Hi Parents! I would like to invite you to attend the Woodend Primary School Annual General Meeting. The AGM is an opportunity to learn more about the work being done here at Woodend Primary School: both current initiatives and achievements, as well as future goals.

We will also be presenting the proposed plans for the $5 Million school development & facilities upgrades. This is an exciting time for Woodend Primary, and we look forward to sharing the most up to date information we have about the development as well as answer any questions you may have.

The AGM is fantastic opportunity to chat with the Principal, the Leadership Team, the Governing Council, and/or our School Committees as we offer light refreshments and are available for discussion after the presentation.

AGM Wednesday 28 March 6:30 pm in the Atrium

I would also like to invite you and encourage you to join a School Committee. I believe that the strength of a school is determined by the strength of the parent community behind it, and that is absolutely true of Woodend. Our School Committees are responsible for so much of what happens around the school and our Parent Volunteers are so very appreciated.

Read on to learn a bit about each of the committees…

Governing Council

The role of the Governing Council is to involve the parent community in the governance of our school. This includes things such as: setting the broad direction & vision for our school; strategic planning for our school; determining school policies; and reviewing & approving our budget. The Governing Council is a committee comprised of parents, staff representatives, the principal, and school leadership.

Grounds Committee

The Grounds Committee is responsible for the improvement of our school Grounds. Responsibilities include the Biodiversity & Natural Play Project, any major grounds updates (such as the DECD fencing installation), and supporting the Year 7 momento projects. Grounds Committee is comprised of parents, school grounds keeping staff, and school leadership staff.

Healthy Eating Committee

The Healthy Eating Committee supports the running of our school canteen and is responsible for review and management of canteen finances, implementation of the Rite Bite strategy, management and organisation of special events and special lunch days, and overseeing the daily operations of the canteen. The Healthy Eating Committee includes Canteen Staff, canteen volunteers, parents, and school leadership staff.

Sports Committee

The responsibilities of the Sports Committee are to: promote school sport and provide all students with the opportunity to play a sport; set fees and arrange player registration; organize club coordinators and help them in their role of finding coaches and managers; provide information about training and development opportunities; prepare sport budget and purchase equipment; and actively promote codes of conduct. Sport Committee is comprised of school staff, leadership staff, parents, and all sports team coaches/managers/coordinators.

OSHC Committee

The OSHC Advisory Committee supports the running of our Out of School Hours Care facility and is responsible for reviewing and management of OSHC finances; overseeing the daily operations of the OSHC; development and implementation of OSHC policy; and implementation of quality standards. OSHC Committee is comprised of the OSHC director, OSHC staff, parents, and leadership staff.

Traffic & Safety Committee

The Traffic & Safety Committee is a new committee this year, created by Governing Council to oversee efforts to improve the traffic & safety around our school. We will work in partnership and consultation with Marion Council, the Way2Go Foundation, Local Member of Parliament, the Parent Community, and the wider community of Sheidow Park residents. The Traffic & Safety Committee is comprised of governing council representatives, school staff, school leadership, and parents.

All committees report back to Governing Council. Committee meetings are posted in the school calendar. If you have any questions at all about School Committees please feel free to send me an email at wpsgoverningcouncil@gmail.com

I hope to meet you at the AGM and also encourage you to get involved in an area of the school that you are passionate about, interested in, or feel you can be of service. It is a wonderful way to feel more engaged in what is happening at Woodend.


Karen Gunton
Governing Council Chairperson