School councils play a key role in Victorian government schools. Acting as a team, the school council at Lorne P-12 College supports the Principal to enhance the educational opportunities for students.
Good governance relies on the professional leadership of the Principal, who is the council’s executive officer, the school council president and school council members. The establishment and implementation of appropriate processes achieve a balance between formal meeting procedures and a friendly atmosphere of cooperation.
While councillors bring their own skills and knowledge to the role, they may need to develop new skills and acquire new knowledge in areas that may be unfamiliar to them.
This might include developing an understanding of strategic planning, interpreting data or financial statements, working effectively as a council or understanding legislative and policy requirements of the Department of Education and Training.
Each year there are opportunities for new members to join the council in line with DET council application procedures. Council members typically serve two year tenures in their role.