Government schools in Victoria have the responsibility to develop their own educational programs for the benefit of all students within the guidelines of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).
The Oatlands Primary School Council is the focal point for decision making on school policies. It is the governing body of the school.
The School Council is a representative body with a membership reflecting the important partnership between students, teachers and the community. The Oatlands School Council is made up of eight community members and five DEECD employees who are elected to the position for a two year period. The School Council has the option to co-opt two additional members.
School Council elections are held annually as half of the elected members retire. Elections take place in March.
The School Council is accountable to the local community and also has responsibility to the Minister of Education and the Auditor General. School Councils are constituted as a legal body under state legislation and represent the Crown.
School Council Sub Committees include: Finance, Education, Buildings and Grounds and Canteen Committees.
The Finance Committee is responsible for overseeing all financial matters related to the school. Part of its role includes the development of the annual school budget. This document is available for viewing at reception.
The Education Committee membership consists of teachers and parents who work in the development of all school policies. Once the Education Committee has passed a policy it is forwarded onto School Council for ratification.
The Buildings and Grounds Committee is responsible for the maintenance and further development of all facilities within the school. This Committee oversees a buildings and a grounds budgets ensuring the repair of all vandal damage, the calling of Working Bees and the planning for future improvements to school facilities.
The Canteen Committee oversees the operation of our canteen. The Committee members determine the menu and its pricing, employment of the Canteen Manageress and oversee the stocktake. Members also make decisions re: equipment that will be purchased for the school from the profits.
If you're interested knowing more about the role of a school councilor and what's involved, check out this training tool from the Victorian Education Department
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