Role of the School Council
School council play a vital role in the educational opportunity and outcomes of all students at the school. In essence, the role of school council is one of setting the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school’s operation. It is not about running the school – that is the job of the principal.
Three of the critical roles of the school council are; participating in the development of the strategic plan, approving the annual budget, and developing, reviewing and updating policies.
Other roles include:
- school maintenance
- developing, reviewing and monitoring the Student Code of Conduct and the School Dress Code
- school community engagement.
School Council Members
- Mr Corey Jewell – College Principal
- Ms Joanne Christou – Council President (parent)
- Mr Gavin Bowman– Vice President (parent)
- Ms Silv Tenace– (parent)
- Ms Susie Sangas – Parent Representative
- Ms Yasmin Guglielmi – Parent Representative
- Ms Julie Pronesti – Parent Representative
- Ms Lidia Assaf – Parent Representative
- Ms Sofi Warda – Parent Representative
- Ms Laura Forster – DET Representative
- Mr Peter James – DET Representative
- Ms Julie Ryan – DET Representative
- Mr Adam Cairns – DET Representative
- Mr Oliver Tuitea– Community Member
- Ms Giraud Arquisola– Community Member
- Ms Debbie Boyce (Secretary and Minute Taker – Non Voting Attendee)
- Mr Andrew Canals (Facilities – Non Voting Attendee)
School Council Meetings occur on the evening of the third Thursday of the month. Sub Committee Meetings occur on the afternoon/evening of the first Wednesday of the month.
Role of School Councillors
It is important for school councillors to be aware of their roles and responsibilities.For the School Council to operate effectively, school council members need to be able to work as a team, respect the different skills, knowledge and experience that each member brings to council, and share the workload and responsibility.
The council president and principal need to work cooperatively and, where necessary be prepared to acknowledge any personal differences so as to be able to work in partnership for the good of the school. Similarly the school council president and the convenors of the sub-committees need to maintain respectful and cooperative relationships.
School councillors also need to be able to listen and ask the school community, and sometimes the wider community, about their views on topics that council might be considering.
Role of Sub-committees including Finance Sub-committees
Sub-committees are advisory bodies to the School Council and assist it in all the work that needs to be done. They report regularly at School Council meetings and provide advice and make recommendations to the School Council, which has the final responsibility for decisions.
Sub-committees are open to non School Council members and therefore provide opportunities to involve many people in the school who are not members of the School Council.
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