School Council



All School Councils in Victoria operate under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. Each School Council is established by an Order of the Minister for Education, which specifies the Council’s membership, size and configuration, its objectives, powers, functions and accountabilities and the role of its executive officer who is the principal. The School Council has particular functions in setting and monitoring the school’s direction.


School Councils have three main responsibilities:

  • Finance– overseeing the development of the school’s annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept of the school's financial operation
  • Strategic Planning– participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan\
  • Policy Development and Review– developing, reviewing and updating policies that reflect a school’s values and support the school’s broad direction outlined in its strategic plan

Other key functions of School Councils include:

  • raising funds for school-related purposes
  • maintaining school grounds and facilities
  • entering into contracts
  • reporting annually to the school community and the Department
  • representing and taking the views of the community into account
  • regulating and facilitating after-hours use of school premises and grounds

Our sub-committees and working parties assist Council to complete the work that needs to be done. They report regularly at School Council, provide assistance and make recommendations to school council.


School Council Members 2023


 Position   Member
 President   Jodie Lord 
 Vice President  Megan Martin 
 Treasurer  Russell McIntosh 
 Secretary  Jeremy Zimet 


 DET Members 2023
Amanda Williams - Executive Officer
Agata Gervasi 
Laura Boylan 
Simon Wrigley


 Parent Members 2023
Jodie Lord 
Megan Martin 
Russell McIntosh 
Jeremy Zimet 
Lankanath Siriwardena 
Ruth Cook
Anjali Griffiths
Rebecca Jarvis 


 Sub-committee  Members
 Policy & Communications Agata Gervasi, Megan Martin, Jeremy Zimet
 Finance Simon Wrigley, Amanda Williams, Laura Boylan Jodie Lord, Russel McIntosh
 Buildings & Grounds

Simon Wrigley, Anjali Griffiths, Jeremy Zimet, Lanka Siriwardena

 Instrumental Music

Amanda Williams, FPS Vern O’Hara-Instrumental Music Coordinator, Ruth Cook, Jodie Lord

 OSHC Simon Wrigley, Amanda Williams, Team Kids Representative


School Council meets at least 8 times each year with meetings held on Monday at 6.00pm to 8.00pm {except during vacation periods}.

Parents are welcome to attend any School Council Meeting as a guest. Dates of school council meetings are shown below and also included in the Calendar on our website. If you are interested in attending as a guest, please contact the school office on the Friday before the scheduled meeting.


2023 FPS School Councilors Profile


        Name & Photo About our councillors

Amanda Williams


 Hello FPS, my name is Amanda Williams and I am the very   proud Principal of this wonderful school. I am committed to   providing an inclusive educational environment for our students that delivers 21st century learning and an outstanding curriculum where students and their wellbeing is at the centre. I am passionate about leading FPS to be a place where everyone is valued and everyone can feel a sense of pride about being a part of this community.


On a personal level, I have two gorgeous sons, a wonderful husband and two budgies- George and Cecil. I really enjoy talking about this school and how we can be even greater, so do come up and say hello if you see me in the playground.


Agata Gervasi


Hi Flemington Primary School community, my name is Ms. Agata. I am one of the Learning Specialists and share the role of Assistant Principal in Student Engagement and well-being.

I believe that well-being and Learning are strongly connected and support the school community to ensure that we are providing an environment and curriculum where all students can Be their Best.

I have been at FPS for 15 years and am proud to be part of FPS. I love the diversity of our school and am always learning something new.

I am first generation Australian from an Italian background. I have 2 adult children and hope to get the genes of my 93-year-old father.


Anjali Griffiths


Hello all, my name is Anjali and I am mum to two wonderful FPS children Harry (class of 2021) and Emma (currently in year 5).


Professionally, I am a barrister (a lawyer) mostly appearing in child protection and criminal law cases. This role means I work with lots of different community members, including indigenous people, the culturally and linguistically diverse, the socially and economically disadvantaged, the disabled and other marginalised groups. I am especially motivated to work for children from these groups.


Personally, I am a bi-racial Anglo/Indian Australian woman and I have the privilege of being a parent of two gorgeous neurodivergent kids (autism and ADHD). In our family we strive to embrace diversity and inclusivity as core values. I aim to bring those same values to the School Council. I would love to hear from FPS community members on any issues, especially about how the council can help your children and families feel safe, happy, well supported and included at school.


Jeremy Zimet


Hi everyone, my name is Jeremy. My son Benjamin is in Foundation at Flemington Primary School and this is my first year on the council. I also have a daughter at kinder locally.


