Due to the impact that COVID has had on our school community , particularly in the first term, we were unable to host our school’s Annual General Meeting as planned earlier. We attempted to reschedule the meeting for week 3 this term, however, again due to the impact of COVID and other pressing issues, including NAPLAN administration and the leadership restructure, the meet was postponed until Tuesday 14 June. We look forward to hosting the meeting next week, after the long weekend.
We invite and welcome parents to come along to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) next Tuesday 14 June in the Library commencing at 6:30pm and concluding at 8.00pm. Prior to the meeting, light refreshments and nibbles will be available from 6:00pm. Crèche facilities will be available.
The AGM is a great opportunity for parents to come together with the Governing Council, Leadership team and staff to share in our school’s achievements and highlights of 2021.
The AGM also serves as an opportunity for parents to nominate for the 2022 Governing Council and / or participate on one of many sub-committees which provide support and direction for a range of school activities enabling us to further build and maintain a strong community culture.
The AGM will run with the following agenda:
- Spotlight: Environmental Learning at Craigburn – a community vision
- Minutes of previous AGM
- Tabling of Reports
- Election of 2022 Governing Council (vacancies) and Nominations for Sub-Committees.
Governing Council Membership
We thank the following members of the 2021 Governing Council for their excellent support and advocacy of our school throughout what was again, a most challenging year.
- Katelyn Adams (Chair), Steve Bottrill (Deputy Chair), Belinda Cece (Secretary), Kylie Basley (Treasurer), Kelly Howlett, Catherine Argent, Kathryn Stone, Nicolle Rizzo-Gray, Kim Altschwager, Ahmad Khalaf, Sam Slattery, Bec May and Alice Hilberdink.
Councillors to continue in their 2nd year are:
- Kelly Howlett, Kim Altschwager, Nicolle Rizzo-Gray, Kathryn Stone, Ahmad Khalaf and Bec May.
- Other council members for 2022 are: Paul Luke (Principal ex officio), two staff representatives (to be nominated).
Councillors who have completed their 2 year tenure are:
- Katelyn Adams, Belinda Cece, Steve Bottrill, Kylie Basley, Alice Hilberdink, Catherine Argent and Sam Slattery.
- These members may wish to nominate again for re-election.
Our constitution states that the Craigburn Primary School Governing Council must comprise of 15 councillors including:
- 1 x Principal
- 2 x Teaching Staff
- 12 x Parents (elected by the parent community.
- 1 x additional community member may be co opted where the council deems it necessary for particular purposes.
Elected members will be appointed for a term not exceeding two years.
Nominations for Governing Council 2022
Parents interested in nominating for the 2022 Governing Council are asked to complete the Craigburn Primary School Governing Council – Nomination for position of Parent Councillor (embedded below or link here) and return it to the front office in person or scan and send via email by no later than 9.00am Tuesday 14 June. (forms are available upon request at the office).
Please note – If the number of nominations received exceeds the vacancies available, an election will be held during the meeting.
Nominations for Governing Council Sub-Committees 2022
To nominate for any of the Sub-Committees, please register your interest via this link. Please read further below for information regarding the roles of these committees.
For COVID safety reasons – all parents and school staff must register their attendance (click link), by emailing the school on firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the front office in person or by phone on 8270 4144.
Governing Council Information
The Governing Council is an important group of people who take on the role of working together with the principal to share responsibility for school governance. Members are responsive to issues that arise and their role is to determine the views of our local community with regards to the broad directions of the school and to support the best learning outcomes possible for the children at Craigburn. We are guided by a constitution in regard to the protocols we follow.
Meetings are held twice per term on Monday evenings for around 60-90 minutes. Positions on the Governing Council are nominally for a term of 2 years. Generally, half of the positions become vacant each year, so that there is continuity.
Currently there are 6 vacancies.
Craigburn Primary School’s sub-committees of the Governing Council are an important part of our community. Each committee is made up of parent volunteers and a leadership representative, who work collaboratively to develop recommendations, strategies and actions to positively contribute to the life and culture of the school. You don’t need any experience to join a committee – simply a passion to get involved and an interest in contributing to a particular area.
Meetings are generally held twice a term out of school hours, with most meetings around 1 hour in length. There are also opportunities to volunteer in other capacities and during school hours as part of the ‘Friends of Craigburn’ team (Parent and Community Engagement – incorporating Fundraising)
Friends of Craigburn – Parent and Community Engagement (Fundraising)
- Parents and friends work together to ensure that social interactions, fundraising and parent support enhance the school’s culture and community through special events and activities.
- Parent engagement and involvement is at the heart of Craigburn Primary School and strong collaboration, interaction and partnership with parents, caregivers and leadership, in a variety of formal and informal ways, is facilitated through this group.
Out Of School Hours Care
- The OSHC Committee assists the Governing Council, Principal and OSHC Director to comply with national regulations and to ensure the quality of care being offered is in keeping with the values, principles and policies of the school council community and the department.
- The Canteen committee helps out the canteen by providing support to the canteen manager/s and advising on issues like food lines, menus and price setting, etc. The committee’s role is to make sure there’s a good supply of reasonably priced and healthy food as per the Right Bite Healthy Eating Policy, to help organise and encourage volunteer assistants for the canteen and give advice about any facilities needed in the canteen.
- Working with the school’s Business Manager and Principal, the Finance Committee advises the Governing Council about budgetary and financial matters including items such as; budget reviews, monitoring of revenue and expenses, management of the capital plan and review of external auditor findings.
- Provides support and advice on the development and strategic planning of grounds, buildings and facilities in a sustainable way, and in support of student wellbeing and educational outcomes.
- The Committee has a strong focus on the ongoing development of the Environmental Learning Centre with a focus on nature play.
- Working bees may also be facilitated by the group in the future to engage the Craigburn community in these developments.
- The Sports Committee typically involves sports coordinators who work with coaches and volunteers to improve the quality and variety of out of school sports being offered to students.
- The Committee sets standards around the expectation of behaviour and being a good sport, and develops plans that reflect the interest and needs of all sports.