Red Hill School

An ACT Public School
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School Board

Role of the school board

The school board is a formal mechanism for parents, carers, staff and students to participate in school decision-making. The board is responsible for the school's planning and strategic direction.  Operational (day-to-day) matters are the responsibility of the principal.

School board members are responsible for raising community issues (relating to school board functions) at meetings. Meeting processes and protocols are adhered to in fulfilling this responsibility. School boards observe Directorate directions, ACT Government priorities and legislative obligations.

Education Directorate's School Board Page - Please use this link for further information about school boards in the ACT.  The page includes links to a number of documents including the school board manual which outlines how school boards are to operate.

The Red Hill School Board is made up of seven members:

  • Three parents and citizens members, elected by parents/carers to represent the views and interests of the parents and citizens association of the school. One parent is elected Board Chair
  • Two elected teachers from the school staff
  • One appointed member (who is external to the school community, and who does not report to the Directorate)
  • The Principal who is the Executive Officer of the Board

The functions of the school board of a public school are:

  • to establish strategic direction and priorities for the school
  • to monitor and review school performance and to report on it to the
    Director-General, parents of students at the school and staff
  • to develop, maintain and review curriculum for the school
  • to develop and review education policies at the school
  • to establish budgetary policies and approve the school budget
  • to establish policies for the efficient and effective use of school assets and the management of financial risk
  • to develop relationships between the school and the community and between the school and community organisations
  • to make recommendations to the Director-General on issue affecting the school and to give effect to the Director-General's directions
  • to encourage parent participation in their children's learning; and
  • to exercise any other function given to the board under this Act or other Territory law

Communication between the school community and the school board

Regular communication between the school community and the school board is vital to ensuring that the board involves the parent community in decision-making about Red Hill School. Parents and Citizens Members of the board regularly consult with and listen to the views of the parent community, particularly through the P&C. In 2013, communication and cooperation between the board and the P&C will be enhanced by:

  • inviting the P&C President to attend each board meeting
  • having a standing agenda item at each board meeting for the P&C President, on behalf of the P&C, to raise issues for consideration of the board
  • having a standing agenda item at each P&C meeting for a representative of the board to provide an update on issues and priorities discussed at board meetings

As well as communicating through P&C meetings, the board communicates with the school community through the school's newsletter and website, and other meetings
of parents, carers, staff and students.

The board can be contacted via the school's administration team:

The Board meets eight times a year (in Weeks 3 and 8 of each term) and contributes to the development of the school's Strategic Plan, Annual Action Plan and the Annual School Board Report.

Copies of these documents are available below in the school reports section..

Raising issues of concern

Issues about individual children (such as about your child's learning at school, or your child's interaction with particular other children) are best raised with the classroom teacher in the first instance, and with an Executive teacher or the Principal as needed.

Issues about the school's policies and performance, whether overall or in a specific area, are best raised with the Board (either through initial discussion at P&C meetings, or by contacting the Board Chair and/or Parent Members).

2015 Board Members

Louise Owens -  Principal – Executive Officer

Jayne Queripel – Teacher

John Robinson – Board Chair

Jyotsna Talwar – Teacher

Katherine Keenan – Parent Member

Penny Flett – Appointed Member

Sally McKenzie  – Parent Member

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