What does the Governing Council do?
Our Governing Council (GC) plays a very important part in school decision making.
Being on Council is one way of being involved in the partnership held between you and the school for your child’s education.
By being on Council you are also giving some extra time to share your interest in your own child’s education and the education of all the children in this school.
The Governing Council gives advice to the Principal and specifically makes decisions to do with: school policies; finance; fundraising; grounds and buildings; hire of facilities; sports; uniforms and dress codes; OSHC; and the general safety and educational welfare of the students.
For a Governing Council to be effective it needs to have access to the range of views held by groups of parents in a school community. Diversity is considered when raising issues and making decisions. That is why our Council’s membership needs to reflect the range of needs and aspirations held by parents in our school.
At each meeting, the Principal and staff make reports and always raise and respond to topics about the educational program provided at the school. The Council members who hold responsibility for various roles (eg. OSHC; Dress Code) share their ideas and make proposals. The Parent Network has a representative on Council. There is also the opportunity for members to ask questions about the school and to report the attitudes of the community.
Previous Governing Council members have reported that they enjoy being on Council because:
- You get to have your say
- You hear what other people think
- You become well informed about what is happening
- You get to know other parents
- You get to understand how the school works
- You learn how things “fit together” at school
The current Council is especially keen for parents who have previously not been involved in Council, parents from various cultural groups, and or parents who have younger children in the school, to think about joining Council for the first time.
If you are interested and would like more information about the role and responsibilities of the Governing Council please see the chairperson, any Council member, your child’s teacher, the Deputy or Principal. We will be more than happy to explain the important part you play as a Council member in your child’s life and the life of the school. Please also encourage others to join.
To view the Department for Education (DfE) information regarding Governing Councils please click here https://www.education.sa.gov.au/sites-and-facilities/governing-councils