School Council Elections: Voting Open Now

Hi Families –

Thank you to all parents who nominated for a position on school council in 2022. We have 3 positions available and received 4 nominations, so we will be holding an election.

The Candidates

There are four candidates for the three positions. Candidates are listed according to a random draw:

 Maree MahaffyOur family has been a part of the Hillsmeade Community the past 4 years. I am a former Secretary of Hampton Park Basketball Association. A former netball umpire/basketball referee and fundraiser.  I was previously employed by Cardinia Casey Community Health Service in Adult Education. I have assisted students in reading and covering school books. In my spare time, l enjoy reading, exercise and needlework.  I would like the opportunity to support our school as it continues to evolve and grow. 
 Victoria Bartuccio (No profile submitted.)
 Allison BencsicsI look forward to the opportunity to represent the families of Hillsmeade Primary School as a member of School Council.  I have 5 children aged from 7 to 21.  My two youngest are currently in Grade 2 and 3 at Hillsmeade.  I have been on School Councils and Parents and Friends Committees at my older children’s schools and am a strong advocate for inclusion of children with a disability. I am currently working as an Accountant and in my spare time, I am on the committee for Narre Warren South Scouts.  I love to relax by reading and going on cruises. 
 Lisa HolmesMy name is Lisa Holmes.  I have two children at Hillsmeade in 2022, Mitchell in Grade Four and Zoe in Grade Two.  I have been on School Council for the last two years and would like to be able to support the school again, by making myself available for School Council meetings and responsibilities.   I feel that I am approachable, understandable and diplomatic, and would be very happy to represent the parent body at School Council.  I work part time in bookkeeping/office administration for an I.T. company and feel that my work experience may also assist me with School Council responsibilities.   My family and I enjoy camping, four-wheel driving and spending time with extended family.  

How to Vote

Voting for school council opens on Monday February 21, and closes at 4pm Monday February 28. All votes must be received by 4pm Monday February 28, any votes received after this time are invalid.

Ballots are being distributed to families through the eldest student in each family – please check your children’s school bags. Please carefully read the instructions on the ballot to ensure your vote is valid. You may also collect a ballot paper from the Administration office between 8.30am and 4.00pm on school days.

To cast your vote, you must:

  • Make a clear mark beside the name of the candidate/s
  • Place the completed ballot paper in a blank envelope and either

1. place the envelope in an envelope with your name and address on the back and post or arrange to deliver it to the principal,


2. between 8.00am and 4.00pm on any school day, on or before the date of closure of the ballot, place the envelope containing the completed ballot paper in the ballot box and print the voter’s name and address in the register of voters.

Ballots must be received by the Principal by 4pm on Monday February 28.

Stewart Johnson

Stewart has been the school Business Manager since 2017. His background is in Technology and Banking, and he has 3 children at Hillsmeade.