School Council



*You can find the Nomination & Information form here.*

What is a School Council and what does it do?

All government schools in Western Australia are encouraged to have a School Council. They are legally formed bodies that are given authority to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a School Council is able to directly influence the quality of education the school provides for its students.

Who is on the School Council?

There are three possible categories of membership:

  • A mandated elected Parent category. More than one third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school, as long as they are not employed at the school.
  • A mandated elected DoE employee category. Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of School Council. The Principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
  • An optional Community member category. These members are co-opted by a decision of the Council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.

Why is Parent membership so important?

Parents on School Council provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school. Those parents who become actively involved in the school via School Council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.

Functions of School Council?

The functions of School Council are to take part in:

  • Establishing and reviewing from time to time, the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions,
  • The planning of financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions,
  • Evaluating the school’s performance in achieving them
  • Formulating codes of conduct for students at the school.
  • Determine, in consultation with students, their parents and staff a dress code for students when they are attending or representing the school
  • Promote the school in the community.

The School Council approves:

  • charges and contributions for the provision of certain materials, services and facilities
  • extra cost optional components of educational programs
  • items to be supplied by a student for personal use in an educational program, and
  • any agreements or arrangements for advertising or sponsorship in relation to the school.

The School Council provides advice to the Principal of the school on:

  • a general policy concerning the use in school activities of prayers, songs and material based on religious, spiritual or moral values being used in a school activity as part of religious education; and the implementation of special religious education.

How do people join the School Council?

With the exception of the Principal, members of the School Council are elected for a period of up to two years. The Kununurra School Council operates in line with the School Education Act (1999) and relevant Regulations. Parent / Caregiver representatives are elected to their positions by parents and caregivers who have their details registered on their child’s Enrolment card.

Staff representatives are elected to their positions by the school staff (teaching and non-teaching). Community representatives are appointed to positions by the school Council.

How is the school Council different from the P&C?

The Kununurra Parents and Citizens’ Association has several functions. It:

  • operates the Canteen
  • conducts fund-raising activities so that additional resources can be purchased for the school
  • fosters community interest in educational matters
  • promotes the moral, physical, social and educational welfare of students at the school.

The School Council is essentially a decision making group. It represents the school community in the process of school planning and policy development.

2018 School Councillors

Peter Cottle (Chair)
Kate Wilson (Principal)
Tony Chafer
Rosemary Taffinder
Ian Warrener
Justine de Candia
Helen Thorne
Beth Van den Ham
Kellie Jackson
Jenny MacNeill
Sara Smith
Priscilla Williams