All school councils in Victoria operate under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.
Each school council is established by an Order of the Minister for Education, which specifies:
· size and configuration
· objectives and powers
· functions and accountabilities
· role of the executive officer who is the principal.
The school council has particular functions in setting and monitoring the school’s direction.
School councils have three main responsibilities:
· finance: overseeing the development of the school’s annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept of the school’s financial operation
· strategic planning: participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan
· policy development and review: developing, reviewing and updating policies that reflect a school’s values and support the school’s broad direction outlined in its strategic plan.
Other key functions of school councils include:
· raising funds for school related purposes
· maintaining school grounds and facilities
· entering into contracts
· reporting annually to the school community and the Department
· creating interest in the school in the wider community
· representing and taking the views of the community into account
· regulating and facilitating after-hours use of school premises and grounds
· operating a children’s service at the school.
School councils comprise parents, the principal, staff, and students if the school has enrolments in year 7 and above. Many councils also have community members. At least two thirds of the membership consists of parents. School council elections are held in February or March each year and must be completed by 31 March. Our School Council election process for 2023 is currently underway. See Compass for details.
All parents or guardians of students enrolled at the school are eligible to vote for parent members, staff vote for Department employee members and students vote for student members. Community members are co-opted by the school council.
Terms of office on School Council
School council members are elected (or co-opted in the case of community members) for a two year term. Usually half the membership expires each year creating vacancies for the annual school council election.
The term of office and rights and responsibilities of community or co-opted members are the same as those of elected councilors.
It is to the benefit of the whole school that parents take a positive interest in the work of the School Council. It is a great way to be informed as to the operations of the school.
· 2021-25 School Stragetic Plan
· 2023Annual Implementation Plan
· 2022 Annual Report to the School Community
The Council meets twice a term on a Wednesday evening at 6.30pm onsite at school.
Members of the school community are welcome to attend any or all school council and sub-committee meetings. If you would like to attend a school council or sub-committee meeting, please contact the office so that we can arrange for a school representative to welcome you to the meeting.
Council members are keen to represent the whole school community, and are always interested in any thoughts or feedback that will help improve Truganina South primary, to ensure we achieve our vision.
Current Council Members
- MARCH 1st
- MARCH 29th
- MAY 3rd
- JUNE 7th
- JULY 26th
- AUGUST 23rd
- OCTOBER 18th
- NOVEMBER 19th
- DECEMBER 6th (Dinner an final Finance Sign Off for 2023.)
Our Annual Report will be presented in Term 1 on line (date to be confirmed with current and new council members required to attend, wider community invited to join on line).
Two more dates to be confirmed for Term 1 , 2024 before the end of the 2023 school year.
There is more information about School Councils on the Victorian Department of Education's website.