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Board Membership

staff discussion resized.jpgComposition

 
  • In most instances, the number of Board members will not be less than seven(7) and will not exceed twelve (12)
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  • The Board/school community will provide a rationale for its membership structure if the number of members proposed is less than seven(7) or more than (12)
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  • Members will bring to the Board a broad spectrum of skills, talents and personal attributes 
 

Recommended Optional Membership Structures

 

1. Parish Primary School Board ​​​

  • ​​​​​​​​​One Spiritual Leader Member; and 
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  • ​​One Principal Member; and 
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  • Three Parent Members; and 
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  • One Teacher Member; and, 
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  • One Faith Community (parish) member; and 
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  • One Special Religious Character Member OR one additional parent member; and 
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  • Up to two Indigenous/Ethnic Community Members if this category is reflected in the composition of the school community; and 
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  • Up to two co-opted Members determined by a consensus decision of the ex-officio and elected members of the Board. ​

2. One Parish Primary School Board where more than one primary school exists in the Parish

  • One Spiritual Leader Member; and
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  • One Principal Member drawn from each school; and ​
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  • Up to four Parent Members; and
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  • One Teacher Member from each school; and
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  • One Faith Community (parish) member; and
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  • One Special Religious Character Member OR one additional parent member
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  • Up to two Indigenous/Ethnic Community Members if this category is reflected in the composition of the school community;  and
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  • Up to two co-opted Members determined by a consensus decision of the ex-officio and elected members of the Board

3. Diocesan Primary School Board 

  • Spiritual Leader Member; and 
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  • One Principal Member; and 
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  • Three Parent Members; and 
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  • One Teacher Member; and, 
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  • One Faith Community (parish) member; and 
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  • One Special Religious Character Member OR one additional parent member; and 
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  • Up to two Indigenous/Ethnic Community Members if this category is reflected in the composition of the school community; and 
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  • Up to two co-opted Members determined by a consensus decision of the ex-officio and elected members of the Board. 

4. Board for a P-12 School 

  • Spiritual Leader Member; and 
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  • One Principal Member; and 
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  • One Secondary College Administration Team Member; and 
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  • Catholic School Authority Member appointed by the Catholic School Authority of the school [optional]; and 
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  • Four Parent Members; and 
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  • One Teacher Member; and 
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  • One Student member elected in the way set out in this Constitution [optional]; and 
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  • One Special Religious Character Member OR one additional parent member; and
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  •  Up to two Indigenous/Ethnic Community Members if this category is reflected in the composition of the school community; and 
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  • Up to two co-opted Members determined by a consensus decision of the ex-officio and elected members of the Board.

5. Secondary School Board 

  • Spiritual Leader Member; and 
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  • One Principal Member; and 
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  • One Secondary College Administration Team Member; and 
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  • Catholic School Authority Member appointed by the Catholic School Authority of the school [optional]; and 
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  • Four Parent Members; and 
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  • One Teacher Member; and 
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  • One Student member elected in the way set out in this Constitution [optional] ; and 
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  • One Special Religious Character Member OR one additional parent member; and 
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  • Up to two Indigenous/Ethnic Community Members if this category is reflected in the composition of the school community; and 
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  • Up to two co-opted Members determined by a consensus decision of the ex-officio and elected members of the Board. 

 6. Parish Education Board 

  • Spiritual Leader Member; and 
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  • One Principal Member; and 
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  • Four Parent Members; and 
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  • One Teacher Member; and, 
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  • One Student member elected in the way set out in this Constitution [optional]; and 
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  • One Faith Community (parish) member; and 
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  • One Special Religious Character Member OR one additional parent member; and 
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  • Up to two Indigenous/Ethnic Community Members if this category is reflected in the composition of the school community; and 
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  • Up to two co-opted Members determined by a consensus decision of the ex-officio and elected members 

7. Board for a Small Primary School 

  •  ​Spiritual Leader Member; and 
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  • One Principal Member; and 
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  • Up to three Parent Members; and 
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  • One Teacher Member; and, 
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  • One Faith Community (parish) member; and 
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  • Up to two Indigenous/Ethnic Community Members if this category is reflected in the composition of the school community; and 
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  • Up to two co-opted Members determined by a consensus decision of the ex-officio and elected members of the Board. 
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  • In some schools, the President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Parents and Friends Association have assumed these positions and fulfilled dual roles. 
 