Starting on the council in my son’s first year of school certainly gives me a unique perspective – mostly about how dedicated the staff and teachers are and about how much I have to learn about school operations/life in general.


Please come up and have a chat with me in the schoolyard about any issue relating to FPS or the council. I’m also on the school’s communications and policy committee, so would love to talk about issues relating to this kind of thing too. I’m looking forward to speaking with you!



Jodie Lord (President)


Hello FPS! This is your friendly neighbourhood Jodie Lord. Mother of Jackson (Grade 4) and Hannah (Grade 2), Sam and I are so proud of our chosen school community.

I have been an active member on the P & C for 3 years, and this is my second year on council.

I am always available for a chat; never afraid to ask the tough questions for you and always ready to roll up my sleeves to get involved and get things done. We are so grateful for you all and all that you bring to our school journey.


Laura Boylan


Hello FPS, my name is Laura Boylan and I am the Assistant Principal and Curriculum Lead at FPS. I am thrilled to be back at FPS this year after taking a year of family leave. I have always had a passion for learning and education and strive to help all students find what makes them light up and to feel a personal sense of achievement when they have reached their personal best.

I have two daughters, one who started primary school class year. This experience has given my a new insight into schooling and education from a parent perspective and I aim to bring this learning into my professional life to support all parents as they transition their young ones into primary school.

On the weekends you can find me at a local parkrun, braving the cold ocean waters or searching the cafes for the best almond croissant.

Megan Martin (Vice President)


Hi I am Megan, I have 2 wonderful daughters - Emma (Grade 1) and Chloe (Foundation). I enjoy getting involved - this is my second year on the council and I was previously President of Ascot Kindergarten.

I am a long time mining industry executive and more than happy to discuss all things mining to anyone interested!

We are a neurodiverse family and Nathan and I love FPS and our local communities.

I am passionate about ensuring all children are included and supported on their education journey and I am keen to understand your views.

Russell McIntosh (Treasurer)


Hi, I’m Russell. I have Toby in Grade 6, Ben in Grade 4 and Claudia in Grade 2.

I am passionate about making FPS the best school it can be for the kids, the staff and the broader community. I want FPS to be a leader in primary education and feel we are well placed to achieve that. I run my own business in the trade show field and coach basketball.  I am also currently advocating (quite strongly) for a basketball stadium in Moonee Valley as a further away of ensuring our community gets what it deserves. Please sing out where I can help you and your family.

Ruth Cook


Hello FPS, My name is Ruth Cook. I am the very proud mother of 3 awesome humans Charlotte (MAC), Noah (grade 5) and Arthur (grade 4). I love giving back to the local community, having good chats which include tea or coffee, laughing and my kids. I work 1 day a week as a Pre School Music Program Facilitator and adore singing and dancing with 20+ preschoolers every Monday. You can find me every other day of the week around school at drop off and pick up, running the FPS Parents & Carers Group, helping with Canteen, Second hand uniform shop and classroom helping or having coffee and chat down the road. Please come and find me, I would love to talk to you and get to know about you, your family and your thoughts on our community.


Simon Wrigley




Hello, my name is Simon Wrigley, and I'm excited to be a new member of the School Council! With over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, I've developed a wide range of skills that I believe will be valuable in this new role.


Although I'm new to the world of schools, I'm eager to learn and apply my expertise to help enhance the school experience for students, parents, and staff. As a father of a daughter Mila and son Oliver, I understand the importance of providing a safe and supportive learning environment that fosters growth and development.


When I'm not working or volunteering, you'll often find me hitting the slopes for some snowboarding during the winter months. I love the thrill and challenge of the sport, and I believe that this passion for adventure and pushing myself outside my comfort zone is reflected in my desire to make positive changes in our school community.


I'm excited to be part of the School Council and look forward to contributing my skills and experience to help make our school an even better place to learn and grow.


Rebecca Jarvis 

Hi FPS - I have two children that attend and love FPS (Grade 2 and Foundation). As a family we feel lucky to be part of the Flemington school community.  


I am currently on my third (and final!) parental leave from the Victorian public service.  Most of my career has been working in education and early childhood.  I am passionate about education and the critical role it plays in giving all children the opportunity and support they need to thrive.


I am a first time council member and am looking forward to getting involved and seeing how schools operate first hand (instead of from the ivory tower!).


2022 School Council Meeting Dates:


28th March, 16th May, 20th June, 1st August, 5th September, 24th October, 28th November


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