The School Council is the governing body of the school. Through the Education & Training Reform Act 2006 the Parliament has given certain powers and responsibilities to voluntary governing bodies at each school, namely the school council. Elected school councillors are voted for by the entire school community at the beginning of each school year and are expected to serve the school as a whole rather than represent the interests of any special group.
Middle Park Primary School has a council membership of 10, comprising six parent representatives and four DEECD members.
School Councils usually find it helpful to establish committees or working parties to tackle specific tasks or responsibilities. It spreads workload and means that school councillors can call on people outside of the council to offer special expertise in various areas since not all members of committees need to be council members. Experienced councils utilise the expertise and resources available in their community to assist the work of their communities.
A council is free to form the number of committees or working parties that it needs to carry out its work. Committees or working parties are directly responsible to council. They make recommendations to council but the final decision rests with council. Committees generally meet twice per term. They are responsible for dealing with specific matters referred to them by council.
Middle Park Primary School has the following sub-committees:
Buildings & Grounds
Events & Fundraising
Information and Communications Technology
Policy & Planning
You can become a much appreciated part of the school community by helping to coordinate your child's class and their parents to participate in the various classroom and whole school activities that may occur through the year. The class representative is essentially the link between the teacher and the parents within the class for school events and social functions. Expressions of interest for class representatives are taken at the beginning of each school year.
Classroom Helpers is the component of the Early Years Literacy Program designed to support the work of parents, helpers and aides who assist in the classrooms. It consists of two interactive sessions and is directly linked to the classroom literacy program. To become a classroom helper at M.P.P.S. you are required to attend the Classroom Helpers sessions as an introduction to how best you can support the students and teacher during your time in the classroom. The course will:
- assist participants to develop an increased understanding of the development of literacy skills
- demonstrate various learning situations to participants so they can act as role models for students in the classroom
- train participants in how to provide support for small groups of student.
Events and Fundraising
Fundraising is essential to enhance the programs available within the school. School Council makes enormous effort in the fundraising area organising many functions and projects throughout the year. These activities demand generous amounts of time and talent of parents, students and teachers. The rewards are not only better material resources and provision of extra programs for the student’s education, but more important new social contacts between various members of the school community.
Building and Grounds
EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS...
If you would like to be more involved with the school, then volunteering to assist with Buildings and Grounds is a great way to actively contribute. The maintenance and improvement of our children’s school environment relies heavily on volunteers from the school community giving their time.
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED...
We need volunteers for the Middle Park Primary School Buildings and Grounds Committee. This is a team of volunteers whose goal is to co-ordinate the parent and teacher community in keeping the school buildings and grounds looking and functioning their best to enhance the students’ learning environment. The process revolves primarily around the committee organising a number of working bees throughout the year, when we rely solely on the support of our wonderful volunteers. These events are a great opportunity for parents to get together to improve the school. It is also a great environment for dads and mums to meet new people in the school community. The children also have a great time helping and this generates pride in their school! Everyone is very welcome as many hands make light work. There are a range of jobs for all levels of experience from gardening, painting, and general cleaning up to larger projects where our DIY or trade volunteers can do amazing things that would otherwise not get completed. Another important part of our working bee events is feeding the workers with afternoon tea or a BBQ, where everyone relaxes and shares in the satisfaction of having made a visible difference.
Policies Seeking Feedback
Please find below policies which will undergo review this year and for which we seek feedback.
- Collection & Processing of Money Policy
- Electronic Funds Management Policy
- Fees and Payments
- Head Lice
- Hire of Facilities
- Investment Issues Resolution Policy
- Staff Health and Well Being