Responsibilities of the School Council
The council of a public school works with the school community to achieve the best outcomes for students.
It plays an important role in contributing to good school governance so that school resources are used efficiently and community expectations and the school’s priorities reflect the needs of students.
The Principal remains responsible for the educational leadership, operation and management of the school. To maximise the input of the School Council in developing school policies, the Principal will seek advice and receive recommendations from the School Council. To enable the School Council to function effectively, the Principal will report regularly to the School Board on the school’s progress.
The School Council is made up of a selection of parents, community members and school staff. Indigenous and Maori parents and community are encouraged to nominate.
School Council Members bring their experience as parents, educators and/or community members to the school at Council meetings. Usually there are 8 to 10 meetings a year of about one hour in length. A voting process will be held if multiple nominations are received.
Works within the Department of Education’s relevant legislation and regulations
Contributes to the School Delivery and Performance Agreement and the Business Plan
Endorses and reviews the annual budget
Assists with the formulation of Codes of Conduct
Reviews the performance of the school
Creates interest in the school within and across the community
Assists with the Principal selection when a vacancy arises
Approves fees, charges, contributions and items of personal use, extra cost optional component