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 2022

   

 Position   Member
 President e:Russell.mcintosh@education.vic.gov.au  Russell McIntosh
 Vice President  Anjali Griffiths
 Treasurer  Jodie Lord
 Secretary  No appointment

 

 DET Members 2022
 Amanda Williams - Executive Officer
 Alex Mowat
 Amy Mullins
 Danielle Frost

 

 Parent Members 2022
 Alexandra Robertson
 Hadia Komba
 Jeremy Zimet
 Jodie Lord
 Megan Martin
 Ruth Cook
 Sharon Brierley

 

 Sub-committee  Members
 Policy & Communications  Alex Mowat (convenor) Megan Martin, Jeremy Zimet and   Alexandra Robertson
 Finance  Amanda Williams, Alex Mowat, Amy Mullins (convenor),   Russell   McIntosh and Jodie Lord
 Buildings & Grounds

 Amy Mullins (convenor), Danielle Frost, Alexandra   Robertson and Anjali Griffiths 

 Instrumental Music

 Amanda Williams (convenor) Ruth Cook, Sharon Brierley  Vern O'hara (DET music Co-ordinator)

 OSHC  Amy Mullins (convenor), OSHC supervisor Chantelle, Ruth   Cook and Anjali Griffiths

 

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.

 

2022 FPS School Councilors Profile

 

        Name & Photo Paragraph (3-4 sentences) about your professional and personal self

Alex Mowat

 

 Hi Flemington Primary School community, my name is Mr Alex, current      Assistant Principal of FPS. My main role at FPS is to ensure that the           students of FPS receive world class instruction and curriculum and I     support the teachers of FPS to deliver this in the classroom. A personal   statement I live by is that I am a continual learner committed to empower. If you see me out and about around the school please say hello. 

Alexandra (Ali) Robertson

 

My husband Pete & I have been part of the school community since 2020 with our 3 boys; Zander (Grade 2), Xavier (Foundation) and Ruben (Foundation in 2026!).

 

I am the Director of Research Operations at The Royal Children’s Hospital where I look after research governance and ethics, and support clinicians to conduct research to improve the health and wellbeing of children in Victoria.

 

This is my second year on the FPS School Council and I’m passionate about continuous improvement for our school and the positive impact that our diverse and creative community has on our children. If you see me in the school yard, please come up and share any ideas and feedback! 

 

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.

 

Amy Mullins

 

Hello Flemington PS community, my name is Amy Mullins, also known as ‘Amy M’ as there are two Amys at FPS. I am the school Business Manager overseeing all things finance, HR and facilities. I also plan, administer and review the financial, accounting and administration activities of FPS.

A key component of my role at FPS is the strategic development of the school and its developing environment.

 

I sit on and convene four school council sub committees. They include Finance, Buildings & Grounds, OSHC and Parents & Careers. Please reach out if you would like to know more about these committees.

 

I love my sport, playing basketball weekly and am a Carlton supporter. I have a beautiful well behaved 13 year old Border Collie named Koby and I love to travel!

 

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.

 

Danielle Frost

 

Hi Everyone, my name is Dani and I am a teacher at FPS. I am currently teaching Foundation. I was inspired to become a teacher by my parents who were teachers in the state primary system. I am passionate about helping students develop a love of learning and enabling them to reach their full potential. During my teaching career I have been fortunate enough to have been able to travel over to London and teach there for 2 years. If you see me out in the school yard please feel free to come and have a chat.

Hadia Komba

 

Hi FPS, my name is Hadia Komba and I am originally from Comoros Island, an island on the east coast of Africa. Since migrating as a teenager and building a life here in Australia, I have been living in Moonee Vale for 17 years. I have been part of the FPS community since 2008 with my oldest daughter who is now studying a bachelors degree at RMIT. I currently have two of my children at FPS; Rayann (Grade 2) and Zak (FC).  I also have a son & daughter in year 12 & 8 this year studying across the road at MAC.

I have almost 20 years experience working in children services, and have been working with Moonee Vale Council for almost 13 years. Currently I work as a community development program officer in family and neighbourhood safety. I am extremely passionate about working with and helping  women and children. Particularly supporting new Migrant families from diverse backgrounds to settle within our community. Throughout the years my children have been studying at FPS I have participated in many different events and activities bringing east African culture to the wider community.

 

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

 

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.

Megan Martin (Davison)

 

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 (President)

 

Hi, I’m Russell….my kids call me Dad. I have Toby in Grade 5, Ben in Grade 3 and Claudia in Grade 1. My wife is Annamarie. She has hair. I don’t.

In all seriousness, 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. Please get in touch with any ideas on making FPS even better.

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.

Sharon Brierley

 

Hi, I’m Sharon. I am mum to two girls: Sara (Year 6) and Abbie (Year 9 and FPS graduate). I have been a parent at FPS for almost 10 years and this is my second year on the school council. I enjoy being part of the community and helping where I can. Things I am passionate about include reading and literature, singing, travelling (when allowed) and science. I am on the school instrumental music committee and am keen to make our instructional music program the best it can be. I work in medical research and am a lecturer at the university of Melbourne. You may see me in the school concerts on stage singing with the parents and friend’s choir. Members are always welcome!

 

 

2022 School Council Meeting Dates:

 

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

 

School Council Standing Orders

SC Code of Conduct

School Council — Powers and Functions

School Council Elections

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