College Board

The Emmaus College Board is pastoral in nature and its constitution is primarily designed to allow collaborative practices to be employed.

Members of the Board are required to undertake pre-service training prior to presenting themselves for nomination to the Board. Regular in-service training is also provided. It is important that they are familiar with collaborative decision-making processes and that they understand and appreciate the Gospel values which form the basis for decision making in the College.

Parent members of the Board serve for a term of three years, with the possibility of nominating for a further three years. Ex-officio members include the the College Chaplain, Principal, Leadership Team member, staff member and co-opted members.

The functions of the Board include:

  •  the ongoing development of the Catholic ethos of the College, which means promoting the school as a centre of evangelisation (in partnership, where appropriate, with a parish or other Church agencies) in fidelity to the teachings of the Church, Diocesan authority, and the special spirituality that animates the school community;
  • being consulted in relation to the appointment of a principal by the founding authority;
  • supporting staff, especially the principal, who will have the day to day responsibility for maintaining and promoting the Catholic ethos of the College;
  • exercising general oversight of the curriculum, but in accordance with any relevant requirements of Government and Catholic education authorities, and without trespassing upon areas of professional educational judgment;
  • overseeing the prudent financial management of the College, particularly with a view to ensuring access to quality education for future generations, and including planning for the provision of future facilities;
  • seeking to ensure that the College fulfils its potential as an option for the disadvantaged, including the poor;
  • providing advice to the principal on any matters referred to it by the principal;
  • reflecting on Diocesan approved policies with a view to assisting the principal in implementation issues;
  • developing policies on matters referred to it by the principal or by responsible Catholic education authorities;
  • facilitating the induction and preparation of board members, including ensuring that members understand the scope and extent of their role.
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