School Council

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The School Council is a legally constituted body representing the school community and making decisions on its behalf. The Council consists of fifteen members - eight elected parent representatives, four elected employees of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, the Principal and two co-opted members.

Members are elected for a period of two years with half the council positions falling vacant each year. The School Council meets on the third Wednesday of each month in the school staffroom. (Members of the school community are encouraged to attend meetings). Duties of the School Council include the following:

  • Determining educational policies within government and Department of Education guidelines,
  • Maintaining the school buildings and grounds and planning for their future development and improvement,
  • Promoting and maintaining the school’s positive image,
  • Consulting community on school related issues,
  • Managing the school’s finances.

The Council is supported by a number of sub-committees. Each sub committee is convened by a member of the School Council but membership is open to all. The Sub Committees are made up of the following:

Education Committee

This Committee deals with development of school policies and issues/events relating to parent/community information and forums.

Facilities Committee

This Committee handles all matters relating to the school’s physical environment. Maintenance of the grounds is a key responsibility.

Finance Committee

This Committee sets the budget for programs on an annual basis. It monitors the financial activities of the school and its trading operations.

Parents and Friends Committee

This Committee is made up of members of the school community. It is a friendly group which welcomes all new comers. The Parents and Friends organise many fundraising and social events for the school community.

Brand, Publicity and Marketing Committee

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Junior School Council

All grades are represented on the  Junior School Council (JSC) at Sherbourne. At the beginning of each semester class representatives are nominated and elected by their peers. The JSC meets each week where they discuss and act on anything of concern to them around the school. They help identify school improvements and wishlist items for fundraising.

Each JSC member reports to their grade and takes grade comments and suggestions back to meetings. JSC representatives run Monday assembly reporting to the whole school. JSC members sometimes attend the monthly SPS School Council.

The Junior School Council organises and implements a fundraising activity each term nominating a local charity or special school project.