Schools Council

Schools Council
Role of the Parramatta Diocesan Catholic Schools Council

The Parramatta Diocesan Catholic Schools Council (PDCSC) was established in 2004 to assist and advise the Bishop of Parramatta in all matters pertaining to the administration and conduct of systemic schools in the diocese, as well as Religious Education within all Catholic schools in the diocese. The PDCSC replaced the Parramatta Diocesan Schools Board which operated from 1988 until 2004.


Core Functions of the PDCSC

  • Strategic Direction
    to discern and develop for the Bishop’s consideration broad policies, advice and strategic directions for the Catholic school system in the diocese;

  • Stewardship and accountability
    to assess and monitor outcomes so as to advise the Bishop for the ongoing enhancement of the quality of Religious Education in all Catholic schools in the diocese, the overall quality of Catholic schools and the administration of the school system and its resources.

Tasks

  • identification and annual review of long term strategic directions for the diocesan school system and for Religious Education in all Catholic schools in the diocese;

  • assessment of the extent to which the strategic priorities developed by the Executive Director serve the identified long-term strategic directions and goals for the system schools and for Religious Education in all Catholic schools and is supported by the annual budget;

  • identification of selected strategic priorities within the core mission and operation of diocesan Catholic schools and advice on reports against those priorities at agreed times;

  • monitoring selected areas of educational and administrative compliance with a view to promote quality education, minimise risk to the diocese and to maximise efficiency and effectiveness of operation;

  • advice on the effectiveness of system operations through the analysis of data on educational and financial performance;

  • advice on educational performance through the analysis of external student test data, compliance and other relevant data;

  • advice on strategic matters concerning teacher supply and leadership succession planning

  • advice on provision of new schools, restructuring or closure of schools and effectiveness and efficiency of infrastructure provision;

  • identification and development of statements of broad policy or understanding;

  • development of a strategic approach for promotion of the interests of Catholic schools in the diocese and wider community as well as in political and other arena.

Members: Parramatta Diocesan Catholic Schools Council
Chair: Rev Chris de Souza
Priest responsible for education and formation
Executive Officer: Gregory B Whitby
Executive Director of Schools, CEO
Rev Peter Williams Administrator of the Diocese of Parramatta 
Father Ron McFarlane Parish Priest, St Andrew the Apostle Parish, Marayong
Geoff Officer Chief of Operations and Finance, Diocese of Parramatta
Professor Hayden Ramsay Vice-Chancellor, University of Notre Dame Australia
Santo Passarello
Principal, Patrician Brother's College Blacktown
Sr Judith Sippel RSJ
Sisters of St Joseph
Anne-Maree Pletkan Parent Representative Council
Rebecca Keane Psychologist/Early Intervention Specialist
Janet Freeman Former Principal, Loreto Kirribilli


Committees

There are three committees to assist the council:


System Learning Committee (SLC)

The System Learning Committee provides advice to the council on governance and strategic matters relating to the educational performance of diocesan schools.  As such, the terms of reference are to provide advice and develop recommendations on:

  • Initiatives to support quality learning and teaching in literacy numeracy and formation;
  • Student performance data (NAPLAN, early years assessment, mathematic assessment interview, religion education assessment);
  • Student diversity model;
  • Enrolment policies, retention and trends;
  • Compliance with State and Federal requirements;
  • School snapshots;
  • Principal, teacher, parent, student survey data; and
  • System learning programs.

Members
Rev Chris de Souza Committee Chair
Mrs Sue Walsh Director System Learning, CEDP
Mr John Spradbrow
Principal, Our Lady of the Rosary Primary, Kellyville
Mrs Delma Horan
Principal, Nagle College, Blacktown South
Associate Professor
Christine Johnston
Acting Associate Head of School, School of Education, University of Western Sydney
Professor Margie Maher Dean, School of Education, The University of Notre Dame Australia
Mr Alan Moran Senior Project Officer, University of Western Sydney College
Dr Miranda Jefferson Teaching Educator, Challenging Pedagogy, CEDP
Very Rev Fr John Boyle EV Parish Priest, St Bernadette's Parish, Castle Hill

Financial and Physical Resources Committee (FPRC)

The Financial and Physical Resources Committee provides advice to the council on any matter that impacts on the financial and capital works responsibilities of the council. As such, the terms of reference are to provide advice and develop recommendations on:

  • annual and long term financial and facilities targets
  • annual recurrent and capital budgets
  • actual performance against approved budgets
  • annual and long term capital and maintenance needs and plans
  • school fee collection policy and performance
  • effectiveness of investment and debt management
  • internal financial and control systems
  • implications of annual audited financial statements
  • State and Commonwealth funding policies and regulations

Members
Chair: Santo Passarello
Principal, Patrician Brothers College, Blacktown
Executive Officer: Mark Holyoake
Director, Financial and Administrative  Services, CEO
Gregory B Whitby Executive Director of Schools, CEO
Danuta Maka
Principal, St Michael's Primary, Baulkham Hills
William d’Apice Chairman of Partners, Makinson & d’Apice, solicitors
William Walsh

Lara Thom
 Chief Executive Officer, Conceive Productions

Evangelisation and Religious Education Committee (EREC)

The Evangelisation and Religious Education Committee provides advice to the Parramatta Diocesan Catholic Schools Council (PDCSC) on governance and strategic matters relating to religious education, formation and the new evangelisation. As such, the terms of reference are to provide advice and develop recommendations on:

  • Enhancement of Catholic identity of diocesan schools;
  • Religious Education curriculum and outcomes;
  • Identification and preparation of future leaders, REC’s and formation of existing school leadership teams and staff;
  • Accreditation of teachers of religious education;
  • The content and implementation of formation programs and professional learning;
  • Collaboration between schools and parishes; and
  • Re-visioning Catholic schools as centres of the new evangelisation.
Members
Sr Judith Sippel Sisters of Saint Joseph and Chair of this Committee
Mr Ian Smith Director of Evangelisation and Religious Education, CEDP
Mr David Bourne Principal, St Pauls Catholic College, Greystanes
Mrs Georgina Cox Acting Assistant Principal, St John Vianney's Primary School, Doonside
Rev Warren Edwards Parish Priest, Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Rouse Hill
Mr Gerard Gaskin Director of Schools (Religious Education), Diocese of Wagga Wagga
Ms Anita Knezevic Principal, St Nicholas of Myra Primary School, Penrith
Ms Angela McNamara Parent and teacher
Mr Paul Morrissey Lecturer in Theology, University of Notre Dame Australia
Mr Glenn Patchell Principal, St John Vianney's Primary School, Doonside
Mr Nicholas Vidot Principal, St Andrew's College, Marayong
Rev Peter Williams Administrator of the Diocese of Parramatta

 

 

 
   
  
 

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