School Council

 School Council Matters

By Louise Du Chesne, Communications Coordinator


The Newport Lakes Primary School Council is made up of parents and staff and meets twice per term.  We have a new position on Council: communications coordinator.  My role is to let you know what is going on with the  Council. Let’s start with what the School Council does. 

School Councils have a range of different responsibilities including: 

  • Establishing the broad direction and vision of the school within the school's community
  • Participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan
  • Approving the annual budget and monitoring expenditure
  • Developing, reviewing and updating school policies
  • Raising funds for school-related purposes
  • Maintaining the school’s grounds and facilities
  • Reporting annually to the school community and to the Department
  • Creating interest in the school in the wider community
  • Informing itself of and taking into account the views of the community
  • Regulating and facilitating the after hours use of school premises and grounds 

The school council is not responsible for hiring or managing teaching staff.


Your school council met in March to welcome 4 new members, elect new office bearers and establish new sub committees.  Matt Shanahan was the outgoing president – thank you Matt for your hard work and your
commitment to the school.  The new president is Kylie Halarakis; welcome Kylie! There are three sub-committees currently. They are the Education, Finance and the Facilities & Management sub-committees.  Membership of these committees and the office bearers are listed below.


The school is currently undertaking its strategic plan.  A lot of consultation was undertaken within the school
community last year at a number of information forums.  This year the school is in the process of putting in place some of the ideas that came from these consultations. Some changes you may have already noticed include:


Information sessions for all year levels

  • Email reminders
  • Email newsletter
  • Updated website
  • Student Leadership and Student Voice’ Programs
  • Improved eLearning Curriculum
  • Introduced coaching support in eLearning and Extension
  • & the fabulous Newport Lakes TV 

This year we are pleased that representatives from the Junior School Council will be coming along to the School Council meetings to contribute their ideas. It is important that we seek the views of our Junior School Council leaders to keep us in touch with the ideas and opinions of the students about the functioning and future of their school.


Parents Club continues to meet on the last Thursday of the month, at 7.30pm. The Parents Club is open to any member of the school community and offers a social and friendly way to participate in supporting the school through organizing social activities, Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day breakfasts, icy pole days and other community
building activities. Parents Club is currently looking for a president, so if you think this could be you, or you would just like to get more involved in your school community, please come along.


School Council is keen to hear your ideas for developing the future of Newport Lakes Primary School. You can
contact any of the School Councilors by email, or approach us in the schoolyard.


President - Kylie Halarakis  -