All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They have legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a School Council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.
Our 2021 School Council Members
Parent Members: Nuary Tasci, Melinda Green, Noriko Yamazaki, Nick Sissons, Simeon Branca, Joy Cassidy, Megan Cusack
School Employee Members: Sarah Nightingale, Hilary Guymer, Kristen Pepyat, Gabrielle Panozzo, Ben Frater
School Community Members: Amith Nag Dasari, Genevieve Kelly
President: Melinda Green
Vice President: Megan Cusack
Treasurer: Nick Sissions
Secretary: Gen Kelly
The School Council plays a key role in enhancing the educational opportunities for all students and strengthening community bonds.
School Councils have three main responsibilities
- Finance – approving the annual budget and monitoring expenditure
- Strategic Planning – participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan
- Policy Development and Review – developing, reviewing and updating policies that reflect the school’s values and supports the school’s broad direction outlined in its strategic plan
There are also a number of other functions that the school council is responsible for.
All School Councils are encouraged to have a number of sub-committees to assist in the work that needs to be done. Sub Committees provide advice and make recommendations to School Council.
The Sub Committees formed for North Melbourne Primary School are listed below with School Council membership.
Finance: Nick (convenor), Sarah, Megan, Amith, Ben
Biz-E-Kidz: Joy (convenor), Kristen, Melinda, Sarah
Education: Gabi (convenor), Sarah, Nuray, Kristen, Melinda, Amith, Nick
Building & Grounds: Noriko (convenor), Sarah, Emily, Amith, Hilary, Joy
There is also a Parents and Friends Association, which is accountable to the school council.
School Council members who represent this group include Simeon (convenor), Emily, Gen, Hilary.
We encourage non-school council members to join the Parents & Friends Association to continue to strengthen our community engagement. If you are interested in joining, please contact the school or reach out to Simeon directly.