Riverbanks College B-12 > Governing Council

Governing Council

Role of Council

To involve the school community in the governance of the school by:

  • providing a focus and a forum for the involvement of parents and the school community
  • ascertaining the educational needs of the local community and the attitude of the local community to educational developments with the school
  • ensuring that the cultural and social diversity of the community is considered, and particular needs are appropriately identified
  • to set the broad direction and vision of the school.

Strategic planning for the school including:

  • developing, monitoring, and reviewing the objectives and targets of the strategic plan
  • considering, approving, and monitoring human resource and asset management plans
  • determine policies for the school including policies for the safety, welfare and discipline of students
  • determine the application of the total financial resources available to the school including the regular review of the budget
  • monitor and review services agreements.
Report to the school community and the minister
  • the strategic plan
  • the finances of the school
  • operational plans and the Council’s operations

The school called for expressions of interest/nominations from parents and caregivers during the student enrolment process. A panel of leaders reviewed all nominations and selected the initial members based on the following criteria:

  • previous experience on a governing council
  • relevant skills and knowledge to support the governance of the school
  • any special interests and/or expertise that members could bring to the council
  • fair representation of families across all year levels of the school.
  • the Principal (ex-officio)
  • six elected Parent Representatives
  • two Community Representative (appointed by the Council)
  • two Nominated Staff Representatives (including the Business Manager and 1 staff member nominated by their colleagues).
2022 Governing Council Members

The Riverbanks College Governing Council comprises of 11 committed members:

Staff Representatives
  • Joe Priolo, Principal
  • Julie Heddle, Business Leader
  • Jenna Negruk
  • India Lennerth
Community Representatives
  • Philip Worrall, TESA Representative
  • Glen Docherty, Community Member
Parent Representatives
  • Caitlin Whitehead
  • Nicole Calvaresi
  • Natalie Mettner
  • Steph Supple
  • Zara Risby
  • Peter Dalton
  • Erin Lear
Future Membership

Prior to the 2022 Annual General Meeting, parents/caregivers will be invited to nominate for a position on the Governing Council, after which the positions will be decided by a vote of the parent/caregivers attendees at the meeting. The selection process considers the skills and experience that best meet the needs of the Governing Council.