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posted Feb 24, 2016, 8:19 PM by BBPS School   [ updated Feb 24, 2016, 8:21 PM ]

Invitation to Monday’s Assembly to Say Thank You to Jen Neate

Jen has been an extremely generous volunteer and advocate of our school since her eldest Darcy began at BBPS in 2005. Since her daughter Chloe left in 2013 she has continued as the community representative and president of the BBPS School Council completing her time in February 2016. On Monday 29th February at 2.55pm we will say thank you to Jen for her contribution. Please come along and join us for this event.


Student Leadership Ceremony

On Monday afternoon the Bayside Mayor James Long, along, staff, students and parents celebrated the student leadership programs at BBPS as our Year 6 leaders and Student Representative Council (SRC) were presented with their badges. This assembly was an opportunity for our 2016 School Captains to demonstrate their skills leading a whole school celebration. Both Elwood Schilling and George Thompson led this event with confidence. Thank you to all our parents who attended the assembly.

School Council Elections Begin Again

What is a school council and what does it do?

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided 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?

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 employed 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. Its members are appointed by a decision of

the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are

not eligible to be Community members. The term of office for all members is two years. Half the members must retire 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 in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.


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 seriously consider

• standing for election as a member of the school council

• encouraging another person to stand for election


Do I need special experience to be on school council?

No. 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.


What do you need to do to stand for election?

The principal will issue a notice and call for nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March. 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. DET employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not employed are eligible to nominate as parents for the school council where their child is enrolled.


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 following the receipt of your completed nomination. 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.



• 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 Principal, Simone Eirth for more information.


The 2016 Brighton Beach Primary School Council Electives Process and Timeline

Nomination Forms may now be obtained from Reception at the School and must be lodged at the School no later than 4pm on Thursday 3rd March. Following the close of nominations, a list of nominations received will be posted at the School. An election will then be conducted (if the number of nominations exceeds the number of vacancies). The terms of office, membership categories and numbers of positions in each membership category open for election are as follows:


Parent Member - Number of Positions: Four (4)


DET Employee Member - Number of Positions: One (1)


Term of Office: From the day after the declaration of the poll on Wednesday 16th March 2016 to, and inclusive of, the date of the declaration of the poll in 2018. If you decide to stand for election you will need to arrange to be nominated and seconded by persons who are eligible for the same category as you will stand for.


The following Members will continue to serve on School Council throughout 2016:

Principal/Executive Officer              Simone Eirth

Parent Members                               Keith Evans Deb Beard Mel Murphy Rachel Helyer

DET Members                                   Kim Ancrum Terry Morris