Governing Council

Welcome to the website page for the Unley High School Governing Council. The Governing Council comprises elected parent representatives of our school students, dedicated members of staff, and senior student representatives who work together in providing advice on strategic matters to assist the schools management and development. We can accommodate a maximum of 23 members with up to 13 elected from parents with children enrolled at the school. The Council is responsible for the school’s strategic direction, setting and monitoring goals for the school and overseeing the school’s finances.

Specifically we are committed to perform as per our constitution;

  • Ascertaining the educational needs and the attitude of the local community to educational developments within the school and advising the principal on these matters
  • Expressing, from time to time, its views in relation to the local community’s perception of the school
  • Advising the Chief Executive of any improvements that the Governing Council considers are necessary to the accommodation, grounds and equipment of the school
  • Where the Minister has provided funds to the Governing Council, determine with the principal the application of those funds

We encourage the participation of any parent who feels they can actively and collaboratively assist Unley High School to achieve the ‘Utmost for the Highest’ and invite inquiries about opportunities to become a member of the Governing Council. Please contact the Unley High School Governing Council Secretary.

Our meeting dates for 2017 are:
21 February (following our AGM), 28 March, 23 May, 27 June, 15 August, 19 September, 7 November and 5 December.

The Governing Council meetings start at 7.00pm and are held in the staff room which is straight down the passage from the main entrance. A light supper is provided.

Currently the Governing Council is working with senior management of the School to develop a comprehensive Strategic Plan.  Governing Council has been actively campaigning to secure funding to replace aging Art, Drama and Technical Studies facilities.

Being part of the Governing Council also requires that parent representatives participate in the subcommittees established by the Governing Council. The current Subcommittees and their meeting schedules are;

  • Finance Advisory Committee (held twice per term)
  • Canteen Committee (held twice per term)
  • Uniform Committee (held as required)
  • ICT Executive Committee (held twice per term)
  • Sports Committee (held twice per term)
  • Greek Parent’s Council (held twice per term)
  • Facilities Committee (held twice per term)
  • Fundraising and Events Management Committee (held twice per term)
  • Rowing Committee (an affiliated committee)

The Council recognises that our talented and diverse staff are critical to Unley High School’s continued success and is committed to seeking out and retaining the best people and then ensuring their talents are realised by providing ongoing professional training and development.

Part of retaining the best people is to provide ongoing support for student engagement and achievement which contributes to the quality of the relationships students build with each other, their involvement in the rich co-curricula programs and through the connection our parents have with the school.

Minister for Education and Child Development Volunteering Award for Outstanding Service

This award aims to recognise those in the Unley High School community who make a significant contribution to enhancing and uplifting the lives of others by volunteering. It is an annual award presented to an individual. The awards inaugural year was 2015. The Unley High School 2016recipient of this award is Mr Marcel De Ruyter, who was presented the award on Friday 25 November 2016

Mr De Ruyter’sVolunteer Award Certificate reads as follows:

Marcel de Ruyter commenced volunteering at Unley High School in 2012 by successfully nominating to become a member of the School Council. The following year, 2013, he nominated for the role of School Council Chair, a position he has held for four years. Previously Marcel was a member of Black Forest Primary School council for five years. This year Marcel will have “chalked up” 8 years of volunteering in school councils. Marcel has worked tirelessly in his role as School Council chair and more recently Governing Council Chair to advocate for increased funding for Unley High School to improve its facilities.

We congratulate Mr De Ruyter on his award and thank him for histireless effort and support of Unley High School’s Council and Governing Council.

Documents relevant to Governing Council

2016 Governing Council Constitution

Code of Practice

Unley High School Governing Council Members 2017