The School Council and its sub-committees:
Objectives, Functions and Powers of School Councils
The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 defines the objectives, functions and powers of school councils as outlined in the “Making the Partnership Work”, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
A school council’s objectives are to:
- Assist in the efficient governance of the school
- Ensure that its decisions affecting students of the school are made having regard, as a primary consideration, to the best interests of the student
- Enhance the educational opportunities of the students of the school
- Ensure the school and the council comply with any requirements of this Act, the regulations, a Ministerial Order or a direction, guideline or policy issued under this Act.
A school council’s functions include:
- Establishing the broad direction and vision of the school
- Developing, reviewing and updating the policies of the school
- Arranging for the supply of goods, services, facilities, materials and equipment that are required for the conduct of the school, including the provision of preschool programs
- Raising funds for school related purposes
- Regulating and facilitating the after-hours use of school premises and grounds
- Exercising a general oversight of the buildings and grounds and ensuring that they are kept in good order and condition
- Providing for cleaning and sanitary services necessary for the school
- Providing meals and refreshments for staff and students and charging for this
- Ensuring all money coming into the hands of the council is properly expended for purposes related to the school
- Informing itself of, and taking into account, any views of the school community for the purpose of making decisions in regard to the school and its students
- Ensuring that an annual report relating to financial activities and the school’s strategic plan is published and made available to the school community
- Stimulating interest in the school in the wider community.
A school council has the power to:
- Enter into contracts, agreements or arrangements
- Establish trusts and act as a trustee of them employ teachers (for a fixed period not exceeding one year or on a casual basis), teacher aides or any other staff for the purpose of performing the council’s functions and duties
- Charge fees to parents for goods, services or other things provided by the school
- Conduct programs in or use or allow third parties to conduct programs in or use school buildings or grounds for students, young people and the local community for educational, recreational, sporting or cultural activities
- Carry out construction and improvements to school buildings
- Form sub-committees to assist the council
- Delegate powers, duties or functions, except the power of delegation, to another person or body
- Form committees to manage joint facilities
- Sell equipment, goods or other similar personal property acquired for use in the school provide preschool programs and make charges for the program.