All government schools in Victoria have school councils.They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school. In the performance of their role, school councils are able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students. Within guidelines provided by the Department of Education and Training, a school council has responsibilities for developing such things as:
Footscray High School Council meets eight times a year. Meetings dates are published on the school’s calendar and are open to all parents, staff and students to attend. The agenda, minutes and papers for each meeting are published under School Documentation in Compass. If you want to attend a School Council meeting, have a matter to raise or want to find out more about the work of the School Council, please contact the School Council President or the general office.
Parent members must comprise more than one-third of the school council’s total membership. Parent members within this category are elected by parents of students currently at the school.
‘Parent’ includes a guardian or person with parental responsibility for the student. A parent of a student at the school who is a Department of Education and Training employee but does not work at or for the school is included in the Parent electorate. These parents are classified on school council as ‘DET parents’.
Members of the Department employee member category make up no more than one third of council membership according to the constituting Order.
Department employee members are elected by Department employees at the school (except for the principal who is an automatic Department employee member of school council as the council’s executive officer).
For all government schools with a Year 7 cohort and above, a mandated student member category (2 positions)
Student members of school council have the same role and responsibilities as other council members including full voting rights. However, student members are not eligible to hold any office bearer position.
To be eligible to run in the student member category, that person must be a current student Footscray High School student. There is no minimum age requirement. These members are elected by all students enrolled at the FHS.
The Footscray High School Council is made up of elected and appointed members in four categories:
Elections are held annually to fill vacancies for parent, student and teacher members. Parents and students are appointed for two-year terms. Teachers are appointed for one-year terms. Community members are appointed by the School Council.