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Governing Council

The Governing Council of Henley High School plays a crucial role in our educational community, providing guidance, support and governance across a range of important school decisions and functions. Through collaboration and forward-thinking, they work to create an environment where every student can thrive academically and personally.


Ms Charmaine Mack

You may contact Charmaine or other governing council members by emailing You may also call the Henley High School Executive Assistant, Ms Jenny Cooper on 08 8355 7000 who can pass your message along.


The governing council meets twice each term on a Monday night at 6.00pm.  The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held part way through Term 1 of the new school year.

Meeting dates of the Governing Council for 2024 are as follows. Please note, sub committees may meet at different times.

AGMMonday, 26 February 20246.00pm to 8.30pm
Meeting 2Monday, 25 March 20246.00pm to 8.30pm
Meeting 3Monday, 27 May 20246.00pm to 8.30pm
Meeting 4Monday, 24 June 20246.00pm to 8.30pm
Meeting 5Monday, 19 August 20246.00pm to 8.30pm
Meeting 6Monday, 16 September 20246.00pm to 8.30pm
Meeting 7Monday, 28 October 20246.00pm to 8.30pm
Meeting 8Monday, 25 November 20246.00pm to 8.30pm

Thinking of joining?

What is a governing council?

Governing councils are bodies that govern a school or preschool. Governing councils work with the Principal to help set and monitor the direction of the school.

The Henley High School Governing Council meets twice a term on Monday’s from 6.00pm to 8.30pm.

Working on any council will involve some commitment of time, including time for governing council meetings, or if you are a member of a subcommittee. Additional time may be needed if you take on extra duties, like a chairperson, treasurer, or secretary. There will also be special events where you will represent the governing council, be asked to provide feedback, or represent the school at community events, like at the annual general meeting.

Sub committees

At Henley High School we have a number of sub committees you may wish to be part of. You do not have to be a governing council member to participate in the sub committees.


Maintain and review the school’s uniform policy and make any adjustment to the policy, procedures and dress code in consultation with the school community.

Environment and sustainability

Monitor and review processes and procedures for the school environment which may include special projects to improve environmental aspects of the school and its grounds.


Monitor and review processes and procedures for the school canteen facilities, working with the contracted canteen business to ensure it delivers products and services in line with school community expectations.


Responsible for the oversight of the school’s budget to ensure effective expenditure on teaching and learning and school-based priorities.

Your responsibilities

As a parent member of a governing council, you have the same responsibilities as other volunteers with access to Department for Education schools and preschools.

This means you:

  • are required to complete the Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care (RRHAN-EC) training
  • are considered a mandated notifier.
  • may be required to hold a valid working with children check.

How long will you be on the council?

Positions are declared at the annual general meeting.

The time you volunteer on the council is usually two years and is sometimes called a ‘term in office’. There are standard terms, but it is different depending on what type of member you are.

If your personal circumstances change you can always withdraw from the governing council.


The work you do on a council is as a volunteer. You are not paid for your time. Some out-of-pocket expenses might be covered by the site, but this will depend on the site’s policy.

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