The role of the School Council is to provide oversight of policy and financial matters.
Auburn High School has 9 members on School council being:
• 6 Parents – elected (3 for a term of 2 years and 3 for a term of 1 year)
• The Principal
• 2 DET employees – elected (1 for a term of 2 years and 1 for a term of 1 year)
All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.
The term of office for all members is two years. Half the members must retire each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.
Parent membership on school councils is important as it provides important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.
Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.
Parents are encouraged to participate in school council by either nominating or voting in the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year. Becoming involved in school council can be rewarding as it provides an insight on how your child’s school is governed and provides the opportunity to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.