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Non-Government Schools Education Council


Transmittal Letter to the Minister PDF File Type Logo (379kb)

A1 The organisation

The Non-government Schools Education Council (the Council) was established under section 106 of the Education Act 2004 (the Act).

Section 109 of the Education Act 2004 requires the Minister to appoint the following Council members:

-       three education members chosen from nominations of organisations representing Catholic schools
-       one education member chosen from nominations of organisations representing non-Catholic independent schools
-       one education member chosen from nominations of the non-government school union
-       one education member chosen from nominations of organisations representing parent associations of non-government schools.

The Actoutlines the conditions under which the Minister may appoint or terminate the appointment of a Council member. As a statutory appointment the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs is consulted on proposed appointments.

A2 Overview

During the reporting period, the Council met eight times between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2012 including a joint meeting with the Government School Education Council in October 2011.

The Council's functions are to advise the Minister on any aspect of non-government schooling and to meet with the Government Schools Education Council to discuss matters of mutual interest. Advice provided to the Minister may be initiated by the Council or may be in response to a request from the Minister. Under section 127 of the Act the Minister must present a copy of the advice to the Legislative Assembly.

A3 Highlights

The Council identified the following goals to be achieved in the 2011-12 year:

The key issues considered by the Council in 2011-12 were as follows:

The Council appreciated Minister Bourke's advice and contribution when he attended the June 2012 meeting of the Council.

Ms Hargreaves, as Chairperson of the Council and having been invited by the Minister for Education and Training, participates on the taskforce which was reconvened to support the ACT's input into the development of an Australian curriculum for kindergarten to year 12.

The Council provided comments on the following non-government school applications for In-principle Approval proposing development under the Act:

The Council of Australian Governments' Agenda is of high priority in monthly discussions at Council meetings, including: Building the Education Revolution, Australian Curriculum, and National Partnerships. The work done regarding the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority around the My School website was regularly monitored and issues arising debated by Council.

The Minister for Education and Training has advised Council that the Government will continue to make every effort to ensure Council is kept informed of current initiatives, programs and processes affecting all educational sectors in the ACT. Council members participated in the ACT Future Funding forum held in February 2012 and the Review of Funding for Schooling Final Report in May 2012.

A4 Outlook

The Council continued to monitor the Strategic Directions for Non-government School Education in the ACT. This position paper was presented to the Minister for consideration during the 2012-13 budget process.

Members of the Council were invited to attend the October 2011 meeting of the Government Schools Education Council. Discussions were focused on the Australian Curriculum and the National Agenda Overview.

A5 Management discussion and analysis

In September 2011, the Council participated in the Treasury 2012-13 Budget process and provided the then Minister for Education and Training with a copy of the Council's submission.

A6 Financial report

Remuneration for the chairperson is determined by the ACT Remuneration Tribunal in accordance with section 10(1) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995. The current determination took effect on 1 November 2011. The chairperson is the only member to receive remuneration.

The Council has no funds for which it is responsible; therefore Council does not prepare financial statements.

A7 Statement of performance

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A8 Strategic indicators

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A9 Analysis of council performance

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B1 Community engagement

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B2 Internal and external scrutiny

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B3 Legislative Assembly Committee inquiries and reports

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B4 Legislation report

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C1 Risk management and internal audit

The Risk Management Plan was reviewed by the Council in November 2011. The Risk Management Plan has continued to be monitored by the Council during the financial year 2011-12.

C2-C6

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C7 Staffing profile

Ms Narelle Hargreaves OAM - Chair

Ms Hargreaves was appointed as Chair to the inaugural council. Ms Hargreaves was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2008. Mrs Hargreaves is the Chair of the ACT Children's and Youth's Services Council; Chair of the Canberra/Nara Sister City Committee and President of the ACT Children's Week Committee. In 2007, she was appointed 'Official Visitor' to Bimberi Youth Justice Centre and Marlow Cottage.  In 2011, Ms Hargreaves was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in the ACT. In 2011, Ms Hargreaves was appointed as a Board Member of the ACT Teacher Quality Institute.

Ms Hargreaves has many years teaching experience, including 14 years as a principal in ACT schools. Her teaching career was followed by 10 years as Director of Schools and International Education with the then ACT Department of Education and Training. Ms Hargreaves has a Bachelor of Education, is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACT). Ms Hargreaves is a member of the Sing Australia Choir.

Dr William Maiden – Community member and Deputy Chair

Dr Maiden was appointed as a community member to the inaugural council. Dr Maiden began his teaching career in 1969 and is the Principal of Lake Tuggeranong College. He holds a Teaching Certificate, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Letters (Education), Master of Educational Administration, Doctorate of Philosophy (Education), and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACT). Dr Maiden has been awarded a Public Service Medal.

