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 BALINGUP PRIMARY SCHOOL BOARD

 Important information about your School Board

What is a School Board?

The Board of a public school works with the school to achieve the best outcomes for students. Their functions are covered by legislation. The elected members include parents, staff, and students in secondary settings. Members of the community may be invited to join. The Principal of the school is a member. School Boards make an important contribution towards supporting public education.

The board establishes a vision for the school that reflects the aspirations and needs of the community. The board can have an important influence on the direction of the school, with members bringing ideas and lending their expertise to strategic planning and community partnerships. Professional skills in areas such as management, finance, procurement, marketing and cultural knowledge support the principal and strengthen the school’s capacity to meet the needs of its students.

The Balingup PS School Board

Principal: Emma Bancroft Board

Chair: John Bailey

Secretary: Joan May

Staff Representative: Rhiannon Blake

Community Representatives: Rose Carr, Noelene King, Andy Wilson

Parent Representative: Tracie Pushman, Kristy Preston

If you wish to contact the School Board you can phone the school or contact:

John Bailey on 0488241089

What are the roles and responsibilities of the School Board?

The role of a school council (board) is outlined in the School Education Act 1999.

In essence, the role of school board is one of setting the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school's operation.

It is not about running the school – that is the job of the principal.

It is about providing additional expertise to help the school achieve the best outcomes for the students.

An Independent Public School Board will operate with functions consistent with the legislative role of school councils.

The responsibilities of an Independent Public School Board are to:

• work within the Department of Education’s relevant legislation and regulations;

• contribute to the School Delivery and Performance Agreement and the Business Plan. (These documents summarise what the school wants to achieve in the future and how it plans to get there; the agreement will be signed off by the chair of the Board, Principal and Director General);

• endorse and review the annual budget (the budget summarises the income received annually from the Department of Education and other sources; It also lists planned expenditure, including salaries);

• assist with the formulation of codes of conduct (guiding principles designed to influence decisions and actions that the school takes); review the performance of the school;

• create interest in the school within and across the community;

• assist with principal selection when a vacancy arises (the chair of the School Board will be a member of the selection panel);

• approve fees, charges, contributions and items of personal use (booklists);

• approve extra cost optional components of programs; • approve arrangements for sponsorship and advertising.

• liaise with other committees within the school e.g. the P&C;

• hold one open meeting each year to report to the school community; and

• provide advice to the principal on religious education and related activities.

The School Board does not:

• manage the day to day running of the school.(for example, it does not employ staff, decide which classes students will be assigned to, or resolve issues relating to individual teachers and students and/or parents);

• discuss individual issues relating to teachers, staff or parents – these are very clearly management roles and therefore the responsibility of the principal;

• represent specific interest groups, or permit special interests to dominate the agenda of the Board;

• intervene in the educational instruction of students;

• purchase land, buildings or motor cars, nor enter into hire purchase agreements or obtain credit or loans, unless permission is given by the Minister; and

• performance manage the principal or any other staff member.

Balingup Primary School

We aspire to create a rich learning space that harnesses student interests in a safe yet challenging environment. We teach our students to dream big and encourage our students to 'have a go'.

We are a community that collaborates together to achieve shared goals. We currently have 51 students, small classroom sizes and the ability to cater for your child as an individual.

Balingup Primary is a passionate school community and our students are at the forefront of everything that we do including, every program that we implement, every decision that we make and every professional learning that we attend, benefit our students.

Our staff provide a wonderful diversity and combined knowledge and experience of our staff is valued as an opportunity for continual growth. Within these mixed year-leveled classrooms, our students have the ability to both consolidate and extend their learning.

At Balingup Primary School we recognise the importance of having strong partnerships between students, parents and staff and we welcome all families into our community.

Contact Us

Phone: 08 9764 1093

Email: emma.bancroft@education.wa.edu.au

Web: http://balingupprimaryschool.wa.edu.au/