School Council Report
School Council meeting May 10 2017
As part of the governing body of the school, one of the recurring jobs of School Council is to review the Standing Orders that roll over from the previous year. The Standing Orders outline the general purpose of the Council and promote an efficient and effective operation. This is a job that is held over until the completion of the election process and time was set aside at the last council meeting to attend to this task. It was identified that a number of the details of the Standing Orders required attention and some clarification of intent. Various amendments were made in the meeting with further work continuing that will be confirmed by School Council members at the next meeting in June.
Current School Council Attends Governance Training
One of the responsibilities of Council Members as outlined in the Standing Orders is to participate in at least one annual professional development activity relating to the operation of the School Council. With this in mind and with the new year of School Council operation upon us, nine members of the current council attended a governance training session held by Synergistiq on behalf of the State Government on the 17th May at the school. The session covered the legislative framework the School Council operates under and clarified the roles and responsibilities of councillors, as well as delving into common issues School Councils might come across. The opportunity for questions within the training session allowed many of the issues that the school council has already come across to be discussed and resolved.
Finance Report Committee
Reports from the Council sub-committees included a report from the finance committee that all expenditure reports have been examined thoroughly and found no outstanding unaccounted for expenditure. Further information outlined that the school continues to maintain a healthy position financially given the current student enrolment numbers.
Buildings & Grounds Committee
Buildings and Grounds committee has been continuing contact with Melbourne City Council to discuss streetscape opportunities in the school vicinity and is continuing to look into feasibility of new building projects within the school such as new toilets and connections between the Upper Comm and Flex as well as more options for bike parking for students and teachers.
Overview of Assessment Cycle
As we move to the end of term two and the teaching staff are busy working on reports for students, the School Council were in unanimous agreement that the overview of the assessment process used at NMPS and currently available on the school website be promoted to the parent community. You can find a fantastic video that shows how the assessment cycle works at NMPS via this link: http://www.northmelbourneps.vic.edu.au/learning/how-we-assess-at-nmps/
All School Council members were very impressed with the clarification provided by this video and felt that this resource should be highlighted. As recommended by the Education Committee, you will find links to the above web page on Compass in the coming weeks but we suggest that you take the time to visit the page in preparation for the reports that will be delivered home soon or just so that you can understand how the teachers at our school determine individual student progression.
NMPS Website as Resource for Parents
Finally, the School Council received advice from DET regarding unofficial school online presence. The School Council would like to make it clear to parents that NMPS has not established any online presence other than our official School website that can be found here. http://www.northmelbourneps.vic.edu.au/ We remind parents that this is a valuable resource where many questions you have about the school can be answered including information about news items, learning overviews for each year level, policies and procedures, staffing and classes and Compass access.
School Council will next meet on 21 June 2017