St Mary's School Advisory Council was formed in March 2023.
The School Advisory Council provides a crucial point of connection between the wider school community and school leaders. While the School Advisory Council does not have governance responsibility or decision-making authority, it supports the principal and school leadership and provides an important connection to the parish and school community.
The following are some ways the School Advisory Council supports the school and the principal.
articulating and enacting the school’s vision and mission
promoting the school’s Catholic ethos and culture
promoting education programs, faith formation and development
in the development of school policies as required
in the interpretation of Toowoomba Catholic Schools policies within the school context
giving advice to the principal on issues such as the school strategic plan
engaging in discussion with the principal about the annual school budget and other financial matters
giving advice to the principal about master planning
giving advice in relation to capital resource planning and maintenance
The School Advisory Council is not the governing body of a school, and as such does not have a decision-making authority due to it not having a legal identity. While a vital forum for parent and community voice, it is not a forum for individual parent advocacy or special interest representation and does not become involved in the day-to-day management of the school. It does not take on the role of a Parent Engagement Network, a fundraising forum or fete organising committee.
2023 School Advisory Council Members
Chairperson: Mr Geoff Webb
Faith Member: Fr Hermi Rafada
Staff Representatives: Mr John Shaw
Parent Members: Mrs Sam Heath, Ms Tanya Dorey, Mrs Anna Dillon