The School Council is the governing body of the school. Through the Education Act the Parliament has given certain powers and responsibilities to voluntary governing bodies at each school, namely the School Council. Elected school councillors are expected to serve the school as a whole, rather than to represent the interests of any special group. Bonbeach Primary School has a School Council membership of 12, comprising seven parent representatives, three Department of Education and Training (DET) representatives and two community members. School Council meetings are held once a month. Visitors are most welcome at meetings.
The roles and responsibilities of the principal and school council are clearly defined, operating under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017. More information can be found here 'School Council Functions'.
The School Council is presently responsible for:
- the school budget and financial plan
- maintenance and improvement of buildings and grounds
- reporting and communicating with the school community
School Council – Sub-Committees
School Councils usually find it helpful to establish committees or working parties to tackle specific tasks or responsibilities. It spreads the workload, and means that School Council can call on people outside the School Council to offer special expertise in various areas, since not all members of committees need to be School Council members. Experienced School Councils utilise the expertise and resources available in their community to assist the work of their committees. School Council is free to form the number of committees or working parties it needs to carry out its work. Committees or working parties are directly responsible to School Council. They may make recommendations to School Council but the final decision rests with the School Council. Committees generally meet monthly. They are responsible for dealing with specific matters referred to them by School Council and for making recommendations to the School Council. Bonbeach Primary School has the following sub-committees:
- Farmers' Market
- Parents & Friends