Governance in schools is the responsibility of the Governing Council. In this model of governance:
• The cooperative role of governing council and school staff is emphasised.
• Management and governance are clearly separated.
• The focus is on improving student learning outcomes.
• The broad directions are set and monitored by the governing council.
• The site leader and staff are responsible for reporting.
Governing Council Responsibilities:
Set Broad Direction (In conjunction with the site leader) – The governing council identifies and incorporates, where possible, student, parent and community input and values into the broad direction of the school. The principal brings the staff perspective to these undertakings. The broad direction may include a future vision, a statement of purpose and a set of values that clearly focus on improving student learning.
Develop Broad Directional Policy -The governing council develops broad policy statements that facilitate the achievement of the school vision and broad direction.
Initiate and Approve Recommendations and Strategies – All recommendations must conform with government policy, industrial agreements, DfE policy and direction and site decision making structures. Subcommittees can include: Finance, Assets, Canteen, Fundraising, Uniform, Sport, OSHC.
The Governing Council AGM is held at the beginning of the school year. Parents must be nominated onto the council and sub committees although membership of committees can take place during the year. Members are elected to a two year term. Governing Council meets Thursdays at 7pm on weeks 3 and 8 of each term.