Join Us - School Council

 The School Council is an elected body that meets each month. It has representation from both staff and parents of the school. Council has a valuable role to play in reviewing policies, making decisions about allocation of funds and contributing to the future direction of the school. Elections for school council are held in Term 1 and information regarding these elections will be published in the newsletter. There are also sub committees in which parents can participate and a representative of these reports back to Council when required.

The School Council is a legally formed body that is given powers to set the key directions of a school.

      Is the major governing body of the school

      Plays an important role in school accountability and improvement processes.

      Endorses the key school planning, evaluation and reporting documents

 The Council carries ultimate responsibility for setting the direction and ethos of our school. It decides on broad policy issues and oversees the structure of the  schools curriculum. Council has: 11 elected parent representatives, 2 staff representatives (including the Principal). Parents and staff representatives serve for a two year term before being eligible for re-election. Almost half of the elected members retire each year, hence the need for annual elections. Any parent of a child enrolled at PVNPS is eligible to stand for election as a parent member of Council.

The School Council is responsible for overseeing the school’s financial performance. It is a legal and Departmental requirement that Council makes sure that monies coming into the school are being properly expended and authorised. To ensure this happens, Councils are responsible for ensuring that the school has a functioning, effective system of internal controls. Internal controls are the procedures that make sure that:

       all financial activity within the school is sound, accurate and legal

 •      the school’s assets are safe

 •      Council can rely on the accuracy of the financial information it receives.



 Council also helps develop the school's program (non-staff) budget that shows how the school will allocate its resources to implement the key improvement strategies in the School Strategic Plan and Annual Implementation Plan. Council then monitors the school’s financial performance against the budget in conjunction with the principal.

Distinctions in roles and responsibilities is understanding the functional split between School Council and principal is critical for the effective functioning of Council. The School Council has a governance role and the principal manages the school and is responsible for ensuring the delivery of a comprehensive education program to all students.The functions of a School Council are outlined in the Education and Training Reform Act and include:

 •      establishing the broad direction and vision of the school within the school's community

 •      participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan

 •      approving the annual budget and monitoring expenditure

 •      developing, reviewing and updating school policies

 •      raising funds for school-related purposes

 •      maintaining the school’s grounds and facilities

 •      entering into contracts (such as for cleaning or construction work)

 •      reporting annually to the school community and to the Department

 •      creating interest in the school in the wider community

 •      informing itself of and taking into account the views of the community

 •      regulating and facilitating the after hours use of school premises and grounds

 •      operating a children’s service such as outside of hours care.

 Finally, council is responsible for how the school raises income (over and above the funding provided by the government). It must manage any financial and reputational risks that could arise, and ensure that all legal requirements are met.