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There are three main levels of involvement.

Formal Level

The School Council and its sub-committees:

Objectives, Functions and Powers of School Councils

The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 defines the objectives, functions and powers of school councils as outlined in the “Making the Partnership Work”, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Objectives:

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 student
  • 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.

Functions:

A school council’s functions include:

  • establishing the broad direction and vision of the school
  • developing, reviewing and updating the policies of the school
  • arranging for the supply of goods, services, facilities, materials and equipment that are required for the conduct of the school, including the provision of preschool programs
  • raising funds for school related purposes
  • regulating and facilitating the after-hours use of school premises and grounds
  • exercising a general oversight of the buildings and grounds and ensuring that they are kept in good order and condition
  • providing for cleaning and sanitary services necessary for the school
  • providing meals and refreshments for staff and students and charging for this
  • ensuring all money coming into the hands of the council is properly expended for purposes related to the school
  • informing itself of, and taking into account, any views of the school community for the purpose of making decisions in regard to the school and its students
  • ensuring that an annual report relating to financial activities and the school’s strategic plan is published and made available to the school community
  • stimulating interest in the school in the wider community.

Powers:

A school council has the power to:

  • enter into contracts, agreements or arrangements
  • establish trusts and act as a trustee of them employ teachers (for a fixed period not exceeding one year or on a casual basis), teacher aides or any other staff for the purpose of performing the council’s functions and duties
  • charge fees to parents for goods, services or other things provided by the school
  • conduct programs in or use or allow third parties to conduct programs in or use school buildings or grounds for students, young people and the local community for educational, recreational, sporting or cultural activities
  • carry out construction and improvements to school buildings
  • form sub-committees to assist the council
  • delegate powers, duties or functions, except the power of delegation, to another person or body
  • form committees to manage joint facilities
  • sell equipment, goods or other similar personal property acquired for use in the school provide preschool programs and make charges for the program.

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Please contact them on the emails below if you have a matter relating to any of the functions listed above. If you have any concerns regarding your child at SKiPPS the first point of call should be your child’s Teacher or the school’s Principal, Jen or Assistant Principal, Anne.

 

Parents' Association (SKIPPA)

The Parents' Association provides:

  • An opportunity for parents to socialisey
  • An opportunity for parents to ask where to go with concerns about the welfare, curriculum and general education policy of the school.
  • Assistance in the co-ordination of school activities.
  • Fundraising for the school.
  • Email contact for each group.

Parents' Association Meetings A meeting is held when necessary. These meetings are never dull and are conducted informally. Should you be unable to attend, a copy of the minutes of these meetings will be available to keep you up to date. The Parents' Association has an elected representative on the School Council.

Classroom Level

Parents may work with teachers and children in the classroom. for Example:

  • Literacy Program including Diary and Story
  • WritingComputer Skills
  • General Studies
  • Maths Activities

Supportive Level

Throughout the year, requests may be made for parental assistance with cookery, attending working bees, helping with excursions, gala days, Jazz in the Park, Celebration of the Arts event, helping with special lunches, art, music, library etc.