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An Independent Public School of Distinction
School Board Elections
There are several positions available on the School Board as three current members end their terms. I
would like to invite members of our school community to nominate for these positions. The following
information comes from the Department of Education’s policy for School Boards. I hope this assists in
providing some information as to the role the School Board plays in the school and the importance of the
positions assumed by members.
Under the School Education Act 1999 government schools are required to have a Council / Board, with
parent/community members being in the majority. Both in spirit and in its detail, the legislation relating to
Boards reinforces the importance of the partnership between schools, parents and the wider community in
ensuring that students achieve the highest standards possible.
The role of the Board is that of involvement in the governance of the school. This means taking part in the
shaping and monitoring of the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions. In addition, other
functions are specified in the legislation.
The Board does not have a role in school management. This is the responsibility of the principal and
involves educational leadership and the effective day-to-day administration, supervision and control of the
school and its staff.
The functions of a School Board are to:
take part in: establishing and reviewing from time to time, the school’s objectives, priorities and general
• the planning of financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions;
• evaluating the school’s performance in achieving them; and
• formulating codes of conduct for students at the school.