Subcommittees are advisory bodies to the school council and assist council with work that needs to be done.
They meet as directed by the council and report, in writing, to the council. Subcommittees regularly report at school council meetings providing advice and making recommendations to the council.
The school council has the final responsibility for decisions. As subcommittees are open to non-school council members, members of the school community have a opportunity to be involved in school planning and council matters.
The school council decides the purpose and terms of reference of a subcommittee. Subcommittees are generally developed to support school council in specific areas.
All school councils are encouraged to have a finance subcommittee. Some examples of other subcommittees are buildings and grounds (facilities), information technology, community relations, student leadership and education policy. Most schools have a finance subcommittee.
Structure of subcommittees
All school councillors should be involved in at least one subcommittee. A subcommittee must consist of at least three members. Each subcommittee has a nominated convenor who is usually a school council member. Subcommittees are open to non-school council members.
The subcommittee convenor is responsible for:
- reporting back to school council and the principal about the subcommittee’s recommendations
- ensuring the implementation and monitoring of approved recommendations
- encouraging participation in the subcommittee from members in the school community.
Subcommittees usually meet between regular school council meetings. This allows time for consideration of their particular area of responsibility and to decide on any necessary action or follow up. For a sample school council sub-commitee report see:
Sample subcommittee report (docx - 215.07kb)
For information about the finance subcommittee see: