School Council


2017 Altona Primary School Council

School councils play a key role in Victorian government schools. A school council develops a vision for the school in collaboration with all members of the school community and is actively involved in the development of and endorses the school’s strategic plan.


School Council is the governing body of the school and draws on the school community for its members - parents, DEECD staff and the broader community. School Council determines appropriate policies within Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) guidelines that will ensure that the aims of the school are achieved. In addition, Council controls the school’s monies and resources.


School Council operates under a framework provided by the:

  • Education and Training Reform Act 2006
  • Education and Training Regulations 2007
  • The School’s Constituting Order


Objectives, functions and powers of school councils

The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 defines the objectives, functions and powers of school councils.


A school council’s objectives are to:

  • assist in the efficient governance of the school
  • ensure that its decisions affecting students of the school are made having regard, as a primary consideration, to the best interests of the students
  • enhance the educational opportunities of the students of the school
  • ensure the school and the council comply with any requirements of this Act, the regulations, a Ministerial Order or a direction, guideline or policy issued under this Act.


School Council is made up of 13 members:

  • 8 elected non-DEECD parents
  • 4 DEECD employees, other than the Principal
  • the Principal
  • Up to one co-opted member from the school community (excluding DEECD employees) having a special interest in the school (community membership is optional and this position is co-opted rather than elected).


Altona Primary School's 2017-2018 School Council members are:


Chris Graham (President)

Alexis Beckwith (Vice-President)

Chelsea Hughes (Minutes Secretary)

Aaron Hunt

Bronwyn White

Sarah Brooker

Lynda Giles Holmes

DET (Department of Education) employees

Kevin Enright (Principal)

Nicole Fridey (Assistant Principal)



Elected members of the Altona Primary School Council have two-year terms of office with half retiring annually on 31st March each year. Co-opted members of Altona Primary School Council have two-year terms that also terminate on 31st March each year. Elections are conducted according to the Regulations 2007.


2018 Meeting Dates


14 February 2018

21 March 2018

16 May 2018

20 June 2018

15 August 2018

19 September 2018

24 October 2018

21 November 2018


School Council Updates


June - August 2017 (PDF,227KB)
March - May 2017 (PDF,604KB)

November 2016 - February 2017 (PDF,519KB)

September - October 2016 (PDF,454KB)

June - August 2016 (PDF,382KB)

May 2016 (PDF,475KB)



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