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School Council

Being an independent Public School, WESS is required to have a School Council.  The School Council provides an important aspect of School Governance at WESS and has been in operation since 10th June 1998.  The School Council’s role is to monitor the school’s strategic direction.  It meets at least twice each semester.

The Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 specifies School Council functions and requires a School Council Constitution.  

Functions

The functions of the School Council are outlined in the Act and are to:
·         monitor the school’s strategic direction
·         approve plans and policies of the school of a strategic nature, or other documents affecting strategic matters including the annual estimate of revenue and expenditure for the school
·          monitor the implementation of the plans, policies and other documents mentioned above
·         advise the school’s principal about strategic matters
The council must perform its functions with a focus on improving student learning outcomes.

Composition

WESS Council is proactive in encouraging Council membership to represent the school community.
As per the current Constitution, the number of members of the WESS Council is ten and composed of:
·         three elected parent/carer members
·         three elected staff members (representing teaching, teaching support and non-teaching staff)
·         Up to two appointed members who bring specific knowledge and experience to assist the Council to set and monitor strategic direction
·         the President of the School Parents & Citizens’ (P&C) Association
·         the School Principal  
One of these members is elected as Chairperson of the School Council, except the School Principal who cannot be elected as Chairperson.

Election of School Council Members

Parent/carer members of School Council are elected through a nomination process.  At the completion of a member’s term or due to a vacancy, the School Council will call for nominations to the School Council through communication in the School newsletter.  Staff members are elected through a process of nomination and voting conducted internally by all staff at WESS.
The nomination and voting process for membership to the School Council is outlined in the School Council Constitution.
A school council cannot:
·         interfere with management by the school’s principal of day-to-day operations of the school and its curriculum
·         make operational decisions about the use of teaching or learning resources at the school
·         make decisions about the individual teaching style used, or to be used, at the school
·         make a decision that is contrary to law or a written policy of the department
·         control funds
·         enter into contracts
·         acquire, hold, dispose of or deal with property
·         sue or be sued
·         establish a committee or subcommittee
Contact the school council on the following email:
schoolcouncilchair@westendss.eq.edu.au