Berwick College Council

The College Council provides an opportunity for parents and other members of the community to be involved in setting the educational policy of the school. The Berwick College Council consists of the Principal, six parent representatives, three teacher representatives, three co-opted community members and two student members.

The College Council is the governing body of the school. It is responsible for developing and maintaining policies that assist and direct the operations of the school. This includes all financial matters and capital works expenditure. The school is always looking for enthusiastic parents who want to help improve the learning outcomes of all students in the school community.

Parents are invited to contact either their parent representatives, or the College Principal about College Council matters (03) 8768 1000.

Introducing our 2020 College Council Members:

Parent Members: Mr Jarrod Flanigan (Term End March 2022), Mr Brett Farley (Term End March 2021), Mrs Michelle Walters (Term End March 2021), Mr Tim Shambrook (Term End March 2021), Mrs Sharron Pitchford (Term End March 2022).
Community Members: Mrs Lesley Brennan (Term End March 2022), Mr Phil Wightman (Term End March 2022)
Student Members: Samantha Buntrock and Adelle Pool

College Council elections are held annually. The election process can begin anytime in Term 1 and concludes by the end of March each year. Meetings are normally held in the evenings at the school on the third Tuesday of each month. There are sub-committees that manage Finance, Facilities, and Policy and Planning. The Council may establish additional working parties as required.

2020 Meetings: February 18th, March 17th (AGM), May 19th, June 16th, August 18th, October 20th and December 8th.

The 2019 Annual Report articulates and demonstrates Berwick College’s commitment to improving student learning outcomes.

Questions about Council?

What is the function of school council?

  • Establish the broad direction of the school within the school community.
  • Participate in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan.
  • Develop, review and monitor the Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy and the Student Dress Code.
  • Raise funds for school-related purposes.
  • Approve the annual budget and monitor expenditure.
  • Maintain the school’s grounds and facilities.
  • Enter into contacts (e.g. cleaning, construction work).
  • Report annually to the school community and to DET.
  • Generally stimulate interest in the school in the wider community.

Do I have what it takes and why would I want to be on school council?

  • You need to be keen, but you don’t need to be an expert.
  • You need to like people and be able to work in a team.
  • You do need to be prepared to commit the time needed to ensure the work of council gets done.
  • It’s a great way to get involved and have a real say in what your school is doing for its students.
  • It’s a very good way to help present and future students of the school.

Where can I find out more?

  • Speak to the principal or school council vice president, Mr Jarrod Flanigan. Association  of School Councils in Victoria (ASCIV) Victorian Council of School Organisations (VICCSO) State Services Authority (SSA)