School Council

Purpose of the School Council

Our School Council encourages active participation by parents and the community to drive decisions and implement initiatives that will have a positive impact on the wellbeing of our students at Collingwood College.

The functions of Collingwood College’s School Council include:

  • Establishing the broad direction and vision of the school within the community. The school council will participate in the development, monitoring, and endorsement of the School Strategic Plan and Annual Implementation Plan.
  • Approving the annual budget and monitoring the development, review, and updating of expenditures and school policies as required by law or the Department of Education and Teaching (DET).
  • Raising funds for school-related purposes including maintenance of the school’s grounds and building, as well as essential cleaning and sanitary services.
  • Ensuring that all monies coming into the school council are appropriately and transparently used for the school.
  • Annual reporting to the school community and the DET to generate the school’s interest to the wider community.
  • Regulating and facilitating after hours use of school premises and grounds.
  • Making provisions for a preschool program at the school or other premises controlled by the Minister.

What is not in the remit of the school council

While there are many things the School Council has influence over and manages at Collingwood College, the School Council is not authorised to:

  • Purchase or acquire for consideration any land or buildings.
  • Employ teachers with no fixed date for the termination of that employment.

Unless authorised by or under the Act, Regulations or a Ministerial Order, a school council is not able to:

  • Licence or grant any interest in land including school lands or buildings.
  • Purchase a motor vehicle, boat, or plane for the school.
  • Enter into hire purchase agreements for the school.
  • Obtain credit facilities or loans on behalf of the school.
  • Form or become a member of a corporation.
  • Provide for any matter or thing outside of Victoria unless it is related to an excursion by school students or the professional development of school staff.