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School Council Information

18/08/2017

Wondall Heights State School is an Independent Public School and thus must establish a school council.  The constitution of the council has been passed by the P and C and staff of the school and was gazetted and ratified earlier this month.
The next step in the process is to inform and seek interest from the school community as to the make up of the council. 
The purpose of the Council is to play a role in monitoring and informing the school's strategic direction in a way that achieves the best learning outcomes for the school's students. School councils have responsibility to approve documents that set the strategic direction of the school, but are not involved in daily operational aspects.
 
A full role description for members of the council follows:
The functions of a school council under s.81 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (Qld) (the Act) are to:
:monitor the school's strategic direction; monitor the school's strategic direction;
:approve school plans and policies of a strategic nature, or other documents affecting strategic matters including the annual estimate of revenue and expenditure for the school; approve school plans and policies of a strategic nature, or other documents affecting strategic matters including the annual estimate of revenue and expenditure for the school;
:monitor the implementation of the plans, policies and other documents mentioned above; and monitor the implementation of the plans, policies and other documents mentioned above; and
advise the school's principal about strategic matters.advise the school's principal about strategic matters.
 
A school council may not, under the Act:
:interfere with management by the school's principal of day-to-day operations of the school and its curriculum (s.81(3)(a)) interfere with management by the school's principal of day-to-day operations of the school and its curriculum (s.81(3)(a))
:make operational decisions about the use of teaching or learning resources at the school (s.81(3)(b))
:make decisions about the individual teaching style used, or to be used, at the school (s.81(3)(b)) make decisions about the individual teaching style used, or to be used, at the school (s.81(3)(b))
:make a decision that is contrary to law or a written policy of the department (s.81(3)(d)) make a decision that is contrary to law or a written policy of the department (s.81(3)(d))
:have control of funds (s.82(a)) have control of funds (s.82(a))
:enter into contracts (s.82(b)) enter into contracts (s.82(b)) enter into contracts (s.82(b)) enter into contracts (s.82(b))
:acquire, hold, dispose of or deal with property (s.82(c)) acquire, hold, dispose of or deal with property (s.82(c))
:sue or be sued (s.82(d)) or
establish a committee or subcommittee (s.114).establish a committee or subcommittee (s.114).
 
The size of the school will determine representation of parents, staff and students on the school council. School councils will comprise of at least six, but not more than 15 members.  Parent and staff representatives are elected to the council. 
The council is made up of:
:the School Principalthe School Principal
:The President of the P and C
:Elected parent members (Number of parents to equal number of staff)Elected parent members (Number of parents to equal number of staff)
:Elected staff members (If more than one staff member must represent equally teaching and non-teaching staff)Elected staff members (If more than one staff member must represent equally teaching and non-teaching staff)
:A school council may include two appointed members
A school may appoint a co-opted student from Year 6 in primary schools, however these students are unable to vote.A school may appoint a co-opted student from Year 6 in primary schools, however these students are unable to vote.
 
School council members who are not parents, teachers or students under 18 years of age, must hold a Blue Card before they can participate in school council activities.
The establishment of a school council will not impact on the functions and powers of a P&C. The P&C president will be included on the school council to represent the views of the P&C Association.
To be a member of the school council parents and staff must first nominate via nomination form (available in the coming newsletters) and then be elected.  Parents are elected by parents via the P and C and staff by school staff.
If you are interested and want to know more please contact Majella Frith at the school.