Governing Council

The Governing Council gives advice to the Principal and specifically makes decisions to do with: school policies; finance; fundraising; grounds and buildings; hire of facilities; sports; uniforms and dress cods; OSHC; and the general safety and educational welfare of the students.

For a Governing Council and Vacation Care to be effective it needs to have access to the range of views held by groups of parents in a school community. Diversity is considered when raising issues and making decisions. That is why our Council's membership needs to reflect the range of needs and aspirations held by parents in our school.

At each meeting, the principal and staff make reports and always raise and respond to topics about the educational program provided at the school. The council members who hold responsibility for various roles (eg. OSHC; Canteen) share their ideas and make proposals.

The Finance, Education, Grounds and Fundraising sub-committees all have representatives on Council. There is also the opportunity for members to ask questions about the school and to report the attitudes of the community.

Previous Governing Council members have reported that they enjoy being on Council because:

  • You get to have your say.
  • You hear what other people think.
  • You become well informed about what is happening.
  • You get to know other parents.
  • You get to understand how the school works.
  • You learn how things "fit together" at school.

The current council is especially keen for parents who have previously not been involved in council, parents from various cultural groups, and or parents who have younger children in the school, to think about joining council for the first time.

If you are interested and would like more information about the role and responsibilities of the Governing Council please see the chairperson, any Council member, your child's teacher, the Deputy or Principal. We will be more than happy to explain the important part you play as a council member in your child's life and the life of the school. Please also encourage each other to join.


  • Suggest and plan school improvements
  • Taking care of the grounds. (e.g.Fencing, Play equipment, Sprinkler system, Soft landings, Rubbish bins, Landscaping
  • General maintenance
  • Budget for expenses


  • Meets at least once per term
  • Oversees the consolidated School fund
  • Helps frame the yearly budget
  • Advises the Principal
  • Makes financial decisions
  • Assists with the Financial planning and management of the school


  • Meet regularly
  • Share and exchange ideas for fundraising and social events, (e.g. discos, casual days, Easter raffle, Quiz nights, Sports Day raffle, Athons and catering)


This committee is a sub-committee of the Tea Tree Gully School Council consisting of members elected annually. Membership of the committee will include the Principal (ex officio), a staff member and volunteer members. Members may be co-opted as required. Its role and purpose is to make an effective contribution to the work of the school. More specifically it is responsible for:

  • Providing parents with information regarding school or DECD curriculum initiatives or current educational issues and policies
  • Organising workshops for parents
  • Representing parent views and providing advice and information on parent views to School Council and to the Principal
  • Fostering within the school community a greater awareness of, and interest in, education generally and the achievements of our school
  • Supporting the work of the school staff
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