School Council

School councils play a key role in all Victorian Government schools. The School Council gives a voice to the parent and carer community, and supports the Principal to provide the best possible educational and wellbeing outcomes for students.

School Council, in consultation with the Principal and Department of Education and Training, has a broad range of responsibilities including:

  • Establishing the broad direction and vision of the school within the school's community
  • Participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan
  • Developing, reviewing and updating school policies
  • Developing, reviewing and monitoring the Student Engagement Policy and the School Dress Code
  • Raising funds for school-related purposes
  • Approving the annual budget and monitoring expenditure
  • Maintaining the school’s grounds and facilities
  • Entering into contracts (e.g. cleaning, construction work)
  • Reporting annually to the school community and to DET
  • Generally stimulating interest in the school in the wider community

The Principal, in consultation with the staff, determines the day-to-day organisation.

Elections for School Council are held each March and you can find out more about these important roles here.

The members of the 2018 School Council are:


Katie Wilson (Parent)

Vice President:


Simon Duthie (Parent)


Fiona Johnston (Staff Member)


Simon Duthie Fiona Johnston
Suzanne Kinnersly (Principal) Keenan Lucas
Chris Mackenzie Robyn McNeil
Peta Firth Kylie Pascoe
David Tobin Melissa Cater
Katie Wilson

Click here to email School Council


Subcommittees are advisory bodies to the School Council and assist with work that needs to be done.

At Winters Flat we have seven subcommittees:

Simon Duthie (Parent), Suzanne Kinnersly (Principal), Karen Mahoney (Business Manager)

Keenan Lucas (Staff Member)

Suzanne Kinnersly (Principal), Katie Wilson (Parent), Fiona Johnston (Staff Member), Liza Shaw (Parent), Frankie Nugent (Parent), & Kim Collins (Welfare Officer)

Peta Firth (Staff Member), Chris Mckenzie (Parent), Kylie Pascoe (Parent), Melissa Cater (Parent)

Suzanne Kinnersly (Principal), Chris Mackenzie (Parent), Keenan Lucas (Staff Member), David Tobin (Parent), Karen Mahoney (Business Manager) & Melissa Cater (Parent)

Katie Wilson (Parent), Fiona Johnston (Staff Member), David Tobin (Parent), Karen Mahoney (Business Manager), Simon Duthie (Parent) & Suzanne Kinnersly (Principal) 

Katie Wilson (Parent), Fiona Johnston (Staff Member), Jeanette McMahon (Staff Member) & Keenan Lucas (Staff Member)


School Council meets every month and welcomes any feedback or questions from the school community.

Meetings for 2018

  • Monday 19th March
  • Monday 14th May
  • Monday 18th June
  • Monday 20th August
  • Monday 17th Sept
  • Monday 22nd Oct
  • Monday 19th Nov
  • Monday 17th Dec