Parent Representative to the School Board
As an Independent Public School, Larrakeyah Primary School is required to have an effective School Board that can target membership from non-school stakeholders who have a local interest in the School or can offer specialized professional expertise to the benefit of the School
The Larrakeyah Primary School Board has established protocols, procedures and Terms of Reference, in accordance with the NT Education Act.
The Principal and the Board report directly to the Chief Executive of the Department of Education.
The Role of the School Board is to enhance and provide support, direction and community input into school development, policy and the Delivery and Performance Agreement.
The Principal reports to, seeks advice and gains ratification from the School Board on strategic matters regularly (at least once per term).
Each year, the Principal will provide annual report to the School Board on progress against the Larrakeyah Primary School Strategic Improvement Plans, along with proposed action plans to address identified needs and review changes to the Plan.
About the School Board
The Board has 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
- 1.Work within the Department of Education's relevant legislation and regulations;
- 2.Contribute to the school's Business Plan. This document summarises what the school wants to achieve in the future and how it plans to get there.
- 3.Monitor the progress of the school's Annual Operations Plan;
- 4.Endorse and review the annual budget (this summarises the income received annually from the Department of Education and other sources, and also lists planned expenditure, including salaries);
- 5.Assist with the formulation of Codes of Conduct (guiding principles that influence the decisions and actions that the school takes);
- 6.Participate in a review of the performance of the school;
- 7.Develop interest, within and across the community, about the school;
- 8.Assist with the selection of a principal when a vacancy arises (usually the Chair of the School Board will be a member of the selection panel);
- a.school fees, charges, contributions and items of personal use (booklists);
- b.extra cost optional components of programs;
- c.arrangements for sponsorship or advertising;
- 10.Establish and/or Liaise with other committees within the school;
- 11.Inform the wider school community by holding one open meeting per year; and
The School Board Does Not:
- 1.Manage the day to day running of the school. For example, it does not employ staff, decide which classes students will be assigned to,
- or resolve issues relating to individual teachers and students and/or parents;
- 2.Discuss individual issues relating to teachers, staff or parents - these are management roles, and therefore the responsibility of the principal;
- 3.Represent specific interest groups, or permit special interests to dominate the agenda of the Board; intervene in the educational instruction of students;
- 4.Purchase land, buildings or motor cars, and cannot enter into hire purchase agreements or obtain credit or loans, unless permission is given by the Minister; and
- 5.Performance manage the principal or any other staff member
Structure of The School Board
Chief Executive Officer:Principal (Permanent position)
Chair:Board Chair (non staff, elected by the Board)
Parent Representative: 3 x Parents of current attending students
Staff Representatives: 1-2 x Staff Members
Independent/Coopted:Optional 1-2 Community, Industry or Education Representatives
The composition of the School Board reflects: diversity of the school community, strategic planning; and development goals. Elected and coopted members will need to have the skills and experience required to provide sound governance and informed decision-making in meeting the requirements of the Delivery and Performance Agreement.
Previous experience on a School Board is not essential; however a commitment to the position and the responsibility is essential. All Board members will be required to undertake formal training. The success of the school relies on a successful School Board.
Expressions of Interest
Expressions of Interest to join the 2017 Board are now being called. Rotation of Board Members will been staggered to ensure continuity, and in 2017 there are two parent vacancies and up to 2 teacher vacancies The Board Chair is elected by the School Board for a term of two years.
For the 2017, the Board is particularly seeking persons with all/some of the following skills:
Accounting or financial management background
Parents, community members and business/industry members are encouraged to nominate. In making this commitment, perspective Board members should be prepared to:
- 1.Commit to the School’s Ethos and Goals
2.Contribute to the development of Larrakeyah Primary School Primary School as an Independent Public School
3.Bring relevant Board skills to contribute to the work of the School Board
4.Undertake confidentiality and sensitivity to differing views and have the ability to work in a spirit of cooperation
5.Be willing to donate their time and expertise
The frequency and time of Board meetings will be determined by the School Board. It is anticipated that at least monthly will be held each year, with additional committee meetings and/or special meetings held as required.
Nomination and Elections to the School Board will be made through the following process:
Interested and suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) addressed to the Principal. The Expression of Interest should include a brief statement about the candidate’s interest in joining the School Board, and include an outline of their skills and experience.
The Principal and Board Chair will prepare a short‐list of candidates, based on the desired skills, experience and diversity identified as being relevant for the School Board. Successful candidates will be notified in writing of the outcome.
Further information regarding the Larrakeyah Board Constitution, Code of Conduct and other policies can be found on the School website.
Expressions of Interest can submitted in person to the Front Office or forwarded to:
Larrakeyah Primary School