School Council


The School Council consists of 11 members, comprising seven elected parent members, three elected Department of Education employee members and the Principal. Any parent member may be elected President. Meetings are held on Wednesday evenings twice a term at 6.30pm at the school or via Zoom.

The School Council is the governing body of the school.  The council plays an important role in school accountability and improvement and endorses all planning, evaluation and reporting documents.
 
The function of the School Council is to:
  • Establish the broad direction and vision of the school within the school's community
  • Participate in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan
  • Develop, review and update school policies
  • Develop, review and monitor the Student Engagement Policy and the School Dress Code
  • Raise funds for school-related purposes
  • Approve the annual budget and monitor expenditure
  • Maintain the school’s grounds and facilities
  • Enter into contracts (e.g. cleaning, construction work)
  • Report annually to the school community and to DET
  • Generally stimulate interest in the school in the wider community
 
The Council may appoint sub-committees to assist the Council in carrying out its duties and functions. At present, our School Council has a Sub-committees for Budget/Finance.
 
The Waubra PS School Council is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the school. School Council comprises appointed teachers, community members and elected parents. The monthly meetings are open and interested parents are always encouraged to attend.
 
School Council elections are held each year for 4 parent and 2 DET employee positions. The notice of election is advertised through the weekly school newsletter in February of each year. Further information on school council elections can be obtained from the School Communities and Network Unit of DET.
 
All government schools in Victoria have school councils. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school. In the performance of their role, school councils are able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.
 
Within guidelines provided by the Department of Education and Training (DET), a school council has responsibilities for developing such things as:
  • the school Strategic Plan which sets out the main goals and priorities of the school for three years
  • the school's budget which allocates the available resources to make sure that the plans of the charter and strategic plan are carried out
  • the general educational policy of the school
  • the physical appearance and maintenance of the school's buildings and grounds
  • the student code of conduct which provides a safe and orderly environment for learning
  • an annual report on the school's achievements
School Council can be contacted directly via email if any parent wishes to raise an issue.