School Council

What is a School Council and what does it do?
All government schools in Victoria have a School Council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within state-wide guidelines. In doing this, a School Council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

Who is on the School Council?
For most School Councils, 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 engaged in work 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 – members are co-opted by a decision of the Council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. Department employees are not eligible to be Community members.

Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual School Council elections.

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 and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.

Do I need special experience to be on School Council?
Each member brings their own valuable life skills and knowledge to the role. Councillors may need to develop skills and acquire knowledge in areas that are unfamiliar to them. 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.

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 consider:

  • standing for election as a member of the School Council
  • encouraging another person to stand for election.

What do you need to do to stand for election?
The Principal will issue a Notice of Election and Call for Nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All School Council elections must be completed by the end of March unless the usual time line has been varied by the Minister.

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.

Department employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not engaged in work are eligible to nominate for parent membership of the School Council at that school.

Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the Principal within the time stated on the Notice of Election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination.

Generally, 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 school 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.

Contact the Principal for further information.

 

2019 School Council Membership 

Bernadette Bowling

Bernadette Bowling

Principal

Julie Medlin

Julie Medlin

President

Leanne Haley

Leanne Haley

Parent Representative

Jess Walker

Jess Walker

Parent Representative

Jo Stanford

Jo Stanford

Parent Representative

Julie McSherry

Julie McSherry

Parent Representative

Anita Harvey

Anita Harvey

Community Member

Natalie Butler

Natalie Butler

Community Member

Neil McMorran

Neil McMorran

Staff Representative

Stuart Dakin

Stuart Dakin

Staff Representative

Oliver Haley

Oliver Haley

Student Representative

Josh Phillips

Josh Phillips

Student Representative

Croydon Community School

177-181 Mt Dandenong Road
Croydon, VIC 3136

Principal 
Mrs. Bernadette Bowling

Assistant Principal
Mr. Mark Heuston

Address:
177-181 Mt Dandenong Road
Croydon, VIC 3136

Postal:
P.O. Box 239
Croydon, VIC 3136

Telephone:
(03) 9724 2900

Facsimile:
(03) 9724 2999