School Council is the governing body of the school. It comprises elected parents and school staff who are representatives of the school community. The School Council meets throughout the year to discuss future directions for the school and oversee operations.
The School Council operates a committee structure with membership made up of School Councillors, Staff and other interested parents. They meet regularly to make recommendations to the School Council.
The committees are Finance, Facilities, Education and Fundraising. School Council positions are occupied for a two-year term with half the Council up for re-election each year. School Council has the capacity to co-opt a community member.
At Aspendale Gardens we have a twelve member Council comprising of four staff, which includes the Principal as the Executive Officer and eight parent members.
Members of the 2023 School Council
Parents - Ash Williams (President), Catherine Pinches (Vice President), Matt Hill (Treasurer),
Jono Whalan, Rebecca Tolley, Yasmine Attard-Mill, Adam Willrath
Community Member - Steve Turner
Staff – Natalie Tangey, Lee Wonnacott, James Cracknell, Jonathan Baker
Role of School Council
Councillors convene or are members of Council Committees. These Committees comprise members of School Council, community and staff members.
Council is responsible for:
developing and monitoring the school strategic plan
developing the education policy
recommending appointment of school Principal
employment of non-teaching staff
developing a student code of conduct
reporting to the school community and Department of Education
financial management of school funds and accounts
contracting for the cleaning of the school
contracting for undertaking of construction work
preparing operational plans for future directions
The School Council is an extremely important and valued part of our school and we appreciate the time, advice and assistance the members provide throughout the year.