Educated in Catholic schools, I
have long valued the strong emphasis placed on social justice and believe this
has influenced many decisions in my life.
However, it was not until I spent
time living and working in East Timor that I truly appreciated the fantastic work being undertaken by Catholic organisations and religious
orders to ensure even the poorest and most vulnerable children have access to a
This time away from home also made
me grateful for the education system we have in Australia.
Far from taking this for granted, the continuation of a high quality, equitable
education system cannot be assumed. I
believe parents, in partnership with educators, have a role to play in ensuring
our schools continue to provide a high standard of teaching
and learning, and support the health and wellbeing of children, regardless of
background or ability. Consequently,
when asked if I would represent the Ballarat Diocese on the VCSPB, I did not
have to think long before saying yes.
As a member of my children’s primary school advisory council, the last three as
Chair, I have valued the opportunity to contribute to the policy direction of
the school. Knowing many of the issues
raised at local school level are not unique, but experienced by Catholic school communities across Victoria, I look forward to the opportunity
to learn from other parents, to be a representative voice and to support the
work of Catholic education.
Joining the VCSPB
If you would like to be involved in improving parent engagement in education as a member of the VCSPB Council, you are able to nominate for the Archdiocese of Melbourne by contacting the secretary of the VCSPB on 03 9267 4458 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to nominate in the Diocese of Ballarat, Sale or Sandhurst to become a member of the Victorian Catholic Schools Parent Body, nominations must go through the Director of Catholic Education of the relevant diocese.
Election of parent
delegates to Council take place during the VCSPB’s Annual General Meeting.
The next AGM will be held in November 2016.
To be nominated for the VCSPB Council, you will currently have children attending Catholic school in Victoria. You will have served as a member of a school board or advisory council or parent based organisation within your child's Catholic school. Members combine a passion for Catholic education, the willingness to be able to research, debate, write, present and represent key issues affecting our children in Catholic schools. As Council members we represent the views and concerns of all parents of children in Catholic schools throughout Victoria.
The commitment to council also involves four meetings per year between February and November each school calendar year.
As a member of council you may also have the opportunity to participate in Professional Development and network with other people who are making a difference in education for all children and families in Victoria.