The Port Kenny Learning Centre Governing Council supports the Principal to manage the school. The governing Council has input into and monitors Asset Management and Budgeting for the year. The Principal is responsible for ensuring the Governing Council is informed of all matters relating to the management of the school.
The Council meets twice per term and subcommittees meet as necessary.
Members are elected at the AGM which is held at the beginning of each school year. Councillors are elected for a two year term. Only half of the positions become vacant each year. holds meetings on Monday evenings weeks 2 and 8 of each term.
Names of Councillors and the role/office they hold are published in the first Newsletter after they are selected.
Code of Practice
The members of the Port Kenny Learning Centre Governing Council agree to the following code of practice:
- To act honestly, in good faith and in the best interests of the school as a whole.
- To use due care and diligence in fulfilling in the functions of office and exercising the posers attached to that office.
- To use the powers of office for a proper purpose in the best interests of the school as a whole.
- The primary responsibility is to the school as a whole but will, where appropriate, have regard for the interests of all stakeholders of the school.
- Will not make improper use of information
acquired as a governing councillor.
Will not allow personal interests or the interest of any associated person to conflict with the interests of the school.
- Is independent in judgement and actions and will take all reasonable steps to be satisfied about the soundness of all decisions taken by the Governing Council.
- That confidential information received in the course of the exercise of councillor duties will remain the property of the person or group from which it was obtained. It is improper to disclose it or allow it to be disclosed, unless disclosure has been authorised by that person or group, or the person from whom the information was provided, or if it is required by law.
- Will not engage in conduct likely to bring
discredit upon the school.
Will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of the law and with the principles of this code.
- Briefly, the role the School Governing Council
Chairperson is to :
Chair Council meetings in a fair and acceptable way, using recommendations from SAASSO (South Australia Association of State School Organisations).
- Sign the Minutes of the Previous Meeting after they have been accepted.
- Sign all official documents on behalf of the Port Kenny Primary School Governing Council.
- Represent the School Community, or nominates a nominee, at official occasions.
- Co-signs with the Principal, but on behalf of the community, all documents as required by DETE.
- Set the Agenda for meetings, in consultation with the Principal.
Role of the Secretary
- Take minutes of the meeting and have them ready for presentation at the next meeting.
- Manage all correspondence on behalf of School Governing Council.
- Issue Agenda, Minutes and any pertinent correspondence to Councillors one week before meetings.
- Ensure that all current, official Governing Council records are up to date and stored securely.
Role of Council Finance Advisory Representative :
Reports to and advises the School Governing Council on, budgetary and financial matters including:
- Budget preparation
- Making recommendations regarding status of finances and the ability to finance desired programs and innovations
- Monitoring income and expenditure
- Overseeing the expenditure and acquittal of grants, asset management funding and fundraising.
- Meets with Finance Officer and Principal at least once per term to undertake tasks listed above.