The role of school council is outlined in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. In. essence, the role of school council is one of helping to set the long term future for the school. and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school's operation.The School Council is a legal entity composed of Department of Education employees and unpaid voluntary members elected by the school community. They play a key role in Victorian government schools. As the governing body, a school council can positively influence the quality of education provided to students in their school.
The Doncaster School Council consists of:
Mr. Jim Hill, Principal
Mrs. Sandra Bishop, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Larissa Vesdrevanis, Assistant Principal
Ms. Carly Epskamp, Literacy Coordinator, Grade 2 Teacher
Mr. Carl Michael, School Council President, Parent of Grade 6 & 3
Mr. Jeff Fang , School Council Vice President, Parent of Grade 5 & 1
Mr. Joel Deane, Parent of Grade 5
Mrs. Kylie Crompton, Parent of Grade 6 & 3
Mrs. Nadia Smith, Parent of Grade 5, 3 & 1
Mrs. Katherine Zingiris, Parent of Grade 5 & 1
Mr. Kelvin Wong, Parent 3 & 1
Ms. Krystle Day, Parent of Grade 6 & 1
- To work with the principal and staff in shaping the educational policy of the school
- Suggest improvements/extensions to buildings and grounds
- Stimulate interest in the school
- Conduct an Annual General Meeting each year
- Be the employer of any employee at the school other than teachers
- Draw up a budget each year.
Functions of a school council
The functions of a school council include:
- establishing the broad direction and vision of the school within the school's community
- participating in the development, monitoring and endorsement of the School Strategic Plan and Annual Implementation Plan
- approving the annual budget and monitoring expenditure
- developing, reviewing or updating school policies as required by law or DET policy
- raising funds for school-related purposes
- maintaining the school’s grounds and buildings
- providing the cleaning and sanitary services that are necessary for the school
- ensuring that all money coming into the council is used for proper purposes relating to the school
- reporting annually to the school community and to the Department
- creating interest in the school in the wider community
- taking into account the views of the community
- regulating and facilitating the after-hours use of school premises and grounds
- making provision for a preschool program at the school or other premises controlled by the Minister.
The school council president, on request from the Regional Director, provides input to principal contract renewal discussions. The president advises the school council of that input at the next school council meeting.
The Doncaster School Council has three sub committees – Finance, Policy and Planning and Education
Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, commencing at 7:30pm. Parents are welcome to attend any meeting. The Annual General Meeting and council elections are held in March.