School board 2015.

The School Education Act 1999 requires all Independent Public Schools to have a School Board. The School Board is a separate body from the Parents & Citizens Association with the fundamental purpose of enabling parents and members of the community to engage in activities that are in the best interests of students and that will enhance the education provided by the school.

Roles and Responsibilities of School Boards

The role of the School Board is one of setting the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight (not management) of the school's operation. It is not about running the school – that is the job of the principal. It is about providing additional expertise to help the school achieve the best outcomes for the students.

As an Independent Public School our School Board will operate with functions consistent with the legislative role of School Boards. Therefore the responsibilities of an Independent Public School Board are to:

  1. Work within the Department of Education’s relevant legislation and regulations.
  2. Contribute to the School Delivery and Performance Agreement and the Business Plan. (These documents summarise what the school wants to achieve in the future and how it plans to get there; the agreement will be signed off by the Chair of the Board, Principal and Director General).
  3. Endorse and review the annual budget (the budget summarises the income received annually from the Department of Education and other sources; it also lists planned expenditure, including salaries)
  4. Assist with the formulation of Codes of Conduct (guiding principles designed to influence decisions and actions that the school takes).
  5. Review the performance of the school.
  6. Create interest in the school within and across the community.
  7. Assist with principal selection when a vacancy arises (the Chair of the School Board will be a member of the selection panel).
  8. Approve fees, charges, contributions and items of personal use (booklists).
  9. Approve extra cost optional components of programs.
  10. Approve arrangements for sponsorship and advertising.
  11. Liaise with other committees within the school e.g. the P&C.
  12. Hold one open meeting each year to report to the school community.
  13. Provide advice to the principal on religious education and related activities.

The School Board does not:

Role of School Board members:

Configuration of School Board:

The Education Act 1999 states that parents and community members must form a majority on the School Board and that the School Board will determine the number of total members.  The 2015 School Board will comprise of eleven (11) members. 

School Board and the P & C… what is the difference?

Essentially these two groups have a common goal to support and guide the school in its core business of providing positive learning outcomes for all students in the school. 

The Table below shows information about each group’s main purpose, while the Flow Chart below shows how parents and community members can access the School Board to have certain types of issues discussed and actioned.

School Board

  1. Work within the Department of Education’s relevant legislation and regulations.
  2. Contribute to the School Delivery and Performance Agreement and the Business Plan. (These documents summarise what the school wants to achieve in the future and how it plans to get there; the agreement will be signed off by the chair of the Board, Principal and Director General).
  3. Endorse and review the annual budget (the budget summarises the income received annually from the Department of Education and other sources;  it also lists planned expenditure, including salaries)
  4. Assist with the formulation of Codes of Conduct (guiding principles designed to influence decisions and actions that the school takes).
  5. Review the performance of the school.
  6. Create interest in the school within and across the community.
  7. Assist with principal selection when a vacancy arises (the chair of the School Board will be a member of the selection panel).
  8. Approve fees, charges, contributions and items of personal use (booklists).
  9. Approve extra cost optional components of programs.
  10. Approve arrangements for sponsorship and advertising.
  11. Liaise with other committees within the school e.g. the P&C.
  12. Hold one open meeting each year to report to the school community.
  13. Provide advice to the principal on religious education and related activities.

Limitations of school Board: a Board cannot:

P&C Association

  1. Provides financial and resource input to the school as deemed necessary.
  2. Seeks information and discusses matters that can then be passed onto the School Board for examination and possible inclusion in the School Development Plan and/or policy.
  3. Makes policy only for itself.
  4. Provides a representative on the School Board and thus has influence in the decision making process.

Both the School Board and P&C need to have good communications and a friendly relationship to enable the school to meet its purpose and vision.

Accessing your School Board

I have an issue to discuss with someone at the school, how do I go about this?

click here.. to view a Flow Chart which attempts to show the processes you can follow to have your issue addressed by the School Board.

Westminster Education Support Centre’s School Board Members

Community Members:
Victoria Bishop - NEXT
Dylan Grogan - NEXT
Hayden Long - Team leader Therapy Focus
John O’Rouke - ECU Lecturer
Susan Beltman - Director of student of Student Experience Curtin University
Michelle Lamont Smith - TAFE Lecturer

Parents:
Gabriel Lang - Parent
PriyanthiRanasinghe - Parent

Staff:
Gary Hobson - Principal
Tamara Utting - Teacher
Suzette Boeyen - Registrar