ELECTION PROCESS 2019
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 Council election notification 2019_20. This year, three parent representative positions, one DET employee representative position and one student 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 are now open and close on 18 February 2019. Nomination forms are attached to the newsletter post on Compass and are also available on the College website or can be collected from the office. Nominations will be assessed and if an election is required, the ballot will be held between 4 and 11 March 2019.
Elected Councillors would commence their duties at the next Council meeting held on 18 March 2019. Council meets a minimum of eight times per year and currently meetings are held at 7.00pm on a Monday night. Being on Council is a great opportunity to contribute to development of the College and its policies.
The current scheduled of meetings for the rest of 2019 are 18/3, 13/5, 17/6, 19/8, 16/9, 21/10, 25/11.
The Principal arranges and conducts the election according to the election process.
College Council Nomination Forms:
Parents: Self nomination Form for Parent Member Category or Nomination Form for Parent Member Category
Employees: Self Nomination for DET Employee or Nomination form for DET Employee
SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTION 2019
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 school council?
For most school councils, there are three possible categories of membership:
• A mandated elected Parent category – more than one-third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not engaged in work at the school.
• A mandated elected DET employee category – members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
• A mandated elected Student member category- members of this category must enrolled at the school in year 7 or above.
• An optional Community member category – members are co-opted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community 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. Gleneagles Council has five parent members, three community representatives, two student members and four DET members including the Principal.
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.
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.
What do you need to do to stand for election?
The principal will issue a Notice of Election and Call for Nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March unless the usual time line has been varied by the Minister. 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 engaged in work are eligible to nominate for parent membership of 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. School Council members are required to hold a current Working with Children card or VIT registration. Parents and community representatives can apply for a volunteers Working with Children card at no cost.
• 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.