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Brighton Beach Primary School

19 Windermere Cresent

Brighton 3186, VIC

Australia

School Council

School Council, within the framework of overall state policy guidelines, develops systems and processes that best suit our students. Council has a range of responsibilities, including policy making, general facilities and grounds usage and maintenance, budget approval and monitoring, employment of the principal and community participation. Whilst overall policy is determined by School Council the day to day programs and operation of the school are the responsibility of the principal and staff. The operation of School Council is assisted by a set of principles and procedures, called Standing Orders and Code of Conduct. 

 

Composition of Council

School Council is structured to represent the joint interests and responsibilities of teachers and parents for the education of children. Each school council decides on their composition and the numbers of representatives in each category. Our council consists of thirteen members in total: eight parent members, one community member and four DEECD members including the principal.

Half the Council is nominated annually for election.

Sub Committees

The following sub committees have been established to assist in the operation of School Council.

  • Finance

  • Education

  • Parents’ Association

  • Buildings and Grounds

  • Marketing and Publicity

  • Various project groups meet as required

Membership of these sub committees is open to parents and teachers. Nominations for membership are called for annually. All sub committees include teachers and at least one School Council representative.

Whilst School Council has the ultimate decision making responsibility the sub committees initiate improvements, make recommendations and lead the implementation of plans.

Involvement

The School Council constantly seeks to involve the whole school community and, where appropriate, the wider community.  Important policy initiatives are moulded in the light of wide consultations with parents, staff and where necessary, students. Involvement in the sub-committees of the School Council is open to both elected members of School Council and members of the general school community. Involvement is generally sought annually, with interest and a willingness to allocate time and ideas being the chief requirements.

Our School Council invites all parents to participate in the work and activities of School Council.  The council meets at least twice per term, on a Wednesday.  School Council meetings are open for observers to attend, and the minutes of meetings are available from the office.  Parents are also kept informed through School Council articles in the school newsletter.

We invite all parents to consider involvement in this important governing body of our school. Half the Council is up for re-election each year, prior to March 31. Nominations are called via the school’s newsletter and official nomination forms are available from the school office. Elections, involving the whole school community, are held if the number of nominations exceeds the number of vacancies on Council.

Meet our School Council
Lisa Mitchell

School Council President  and Buildings and Grounds Convenor

Deidre Lewis

Marketing, Publicity and Communications Convenor

David Capp

Vice President  

Melissa Murphy

Treasurer &

Finance Convenor

Rish Saraw

School Council Member

Rachel Helyer

School Council Member

Violetta Wuiske

School Council Member

Bev May

School Council Member - DET

Roel Beckers

School Council Member

Kim Ancrum

School Council Member - DET

Helen Tiver

School Council Member 

Vanessa Gadea

School Council Member - DET

Alison Coutts

School Council Member - DET