All government schools in Victoria have a School Council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within state-wide guidelines. In doing this, a School Council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.
The College Council at Balmoral K-12 Community College is made up of four categories of membership as designated by the Department of Education and Training:
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 engaged in work 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.
A mandated elected Student category (up to 2 positions) – members of this category are enrolled at the school and in Year 7 or above
Optional Community member category – members are co-opted by a decision of the School Council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be community members.
The term of office for members is two years. The term of office of up to half of the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual School Council Elections.
Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school. Parents are also welcome to contact the College to discuss being involved in one of the sub committees of the College Council.
The College Sub Committees are:
Grounds and Facilities
Parents and Friends
Current Balmoral K-12 Community College Council members are:
President: Georgie Leeming
Vice President/Finance Committee Chair: Phil Rees
Principal/Executive Officer: Ngaire Watt
Parent Representatives: Brent Reed, Lisa Cameron, Melissa Matthews, Nick Pekin, Christina Lloyd.
DET Representatives: Ngaire Watt, Maria Merryfull, Lana Burgess and Jasmine Blake
Community Member: Hanna McPhee
School Council Minute Secretary: Lana Burgess
Further information regarding School Council is available from Ngaire Watt, Acting Principal or Georgie Leeming, President.