School Council

It gives me a great deal of pleasure to present this year’s report on behalf of Hume Valley School Council, an active group of parents, staff and community members. 

Under the leadership and guidance of the Principal, Diane Bassett, School Council oversees the governance of the school. 

Council responsibilities include determining and monitoring school improvement through Strategic and Annual Implementation Planning processes, policy review and ratification and monitoring of school budgets and resourcing. 

Our student population increased again this year, which impacted on our ability to accommodate all of our P-10 students on the Koroit Avenue site. 

On behalf of School Council I would like to thank Hume Central Secondary College for the generous sharing of their Blair Street campus facilities this year. 

This temporary arrangement has assisted while we were organising a more permanent solution to our enrolment growth into the future. It was extremely pleasing to see the Student Representative Council (SRC) operational again this year. 

The SRC allows elected students to undertake leadership skills and present requests and suggestions from their peers to School Council. Congratulations to the twenty-five VCAL students who graduated in early December. It was fantastic to see the pride in the families, friends and staff as well as the graduating students for the successful completion of their schooling. It was a truly wonderful evening and on behalf of School Council I wish all of our 

graduates a highly successful adult life, in whatever path they have chosen. 

Well done also to the six VCAL students who received an award at the Hume/Whittlesea LLEN Awards Night recently. 

Congratulations to Martin Younan who was awarded an apprenticeship through the Head Start program. 

Martin’s apprenticeship is in bricklaying. The school buildings and grounds continue to expand and to be maintained to a high level. This year we installed additional playground equipment, including two in-ground trampolines, as well as a chicken shed and greenhouse. Our sustainability program is truly exceptional and the students have well developed environmental knowledge and skills. 

I would like to thank the Principal, Diane Bassett, for her continued visionary leadership of the school. 

We are truly fortunate to have a school leader who is held in such high regard by the school community, as well as the local education community and at a state-wide level through her involvement with the Principals’ Association of Specialist Schools (PASS) organisation. 

Diane is supported in maintaining the school’s highly respected profile in the community by the very experienced leadership team, as well as the committed teachers and education support staff. 

This highly effective school team always seeks to improve student outcomes, and maintain a safe and supportive student-centred approach to all that happens within our school. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in 2020. 

Wendy Vistarini 

School Council President. 

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