School Council Elections
School Council elections are upon us again.
School Council term of office is for two years with half of members retiring each year but eligible for re-election.
I would like to thank the retiring School Council members:
- Karen Dean – principal class
- Silvana La Leggia – staff -will stay on as principal class
- Caitlyn Griffiths – community member
- Michaela Lutwyche – community member
I wish to thank these councillors for their contribution to the governance of Fairhills High School
The School Council plays an integral role in shaping the school’s future. If you want to be actively involved in making positive changes, I encourage you to nominate.
- Call for nominations from Friday 17 February. Nomination forms can be obtained from the General Office or the school website.
- Call for nominations close Friday 10 March 2023 at 4pm.
- Monday 15 March Nominations displayed at Fairhills High School.
- Election held if required. Friday 19 March close of ballot 4.00pm. Votes counted.
- Wednesday 29 March School Council meeting with new members
What is a school council and what does it do?
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.
Who is on the school council?
There are three possible categories of membership:
- A mandated elected Parent category. More than one third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not employed at the school.
- A mandated elected DET employee category. Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
- An optional Community member category. Its members are appointed by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.
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.
Why is Parent membership so important?
Parents on school councils provide 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.
How can you become involved?
The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.
In view of this, you might seriously consider
- standing for election as a member of the school council
- encouraging another person to stand for election.
Do I need special experience to be on school council?
No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.
- Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and not sure what to do
- Consider standing for election to council this year
- Be sure to vote in the elections.
- Contact me for further information.