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building projects at the College and the Audit
and Risk Committee, which is responsible for
monitoring the College’s financial performance,
audit requirements, workplace health and safety
and other strategic risks.
Can we, as parents, communicate
with the Board?
The day-to-day activities of running
the College are the responsibility of the
Headmaster and his team. The Board
is aware of the various activities that take place
but acknowledges it does not run the school
and should not get involved in the daily
decision making at the College. As a parent,
if you have questions or feedback about the
running of the school, Directors will always
be interested to listen, but will encourage you
to speak directly with the Headmaster.
Earlier this year, three new Directors joined
the Board. We now have five Directors who
have been appointed within the past two years
which has brought new energy and fresh ideas
to the Board table.
On behalf of my fellow Directors, I wish
you and your families all the very best for the
year ahead.
Welcome back to
the College for 2013.
john paul college
he role and the activities
of the Board are not often
communicated and I would like
to take this opportunity
to provide you with some insight into our
structure and processes.
Why do we have the Board?
John Paul College is structured as a not-
for-profit company owned by parents who
have opted to become members of John Paul
College Limited. These members elect the
Board of Directors who is responsible for
appointing the Headmaster.
As a public company, we have serious
responsibilities prescribed by State and
Federal laws, as well as an obligation to our
community and employees to protect and
prepare the College for the future. We must
also ensure that the College has longer term
strategic, infrastructure and financial plans
and we work closely with the Headmaster
to ensure that the College is progressing
towards the delivery of these plans.
This model provides us with significant
freedom to set the future direction.
Our values, ethos and objectives have been
progressively established though a series
of conscious choices that have been made
during the past 30 years. The freedom
We now have five
Directors who have
been appointed within
the past two years
which has brought new
energy and fresh ideas
to the Board table.
John Paul College
A message from the
by Mr Mark Fenton, Chairman
to chart our own future comes with the
responsibility to not only protect what has
been created, but also build upon it and
ensure that we remain relevant in the
21st century.
Who are the Directors?
The Directors are elected by the members and
bring valuable skills and experience to the
Board table. All of the Directors are current
or former parents of the College and, whilst
not a requirement, this does ensure that there
are stronger connections with our community.
All of the Directors are members of the
Australian Institute of Company Directors
(AICD) and five have graduated from the AICD
Company Directors’ Course. It is important
that Directors are well-informed of the
principles of good corporate governance
and are aware of their obligations. Directors
are encouraged to attend professional
development to improve their skills and ensure
that their governance knowledge remains
current to effectively discharge their duties.
What is the Strategic Plan?
It is essential that there is a clear vision for
John Paul College with a relationship between
our objectives and the strategies to deliver
upon them. This is the Strategic Plan and
when considering this plan, it is important
to continue to maintain a balance between
strong traditional values and preparing
students to become ‘life-long learners’
in an increasingly digitally-connected world.
How does the Board Work?
The Board meets once a month and
sub-committees meet separately and report
regularly to the Board on their activities.
The Board also has two permanent
Committees that are tasked with specific areas
of responsibility. They are the Infrastructure
Committee, which is responsible for significant
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