St Peter's Bentleigh East
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842 Centre Road
Bentleigh East VIC 3165

Phone: 03 9575 0909
Fax: 03 9575 0910

School Advisory Council

The board of MACS has responsibility for the strategic direction and oversight of the operation and management of MACS schools, including St Peter's Bentleigh East.

In keeping with the objects of the MACS Constitution, which states ‘The good work of educating the young, undertaken in the light of the Gospel, is a co-responsible task undertaken by every member of the Catholic school community’, the School Advisory Council provides a crucial point of connection between the wider school community and school leaders. While the School Advisory Council does not have governance responsibility or decision-making authority, it supports the principal and school leadership and provides an important connection to the parish.

School Advisory Council primary role is to provide assistance and advice on school matters to support the principal in their leadership role. School Advisory Councils do not have a legal identity and do not become involved in the day-to-day management of the school.

The School Advisory Council provides a forum for discussion and discernment, where parent1 voice and community perspective are available to inform and support the decisions made by the principal and parish priest as the custodian of mission for the good of school and parish where students’ wellbeing and outcomes are paramount. The terms ‘parent’ and ‘family’ are used interchangeably and refer to any adult caregiver (or group of caregivers) who plays a primary role in a child’s cognitive, social and emotional development, including persons/people with parental responsibility such as legal guardians and carers, grandparents, foster parents and extended family members.

The following are some examples of the many ways the School Advisory Council may support the school and the principal:

  • articulating and enacting the school’s vision and mission

  • promoting the school’s Catholic ethos and culture

  • promoting faith formation and development

  • supporting school policies as required

  • giving advice to the principal on issues such as school improvement plans and enrolment trends

  • engaging in discussion with the principal about the annual school budget and other financial matters

  • giving advice to the principal about the school master plan

  • providing capital resource planning and maintenance support to the principal.