Community Involvement

Newlands Primary School welcomes the involvement and active participation of all parents/friends in the life of the child during their primary school years.

You can (and are welcome to) become involved by:

  • Being nominated/elected to School Council
  • Joining a School Council Sub committee
  • Becoming active in the Parents’ and Friends Association/Fundraising Committee
  • Helping in the classroom or in a particular program or project

School Council

Current School Council Members

Ross Dudgeon School Principal
Luke Cripps School Representative
Jess Dang School Representative
Graeme Woodward School Representative
Adam Palmer School Council President
Clair Moore Parent Representative
Lisa Carmen Parent Representative
Criag Pett Parent Representative
Juanita Pope Parent Representative
Jessica Petrie Parent Representative

What is a School Council and what does it do?
All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a School Council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students. The school council meets twice a term.


Who is on a school council?
A school council’s constituting Order specifies the total size of the council and the number of members in each category.

Most members of a school council stand for election at the school where they are parents or staff members. Other members can be co-opted by the council within the limits of the order.

Because parents have such an important part to play in schools, there is an elected parent member category. More than two-thirds of the elected members must be parents.

Similarly, there is an elected member category for employees of the Department of Education and Training. Members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.

Functions of a school council
The functions of a school council are outlined in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and include:

  • establishing the broad direction and vision of the school within the school’s community
  • participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan
  • approving the annual budget and monitoring expenditure
  • developing, reviewing and updating school policies
  • raising funds for school-related purposes
  • maintaining the school’s grounds and facilities
  • entering into contracts (such as for cleaning or construction work)
  • reporting annually to the school community and to the Department of Education and Training
  • creating interest in the school to the wider community
  • informing itself of and taking into account the views of the community
  • regulating and facilitating the after hours use of school premises and grounds
  • operating a children’s service at the school or other premises controlled by the Minister.

More information on school councils can be found at:

The term of office for all members is two years. Half the members must retire each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.

Current Education Sub-Committee Memebers

Jess Dang Chairperson
Graeme Woodward School Representative
Kate Patsky Parent Representative
Eleanore Fritze Parent Representative
Roxanne Strauss Parent Representative
Petrea Cahir Parent Representative
Melanie Joosten Parent Representative
Craig Peebles Parent Representative
Kelly Thomas Parent Representative
Edgar Caballero Aspe Parent Representative
Lauren Ireland Parent Representative

What is the Education Sub-Comittee and what does it do?

An education sub-committee is a smaller group within a larger organization or governing body tasked specifically with addressing matters related to education policy, curriculum development, or other educational issues. Its purpose is to focus on and make recommendations regarding educational matters, often working in conjunction with the larger entity to implement changes or improvements.


Who is on the Education Sub-Committee

All parents and carers are welcome to join the Education Sub-Committee at the start of each year. Expressions of interests are sent out via the newsletter. 


Parents & Friends Association (PFA)

What is the PFA?

The PFA, or Parents and Friends Association, is a voluntary organisation, dedicated to fostering cooperation and support among parents, teachers, and the school community. Its primary goals often include fundraising for school projects, organising social events, and providing a forum for communication between parents and the school administration.


How can you help?

  1. Join! Email us or drop past the office and fill in the form
  2. Participating in PFA activities, include;
    • Attending meeting and volunteering for activities.


Questions? If you have any questions please let us know.

Simon Jeanes:

Michele Burton:

Adam Palmer:

Parent Helpers

Parents are warmly welcomed to help in school at times that are mutually agreed. Whilst we appreciate help of a regular nature in the classroom working with the children, there are a variety of tasks that can be done either outside of the classroom or at home that are of equal benefit to the staff and students.

Parents helping in school assisting students are always under the supervision of the class teacher who will explain the task, what is required of the student/s and the helper’s role within that setting. Please advise  your supervising teacher if you are unable to attend a planned session. Parent helpers are asked to consider carefully the beneficial results of helping in a different classroom. We ask that confidentiality be maintained in respect of the student’s attainments, attitudes and behaviour whilst operating in school as a helper.

  • Beware of making judgements
  • All children can learn
  • Children learn at different rates and have different learning needs
  • Retain confidentiality – the privacy of both parents and students must be respected at all times. Do not mention the names of students with whom you are asssisting in front of your own children or other parents. Children can easily be hurt by apparently harmless remarks from their peers or other students.
  • Any matter that is of concern should be discussed with the classroom teacher immediately in order for any misunderstandings or difficulties to be addressed as a matter of urgency.