Bowral Public School

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The leadership process at our school

The current election process at BPS is as follows:

  • Student and parent information sessions held at separate times.
  • Interested Year 5 students nominate.
  • Nominees complete a written application form at school under supervision.
  • Nomination forms are sent home to be endorsed (but not modified) by parents.
  • A panel of executive teachers independently review the applications against the set criteria and shortlist the nominees. The panel is comprised of the principal, deputy principal and a representative from Early Stage l, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3 and support staff.
  • Successful nominees are notified and are then asked to prepare and deliver an election speech at school.
  • Students (Year 3 and above) and teachers vote to elect the next year's school leaders. All votes are equal. There is no weighting of votes, (ie a staff member's vote is equal to the vote of a student.) 
  • Using the Australian preferential voting system, voters are asked to place a number '1' next to their first preference, number '2' next to their second preference etc. 

Votes are tallied, and the winning candidate must secure either an absolute majority (50%+1) of the primary vote or an absolute majority after the distribution of preferences.