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School Council meets to discuss and decide on a range of issues relating to school governance. It is supported by the work done its subcommittees. A new School Council is formed every March via nomination, and voting is held if there are more candidates than vacancies. School Councillors are elected for two-year terms.

School Council meetings are generally open to all members of the school community. If you would like to find out more about getting involved in the School Council, or contributing via a subcommittee, please contact one of the School Council members below.

SC Meeting Dates 2017 2018

Staff Representatives

Kerrie Williams

Ross Bennie

Kate Stevenson

Janelle Adams

Natasha Thomson

Laura Wandke

Parent Representatives

Ian Taylor (President)

Miles Callaghan

Karen McWilliam (Surridge)

Karen McLean

Pauline Ioannou

Julie Borninkhof

Andrew Gillett

Chris Thompson

Subcommittees

Subcommittees are open to all parents, and the school welcomes all contributions from parents and carers. The Junior School Council also meets regularly and reposts to the School Council.

All subcommittees are responsible for the development and review of policies within the area of their responsibility for recommendation to the School Council. Subcommittees are responsible for regular updates of their activities via the school website and newsletter.

Finance

Treasurer: Julie Borninkhof

Function: To ensure the proper management of the finances of the school and to discuss and make appropriate recommendations regarding the school’s finances, financial policies and budget to the School Council.

The Finance Subcommittee will:

  • Prepare the annual School Council budget for School Council approval.
  • Monitor the School Council budget and report to School Council prior to each School Council meeting with recommendations for action/approval.
  • Evaluate, where appropriate, significant financial proposals from other subcommittees before consideration by the School Council.

Education

Convenor: Chris Thompson and Karen McLean

Function: To discuss and make recommendations to the School Council on a wide range of education issues as they relate to the school.

Responsibilities:

  • Have direct involvement in the formation and evaluation of the Four Year Strategic Plan and monitor the progress against the goals.
  • Draft, consider and recommend policies to promote educational excellence, which  include, but are not limited to, student welfare, homework, internet use, drug education, use of mobile devices such as mobile phones, school camps and excursions, student leadership and other broad educational matters, such as languages.
  • Discuss curriculum and develop and be consulted on the educational directions and broad vision of the school using guidelines provided by DET
  • Review relevant school data issued by education authorities, such as NAPLAN
  • Assume the responsibilities of the Friends of the Library Group, considering issues such as, community engagement, the library collection, and the annual fundraising appeal and other matters

The DET School Council representatives on this subcommittee will assume responsibility for liaising with the Library technician and Business Manager and reporting on library activities and expenditure of the Library Fund.

Environment

Convenor: Karen Surridge

Function: To discuss and make recommendations to the School Council on a wide range of matters and policies relating to the improvement and maintenance of the physical environment at the school

Responsibilities:

  • Maintenance and improvement of the school’s grounds (including the Block)
  • Maintenance and improvements of the school’s buildings
  • Environmental initiatives, such as solar power, water saving measures, and others
  • Working bees
  • Hiring of school premises

Community

Convenor: Pauline Ioannou

Function: To discuss and make recommendations to the School Council on a wide range of issues and policies that foster productive and cooperative community engagement across the school and local community.

Responsibilities:

  • Monitor the school website’s overall content and prompt other Subcommittees to review the content relevant to their areas of interest. It will have overall responsibility for ensuring quality control and the proper functioning of the website.
  • Organise community events such as the Grade Six Graduation, the annual Welcome Picnic, Prep orientation, social events, class level get-togethers and information nights.
  • Organise fundraising activities such as the Annual Fete, Trivia Night, mango drive.
  • Encourage school–family partnerships and communication.
  • Improve connections with the wider community (e.g. linking in with community events, accessing funding)
  • Establish a Parent Register to facilitate parent contribution to teaching and learning, and broader activities
  • Assist with Community Development Grants.

Northcote Out of School Hours Care (OSH Club) Committee of Management

Convenor: Kerrie Williams

This Committee oversees the Out of School Hours Club Program, including the program’s activities, its physical environment and its financial operations. This program continues to offer high quality care for our children. In recent years major work has been completed to improve the building and facilities.

Junior School Council

Convenor: Stephanie Griffiths

The Junior School Council is a voice for the students of Northcote Primary School. Its members represent their classrooms, organise fundraising events and consider issues that concern students at school.