Parents & Community Involvement

Yarra Hills Secondary College recognises the importance of the partnership between parents, the school and the wider community. Along with this, we believe it is also crucial to have opportunities for interested parents to contribute to the school in both official and unofficial capacities.

Parents & Friends Association (PFA)

This group is made up of dedicated parents, guardians and friends of the college. They support and promote the college by volunteering their time and resources at a number of key events on the college calendar as well as at wider community events. The PFA supports the college through a number of fundraising activities that they organise and run throughout the year. Money raised from these events supports school resources and facilities.

Music Support Group (BRAVO)

The group supports the College’s extensive Instrumental Music Program, including organising and participating in fundraising events. BRAVO has raised funds for new Musical Equipment, maintaining current musical equipment, regular overseas tours and performances as well as other important items to ensure the ongoing success of the program.

School Council & Sub-committees

Parents & Community members can be nominated and elected onto the College Council and the sub-committees. Please refer to the links below for more information on Department of Education website

Department of Education and Training-Parent Participation in Schools

SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTIONS – 2020
NOTICE OF ELECTION AND CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

 An election is to be conducted for members of the School Council of Yarra Hills Secondary College. School Council is one important forum where parents and other members of the school community can have significant input into what goes on in the college.
 
The College Council membership is made up of six parents, four Department of Education and Training (DET) employees, not including the College Principal, and four co-opted community members.  Normally, each year, half of the membership in the first two categories must present for re-election.  Positions in the third category are filled by co-option from the College or wider community when the elected Council meets.
 
Positions in the Student Category are elected by the students themselves and will be carried out at school.  At this time, only a student representative from Year 11-12 on the Mooroolbark Campus is required. (If a Year 12 student is elected this will be for a 1 year tenure and a further election in 2020 will take place for the remaining year’s vacancy).
 
Information fliers on the requirements of being a Council Member (both Parent and Student) are available from the General Office when collecting a Nomination Form.
 
The terms of office, membership categories and number of positions in the two categories open for election this year are as follows:
 
Parent (2 Years) – from the day after the declaration of the poll in 2020 to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2022 (3 positions)
  
DET Employee (2 Years) – from the day after the declaration of the poll in 2020 to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2022 (2 positions)

Community Member (2 Years) – from the day after the declaration of the poll in 2020 to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2022 (2 positions)
 
Student Member (2 Years unless a Year 12 student) – from the day after the declaration of the poll in 2020 to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2022 (2 positions)

Nomination forms for the above positions are available at the General Office at each campus, on the school website or your Compass home page under “My News”.  Members of the College community are invited to nominate for these vacancies.  Nomination forms must be lodged at the General Office of your campus by 4.00pm on Monday 17 February 2020. 

If NO election necessary – a Declaration will be made Wednesday 19 February 2020.

If the number of nominations in each category is greater than the number of vacancies, an Election by Ballot will be held.   Ballot papers and voting procedures (for parent/student/staff categories) will be notified on Compass and Yarra Hills website on or before Monday 24 February 2020.  The close of the ballot will be Monday 2 March 2020.  The counting of the vote will be held Tuesday 3 March 2020 and the declaration of the ballot will take place on Wednesday 4 March 2020. The Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday 17 March 2020 when Cooption of Community Members will take place.
 
Darren Trippett
College Principal