school council

All Victorian Government Schools are governed by a School Council. Each school is a legal entity in its own right, a body corporate under Section 13 of the Education Act 1958.

School Council

  • Sets the broad direction and vision for the school
  • Leads school community conversations about key issues and challenges in education
  • Determines priorities
  • Prepares and endorses the school’s strategic plan
  • Ensures that an Annual Report is made available to the school community
  • Develops, reviews and updates policies
  • Ensures all money coming into the hands of the Council is properly expended for purposes related to the school
  • Arranges for the supply of goods, services, facilities, materials and equipment that are required for the conduct of the school
  • Exercises a general oversight of the buildings and grounds ensuring that they are kept in good order and condition
  • Regulates and facilitates the after-hours use of school premises and grounds
  • Provides for cleaning and sanitary services
  • Ensures that the school is responsive to the needs of the local community.

Every three or four years the school undergoes a Department of Education and Training (DET) School Self Evaluation (SSE). Our School Strategic Plan is developed following our SSE and an Annual Implementation Plan is written to set guidelines for the year’s Curriculum and to direct the work of the Leadership Team, staff and School Council.

Our School Council makes a very significant contribution to the school by managing our Uniform Shop, Outside School Hours Care (OSHC), Canteen and special subcommittees as required e.g. Fete.

We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month during the school year and our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held annually in March (public meeting). 

A document outlining the specific roles and responsibilities of School Council is available at the Office.


Sub-committees assist the work of School Council by exploring key strategic issues in more detail than is possible at a School Council meeting and providing opportunities to involve and utilise the expertise and experiences of members of the school community (and wider community) who are not members of school council.

Teachers, parents and students - with knowledge, skills and interests in particular areas (including teaching and learning, policy development, future directions in education, community relations and buildings and grounds) make a meaningful contribution to all sub-committees.

Membership of sub-committees is determined by the Council. At least one member of the Council must be a member of each sub-committee.There are five sub-committees of the BNPS School Council:

  • Policy & Program Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Works Committee
  • Canteen Committee
  • Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)

Election Process

Each year, School Council elections take place in Term 1 and the process must be completed by 31 March. The Principal is responsible for conducting the election, although may appoint a person to act on her behalf for one or more of the purposes of the election. A letter detailing the number of vacancies and terms is sent home during February, inviting parents to nominate for this special school requirement.

There are three possible categories of membership:

1. A mandated elected Parent category
2. A mandated elected Department of Education and Training (DET) employee electorate and

3. An optional Community member category.

School councillors are elected for two-year terms. The term of office and rights and responsibilities of community members are the same as those of elected councillors. Half the council members retire each year but can stand for re-election.


  School Council Elections - Information for Parents


Eligibility of School Councillors and Voters

A person who is an undischarged bankrupt, is of unsound mind, is serving a sentence for an indictable offence or a registrable offender within the meaning of Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004 is not eligible for election or cooption to the School Council. In deciding a person’s eligibility, the Principal may request in a specified timeframe that:

• a candidate must produce evidence of his/her eligibility to nominate for election;
• a nominator must produce evidence of his/her entitlement to nominate the candidate; and
• a voter must produce evidence of his/her eligibility to vote.

If you have any questions related to School Council please contact the Office.

2017 School Council Members


Parent Members


Carolynn Smith


Glen King


Andrew McClure

Minute Secretary

Kristy Hamshare

Correspondence Secretary

Michelle Keogh

Council Member

PJ Clarkson

Council Member

Matthew Taylor

Council Member

Amanda Stokes

Staff Members

Council Member

Sherril Duffy (Principal)

Council Member

Moira Simpson (Assistant Principal)

Council Member

Grant Rounsley (Year 1 Teacher)

Council Member

Melissa Ball (Year 3 Teacher)

Council Member

Mat Doran Brown (Year 3 Teacher)


2017 Sub-Committee Members


Policy and Program Committee

Moira Simpson, Grant Rounsley, Mat Doran-Brown, Melissa Ball, Michelle Keogh, Kristy Hamshare and Amanda Stokes

Finance Committee

Sherril Duffy, Moira Simpson, Sue Miles, Andrew McClure and Carolynn Smith

Works Committee

PJ Clarkson and Glen King

Canteen Committee

Michelle Keogh & Amanda Stokes
(Council Liaison)

Outside School Hours Care

Matthew Taylor
(Council Liaison)