Gordon Primary School

An ACT Public School
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School Board

The school board meets on a monthly basis comprising of three parental representatives, two teacher representatives, the Principal an observer, a minute taker and a representative from the Department of Education.

When the board sits to meet as a collective we discuss issues that are particularly important to this school and its immediate community. The board discusses and makes approvals of the financial standings of the school, in addition to ensuring adequate funds allocation to specific projects of the school. The bulletin board can be seen monthly in the schools newsletter.

"One of the strengths of the ACT education system is that parents, teachers and students participate in school decision-making through the school board.  The board provides a formal mechanism for parents, staff and students to have their views taken into account when decisions are made. 

Equally important is the board accountability, which ensures, through checking, that decisions are implemented in the way that the board determined.

The deliberations and decisions of the board are communicated to the school community on a regular basis.  This is usually done through the school's newsletter, but is also be an agenda item at P&C meetings.

Section 39 of the Education Act 2004 details the functions of a school board of an ACT Government school:

to establish strategic direction and priorities for the school

  • to monitor and review school performance and to report on it to the Chief Executive, 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 for the school 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 Chief Executive on issues affecting the school and to give effect to the Chief Executive's directions
  • to encourage parent participation in their children's learning
  • to exercise any other function given to the board under the Education Act 2004 or any other Territory law."
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