The School Council has a very important role to play in the organisation of a school. Elections for School Council are held at the start of each year and information is available in the first newsletter of each year.
The responsibilities of school council include:
- developing the strategic plan (the document that tells people what the school wants to achieve in the future and how it plans to get there);
- approving the annual budget (the financial plan for the calendar year that tells people how the school is going to provide money so it can implement its strategic plan in that year);
- setting and reviewing policies (guiding principles designed to influence decisions, actions that the school makes);
- developing, reviewing and monitoring both the Student Code of Conduct. (how the school expects students to behave, how bullying will be managed and the school's approach to managing student behaviour) and the School Dress Code (this includes how students are expected to dress during school hours including travelling to and from school, if the school has a uniform and what that looks like, and any arrangement with clothing suppliers that the school might enter into);
- raising money for things that the school needs
- making sure the school's grounds and buildings are maintained
- entering into contracts for things like cleaning the school or a school council building project creating interest in the school within the community; and principal selection.
The Canterbury Girls' Secondary College Council Office bearers currently are:
President: Tim Clarke
Vice-President: Kevin Hurst
Treasurer: Greg Allen
Executive Officer: Mary Cannon
Parent members on school council bring their experience as parents at the school and the views
of the wider school community to school council meetings.
DET employees bring their educational expertise to school council meetings.
Community members most often bring a particular skill or voice to school council.
Piyumi de Zoysa
Sub-committees of School Council
Sub-committees are advisory bodies to the school council and assist council in all the work that needs to be done. They report regularly at school council meetings and provide advice and make recommendations to the school council, which has the final responsibility for decisions. Sub-committees are open to non-school council members and therefore provide opportunities to involve many people in the school who are not members of school council.
At Canterbury Girls' Secondary College, there are 2 sub-committees of School Council. They are:
convened by Mary Cannon
convened by Georgina Padula
If any member of the school community is interested in being involved in a sub-committee, they should contact the convenor or contact the principal who will forward their details to the relevant sub-committee.