School Councils are established under the Education Act 1958. As the body responsible for governance and the broad direction of Williamstown High, the School Council has significant responsibility. Its primary objective is to improve the learning outcomes for all students.
Our School Council has 14 members drawn from the staff, the parent body and the general community. Half are elected in Term 1 every year. If you have something to offer the school in management and leadership, please consider putting your name forward – but be mindful of the obligation!
School Council meets at least eight times a year, usually twice a term. Meetings run from 6-8pm on the second Tuesday of each month. Every councillor is also a member of one of three Council sub-committees – Facilities and Environment, Education Policy and Finance. The sub-committees also meet about eight times a year.
Councillors are asked to fulfil various tasks, and also to bring themselves, their ideas, their experience and their networks to these meetings.
Those who don’t want to stand for School Council are welcome to join any of the sub-committees and attend those meetings. It’s a great way to learn how the school’s governance works.
To know more about School Council and how it operates at Williamstown High School, please contact the president or the Principal Gino Catalano. The Department website has more background on School Councils and how they operate, including a guide for prospective members.
School Council President
Executive Officer: Gino Catalano
Parent members: Andrew Egan (President) , Mario Azzopardi (Vice President & Treasurer), Bonnie Gelman, Stephen Pehm , Kathryn Ball and Rose Whitehurst
Staff members: Michael Mann, James Rust and Daniel Pearce
SRC Representative: Georgia Downey and Chris Breedon
Community member: Peter Gelman.
Executive secretary: Rosemary Hyman
KNOW YOUR SCHOOL COUNCIL
Role of School Council
- The school’s general educational policy.
- The school’s long term plan.
- Reporting annually to the school community.
- Approving and monitoring the school budget.
- Developing the student code of conduct.
- Awarding contracts for the supply of goods and services.
- Uniform code.
- Maintenance of buildings and grounds.
If you would like to contact School Council please email firstname.lastname@example.org