About School Council

A School Council is a policy and decision-making body which assists in governing the school within State Government regulations and guidelines. The Council supports the development of the School Strategic Plan for a four year period, which allows for efficient planning and curriculum development.

Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm, at the school. Interested parents are always welcome to attend – Council meetings are open to the community. Parents are also encouraged to join one of the sub – committees: Finance, Education, OSHC, Community Building, Environmental Sustainability, or Buildings/Grounds Environment & Safety. Dates and times of meetings are published in the weekly newsletter.

Council membership is elected at the start of each year (except for the Principal) and is for a term of 2 years. Half the membership is elected each year. Nominations are called in Term 1. If the number of nominations exceeds the number of positions, an election is held according to Departmental guidelines. All parents and teachers are eligible to vote.

All staff members are encouraged to consider nominating for Council and/or to participate in School Council activities via sub-committees.

BEPS School Council

The BEPS School Council comprises 12 members:

  • 8 elected parent category members;
  • 3 elected DET category (staff) members;
  • The Principal

Current School Councillors

Anthony Alembakis
President
Lucy Shaw
Secretary
Belinda Hatt
Treasurer
Janet Di Pilla
Principal
Jill Howells
Assistant Principal
Annalise Gehling
Parent Member
Michelle Nightingale
Parent Member
Julie Hall
Parent Member
Philip Smith
Parent Member
Andrew Dabner
Staff Member
Marianne Crowe
Staff Member

School Council Code of Practice

Parents, teachers, principal, teacher’s aides, office staff and students at Brunswick East Primary School cooperate to ensure the provision of the best learning opportunities for the students in our care, and to work towards the achievement of our vision. All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing so, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education provided to its students.

School Council operates within government regulations and guidelines and provides direction, accountability, finance and decisions to ensure Brunswick East Primary School is achieving at the very high standard demanded by the community. Government guidelines for School Councils can be accessed from the DEECD website.

School Council Policies

An important part of School Council’s role is the discussion, formulation and approval of Policies which underpin the activities within the school. These Policies are reviewed as part of a regular cycle, or as the need arises. Extensive discussion by the Education Committee, parents and staff ensures all policies are fully reviewed before they return to Council for final approval. Important and current Policies are available for download under the Our School section of the website.

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