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  • College Boards

    Boards are established in most Catholic secondary schools.

    College boards bring together priests, members of religious orders, principals and parents in a spirit of collaboration to realise the school’s vision and achieve its educational aims.

    A 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.

    College boards are established under various governance models and vary in responsibility and function from advisory to decision making.  

    The board’s responsibilities are set down in its constitution.  Boards:

    • are intimately involved in the development and implementation of the mission statement of the college
    • demonstrate a strong commitment to supporting the Catholic ethos of the college
    • support the congregational leaders, canonical administrators, principal and staff in their work of developing the spiritual and intellectual life of their students.

    Board participation is critical for the welfare of a college and achievement of its aims. Key understandings for board members include:

    • the role of Catholic education and the Catholic school
    • the history and ethos of the college
    • the expectations of the particular communities they serve.

    Membership is defined in the constitution of the board. For further information on the procedures and processes for parent representation on boards contact your college principal.

    Support for the establishment and formation of boards in the Archdiocese of Melbourne is provided by Catholic Education Melbourne. This support includes the provision of professional learning programs.