School Council

Southern Cross Primary School Council oversees the school as directed by the  Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and Regulations set down by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).


The Council consists of elected parent and community members, staff members and the Principal, who meet at least eight times a year.


The three specific areas of responsibility for the Council are:

  • Finance – overseeing the development of the school’s annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept of the school’s financial operation.

  • Strategic Planning – participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan.

  • Policy Development and Review – developing, reviewing and updating policies that reflect a school’s values and support the school’s broad direction outlined in its strategic plan.


The School Council, as the official management body of the school, is charged with the responsibility of developing educational policies, maintaining the facilities and grounds, overseeing financial operations and ensuring a quality education for all our students. 


School Council elections are held every year, when approximately one half of School Council members retire. Members are usually voted onto School Council for two years.


If you are interested in getting involved with School Council, please contact Helen Murphy on 97004488 or look out for the annual call for nominations which occurs in Term 1 of each year.


2024-2025 School Council Members


School Council President:


Thomas Sherburn


Vice President:


Narelle Foote



Minute Secretary:


Stacey Maxwell (non member, volunteer), replaced by Carol Qumivutia whilst on leave.


Exectutive Officer:


Helen Murphy (Principal)

Parent Members:


Shannara Cannell, Sarah Chrisostomou and Carolynne Sloan



DET Members:


Jordan Finlayson and Alexandra Jones


Community Member:


Carly Allen (SCPS Kindergarten)



Policies Up for Review in 2023

For a copy of these policies, please refer to the policy page.  

All feedback can be emailed to the school at


Semester 1

Duty of Care Policy

Camps and Excursions Policy

Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy

Anaphylaxis Policy (annual review)

Asthma Policy (annual review)


Semester 2

Inclusion and Diversity Policy

Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy Draft

Child Safety Code of Conduct Draft

Child Safety Reporting Obligations Draft

Digital Learning Policy

First Aid Policy

Administration of Medication Policy

Statement of Values and School Philosophy

Student Dress Code

Complaints Policy

Curriculum Framework

Visitor Policy 

Volunteers Policy