What does the Governing Council do?
Our Governing Council plays a very important part in school decision making. Information is freely shared between parents and staff and the opinions of both groups are valued. Being on Council is one way of being involved in the partnership held between you and the school for your child's education.
By being on Council you are also giving some extra time to share your interest in your own child's education and the education of all the children in this school. You are directly involved in ensuring that Forbes keeps up its good reputation.
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 codes; OSHC; and the general safety and educational welfare of the students. A copy of the Governing Council guidelines in full can be borrowed from the office.
For a Governing Council 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; Dress Code) share their ideas and make proposals.
The Parent Network has a representative 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
- You can bring your children if you need to
- Meetings are very social.
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.
With the opening of the Forbes Children's Centre in 2010, our Governing Council was able to alter their Constitution to include a parent representative fromt he Children's Centre and the Director of the Children's Centre.
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 others to join.