In the ACT each public school is required to have a school board as a way of sharing authority and responsibility with the local school community.
One of the strengths of the ACT education system is that parents, teachers and the community participate in school decision making through the School Board. The Board provides a formal mechanism for parents, staff and students to have their views taken into account when decisions are made.
The School Board comprises;
- the Principal
- 2 teacher representatives
- 3 parent representatives, and
- 1 community representative.
Board elections are held once a year to fill vacant positions. Each position is held for a duration of 2 years.
Interested parents can nominate to serve on the Board. If there are more nominations than available positions an election takes place under a process established by the ACT Education and Training Directorate. The teacher representatives are elected by the staff. The community representative is nominated by the Department.
School Board Election 2013 (49kb)
The function of the board is to work with the school executive to determine policy settings and up-grades to the school. This includes establishing educational resources, educational policy, finance report (school budget) and the communication to the broad school community on matters which have arisen. An example of recent policy considered is the School Development Plan.
The board meets approximately twice a term and all meetings are open.
This is a very important part of being on the School Board. Minutes from board meetings are available at the school office and are reported upon in the Garran Gazette. There are also notes from the Board parent representatives in the Gazette. A Board parent representative will, where possible, be in attendance at the school P & C meetings.
Annual School Board Report
External School Review Report
School Strategic Plan
The names and photos of your current Board parent representatives are displayed in the foyers of the Paterson and Franklin buildings. Parent Board representatives are also, where possible, present at information functions such as new parent evenings. Board members can be contacted either through the school office or via email direct to email@example.com.