8. Board for a School with a Multi-Christian Faith Focus which is owned by the Catholic Church 

  •  All pastors of the partner churches as joint Spiritual Leader Members; and 
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  • One Principal Member; and 
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  • One Catholic School Authority Member appointed by the Catholic School Authority of the school [optional]; and
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  • Three Parent Members; and 
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  • One Teacher Member; and 
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  • Up to two Indigenous/Ethnic Community Members if this category is reflected in the composition of the school community; and 
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  • One Student member elected in the way set out in this Constitution [optional]; and 
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  • One Faith Community Member of the sponsoring Catholic parish; and 
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  • Up to two co-opted Members determined by a consensus decision of the ex-officio and elected members othe Board.
 

9.  Board for a School formerly a Religious Institute School but now administered by a Diocesan Catholic School Authority 

  • Spiritual Leader Member; and 
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  • One Principal Member; and 
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  • One Secondary College Administration Team Member; and 
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  • Five Parent Members; and 
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  • One Teacher Member; and 
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  • One Student member elected in the way set out in this Constitution [optional]; and 
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  • One Special Religious Character Member who, where possible, would be a member of the Religious Institute which founded the school; and 
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  • Up to two Indigenous/Ethnic Community Members if this category is reflected in the composition of the school community; and 
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  • Up to two co-opted Members determined by a consensus decision of the ex-officio and elected members of the Board.
Source: Model Constitution and Commnentary for Catholic Education Boards in Queensland​

Recruitment

All schools share the mission of the Church in the Archdiocese of Brisbane. The Board should be composed of people who appreciate, value and share the educational mission and ethos of the Catholic Church.
 
When seeking Board members, it is important to reflect on the qualities and skills of benefit to the Board in carrying out its functions.

The following is a suggested list of key qualities and skills for members of Boards:
  • ​​​Commitment to Catholic education in the parish and school 

  • Commitment to the vision and mission of the parish and school 

  • An understanding of the role of parish priest, principal and Board members 

  • Willingness to ask questions and seek clarification 

  • Ability to think strategically 

  • Willingness to support the contributions of other Board members 

  • Capacity to listen in an active and meaningful way

  • Willingness to work co-operatively with others 

  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality at all times 

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

Source : Primary School Boards​


Appointment

Upon appointment a letter  is sent from the Executive Director

Please contact schoolboards@bne.catholic.edu.au for further information.

 

Commissioning Ceremony 

The following are examples of ceremonies to commission new boards


Tenure

 
 The term of membership for each position on the Board is as follows:
  • ​​​​​Spiritual Leader Member - For the period of office​​

  • Principal Member - For the period of office

  • Secondary College Administration Team Member - for period of office or as determined by the Authority

  • Catholic School Authority Member - to be determined by the Authority

  • Parent Members - 3 years

  • Teacher Members - 3 years

  • Student Member - 1 year or as determined by the Authority

  • Faith Community (parish) Member - 3 years

  • Co-opted Members - 1 year and renewable for up to 3 years

  • Casual Vacancy - the term of office for a member, elected or co-opted, to fill a casual vacancy will not extend beyond the next election.

An elected member of the Board serves no more than 2 consecutive terms of office.

Expectations & Responsibilities 

​​​A characteristic of an effective and high performing Board is that it is engaged in ongoing Board formation activities and programs 
 
Board formation is essentially about Board members participating in programs and activities that will enhance their skills as a board member and provide further knowledge about the operations of the Board