Latrobe SDS School Council is a versatile and cohesive team who diligently work to respond to issues.
Latrobe SDS School Council is a versatile and cohesive team who diligently work to respond to issues. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development directives and to assist in the development of policies as well as the many other jobs involved in maintaining and advancing a school. School Council has the authority to grant four school closure days for curriculum purposes and one School Council Holiday per year. These days will be advised via the Newsletter by beginning of Term 2.
All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within statewide guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.
Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.
Our Parent Group is a core group of people who meet to enjoy informal cuppa mornings, or to listen to the occasional guest speaker. This group is supported by the school chaplain with the focus role of this group is to give parents the opportunity to interact in an environment where they feel comfortable to discuss issues which are important to them.
The Parent and Friends Group are a group of parents that undertake a variety of activities such as a father’s day stall, a mother’s day stall, footy colours and superhero day, move-a-thon, pie drive, etc. These funds are either used in school for school needs or a charity is nominated e.g. Muscular Dystrophy.
Parents are encouraged to attend special assemblies that acknowledge and celebrate student positive behaviour. The school reward systems include tickets, certificates, Aussie of the month and special activities on PBS Fridays. The Aussie of the Month is a whole school assembly that is held each month (where applicable) and parents are able to attend if they want. We strongly encourage the parents/carers of the recipient to attend as this is considered quite a prestigious award.
It is School Council Policy, recommended by the Department of Education Employment & Early Childhood Development (DEECD) that all parents who are volunteers require a satisfactory Working with Children Check. Click here to find out more information about the Department of Education Victoria requirements for volunteers working with children in schools.
"I am very pleased with my daughter’s progress since being at Latrobe Special Developmental School. I am also finding life a lot less stressful as I know she is getting all the help she needs at school e.g. Speech and Occupational Therapy. The teachers are great at keeping me informed and are even willing to teach me a few extra strategies."
"I would like to say LSDS have been perfect for my son at school. He never used to talk and now he is saying at least 3 sentences which I think is just perfect. They have terrific teachers and the equipment to do everything with him."
"My child is very well looked after at school and the teachers are friendly and approachable."
"Staff are fantastic, dedicated, caring and professional. They are always approachable and I feel they are developing strong partnership in my child’s ongoing education."