The majority of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, whether primary or secondary, have established school boards (or an equivalent body).
Although the specific functions of boards vary from one school type to another, the key role of all school boards is to actively support Catholic education through participation and collaboration at the school level.
Boards bring together priests, members of religious congregations, principals and parents in a spirit of collaboration to support the school’s Catholic ethos and assist in realising the school’s vision and educational aims.
Board participation is critical for the welfare of a school and achievement of its aims.
Parish school education boards provide advice in areas of school development and policy with other functions determined according to the local school context. Becoming a member of a parish school education board is an excellent way for a parent to become involved in the life of the parish and to contribute to realising the educational aims of the parish and school. Parents wishing to find out more about the parish school education board or find out how they can become a member should contact the parish priest, school principal or one of the other members of the board.
A secondary college board is the peak organisation in which a parent or a friend of the college may seek to be involved. It is responsible for ensuring that the college is faithful to its charter as a Catholic school, developing policies to enable the college to function and overseeing the financial arrangements that underpin the college. In undertaking these responsibilities the board is advisory. For further information contact your college principal.
Support for the establishment and formation of school boards in the Archdiocese of Melbourne is provided by Catholic Education Melbourne.
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