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History of School Boards

​The changes brought about by Vactican II for laity to take a more active role in the Church, as well as the growth of the Catholic education sector in the 1960's and 1970's, resulted in the establishment of School Boards in Queensland

Results from  ''Project Catholic School ", a research project  undertaken by Queensland Catholic Education in 1977,identified the need for Catholic schools to be more strongly community-based, and the development of school Boards was seen as a key to achieving this School Boards began with the 1980 School Board Pilot Program, where a number of volunteer Catholic schools and parishes established pilot Boards to explore what was then uncharted territory. The project concluded in 1983 and the first ‘Interim Constitution and Commentary’ emerged in 1984 produced by Sr Pauline Robinson and Sr Francine Shaw. From 1983 - 85, a School Board Development Team, led by these two Franciscan Sisters, travelled throughout the state, establishing Boards and inservcing existing Boards. By 1990, there was widespread adoption of school Boards in diocesan schools.

Later the 'Intermin Constitution and Commentary' was revised and the ‘Approved Constitution and Commentary for Catholic Education Boards in Queensland’ published in April 1990 has guided Boards until the introduction of the current Constitution in 2005. Like its predecessors, this document, Model Constitution and Commentary for Catholic Education  Boards​, is grounded in the experience of Board members as they seek to contribute to the leadership of Catholic education through participation in Boards. 

During this period, Boards operating under these Constitutions developed a unique character, which led to them being described as Pastoral Model Boards of Catholic Education in Queensland. The philosophy and practice of Collaborative Ministry and Sharing Wisdom are the essence of decision making and ministry of these Boards.  Pastoral in intent, they were set up to create a sense of community ownership and were there to provide policy direction rather than being Boards of Management.

The Archbishop of Brisbane supports the establishment of School Boards and their facilitation of the partnership they encourage between the school, parish and wider community in the life of the school and parish.