School Council

On Monday 8th February, at the close of nominations for School Council, four nominations had been received for the four parent vacancies. Subsequently, the four parent nominees Rohan Mills, Luke Elliott, Belinda Cheesewright and Marcus Encel are duly elected. Rebekah Herron, Andrew Butler, Lynne West and Kate Hutchinson will continue on as the other four parent representatives.  Two nominations were received from Monique Vrzovski and Katie Snibson for the two 2021 school employee vacancies.  Michelle Hyde and Dee Zschunke will continue on as the other two Essendon Primary School School Council DET employees.  

 Thank you very much to Andrew Luck, Clelia Dale, Stewart Turner, Mary Fazzari and Zakiya Kurdi for sharing their time and expertise with School Council and the whole school community over the past two years. Congratulations and welcome to all members of the 2021 Essendon Primary School Council.

Parent members have each taken on a specific role as follows:
School Council President:
Finance Sub-Committee Convener :Belinda Cheesewright
Policy Reviews
Fundraising & Community Building Sub-Committee Convener:
Building & Grounds Sub-Committee Convener: Kate Hutchinson
School Council Promotion and Communication Officer: Lynne West
Grants & Corporate Partnerships Sub-Committee Convener: Andrew Butler
Parent Education & Information Sub-Committee Convener :
Co-opted community members: yet to be appointed

Parent Education & Information Sub-Committee
In 2017 we trialled several parent information sessions which were well received by the parent community. We would like to continue to organize and offer these in 2021.  Another important role for School Council and this Sub-Committee will be to consult with the school community especially during the year of our review.

School Council Promotion & Communication Officer
To assist School Council to raise it's profile in the school community and to communicate its work and activities via the newsletter on a regular basis.  This role may also extend to aspects of promotion and publicity in the wider community that may result in entities working with EPS in partnership on a major project e.g. Essendon Football Club to enable us to continue with the use of Windy Hill at lunch times.

Finance Sub-Committee is to assist the School Council
To oversee the development and to monitor the school's annual Program budget, system of internal controls to minimise financial risk, review and monitor an appropriate investment policy, assist in the completion of school tenders e.g. cleaning contracts, waste removal contracts, school council building contracts along with other financial matters.

Building and Grounds Sub-Committee is to assist School Council to
Exercise a general oversight of the school buildings and grounds and ensure that they are kept in good order and condition.
Work on the development and progress of the school Master Plan.
Develop an integrated long-term plan for the school grounds to help ensure funds are not wasted on projects that will become redundant or be built over soon afterwards.
Explore any possibilities for expansion of the school grounds.
Optimise the use of available school land while looking for opportunities to integrate student learning activities with improving school amenity.

Fund Raising and Community Building Sub-Committee is to assist School Council in
Identifying activities and events that will bring the school community together and raise funds to improve the school's amenities and resources to ensure students safety, health, wellbeing and to support the teaching and learning program. Fundraising includes all activities that develop financial and in kind support from individuals, organisations or sectors in support of an Essendon Primary School facility, service, equipment, activity or event, where there is no expectation of public acknowledgment.

Policy Reviews
Schools are required to have a range of policies in place to reflect the community's values and to fulfil the Victorian Registration and Quality Authority (VRQA) registration requirements. School Council, subcommittees and working groups have developed and reviewed a number of key policies that were outlined in preparation for our school review.