What are the functions of the School Council?
Upwey South Primary School Council comprises a group of dedicated staff and parent volunteers who are working together for the ‘big picture’ future of our school, and ultimately our students.
Councillors collaborate to ensure high quality governance of our school and monitor finance, facilities and school policies as well as seeking opportunities to engage with and represent the wider school community. School Council ensures that these integral areas of the school operations are compliant with regulations and reflect the overall strategic direction and values of our school. We are working together for the best possible learning environments and resources for the students of Upwey South.
The School Council welcomes feedback and opportunities to engage with the school community on any of these areas. If at any time you would like to offer suggestions or feedback or have any questions, please feel free to contact our School Council President at
Rachel Morrissey Rachel.Morrissey@education.vic.gov.au
2023 School Council Members
School Council President – Rachel Morrissey
Vice President – Robert Shepherd
Treasurer – Hazel Tindal
Secretary – Llewela Humphries
Parent Members (year level of child/ren listed):
- Rachel Morrissey (Year Six, Year Four)
- Casey Davies (Year Five, Year Three)
- Lucy Demant (Year Four)
- Hazel Tindal (Year Two, Year Four)
- Jessica Mortimer (Year Five, Year 1)
- Robert Shepherd (Year Two)
- Michelle Wright
- Stacey Bowles
- Llewela Humphries
- Damien Kitch
Who can join a subcommittee? What is the time commitment?
Any parent or interested community member can become involved in the actions of a subcommittee. The time commitment can vary, dependent upon the time of year, or focus, of a subcommittee. In general terms, you may be asked to attend up to two meetings per term (either in person or via teleconference).
The formation of sub committees, membership, purpose and terms of reference are determined and ratified by School Council at the beginning of each year. The structure of a school’s subcommittees can vary from year to year, dependent upon the strategic goals of the school.
It is a Standing Order of the USPS School Council that all subcommittees:
- have a minimum of three members
- contain at least one School Council member
- contain at least one existing USPS staff member
- are open to members of the school community who do not hold a School Council position.
It is a Standing Order of School Council that all school councillors are to be a member of at least one subcommittee.
If you are interested in being a non-council member of any of the subcommittees, please contact the school for further information.
Do You Want to Get Involved with a Subcommittee?
For information about how to get involved with a School Council Subcommittee, please refer to the information below:
Finance & Facilities Sub-Committee: Oversee the governance aspects of financial management, improvement targets and aspects of the strategic direction of school physical resources. Make financial recommendations to School Council. Oversee the maintenance of school grounds and facilities. This Council will also oversee the organization and distribution of Working Bees for the wider school community.
- email contact: Damien.Kitch@education.vic.gov.au
Governance & Policy Sub-Committee: Oversee the governance aspects of school management, improvement targets and aspects of the strategic direction of school. Oversee the policy documents written by school to provide approval recommendations to School Council.
- email contact: Llewela.Humphries@education.vic.gov.au
Community Engagement & Grants Sub-Committee: Oversee the promotion of school to the wider community. With the aim of aligning joint practices and directions to promote community engagement; overseeing fundraising initiatives; coordinating PTA dates with wider school calendar dates; communicating opportunities for students, families and staff to engage with the wider community. This committee will also present PTA Minutes to School Council and act as the conduit between the PTA and the School Council. Source grant opportunities for the school.
- email contact: Stacey.Bowles@education.vic.gov.au
Parents and Teachers Association (PTA): support the school and work alongside the Junior School Council to undertake special events and community engagement.
- email contact: email@example.com
Each year, School Council ratifies an Annual Report, which provides information to the public on achievements for the preceding year.
To view the latest Annual Report click the link below: