College Council Committees

Education Committee

Role
The Education Committee’s role is to evaluate and to make recommendations to College Council about the college’s existing and developing educational policies and practices, ensuring that they are consistent with the college's vision and values statement. As a College Council subcommittee, the Education Committee operates at the level of strategic governance.  The level of management and policy implementation remains the domain of the college Principal, but the committee has a role to monitor the functions of management and implementation for consistency with College Council policy.

Terms of Reference
The committee will:

  • Monitor progress towards the college’s strategic plan with respect to Strategic Intents: 01 -Wellbeing, 02 - Learner at the Centre, 04 - Inspiring Professionals.
  • Monitor progress towards the annual school improvement plan.
  • Develop and review policy as required.
  • Make recommendations to the council that relate to policies for implementation at a council level.
  • Consider any other material referred to the committee by the council.
  • Produce a written report to the College Council relating to a summary of discussions and a list of recommendations for future action.

Education

  • Assist in the communication process between the Principal and the College Council in relation to the educational program.
  • Provide advice to the Principal in areas of their expertise and experience.
  • Disseminate information on current policy and practice that may have implications for future planning.
  • Provide opportunities for discussion of new ideas, initiatives and practices in relation to the college’s educational program.
  • Review the college’s educational program to ensure that policies and practices are in accord with the educational philosophy of the college.
  • Monitor the college’s testing and reporting practice to ensure that it is meeting its mandatory obligations in relation to federal and state government regulations.
  • Review the college’s academic performance in externally benchmarked testing (eg NAPLAN, RoSA and Higher School Certificate/ATAR).

Uniform

  • Consider and advise the College Council on all aspects of uniform changes required by the college including their designs, styles, patterns, colours and fabrics.
Finance Committee

Role
The Finance Committee’s role is to review the financial operations of the college consistent with the annual college budget and 10-year financial plan, and monitor any subsequent adjustments under delegated authority. The committee will work closely with the Sustainability Committee to ensure that funding requirements can be incorporated into the 10-year financial plan. As a College Council subcommittee, the Finance Committee operates at the level of governance. The management of finances and the allocation and use of funds remains the domain of the Principal.

Terms of Reference
The committee will:

  • Monitor progress towards the college’s strategic plan with respect to the financial components of Strategic Intent 03 - Sustainability, Renewal and Growth.
  • Monitor progress towards the annual school improvement plan.
  • Investigate strategic initiatives to improve enrolment demand, co-curricular options, future partnerships and alternative streams of income and to make recommendations to the College Council.
  • Review the reports of the financial operation of the college.
  • Review the annual budget and 10-year rolling financial plan to ensure that it addresses the needs of the college community.
  • Recommend the financing for construction or modification of facilities, consistent with the master plan.
  • Receive information on current policy and practice.
  • Monitor expenditure programs under delegated authority.
  • Ensure compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements.
  • Approve recommendations from the Principal regarding the write-off of non-recoverable debt.
  • Consider any other matter referred to the committee by the council.
  • Produce a written report to the College Council relating to a summary of discussions and a list of recommendations for future action.

Strategic Development Committee

Role
The Strategic Development Committee’s role is to strategise and articulate commercial and educational opportunities within the college and, further, to look to the development of its resources and facilities. The Strategic Development Committee will also investigate methods to support ongoing professional growth. As a College Council subcommittee, the Strategic Development Committee operates at the level of governance and focuses on creating broader strategic initiatives within the terms of reference below. The management of facilities and the allocation and use of facilities remains the domain of the Principal. 

Terms of Reference
The committee will: 

  • Monitor progress towards the college’s Strategic Plan with respect to Strategic Intent 03 - Enhancing Beyond the Classroom.
  • Monitor progress towards the annual school improvement plan.
  • Consider any other material referred to the committee by the council.
  • Produce a written report to the College Council relating to a summary of discussions and a list of recommendations for future action. 

Governance

  • Consider, advise the council, and facilitate as required the professional development of the council and its members.
  • Consider and advise the council on the college’s constitution, governance policies and operating arrangements and any changes to these.
  • Ensure and advise council is acting within the governance policies and college’s constitution.
  • Consider any other matter referred to the committee by the council and oversee the organisation and resourcing of an annual strategic development planning day.
  • Monitor, support and encourage open and transparent communication and information flow within and between the College Council and the Principal (recognising legal boundaries).
  • Arrange and conduct exit interviews of outgoing members of College Council.
  • Consider and advise the College Council on compliance with the compliance auditor’s recommendations. 

Marketing

  • Investigate strategic initiatives to improve enrolment demand, co-curricular options, future partnerships and alternative streams of income and to make recommendations to the College Council.
  • Research and develop plans for fundraising corporately for the college. 

Partnerships

  • Develop guidelines and assist with the implementation of commercial partnerships within the college grounds.
  • Develop plans for the hiring of college facilities and alternate income streams.
  • Research and produce a plan for the inauguration of a college foundation to support alumni growth.
Sustainability Committee

Role
The role of the Sustainability Committee is to develop and evaluate recommendations to the College Council about the college’s sustainability practices, the provision and upgrade of facilities consistent with the master plan, and to monitor any subsequent building program under delegated authority. The Sustainability Committee, under guidance from the Principal, will recommend adjustments to the college master plan, consistent with emerging education imperatives and initiatives. The committee will also act as a catalyst for improved engagement by the college community with the pressing environmental challenges of our times.  The committee aims to promote the college as a recognised leader of sustainable practices amongst schools and businesses in the region. 

Terms of Reference
The committee will: 

  • Monitor progress towards the college’s Strategic Plan with respect to Strategic Intent 05 - Sustainability, Renewal and Growth.
  • Monitor progress towards the annual school improvement plan.
  • Monitor governance and risk mitigation processes of the council and make recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Investigate and review building programs including planning processes.
  • Consider any other matters referred to the committee by the council.
  • Produce a written report to the College Council relating to a summary of discussions and a list of recommendations for action.

Property

  • Develop and annually review the college master plan to ensure that it addresses the needs of the college community, through emerging educational imperatives and initiatives.
  • Recommend the construction or modification of facilities, consistent with the strategic and master plans.
  • Receive information on current policy and practice.
  • Monitor construction programs under delegated authority.
  • Consider and advise College Council on security and fire access.
  • Consider and advise College Council on compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements.

Sustainability

Provide advice to the Council and the Principal on:

  • Sustainability policy (energy, water, waste management and preferred choice of socially-responsible suppliers).
  • Carbon footprint reduction measures.
  • Identification of opportunities for cost savings which also have sustainability benefits.
  • Awareness building within the college community of environmental challenges, responsibilities and engagement opportunities.
  • Review environmental performance reporting including progress reports on carbon reduction related initiatives.
College Council Committee Charters

Committee

Membership
(minimum requirement)

Quorum

Meetings

Education

3 x College Council members (including Chair or Deputy Chair of Council)
Principal
Business Manager
Assistant Principal (Head of Secondary)
Assistant Principal (Head of Primary)
Director of Learning and Teaching
Curriculum Coordinator
Additional members, including up to two co-opted, non-council members, as requested by the Principal 

Three members, one of which must be a member of College Council

The committee will meet as required prior to council meetings and a report will be provided to College Council

Finance             

3 x College Council members (including Chair or Deputy Chair of Council)
Principal
Business Manager
CLT (as requested by the Principal)
Additional members, including up to two co-opted, non-Council members (as requested by the Principal)

Three members, one of which must be a member of College Council

The committee will meet as required prior to council meetings and a report will be provided to College Council

Strategic Development

3 x College Council members (including Chair or Deputy Chair of Council)
Principal
Business Manager
CLT (as requested by the Principal)

Three members, one of which must be a member of College Council

The committee will meet as required prior to council meetings and a report will be provided to College Council.

Sustainability

3 x College Council members (including Chair or Deputy Chair of Council)
Principal
Business Manager
CLT (as requested by the Principal)
Additional members, including up to two co-opted, non-council members (as requested by the Principal)

Three members, one of which must be a member of College Council

The committee will meet as required prior to council meetings and a report will be provided to College Council.

 

 

 

 

 

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