School Council

All government schools in Victoria have a School Council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within statewide guidelines. In doing this, a School Council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

The College Council at Horsham College is made up of three categories of membership as designated by the Department of Education and Training:

  • 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 engaged in work at the school.
  • A mandated elected DET 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.
  • Optional Community member category – members are co-opted by a decision of the School Council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be community members.

Generally, the term of office for members is two years. The term of office of half of the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual School Council Elections.

Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school. Parents are also welcome to contact the College to discuss being involved in one of the sub committees of the College Council.

The College Sub Committees are:

  • Finance
  • Accountability and Improvement
  • Grounds and Facilities
  • Alternate Programs

Current Horsham College Council members are:

President: Rowan Smith
Vice President: Stuart Hobbs
Principal/Executive Officer: Rob Pyers
Parent Representatives: Rowan Smith, Stuart Hobbs, Sally Marcroft, Rob Goudie, Kevin O’Brien, Luisa Schellens
Staff Representatives: Rob Pyers, Adam Ross, Katelyn Keller, Meg Woolford, Neil King
Community Members: Tim Shaw, Yolande Grosser, Pauline Schmidt, Georgia Maroske (SRC student)
Council Guests: Carlos Lopez (Assistant Principal – Year 10, 11 & 12), Kim Drummond (Assistant Principal – Year 7, 8 & 9)
School Council Minute Secretary: Judi Landwehr

Further information is available from Rob Pyers, Principal