School Council

The School Council establishes the broad direction and vision of the school. School Council sets school policies, which are implemented by the Principal and staff. Council is comprised of parents, staff and community members, who work together to ensure the smooth operation and ongoing development of the school. The Council has a number of sub-committees to oversee specific areas of the school’s operation.

School Council Activities

  • Develop and monitor the school’s Strategic Plan
  • Develop, monitor and evaluate Student Engagement Policy (incorporating values and philosophy; rights and responsibilities; attendance and positive behaviours; actions and consequences)
  • Develop and review policies, goals and priorities
  • Approve and monitor annual school budget, including fundraising activities
  • Maintaining and improving school facilities and grounds
  • Promoting and representing school in wider community


Being a councillor is a rewarding and fulfilling experience. It provides an opportunity to directly influence policies and school operation that relate to your child’s education and experiences at Donvale Primary School. Councillors draw on their personal and business skills to benefit the school. Councillors are elected for a two year term, with half of the Council positions vacated each year.


School Council Elections:

Nominations are now open for both the Parent and DET categories for School Council. Parent School Councillors whose terms expire at this election are as follows:

George Condos

Leanne Maguire

Cassandra Buckle

Evan Raftopoulos vacates his position after 12 months thus leaving a 12 month casual vacancy which also is available to any interested member of our parent community.

At Donvale PS we are fortunate in having a very proactive School Council who works supportively with the school’s leadership to provide the best possible education outcomes for our students. School Councils play a key role in all schools and the role of School Councillor can be a very rewarding experience. It’s a great way to get involved and have a real say in what your school is doing for its students. If you are considering standing for election, you can either nominate yourself or be nominated by someone who is eligible for the same category as you wish to stand for. More information about the School Council and the roles and responsibilities that it involves, are available at the office.

The timeline for the School Council Election is set out below:

Mon 25th Feb:                    Notice of election and call for nominations

Thurs 28th Feb:                  School Council Meeting for 2017 School Council

Mon 4th March:                 Closing date for nominations

Wed 6th March:                 Date by which the list of candidates and nominators will be posted

Tues 12th March:              Date by which ballot papers will be prepared and distributed

Tues 19th March:              Close of ballot

Tues 19th March:              Vote count and ballot declared

Thurs 28th March:             AGM & first School Council Meeting of 2018 School Council

If you are interested in becoming a School Councillor and proactively and positively contributing to our wonderful school, I strongly encourage you to nominate. Please do not hesitate to contact me if youhave any queries regarding School council and the process of nomination and election.



The positions  for 2018 School Council were elected as follows.

Elected Executive:

President: Evan Raftopoulos

 Deputy President: Craig Cowley

Treasurer: Cassandra Buckle

Secretary: Leanne Maguire


Lena Clark – Executive Officer

Ian McKinlay

Sandy Bryant

Peter Reiter

Chelsea Wernert

Evan Raftopoulos

Craig Cowley

George Condos

Chee Chong

Leanne Maguire

Cassandra Buckle

Community Member: Sharon Breeland-Clencie

Team Leader of sub committees:

  •      Finance – Cassandra Buckle
  • Education – Ian McKinlay
  • Buildings and Grounds – Craig Cowley

Who is on School Council?

  • Parent members
  • DET employee members
  • Community members