Government schools in Victoria are responsible for developing their own education programs within Department of Education and Training (DET) policies and guidelines. A school council governs each established local school in the state education system. School councils are representative bodies, the membership of which is designed to reflect the educational partnership between students, teachers and the student’s home. The school council’s role in shared decision making involves such areas as curriculum, finance, facilities, community relations, employment of some non-teaching staff, and selection of the school principal. Councils have a responsibility to inform and consult with the school community members on important issues.
Murrumbeena Primary School Council consists of eight parent members, four teacher members, two co-opted members and the Principal. Our Council is assisted by six sub- committees, which undertake work as directed by council.
The Education Sub-committee addresses specific educational issues referred to it by Council. It is also responsible for the development and review of school policies, and for publications such as the school prospectus and school handbook.
The Finance Sub-committee monitors the financial operation of the school. The sub- committee is also involved in long term planning and recommending expenditure priorities to Council.
The Facilities Sub-committee is responsible for maintaining the grounds and buildings, co- ordinating working-bees and determining priorities for maintenance work.
The Fundraising/Social & Community Sub-committee plans and co-ordinates various fundraising and social activities, including a school fete/carnival every second year.
The Out of School Hours Sub-committee oversees Out of School Hours activities. These include Before and After School Care Programs which operate daily.
The Canteen/Uniform Sub-committee is responsible for the school’s specific trading operations in these areas.
From time to time special Working Parties are convened for specific purposes, for example, the former Multi-Purpose Hall Working Party, Swimming Pool Working Party and Building Development Working Party.
Whilst the above may seem somewhat official and formal, in reality council and its sub- committees are a forum where parents, teachers and the community can work co-operatively together in making decisions which best meet local school needs.
If you are a parent (or guardian) of a child at the school, we encourage you to nominate for vacant positions on council or become actively involved with any of the sub-committees. It is important to have a range of skills and talents on School Council, and your input would be greatly appreciated. You will be very welcome in our enthusiastic teams.
School Council meetings are open meetings, and all parents are welcome to attend as observers. Meeting dates are published in the weekly newsletter, and School Council News is included regularly in the school newsletter.
Pupil Free Days
Parents are required to meet the costs of their children’s participation in activities such as sport, swimming, excursions, the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program and camps. Payment for excursions and the senior inter-school sport program is requested through
a bulk payment system. Our policy is that no child should miss out on any school activity because of financial hardship, so you are asked to approach the principal if there are any difficulties in meeting payments.
Each year School Council asks parents to make a contribution to cover essential items:
- the children’s personal requisites (eg pens, pencils, paper)
- bulk expendable classroom supplies
- computer consumables
Also materials and equipment are purchased using school funds to help support programs such as:
- information & communication technology
- physical education
A Building and Library Fund have
been established to further improve our buildings, library and information and communication technology. All parent contributions to these funds are tax deductible.
Working With Children Check
All volunteers and helpers require an up to date Working With Children Check. Please complete the attached form and provide your check to the school office staff.
Home of the Working with Children Check for Victoria, Australia.
All students who attend Murrumbeena Primary School must wear the approved school uniform. The school has its own distinctive uniform featuring the school colours of maroon and gold. Please note that although t-shirts are available in both gold and maroon, the gold colour is official, and must be worn on excursions, for school photographs and official occasions. A Uniform ‘Shop’ is open one afternoon and one morning a week for personal selection of clothing. Parents may also visit the retail outlet, which is Primary Schoolwear at 1/596 North Road, Ormond. Phone 9768 0387. Orders can be made online at www.psw.com.au
As a safety measure, children are asked to wear suitable footwear. THONGS AND OPEN TOED SHOES ARE NOT PERMITTED.
(ii) Lost Property
All lost property is directed towards the Lost Property Chest. You are welcome to check the chest if your child has lost any personal belongings.
Unclaimed clothing, especially school windcheaters, is a major concern. Remember your child’s school windcheater is exactly the same as windcheaters belonging to approximately six hundred other children in the school.
You are therefore asked to CLEARLY NAME ALL SCHOOL CLOTHING WITH A PEN THAT WILL NOT FADE IN THE WASH.
Fundraising plays an important role in the financial structure of the school. A bi-ennial school fete/carnival provides an opportunity for the whole school community to raise funds for the school and where teamwork and friendships are forged. Other fundraising may occur
through raffles, social nights and sausage sizzles to name a few.
The school will provide updates in the lead up to these events.
Please check the COMPASS calendar for events and important term dates.
Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)
School Council sponsors Out of School Hours Care Programs which operate on all school days: Before School 7:30am – 8:45am (with a light breakfast), After School 3:30pm – 6:00pm (with afternoon tea). Before children can attend the care programs, parents are required to complete an enrolment form for each child, and provide details of emergency information.
Bookings are required in advance, and a parent or the parent’s nominee must sign the child in (Before School Care) or sign the child out (After School Care). School Council sets the fees that users of the program must pay, which in effect is determined by the Federal Government through its operating subsidy.
In addition, a day care program operates on pupil free days. Parents are advised of the details of day care programs through the school’s weekly newsletter.
Full details of the Out of School Hours Care programs are available from the co-ordinators.