The council or board of a public school works with the school community to achieve the best outcomes for students.
It plays an important role in contributing to good school governance so that school resources are used efficiently and community expectations and the school’s priorities reflect the needs of students.
The functions of councils/boards are covered by legislation and include both approval and advisory roles. Some of the matters councils/boards may make decisions on include fees and charges, book lists, sponsorship and dress codes. Councils/boards make these decisions with the principal who ensures the decisions adhere to legislative and policy requirements. Principals also seek the advice of councils/boards so as to understand local community views.
The council/board does not intervene in the control or management of the school. This is the role of the principal.
Being a council/board member
Being a member of a council or board is an important and rewarding role that contributes greatly to the success of a school.
Members include the principal, parents, students (15 years, or will reach that age during the year), staff, and others from the wider community who can lend their skills and expertise to the school.
When a vacancy occurs on a council/board, the principal seeks nominations. Before an appointment is made to a council/board a screening clearance number may be requested from the nominee.
The term for which members sit on a council/board is determined by each school council/board in accordance with legislation.
2018 SCHOOL COUNCIL MEMBERS