments for students and staff and charging for this
• raising money for things that the school needs
• making sure the school’s grounds and buildings are maintained
• entering into contracts for things like cleaning the school or a school council building project
• regulating and facilitating the after hours use of the school premises and grounds
• creating interest in the school within the community
• making a recommendation to the Secretary regarding principal selection.