School Council

School Council


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.  If you are interested in becoming a member of Newcomb Primary School Council, or would like to communicate with the School Council President, please contact Gary Winbolt at


Meetings for 2024 will be held in the community room at 4.45pm on:



Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Tuesday 13th February 

Tuesday 19th March (public meeting)

Tuesday 14th May 

Tuesday 18th June 

Tuesday 30th July 

Tuesday 3rd September 

Tuesday 22nd October 

Tuesday 3rd December


Please find a list of current Newcomb Primary School Council below:




Blanche Denmead

DET Employee - Principal

Amanda Wright

DET Employee – PLC Leader/Classroom Teacher

Madeleine Notley

DET Employee – Classroom Teacher

Donna Parsons

DET Employee – Education Support Staff

Gary Winbolt

Parent Member – President

Calista Davis

Parent Member – Vice President

Rachel Smith

Parent Member - Treasurer

Luke James

Parent Member

Amber King

Parent Member

Megan Morris

Parent Member

Chantell Watts

Parent Member


School Council Meeting Requirements:


  • A school council must meet at least eight times per year and at least once per school term.
  • School council meetings will go no longer than 2.5 hours.
  • The president must preside meetings of the school council.
  • A school council must operate with a quorum. A quorum requires not less than one half of school council members to be present at the meeting and the majority of members present must not be Department employees.
  • Minutes are the official record of the proceedings at a meeting.
  • A school council must call a public meeting at least once a year and report the proceedings of the council since the previous AGM.


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.
  • 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.
  • to provide for the cleaning and sanitary services that are necessary.
  • to ensure that all money coming into the hands of the council is expended for proper purposes relating to the school.
  • 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 review the Annual Implementation Plan.
  • 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 determine the dates for the school’s student-free days.