School Board

Purpose of the School Board

The Board is formed with the fundamental purpose of enabling parents and members of the community to engage in activities that are in the best interests of students and will enhance the education provided by the school.

Functions of the School Board

To take part in:
a) establishing and reviewing from time to time, the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions
b) the planning of financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions
c) evaluating the school’s performance in achieving them and
d) formulating codes of conduct for students at the school
e) take part in the selection of, but not the appointment of, the school principal or any other member of the teaching staff

To approve:
a) of a charge or contribution determined by the principal for the provision of certain materials, services and facilities
b) of the costs determined by the principal to be paid for participation in an extra cost optional component of the school’s educational program
c) of the items determined by the principal to be supplied by a student for the student’s personal use in the school’s educational program and
d) of an agreement or arrangement for advertising or sponsorship in relation to a government school

To determine in consultation with students, their parents and staff a dress code for students when they are attending or representing the school.

To promote the school in the community.

To understand and revisit the Delivery and Performance Agreement (DPA), business plan, school budget and annual report on a regular basis.

To interrogate student performance on a regular basis.

To review school policies as necessary.

Note from the Secretary

As Secretary of the Hawker Park Primary School Board I am pleased to make this first report to update the school community of our activities to date as well as explain the role of the Board.

The Board consists of elected representatives from the parent, staff and local stakeholder community groups.

As a Board we aim to improve the quality of student learning through increased engagement with parents and the wider school community and to share the school motto of “Together We Grow”.

Our main role is to set the long-term strategic direction for the school and to oversee its operations, using the Business Plan and the Delivery and Performance Agreement (DPA) as the framework to guide us.

The Business Plan articulates the school’s strategic direction for the next three years and identifies the strategies which will help to achieve them. As the school will be evaluated on our performance in meeting these goals, deliverables have been identified as a means to measure our success.

The DPA is a binding agreement between The Department of Education, the School and the School Board. The DPA operates for three years and sets out the roles and responsibilities of all parties during this time. Specific performance and accountability expectations are placed upon the School in the areas of: Teaching and learning; Student performance monitoring; Resourcing and support; Program delivery; Compliance; System requirements; School Boards; and Business Planning.

It must be noted that the Board cannot:

· Manage the day-to-day running of the school.
· Discuss individual issues relating to teachers, staff or parents.
· Represent specific interest groups.
· Intervene in the educational instruction of students.
· Performance manage the Principal or any other staff member.

Recent activity briefly summarised below:

1. Review and endorsement of the Hawker Park Primary School Business Plan.
2. Review and endorsement of the Delivery and Performance Agreement.
3. Review and endorsement of the Annual Report 2014.
4. Discussion around establishing a marketing strategy sub-group to establish and progress a marketing strategy for the school.
Review of the Behavioural Management In School (BMIS) contract with recommendations to update this document for further review at the next scheduled Board meeting.

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