College Councils

All government schools in Victoria, apart from the Distance Education Centre Victoria, have a school council. The school council is the group of people who assist in governing the school. It is given the power to set the key directions for the school, and is a legal entity in its own right. A school council directly influences the quality of education that a school provides to its students.

What is a College Council

  • Is a legally formed body that is given powers to set  the key directions of a school
  • Is the major governing body of the school
  • Plays an important role in school accountability and improvement processes
  • Endorses the key school planning, evaluation  and reporting documents

What is the function of College Council

  • Establish the broad direction and vision of the school within the school’s community
  • Participate in the development and  monitoring of the school strategic plan
  • Develop, review and  update school policies
  • Develop, review and monitor the Student Engagement 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 DEECD
  • Generally stimulate interest in the school in the wider community

College Council also has sub committees which meet prior to Council meetings

  • Education
  • Finance
  • Sustainability and Resources

Western Port Secondary College has six parent representatives and two community representatives on Council. These members each serve a two year term.
College Council usually meets twice per term on a Tuesday night.

Current parent representatives

Bernard Rich – Deputy President


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