The policies of the school guide and describe the main processes, functions and operations of the school. The development and review of policies should therefore have an agreed process so that various stakeholders are part of the consultation and review process.
The School Board in collaboration with the Staff develop and review policies to provide guidance and direction.
Policy is a statement of a broad and general direction which provides a guide for discretionary action. Policies are approved by the Board and given to the Principal to carry out or implement at his/her discretion. Such implementation must be within the spirit and intention of the policy’s general direction.
The Catholic Values guide policy intent. Each policy is to include reference to the key values (not all) that are particularly relevant to that policy.
All School policies must be lawful and compliant with Diocesan policy and directives. If contradictions are noted the hierarchy flows from Government Legislation to Diocesan policy and then School policy.
Where Diocesan policies are publicly available, these will be adhered to and referred to in the first instance. Please refer here for current diocese policies.
The policies provide the broad intent of the Board, representing school governance, on a range of issues. This policy intent guides and informs the School Procedures (Implementation Statement) that are developed by the School staff under the direction of the Principal.
It is unlikely that even the best procedures will cover all eventualities and so the polices provide guidance on the intent to help guide the decision-making process.
Drafts Policies for Consultation
These are the policies and procedures adopted at St Gerard Majella School. A full list of policies is available on the Catholic Education Website.