School Council

School councils play a key role in all Victorian Government schools. The School Council gives a voice to the parent and carer community, and supports the Principal to provide the best possible educational and wellbeing outcomes for students.

School Council, in consultation with the Principal and Department of Education and Training, has a broad range of responsibilities including:

  • 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
  • Developing, reviewing and updating school policies
  • Developing, reviewing and monitoring the Student Engagement Policy and the School Dress Code
  • Raising funds for school-related purposes
  • Approving the annual budget and monitoring expenditure
  • Maintaining the school’s grounds and facilities
  • Entering into contracts (e.g. cleaning, construction work)
  • Reporting annually to the school community and to DET
  • Generally stimulating interest in the school in the wider community

The Principal, in consultation with the staff, determines the day-to-day organisation.

Elections for School Council are held each March and you can find out more about these important roles here.

The members of the 2018 School Council are:


Katie Wilson (Parent)

Vice President:



Simon Duthie (Parent)


Fiona Johnston (Staff Member)


Rosie Annear Melissa Cater
Simon Duthie Peta Firth
Bianca Alvarez Harris Fiona Johnston
Suzanne Kinnersly (Principal) Robyn McNeil
Kylie Pascoe Blair Venn
Katie Wilson

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Subcommittees are advisory bodies to the School Council and assist with work that needs to be done.

At Winters Flat we have seven subcommittees:

Simon Duthie (Parent), Suzanne Kinnersly (Principal), Karen Mahoney (Business Manager)


Suzanne Kinnersly (Principal), Katie Wilson (Parent), Fiona Johnston (Staff Member), Liza Shaw (Parent), Frankie Nugent (Parent), & Kim Collins (Welfare Officer)

Suzanne Kinnersly (Principal), Peta Firth (Staff Member), Rosie Annear (Parent), Kylie Pascoe (Parent), Melissa Cater (Parent)

Suzanne Kinnersly (Principal), Karen Mahoney (Business Manager) & Melissa Cater (Parent)

Katie Wilson (Parent), Fiona Johnston (Staff Member), Rosie Annear (Parent), Karen Mahoney (Business Manager), Simon Duthie (Parent) & Suzanne Kinnersly (Principal) 

Katie Wilson (Parent), Fiona Johnston (Staff Member), Jeanette McMahon (Staff Member) & Keenan Lucas (Staff Member)


School Council meets every month and welcomes any feedback or questions from the school community.

Meetings for 2019

  • Monday 18th February
  • Monday 29th April
  • Monday 20th May
  • Monday 17th June
  • Monday 15th July
  • Monday 19th August
  • Monday 16th Sept
  • Monday 21st Oct
  • Monday 18th Nov
  • Monday 16th Dec