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The School Council plays a vital role in the life of our school. School Council is the body that sets the vision, determines priorities, and ensures that the school is responsive to the needs of the local community. All government schools in Victoria are governed by a School Council. Each School Council is a legal entity in its own right, a body corporate constituted under section 13 of the Education Act 1958.
The St Kilda Primary School Council consists of elected parent and community members, staff members and the Principal. School Council has the authority to co-opt additional members when and if the need arises. It is charged with the responsibility of developing educational policies, maintaining the facilities and grounds, overseeing financial operations and ensuring a quality education for all our students.
The St Kilda Primary School Council elections are held every year, when approximately one half of School Council members retire. Members are normally voted on to Council for two years. Our School Council consists of 12 representatives. Four members are Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) representatives, six members are Parent representatives (no more than one of whom can be a DEECD employee) and two are Community representatives. School Council meets about eight times a year, when school is sitting.
The St Kilda Primary School Council operates effectively using a committee structure.
These Committees are the:
- Buildings and Grounds
Each of these Committees consist of parents and teachers with parents making up the majority of members. Parents do not have to be a member of School Council to be a member of one of these Committees. The Council's Committees generally meet once a month.
‘Our St Kilda Primary School community provides exemplary educational opportunities in a stimulating, safe, nurturing environment for our students in order to instill a love of learning: celebrating respect, co-operation and individual effort in the belief that all students can thrive and lead productive and fulfilling lives.’
School Council’s Vision Statement
‘To be recognised as the school of choice in our local area.’