ELECTION PROCESS 2017
Councillors are elected for a two year term. Each year, the Principal will issue a notice of election and call for nominations. Click for the 2017 notice. This year, three parent representative positions and one DET employee representative position fall vacant. Listed below is information to address questions parents may have about what is involved in being on Council. Interested parents may also like to contact the Principal, Sue Peddlesden to discuss the opportunity.
Nominations open on 17th February 2017 and closed on 24th February 2017.
Nominations will be assessed and if an election was required, the ballot would be held between 3rd and 10th March 2017.
Elected Councillors would commence their duties at the next Council meeting held on 20th March 2017. Council meets a minimum of eight times per year and currently meetings are held at 7.00pm on a Monday night. Future dates can be located on the College website. Being on Council is a great opportunity to contribute to development of the College and its policies.
The Principal arranges and conducts the election according to the election process.
Further details about the election process are available on the attached link: click here
College Council Nomination Forms:
2016/17 COLLEGE COUNCIL MEMBERS
To access the 2016/17 College Council Board Members click here
SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2017 – INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
What is a School Council and what does it do?
All government schools in Victoria have a School Council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within state wide guidelines. In doing this, a School Council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.
Who is on the Gleneagles School Council?
• A mandated elected Parent category – five members of our Council are parents of students currently enrolled at the school.
• A mandated elected DET employee category – the Principal of the school is automatically one of these members and there are four members in total on Council.
• Community member category – members are coopted by a decision of the Council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members. GSC Council has three co-opted members.
Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual School Council elections. In the election at the end of February we will be calling for nominations for three parent and one DET representatives. Current members of Council may be eligible to re-nominate.
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 obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant. In view of this, you might seriously consider: –
– standing for election as a member of the School Council
– encouraging another person to stand for election.
What do you need to do to stand for election?
The Principal will issue a Notice of Election and Call for Nominations. If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category. DET employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not employed are eligible to nominate as parents for the School Council at that school.
Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the Principal within the time stated on the Notice of Election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination. Generally, if there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on Council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.
Do I need special experience to be on School Council?
No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school
and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.
• Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do.
• Consider standing for election to Council this year.
• Be sure to vote in the elections.
Contact the Principal for further information.