College Council

Current College Council Board

Parent Representatives:

Justin Appleton

Catherine Caton

Kathrin Lange (Vice President)

Jenni Rathjen

Michelle Lockwood (Parent & Friends representative)


Student Representatives

Julie Habegger

Sarah Lange-Richards


Community Members:

Cass Alexander (President)

Abi Clarke (College Captain)


Staff Members:

Leanne Miller (Executive Officer)

Peter Bovell (Secretary)

Dean Jamieson

Characteristics of an effective school council

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:

  • focuses on improving student learning outcomes whilst acting in the best interests of their public entity
  • involves the school community in conversations about key issues and challenges in education
  • is actively involved in the development of the school strategic plan
  • promotes meaningful parent and community participation and actively seeks the views of its school community
  • has a clear understanding of its role and responsibilities
  • includes members who represent the diverse views of the school community
  • has clear and consistent processes for decision-making
  • maintains high ethical standards
  • has members with trust and respect for one another evaluates and communicates with the school community about its activities
  • regularly reviews and evaluates its own performance
  • trusts and delegates to individuals and its own sub-committees
  • devotes time to its own growth and development, through induction and training.

An effective school council should support the development of strategic partnerships to help the school achieve the goals set out in its school.