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The School Council at Pascoe Vale South PS is constituted as follows:

9 members comprising 6 elected parent category members, 2 Department of Education members and the Principal (Executive Officer of School Council).

Following the recent elections (held in Term 1 each year) these are our 2016 school council members:

Michael Grant, Pam Robertson, Philippa May, Jason Sofra, Kathryn Dan, Brett Haley, Sue Spurr (Executive Officer), Anne Bashford, Maria McLaverty

The school council meets twice a term.

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.

Distinctions in roles and responsibilities

Understanding the functional split between school council and principal is critical for the effective functioning of the school council. The school council has a governance role and the principal manages the school and is responsible for ensuring the delivery of a comprehensive education program to all students.

The following table shows, for each area of school activity, the roles and responsibilities of the council and the principal.

School Council responsibilities SC and prin

Further information about school councils can be found at:

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/management/Pages/schoolcouncil.aspx