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.
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.