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.
School Council is a forum whereby elected parent representatives have an opportunity to learn about and participate in the decision making processes at the college.
Who is on the school council?
There are three possible categories of membership:
- A mandated elected Parent category. More than one third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not employed at the school.
- A mandated elected DET employee category. Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
- An optional Community member category. Its members are appointed by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.
The term of office for all members is two years. Half the members must retire each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.
Participating as a school council member is a rewarding and challenging experience. The school council supports the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.
How can you become involved?
The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.
In view of this, you might seriously consider
- standing for election as a member of the school council
- encouraging another person to stand for election.
Do I need special experience to be on school council?
No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.
Other Parent Interest Groups
Music Support Group – This group supports the College’s extensive Instrumental Music Program, including organising and participating in fundraising events. This group has raised funds for regular Overseas Tours and performances, additional musical equipment and other important items related to the ongoing success of the program.
Parents and Friends Association – This groups has traditionally supported a variety of college projects, including the annual Debutante Ball, local events such as the Celebrate Mooroolbark Festival and Mt Evelyn Street Festival, as well as other community initiatives.
Working Bees – Periodically, the campuses may hold working bees to help beautify the school grounds. Mt Evelyn Campus did this recently, in collaboration with a local community group, and also participated in improving the grounds at the nearby Special Developmental School and Morrison Athletics Reserve. All parents are encouraged to join in on these days.
Other? – We are always on the lookout for support in any new areas of interest across the college. Please contact the school to enquire.