Concord School

School Councils play a vital role in Victorian government schools and are established and operate under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic), the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 (Vic) and a constituting Order. Further information regarding School Council can be found below the list of members.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Concord School Council, or would like to communciate with the School Council President, please contact Mark Lancaster at Mark.Lancaster@education.vic.gov.au

The remaining School Council dates in 2020 are 19 October, 16 November and 7 December.

 

Please find a list of the current Concord School Council below.

NameRole
Jason ConingsbyDET Employee - Principal
Mark LancasterCommunity Member - President
Flora NixonDET Employee - Assistant Principal
Kathleen MooreDET Employee - Assistant Principal
Colin SimpsonDET Employee - Assistant Principal
Bronwyn HartDET Employee - Leading Teacher
Kylie LewinParent Member
Salvatore MazzarinoParent Member
Rachael MacMillanParent Member
John QiuParent Member- Vice President
Glenn WilsonParent Member
Peter JointParent Member-Treasurer
Raelene Yates-HockeyCommunity Member
Ojay SharmaParent Member
Jo HuybersCommunity Member
Sam BrowneBusiness Manager
Karen JordanMinute Secretary

School councils play a key role in Victorian government schools and being a member of the school council is a rewarding and challenging experience. Acting as a team, school council supports the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students. A well informed and effective school council strengthens community confidence in the school and helps to protect and build the school’s reputation.

School Council Meeting Requirements

  • A school council must meet at least eight times per year and at least once per school term.
  • School council meetings should require no longer than 2.5 hrs.
  • The president must preside at meetings of the school council.
  • A school council meeting must operate with a quorum. A quorum requires not less than one half of the school council members to be present at the meeting and the majority of the members present must not be Department employees.
  • Minutes are the official record of the proceedings at a meeting.
  • A school council must call a public meeting (AGM – Annual General Meeting) at least once a year and report the proceedings of the council since the previous AGM.

School Council Membership

Each school council consists of the following structure and membership:

  • Parent members – must be more than one third of the school council’s total membership.
  • Departmental employee members – must not be more than one third of the school council’s total membership (the principal is automatically included in this membership category and has full voting rights. Other staff are elected or co-opted to this category).
  • Community members – is an optional membership category where a school council decides if it wishes to have community members. People are co-opted by the school council to a community member position to bring additional skills and perspective to school council. Parents and students are eligible to be co-opted to a community member position, but Department employees are not.

Functions of a School council

The functions of a school council include:

  • 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;
  • maintain the school’s grounds and buildings;
  • entering into contracts;
  • reporting annually to the school community and to the Department;
  • creating interest in the school in the wider community;
  • informing itself of and taking into account the views of the community;
  • regulating and facilitating the after hours use of school premises and grounds;

School council may also be involved in the principal selection process if and when required.

School councillors are indemnified against any liability in respect of any loss or damage suffered by council or others as a result of reasonable actions taken in good faith.