Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions which provides more insight into becoming a member of the St Anne’s College Advisory Council:
1. Do I need a specific skill set to become an Advisory Council member?
No. The most important contribution to the Advisory Council is being a parent and/or guardian, motivated to be involved and engaged with the St Anne’s College community. The individual motivation is to be focused on the whole school community, with an interest in the strategic direction and growth for those who seek an education at St Anne’s College, and to be willing and open to a common purpose, understanding and sharing of ideas.
2. What is the commitment?
The tenure of membership is for a three-year term. During this period, the commitment requires attendance at two Advisory Council meetings per term, in weeks 3 and 8, over the course of the school year. The meeting is currently held on a Thursday evening from 6:15pm to 8:30pm. The meeting agenda and preparation reading is emailed one week prior to the meeting. There is time required to read through the material in order to actively participate in the meeting. At times there may be projects that require consultation and involvement of Advisory Council member(s). This involvement would be a voluntary commitment.
3. Do I need to be Catholic to become an Advisory Council member?
No. There does need to be an openness to learning about Catholic education and a commitment to actively support the Vision and Catholic Identity of St Anne’s College. To refresh, St Anne’s College is a Catholic community welcoming all, inspired by a loving God, committed to faith, wisdom and learning. Central to the mission of St Anne’s College is an unequivocal commitment to fostering the dignity, self-esteem and integrity of children and young people and providing them with a safe, supportive and enriching environment to develop spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. St Anne’s College promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all students. At St Anne’s College we strive to: Develop a relationship with God that supports and nurtures our personal faith; Create relationships that are collaborative and in partnership with students, staff, parents, parish and the wider community; Empower individuals to grow in confidence and a willingness to explore their world: spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally and physically; Implement a curriculum that is contemporary, focuses on the needs of the individual and celebrates the joys of new learning.
4. As an Advisory Council member can I make changes to the operational management of St Anne’s College?
No. The St Anne’s College Advisory Council is the leading consultative and advisory group for the Principal, as an active forum for parent and community participation, providing support and advice, principally in strategic planning and school improvement. As outlined in the CES Limited Governance Charter, Advisory Council members do not have decision-making powers. The St Anne’s College Advisory Council is intended to: Provide a voice for members of the school community; Actively support, in collaboration with the local parish, the Vision and Catholic Identity of the College; Provide input into and support for strategic planning and directions; Provide input and contribute advice in the processes of school improvement and school review; Support the Principal in meeting his/her responsibilities and accountabilities for educational outcomes, effective stewardship of resources, and annual reporting; Actively support the Principal in the encouragement of parent/guardian engagement; Support the ongoing sustainability of the Council and its members in its succession and learning.
- Annette Jakob, Advisory Council Chair