Siena holds the belief that parents contribute significantly to improving student outcomes with their active involvement in the school. There are many opportunities for parents to be involved at a class, community and parent body level. Research shows that your time enriches and accelerates your child's learning.
We have a combined Primary/College parent body across the two schools. The normal executive positions exist in this body. There are a number of sub groups or committees which assist in specific areas to support identified needs across both schools. Outlined below are the roles of each of these groups.
Class teachers regularly seek assistance with Reading, Spelling, special days and class liturgies.
The library welcomes parents to assist with re-shelving and covering books.
This Board encompasses both the College and Siena Primary and is part of the governance structure of the schools and as such supports the Principals and Staff of the schools as they undertake the processes involved in the education of students at the schools.
The Board's responsibilities extend to pastoral/advisory planning and decision making in areas such as of policy making, provision and maintenance of school buildings and equipment, budgeting, communication and curriculum. The Board ensures that the Archdiocesan policies are implemented and that school policies are consistent with these policies.
The Board is not responsible for the internal administration of the Schools, but offers a pastoral sounding board to the Administration and Leadership Team.
The Board convenes six (6) times per year to provide support to both the College and Primary Principals. The current membership as follows:
Spiritual Leader - Fr Peter Brannelly, Parish Priest, Stella Maris Parish College Principal - Mr Patrick Toohey
Primary Principal - Mr Gren Bucklar
Chair - Matt Byrne Parents - Phillippa Bess (Secretary), Michael Staskiewicz, John Cranley, Kate Manttan, Debi Marr, Garth Smith College Staff - Justine Stewart
Primary Staff - Emily Tredrea The Board's “term of office" is for three years, after which some members will step down but others remain for a further three year term to ensure continuity. No elected member can serve on the Board for more than two consecutive terms. To be eligible for consideration for membership of the Board, prospective members must take part in an educative process to ensure they understand the concept of the pastoral nature of the Board. These are held in the year of the Board “change over".
Both parents and staff form these groups and develop goals to assist the school in providing a quality Catholic education. Meetings are held on a needs basis during the year. Parent contributions assist in building healthy partnerships and a strong sense of school community here at Siena.