Governing Council

The Athelstone School Governing Council is the formal parent body and staff representatives of Athelstone School, which has the following roles and responsibilities:

  • set the broad strategic direction and vision of the school
  • determine policies for the safety, welfare and discipline of the students
  • regularly review the budget of the school
  • raise money for school related purposes
  • provide an Out of School Hours (OSHC) service
  • support out of school hours sport programs
  • report to the school community and the Minister for Education

The Governing Council comprises 12 elected members of the school parent community, teaching staff and Principal.  Each volunteer parent member is appointed for a two year term and the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer are elected by the Governing Council.

The Governing Council meet twice a term to report on activities within each of the following sub-committees:

  • Assets & Policy Management
  • Finance
  • Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)
  • Parents & Friends – incorporating Fundraising
  • Sport
  • Strategic Planning

Each committee consists of self-nominated members from the school parent community, teaching staff and Governing Council members.  All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend and contribute to the Governing Council meetings, however, only elected members may vote on motions.

Each year the Governing Council raise funds to supplement the school’s Departmental budget to achieve the goals set out in the school’s Five Year Plan, Annual Site Improvement Plan and Strategic Plan.  The expenditure of these funds is prioritised to purchase items that benefit the education and well being of all students at Athelstone School.  How the funds are raised and expended is reported in the School’s newsletter.

Key Governing Council and Sub-Committee achievements for 2017:

  • Purchase of additional Level 32+ guided reader packs
  • Hosted Scholastic Book Fair
  • Educational artwork for Gorge & Torrens building outdoor asphalt play areas
  • Popular OSHC Vacation Care and school term programs
  • Take Home Reader initiative
  • School Values Wristbands
  • Fridge Magnets displaying school contact details
  • Design of the John Poole Hall repaint (funded by the School’s Building Fund)
  • Twilight Fete
  • Out of school hours sport programs for
      • Football
      • Soccer
      • Netball
      • Volleyball
      • Basketball
      • Cricket
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