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College Council

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

What is a school council and what does it do?

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

Who can be on the school council?

There are three possible categories of membership:

  • A mandated elected Parent category. More than one third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not employed at the school.
  • A mandated elected DET employee category. Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
  • An optional Community member category. Its members are co-opted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.

The term of office for all members is two years. Half the members must retire each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.


Nomination Forms


When does our College Council meet?

The College Council meets on approximately the 3rd Monday of every month at 7:00pm in the Staff Room (where the meetings do not fall in school holidays), a minimum of 8 meetings a year is required. College Council Meeting dates are communicated via our website Events Calendar.

Who is currently on Bannockburn P-12 College Council?

Parent Representatives
Jim McCredden
President
Niall Brown
Vice President
James Punton
Treasurer
Ty Chapman
Samantha Laro-Bashford
Rebecca Failla
Rebecca Hickey
Catherine Holder
Community Representativess
Justine Resta
Lana Van Galen
DET Representativess
George Porter
Executive Officer
Robyn Anderson
Nicola Ross
Rowena Goldsmith
Jane Ridgeway

College Council’s current initiatives include:

  • Supporting the College (staff) to develop a shared whole-college approach to Literacy and Numeracy. This includes the College employing a consultant, Andrea Hillbrick, to support staff through the improvement journey.
  • To ensure we have the best possible learning environment for all children.
  • Oversee our School Improvement work to ensure improved student learning outcomes for all children
  • To look for support, especially financial, to maximise the educational opportunities the school can offer the students of the College.

Why is Parent membership so important?

Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.

Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.

How can you become involved?

The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.

In view of this, you might seriously consider:

  • Standing for election as a member of the College Council
  • Encouraging another person to stand for election.

Do I need special experience to be on College Council?

No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.

What do you need to do to stand for election?

The Principal will issue a notice and call for nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March.

If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category.

DET employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not employed are eligible to nominate as parents for the school council where their child is enrolled.

Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the Principal within the time stated on the notice of election.

If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.

Remember

  • Ask at the College for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do
  • Consider standing for election to Council this year
  • Be sure to vote in the elections.