Mr Andrew Wrigley – Education member

Mr Wrigley was nominated by the ACT Association of Independent Schools to represent non-Catholic independent schools. He is Executive Director of the Association of Independent Schools of the ACT. Prior to this he was a manager with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and with Teaching Australia. Mr Wrigley has 21 years experience as a professional educator in the non-government and public education sectors. He holds a Masters of Education and a Bachelor of Education degree. Mr Wrigley was appointed to the Council in July 2010.

Mrs Catherine Rey – Education member

Mrs Rey was nominated by the Canberra–Goulburn Catholic Education Office (CEO) to represent Catholic systemic schools. Mrs Rey was Principal of Merici College Canberra for ten years and has since been appointed Foundation Principal of John Paul College in Gungahlin. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Education (Religious Education), and Master of Arts (French Literature), a Diploma of Education (Foreign Languages) and a Bachelor of Arts (First class French) degree. Mrs Rey was appointed to the Council in July 2011.

Mrs Mary Dorrian – Education member

Mrs Dorrian was nominated by the Canberra–Goulburn Catholic Education Office to represent Catholic systemic schools. Mrs Dorrian is Head of Religious Education and Curriculum Services with the CEO. She holds a Master of Education, a Certificate of Religious Education and a Bachelor of Education degree. Mrs Dorrian was appointed to the Council in July 2011.

Mr Peter Fullagar – Education member

Mr Fullagar represents the Catholic Independent Colleges of Canberra. Mr Fullagar is Principal of St Edmund's College Canberra. He holds a Master of Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Education and has 30 years experience as an educator in the Catholic Independent and public education sectors. Mr Fullagar was appointed to the Council in August 2009.

Mrs Lyn Caton – Education member

Ms Caton (nee Renno) was nominated by the Independent Education Union to represent the non-government school union. Ms Caton is an Industrial Organiser in the ACT Office of NSW/ACT Independent Education Union. She holds a Diploma of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Education and a Graduate Certificate of Religious Education. Ms Caton has 25 years of teaching experience in the non-government and public education sectors. Ms Caton was appointed to the Council in June 2009.

Mr Tony Maple – Education member

Mr Maple was nominated by the Association of Parents and Friends of ACT Schools (APFACTS) to represent parent associations of non-government schools. Mr Maple holds a Master of Public Policy, Postgraduate Diploma in Defence Studies, a Postgraduate Diploma in Data Processing and a Bachelor of Arts (Military Studies) degree. Mr Maple was appointed to the Council in 2006 and resigned in July 2011.

Mr George Gamkrelidze – Education member

Mr Gamkrelidze was nominated by the Association of Parents and Friends of ACT Schools (APFACTS) to represent parent associations of non-government schools following the resignation of Mr Tony Maple. Mr Gamkrelidze holds a Graduate Diploma in Administration and is a member of the Education Faculty Advisory Board of the University of Canberra. Mr Gamkrelidze was appointed to the Council in May 2012.

Ms Meg van Beurden - Community member

Ms van Beurden has extensive teaching experience in both the public and non-government sectors. She has worked in schools in rural NSW, Sydney and with a number of schools in the ACT. Ms van Beurden has also been a committee member on the ACT Health Human Research Ethics Committee.  Ms van Beurden holds a Master of Arts, a Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Language and Reading. Ms van Beurden was appointed to the Council in April 2009; the term of her appointment concluded in April 2012.

Ms Michelle Narracott – Community member

Ms Narracott is a legal practitioner working in the fields of corporate governance, government policy, program performance and employment law. Ms Narracott holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Graduate Diploma, Legal Practice and Legal Practice Certification and is admitted as a barrister and a solicitor in the ACT and NSW Supreme Courts. Ms Narracott was appointed to the Council in April 2009; the term of her appointment concluded in April 2012.

Professor Geoffrey Riordan – Community member

Professor Riordan is Dean of Education at the University of Canberra. He holds a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Educational Administration and a Doctorate of Philosophy in the area of Educational Administration. Professor Riordan was appointed to the Council in July 2011 and resigned in May 2012.

Table NGSEC 1: Role of council members and the number of meetings attended/number of eligible meetings

  Member name

  Role

Number

Ms Narelle Hargreaves OAM

Chairperson

8/8

Dr William Maiden PSM

Community member and Deputy   Chairperson

6/8

Mr Andrew Wrigley

Education member

6/8

Mrs Mary Dorrian

Education member

4/8

Mrs Catherine Rey

Education member

6/8

Mrs Lyn Caton (nee Renno)

Education member

4/8

Mr Peter Fullagar

Education member

2/8

Mr Tony Maple

Education member until 28/7/2011

1/1

Mr George Gamkrelidze

Education member from May 2012

1/2

Ms Meg van Beurden

Community member until 8/4/2012

5/6

Ms Michelle Narracott

Community member until 8/4/2012

0/6

 Prof Geoffrey Riordan

Community member from 7/7/2011 - 30/5/2012

2/7

C8-C26

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Education and Training Directorate
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CANBERRA ACT 2601