Castlemaine Steiner School is a non-profit Company
Limited by guarantee. The school is governed by a Board of Directors and
managed by a Facilitated Shared Decision Making model of management. This
model of school management was developed throughout 2009, and is based
on an innovative and thoroughly researched model of school management.
a. The Company provides the legal entity of the school. The Governance Review
of 2009 revised the school constitution to successfully update the formal structure
of the school.
Membership of the Company is limited to a maximum of 600 members who vote
for the two parent members on the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors
of the Company has up to nine members, consisting of teachers, parents and
wider community members to oversee the legal, financial and strategic direction
of the school. The Board of Directors also oversees the correct audit of accounts
and annual returns to the Australian Securities Commission. The Board of Directors
meets at least four times each year and has subcommittees overseeing various
aspects of the schools operations. For example, initially an Administration
Committee will oversee monthly budgets and policy decisions. Further on, other
more specialist groups such as Buildings and Grounds, Finance, Human
Resources subcommittee and a Strategic Plan working group may be developed
by the Board of Directors. The School Facilitator and Business Manager are
ex-officio members of the Board of Directors.
b. The Management Team: This information is currently being updated.
c. The College of Teachers is responsible for delivering the educational programmes
of the school. The College of Teachers operates collectively and by consensus
in a learning role, aiming to support teachers and improve the quality of education
provided to children. They meet twice weekly to support and consult with one
another on educational matters, and discuss, formulate and review the school
curriculum, school policy and the day to day running of the school. Debate
meetings and task groups deal with specific educational issues.
d. Parent Participation
Parents are a vital pillar in the cultural strength of Castlemaine Steiner
School and Kindergarten. They participate in the life of the school in many
very important ways.
- Parents are members of the governing body and its various subcommittees
and guide the overall running of the school from this important perspective.
- Parents participate in the education of children in many vital ways, including;
- Attending class meetings each term to learn about the programme their child/ren
- Attending parent - teacher interviews twice per year
to discuss the specific progress of their child/ren;
- Assisting in a range of class activities, from attending camps and excursions
to assisting with reading, craft and sport activities.
- Parents help at regular class working bees, taking on specific projects
as a class to improve the amenity and beauty of the school site.
- Parents organise and collectively run our annual Spring Fair, the single
major fundraising activity of the school.
The creation of an atmosphere of caring and support within the whole school
community is seen in the class carers' network, the 'hand to heart' system,
the craft group, the study group, the singing group and the drama group. Parents
also play a significant role in fundraising and organising regular events for
the school, in particular the Spring Fair.
All these aspects of the school bring together the many creative impulses
of our parent community.
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