Cass Alexander (President)
Tracey Bons (Vice President)
Leanne Miller (Executive Officer)
Peter Bovell (Secretary)
School councils play a key role in Victorian government schools, and being a member of the school council is a rewarding and challenging experience. Working as a team, council supports the school to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.
Although each councillor brings their own valuable life skills and knowledge to the role, councillors may need to develop skills and acquire knowledge in areas that may be unfamiliar to them. These might include developing the broad direction and vision for the school, building community partnerships, interpreting data or financial statements, maintaining and building the school’s facilities and understanding legislative and policy requirements.
The effectiveness of a school council relies both on the skills and expertise of its individual members and on council working as a team.
School councils vary in size depending on their constituting order. Any member of the school community is entitled to serve on school council, depending on their eligibility for any of the three member categories: parent members, department employee members and community members.
School councillors will have a diversity of experiences, perspectives, information, connections and skills to carry out their governance functions. While all individuals bring value, some may be better prepared to serve on school council than others.
As individuals, school councillors should consider what understandings and capabilities they have, and what they can do to build their skills and expertise. As a team, school councils should identify the skills and expertise they need in order to be effective. Few councils will have everything they need among existing members, but they can take steps to build their capabilities.
An effective school council is one that:
An effective school council should support the development of strategic partnerships to help the school achieve the goals set out in its school.