School Council

“In essence, the role of school council is one of setting the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school’s operation. All government schools in Victoria have a school council. The school council is the group of people who govern the school. It is given the power to set the key directions for the school, and is a legal entity in its own right. A school council directly influences the quality of education that a school provides to its students.”

-The Department of Education and Training website.

For further information on school council please visit the DET website.


The Berwick Fields School Council is striving for a forward thinking team, who share ideas and experiences by undertaking meaningful projects alongside the students and wider school community.


To create a learning environment which allows for our school community to continually grow and develop, so that all members have an opportunity to achieve their best.

What can you do?

As a member of the school community you are always welcome to approach a School Council member to raise any concerns, issues or comments of appreciation. Where necessary, these will be followed up at School Council Meetings or referred to the appropriate party. Vacancies become available in School Council every year and elections are held around February.

To become a member of school council you need to be nominated and have your nomination seconded.

What does the School Council do?

The School council meet once a month. They discuss and review the outputs from the numerous school sub-committees. These include:

  • Health and Wellbeing – This committee addresses Student, Staff and Parent Welfare, Integration, OHandS, Uniform, Special Programs.
  • Community Development- which addresses Professional Development, Personal / Professional Development Planning, Parent Participation, Publicity, Student Leadership Development and Special Events.
  • Essential Learnings – This committee addresses Learning and Teaching, Literacy, Assessment and Reporting, Multi Media, Numeracy, Middle Years and Extended Learning.
  • School Improvement – which addresses School Operations, Human, Financial and Physical Resource Management, School Strategic Plan, Special Projects and Annual Reporting
  • Parents and Friends which co-ordinates Fund Raising activities.
  • Canteen.

School Council also reviews and discusses other General Business which includes such things as proposals by external Businesses, Resignations, Audits and Budgets. School council does not manage the day to day running of the school. For example, it does not employ teaching staff, decide which classes students will be assigned to, or sort out issues relating to individual teachers, students and/or parents. These are managed by the principal.

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