The School Council plays an important and valued role in the development of Jackson School.

The School has elected representation from both the staff and from the parent community and is responsible for the financial, policy and strategic direction of the school. The School Council works in partnership with the school to deliver improved learning outcomes for our students and to support the staff to achieve this. It meets eight times a year to specifically address the following:

  • establishing the broad direction and vision of the school within the school’s community
  • participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan
  • approving the annual budget and monitoring expenditure
  • developing, reviewing and updating school policies
  • raising funds for school-related purposes
  • maintaining the school’s grounds and facilities
  • entering into contracts (such as for cleaning or construction work)
  • reporting annually to the school community and to the DET
  • creating interest in the school in the wider community
  • listening to the views of the community

School councils must include these positions:

  • President: parent member (non-Department employee) or community member who is chairperson of school council meetings
  • Executive Officer: The Principal

Other positions may include:

  • Vice president: parent member (non-Department employee) or community member.
  • Treasurer: elected from council members, preferably a parent member or community member. The business manager/bursar cannot hold this position. The treasurer may also be appointed as the convenor of the finance subcommittee.
  • Minute taker/secretary: the councillor undertaking this role records the actions and discussion in council meetings. It can be filled by any member of school council (other than a student member) or a non-council member. If this role is filled by a non-council member, this person is required to be a silent observer and has no voting rights.
  • Business Manager: school staff member (Department employee) responsible for managing school finances and human resources.

For more information on the role and functions of School Council, please visit: https://www2.education.vic.gov.au/pal/school-council-overview/overview