Nominations are open for our 2020 School Council Election between Monday 10th February and Monday 17th February. Please pick up your nomination form from the front office
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 statewide 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 coopted 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 one 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?
This newsletter is the official Notice of Election and Call for Nominations. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March unless the usual time line has been varied by the Minister. Nominations are open between Monday 10th February and Monday 17th February.
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. Nomination forms are available from each campus office.
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.
This year there are two vacancies for parent members.
- 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. Nominations are open between Monday 10th February and Monday 17th February. Please pick up your nomination form from the front office
- Be sure to vote in the elections.