The role of School Council is to support the Principal in the running of the school.

All government schools in Victoria have a School Council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this a School Council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students. The role of School Council is:


  • Establish the broad direction and vision of the school within the school's community 
  • Develop and monitor the school strategic plan
  • Develop, review and update school policies
  • Develop, review and monitor the Student Engagememt Policy and the School Dress Code
  • Raise funds for school related purposes
  • Approve the annual budget and monitor expenditure
  • Maintain the school’s grounds and facilities
  • Enter into contracts (e.g. cleaning, construction work)
  • Report annually to the school community and to D.E.T.
  • Stimulate interest in the school generally

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 and students and/or parents. Nor does it discuss individual issues relating to teachers or staff or parents – these are very clearly management roles, and therefore the principal's job. School Councillors are not appointed to represent specific interest groups or permit special interests to dominate the agenda of the council.

The decisions made by the School Council of Preston West Primary School reflect the best interests of our core business – the students. Staff and parents work collaborative to ensure the highest quality of education and opportunities are provided in the aim of optimising 21st century learners and community members. 

School Councillors for 2018 are

Please feel free to contact any of our councillors or email the school with any suggestions or concerns.

The next Meeting date is Tuesday February 20th at 7 pm.

Council Meeting dates for 2018: February 20th, March 20th, May 15th, June 12th, August 7th,  September 11th, November 13th and December 4th.

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