School Council


All government schools in Victoria have a school council, which is a legal entity in its own right.  School councils operate under the framework of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and The Education Regulations 2007.

The School Council at Drysdale Primary School meets in the staffroom on the third Tuesday of each month from 7:00pm.

The School Council achieves outcomes through:

  • Meetings and operations
  • Subcommittee and working parties
  • Engaging contractors is an important part of Drysdale Primary School play a pivotal role in the success of our school and our students.

The current School Council members for Drysdale Primary School are:

  • President: Scott Pearson
  • Vice President: Gary Absolom
  • Treasurer: Julie Penfold
  • Executive-Officer: Phil Dunlop-Moore
  • Secretary: Chris Cawkwell
  • Members: Stephanie Davey, Sandra Jelowyi, Kylie King, Kate Lockhart, Ingrid Orvis, Leanne Sharples, Amy Wright

School Council Sub-Committees:

School Council has a range of subcommittees and school councillors join one of the subcommittees.  Each subcommittee meets twice a term and reports to School Council making recommendations within their area of responsibility.

  1. Education and Policy – Phil Dunlop-Moore, Ingrid Orvis, Gary Absolom  – This subcommittee reviews and develops school policies and coordinates a cyclical process of policy review.  This committee consists of both parents and teachers and is responsible for making recommendations and developing proposals related to curriculum in relation to DEECD guidelines.   
  2. Finance – Phil Dunlop-Moore, Simone Spencer-Gardner, Julie Penfold, Scott Pearson – This subcommittee covers the preparation of an annual budget, monitoring of expenditure, administration of school funds and the review and coordination of fundraising activities.
  3. Community – Shane Kennedy, Renee Colley – The representatives for this committee are responsible for reporting on significant events and upcoming opportunities within the school community. This committee incorporates the Drysdale Market, the Parent Fundraising Group, Spring Fair Committee, Kids Matter and Wellbeing.
  4. Environment – Rebecca Hoyne, Kate Lockhart, Chris Cawkwell – This subcommittee is responsible for the maintenance of the grounds and buildings, ensuring they are in a safe and tidy condition, sometimes through working bees. This sub-committee carries out planning for projects of improvements and works closely with the Finance Committee in monitoring the use of funds in School Council reserves.