School Council is generally open to the community. If you would like to attend it is a good idea to contact me and let me know you are coming, as occasionally there are times when meetings are closed. Our meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in the staffroom. This month the council are having a closed meeting. At 6.30pm both the Education Committee and the Buildings and Grounds Committee meet in preparation for Council.
“Open and closed meetings”
‘School council meetings would normally be open to the school community and conducted according to standard meeting requirements. Visitors or observers can be present at the council meetings with the agreement of the principal and a decision of council. Visitors have a right to speak but must do so through the person chairing the meeting (usually the school council president). They have no voting rights. There may be times when, for the purpose of confidentiality or other reasons, the council meeting, or part of the meeting, needs to be closed, such as considering a principal selection report.’
School Council governance information is available on this link:
These are public documents and provide a range of information regarding council. Below I have put in a couple of excerpts of the function of School Council and Open and Closed Meetings. If you have any questions you are welcome to give me a call or catch up with me at school.
“Functions of a school council”
‘The functions of a school council are outlined in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and include:
establishing the broad direction and vision of the school within the school’s community
participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan
approving the annual budget and monitoring expenditure
developing, reviewing and updating school policies
raising funds for school-related purposes
maintaining the school’s grounds and facilities
entering into contracts (such as for cleaning or construction work)
reporting annually to the school community and to the Department
creating interest in the school in the wider community
informing itself of and taking into account the views of the community
regulating and facilitating the after hours use of school premises and grounds
operating a children’s service at the school or other premises controlled by the Minister.’
In addition our School Council has taken up the option of having a Community Liaison member. Ours is Justine Jansz (Tallulah 1/2K). If you don’t already know Justine but would like her to contact you just let the office know the right contact number and we will get her to give you a call.