Viewbank College
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Our Community

There are many ways to get involved as a parent or community member at Viewbank College.

College Council

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. A school council directly influences the quality of education that a school provides to its students. The work of the College Council, among other responsibilities, is to:

  • Establish and articulate the broad direction and vision of the school within the school's community
  • Develop and monitor the school Strategic Plan
  • Review and update school policies
  • Raise funds for school related purposes
  • Approve the annual budget and monitor expenditure
  • Maintain the school’s grounds and facilities
  • Stimulate interest in the school generally

College Council nominations are called for in February each year, and where nominations exceed available places, an election held in March.

The College Council President for 2016 is Damian Schulz.

This document provides parents/guardians about the role of school councils and the election process:  Information for Parents

Schedule 4: Notice of Election and Call for Nominations

Schedule 5A: Self-Nomination Form for Parent Member Catergory

Schedule 5B: Nomination Form for Parent Member Category

Schedule 5C: Self-Nomination Form for DET Employee Member Category

Schedule 5D: Nomination Form for DET Employee Member Category

School Council Election Process and Timetable

Friends of Music (FOM)

Friends of Music (FOM) is group of parents who are interested in supporting the College’s excellent and extensive Music program. They meet once a month on a Thursday evening in the Conference Room and the successes of the annual Autumn Brunch, Autumn Night and the Gala Concert are in large part due to the dedicated and generous support from this group.
Friends of Music also initiates other fundraising events to provide extra support to performing groups and to purchase and upgrade musical instruments. In 2008/09, the Friends of Music raised funds to purchase a grand piano and help support the stageband that travelled and performed in China.  Please check the school calendar for concert and meeting dates.  Parents interested in joining Friends of Music should contact our Principal, Mrs. Judith Craze.
 

Friends of Viewbank (FOV)

Friends of Viewbank [FOV] meet usually on the first Tuesday of each month in the Staffroom. This parent group acts as a forum group in the College where parents can discuss issues and current trends or have an opportunity to meet a teacher in a key program. This group supports the catering for the LOTE Theatre Restaurant and the College Production.

Although fund-raising is not the focus of the group, FOV organizes a couple of fund-raising events each year to help support SRC student initiatives. In 2008, they ran a pie drive and a very successful Great Trivia Challenge , which is a biennial event. Funds raised have purchased quality medallions for student recognition and awards and will go towards supporting the purchase of a much needed split heating and cooling system for the Library.

Friends of Viewbank is a friendly, informal group who have hosted a range of parent information evenings on topics such as adolescent health, cyberbullying, alternative pathways, and made available opportunities for parents to see latest ICT applications in Multi-Media, to name a few.

Parents interested in joining Friends of Viewbank should contact Assistant Principal, Mrs. Maree Gaffney.

Friends of the Performing & Visual Arts (FOPAVA)

The Friends Of Performing And Visual Arts (FOPAVA) committee meets monthly and consists of parents and teachers, with input from College captains.

FOPAVA has a number of specific objectives including:

  • Raising the profile of the Visual and Performing Arts in the College and the community
  • Having fun, enjoying and appreciating the Arts
  • Encouraging student participation in the Arts

The committee supports activities such as the College Production, Arts Expo and drama performances throughout the year. One of its prime functions is to raise funds for the purchase of new equipment for our Theatre and Art faculties. We are always looking for new members and we extend a warm welcome to all parents/members of the College community.

For further information please contact the Assistant Principal, Mr. John Munro.

Friends of Health and Wellbeing Team (FOHAWB)

Viewbank College has an active Health and Wellbeing Team which works to ensure a safe and effective learning environment.  Regular meetings are held involving parents, teachers, students and representatives from external organisations such as youth workers and the local council.

For further information, please contact the Health and Wellbeing Leader, Darren Murray.

Friends of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) 

Friends of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) is a parent group to promote the integration of these curriculum areas and to support key events to enhance student involvement in STEAM.