Our two school captains have the very important role of representing the school at various community events and are charged with running weekly school assemblies.
Two students from each class from Years One to Six are selected by their peers to represent their class at student council meetings. Student councillors raise issues important to the student body and discuss and make decisions on them in a formal, yet relaxed meeting setting.
Two other students from each class from Years One to Six are elected by their peers to hold the important position of Environment Leaders. Environment Leaders meet to discuss ways to encourage and promote sustainable living and caring about our school and local environment. They also run the Tidy Classroom awards.
The school council is a vital element in the management of the school to enable staff to provide the best possible learning opportunities for all students.
What is a school council and what does it do?
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 this, a school council is able to influence directly the quality of education that the school provides for its students.
Why is parent membership so important?
Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school. Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.
How can you become involved?
The most basic way is to vote in the elections, which are conducted at the commencement of each school year. (Ballots are held only if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.)
Another way to become involved is to stand for election as a member of the school council or encourage another suitable person to stand for election.
Otherwise, you may like to join one of the committees to support the school council operations. For details of what the committees do, please click on the list to the left.
Role of the Education Committee
The Education Committee has been formed to:
- act as an advisory group in determining educational policies of the school within the DEECD guidelines;
- monitor achievement of Curriculum Goals and Priorities outlined in the School Strategic Plan;
- monitor the programs for children with special needs and make recommendations on matters of integration;
- encourage the participation and involvement of the school community in the educational programs of the school; and
- make recommendations regarding priorities and costs of educational programs for consideration in the school council budget.
Role of the Facilities Committee
The Facilities Committee has been formed to:
- develop and maintain an up-to-date project register for short- and long-term development and maintenance of school facilities;
- make recommendations regarding maintenance, development and use of the school environment and its facilities;
- encourage the participation and involvement of the school community in maintenance and improvement of school facilities through appropriate working bees, adhering to OH&S guidelines;
- ensure, with the funds allocated, that the facilities are maintained in a satisfactory state, providing for any maintenance required;
- develop and continue to update a master plan and timeline for the future development of facilities; and
- make recommendations regarding priorities and costs of facility improvements for consideration in the school council budget.
Role of the Finance Committee
The Finance Committee has been formed to:
- maintain an overview of the finances of the school by monitoring the financial assets and resource management requirements;
- act as a forum to discuss financial matters referred to it and make recommendations to school council accordingly;
- liaise with school council committees and the school community in the preparation of budgets (annual and long term);
- gather, collate and prepare information to assist in the development of the school council budget;
- carry out an annual review of school council levies; and
- assist the school community with fundraising projects.
Role of the Fundraising Committee
The Fundraising Committee has been formed to:
- set annual fundraising targets
- Work collaboratively with the Instrumental Music Sub-Committee in relation to planning of fundraising opportunities noting that the Instrumental Music Sub-Committee of School Council will be responsible for planning, conducting and reporting all fundraising activities in relation to the instrumental music program.
- Oversee the fundraising activities of the school.
- Coordinate stakeholder communication where required.
- Ensure all fundraising events have appropriate internal control mechanisms.
- Oversee the coordination of each chosen fundraising activity including organisation, promotion, the collection of all monies, documentation of all receipts and expenditure.
- Make recommendations for sponsorships and donations from industry and commerce so long as they benefit the school, have educational value, and do not involve associations with undesirable products.
- Report outcomes of fundraising to school council, including profits (and losses) and feedback received from community members.
Role of the Trading Committee
The Trading Committee has been formed to:
- ensure the efficient operations of the canteen and uniform shop;
- maintain the canteen in accordance with local and State health regulations and DEECD guidelines;
- monitor the range, quality and nutrition of items for sale in the canteen;
- set and monitor the price of goods in the canteen;
- overview the implementation of the school uniform policy;
- monitor the range and quality of uniform items; and
- set and monitor the price of uniform items.
Each year an Annual Report is produced to highlight successes from the previous school year and suggest improvements.
The report consists of:
- the Government School Performance Summary;
- a set of statements about what our school is doing in terms of student learning, student engagement and well-being, and student pathways and transitions;
- a Financial Position and Performance statement.
The Annual Report is presented at a Public Meeting and all interested members of the school community are welcome to attend.
Advance notice advising of the next Public Meeting will be provided through the weekly newsletter.
Please refer to the Parent Payments Policy below:
- Collection notices
- Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for school staff and parents.
Supervision of Students Before and After School
The school grounds are supervised by teachers on yard duty from 8.45 a.m. to 3.45 p.m.
Students must not be in the grounds outside of these hours unless they are being closely supervised by parents or are attending Out of School Hours Care. We ask for your cooperation in this matter.
Please read our RGLPS OHS Policy – 30.7.15