School Council


Welcome to School Council

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. The Bayswater South Primary School Council plays an important role in maintaining the relationship between parents, students and staff at our school. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) has established guidelines for School Councils.


The School Council has responsibilities for the development of:

• the school’s strategic plan, which sets out the main goals and priorities of the school for four years
• the school's budget, which allocates the available financial resources
• the general policy setting of the school
• the physical appearance and maintenance of the school's buildings and grounds
• the student code of conduct, which provides a safe and orderly environment for learning
• an annual report on the school's achievements.


Meetings are open and interested parents are always welcome to attend. Please contact the President prior to the meeting.


There are a number of sub-committees of School Council which are chaired by members of the Council and parents are encouraged to become involved in the life of our school. School Council can be contacted directly via email if any parent wishes to raise an issue. For more information about the role and activities of school councils, please visit the DEECD’s website.


Sub-committees provide advice, recommendations and assistance to School Council. They meet as directed by the Council and report regularly, in writing, to the Council. The Council has the final responsibility for decisions. Sub-committees are open to all members of the school community and provide an excellent opportunity to get involved in school planning and council matters.


Currently, there are three sub-committees at Bayswater South Primary School. Their duties include, but are not limited to:


• Discussing and providing feedback on educational initiatives and school-wide programs.
• Developing and maintaining school policies.



• Monitoring the budget against revenue and expenditure and report significant variances to council
• Are involved in the development of the school’s annual budget
• Ensure that the annual budget supports the school strategic plan and annual implementation plan
• Present the recommended budget to council for approval and adoption
• Where required, assist in the completion of school tenders e.g. service contracts



• Development of material to support the general representation of the school towards the community
• Development of school collateral material


The School Council at Bayswater South Primary has eight members. It comprises the Principal, four elected parent members, one elected staff member and two community members


Our School Councillors


Frank Drost - School Council President


Nicole Whitty - Vice President and Parent Representative

Hi my name is Nicole Whitty. I have been a parent within the BSPS community since my eldest started in 2009. During this time I have been actively involved with the Parent Club and was co-opted onto school council in 2015. I thoroughly enjoy being involved, to give back to the school, shape ideas and contribute to the future of our children. My civic minded nature combined with my experience of being a parent across all year levels within the school, is what I can offer being a member of school council.


Marc Schonhart – Parent Representative and Treasurer
Marc grew up in Germany’s Black Forest and returned to Melbourne as he and his wife Adele missed the Aussie lifestyle. Their daughter Kira is in grade one and Matilda is excited about starting school next year. As a Project Manager at Monash University, Marc has plenty of financial and organisational skills which benefit his work as a School Councillor. From his home in Ferntree Gully, he regularly sets off to explore the hills - either on a road bike or with running shoes on.


Martine - Secretary


Kate Williams - DET Representative


Bret Mottrom - Assistant Principal and DET Representative


Sevgi Fischer - Parent Representative

Hello, my name is Sevgi Fischer. 2016 offers me the reward of time and sanity (with all 3 of my Children attending BSPS). Nearly a year spent in Turkey as an adolescent, my husband of German heritage and the privilege of growing an Australian family, has given me a rich cultural background forming my philosophies on education; with BSPSs’ unique bilingual program, these ideals are being realised. Merely custodians of this program, I am compelled to ensure that it’s nurtured, developed and enriched to benefit our future leaders. I offer my voice to be the “parents'” voice, on the council!


Nicola Liebler - Parent Representative

I've been a part of the school community for the past 10 years, and with Ollie in grade 1, I feel that I would like to contribute to the school community more so I am willing to be a parent voice and contributor on the School Council.


Council members are elected for a term of 2 years. Elections for vacant positions are held at the start of each year. Nominations are requested early in Term 1. If the number of nominations exceeds the number of positions, an election is held according to Departmental guidelines. All parents and teachers are eligible to vote.