2023 Riverbend School Council




Nat Pavlovic                                                  Pritika Prasad                                                          Caroline Burton



Natalie Pavlovic                                  Pritika Prasad                                                          






Mahesh Perumal                                            Mukundsree Gelli                                                     Brent Kinleyside








                                        Chris Johns                                                   Lisa Conibeer








                                                                     Kelly Hardy 







School councils play a vital role in Victorian government schools and are established and operate under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic), the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 (Vic) and a constituting Order



Objectives of school council

  • Assist in the efficient governance of the school
  • Ensure that its decisions affecting students of the school are made having regard, as a primary consideration, to the best interest of the students
  • Enhance the educational opportunities of students at the school
  • Ensure the school and the council complies with any requirements of the Education and Training Reform Act, the Education and Training Reform Regulations, a Ministerial Order or a direction, guideline or policy issued under the Education and Training Reform Act.


Functions of school council

  • To establish the broad direction and vision of the school within the school's community
  • To arrange for the supply of:
    • goods
    • services
    • facilities
    • materials
    • equipment
    • other things or matters required for the conduct of the school, including the provision of preschool programs
  • To raise funds for school related purposes
  • To regulate and facilitate the after-hours use of the school premises and grounds
  • To exercise a general oversight of the school buildings and grounds and ensure they are kept in good order and condition
  • To provide for the cleaning and sanitary services that are necessary for the school
  • To ensure that all money coming into the hands of the council is expended for proper purposes relating to the school
  • To provide meals and refreshments for the staff and students of the school and make charges for those meals or refreshments
  • To inform itself and take into account any views of the school community for the purpose of making decisions in regard to the school and the students at the school
  • To generally stimulate interest in the school in the wider community
  • To prepare the School Strategic Plan and the Annual Implementation Plan — to be signed by the president and the principal
  • To report annually (the Annual Report) to the school community and to the Department on:
    • the school’s financial activities
    • the School Strategic Plan, and
    • any other matters that are determined by the Minister
  • To manage the hire, licence and shared use of school facilities
  • To determine the dates for the school’s student-free days:
    • in accordance with the number of student-free days each calendar year specified by the Secretary of the Department
  • To perform any other function or duty, or to exercise any power conferred or imposed on the council by or under:
    • the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, or
    • any regulations made under that Act
    • a Ministerial Order made, or direction issued, by the Minister under the Education and Training Reform Act.