There are many ways to get involved as a parent or community member at Viewbank College.
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 2017 is Damian Schulz.
Friends of Music (FOM)
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.
For further information, please contact the STEAM Leader, Veena Nair