The purpose of this policy is to define the boundaries of operational management within the school environment in pursuit implementing the School Charter and in achieving and living the Mission Statement and Vision Statement of St Francis Catholic School:
“Providing a Catholic education that develops the whole person”.
“To continue fostering our Catholic faith in a secure environment that nurtures and provides challenges for all children, enabling them to develop as well-rounded individuals”.
The Board requires that all activities procedures and policies of St Francis School will demonstrate in action and principle the of the Catholic Character of this school.
This policy recognises that the Board of Trustees is legally entrusted in the act of governance. This policy ensures that the Board complies with legal, industrial and professional obligations towards all staff employed at St Francis School.
This policy recognises that the Principal is responsible for the day to day management of the school, and the Board of Trustees delegates all operational responsibility to the Principal. The Principal shall not cause or allow any practice, activity or decision that is unethical, unlawful, and imprudent, or which violates the Charter and Catholic Character of the school.
The Board recognises the expert and professional body of knowledge of the Principal and delegates the Principal the scope to apply this knowledge in the operational management of the school.
The Board delegates responsibility to the Principal on all matters relating to the management of staff, in the expectation that staff will be managed in a sound, fair, and respectful manner in accordance with all associated employment documents.
Education Act 1989
Private School Conditional Integration Act 1975
School Charter, specifically containing:
- Three year Strategic Plan,
- Annual Plan
- Religious Education Curriculum Plan
- Self review Plan.
Other documents associated with this Policy include the contents of :
- St Francis Catholic School Policy Manual
- St Francis Catholic School Governance Manual
- St Francis Catholic School Operational Manual
- St Francis Catholic Health and Safety Manual
- Financial Systems Handbook, Leading Edge Services.
Through its responsibility of governance and best practice as an employer, the St Francis School of trustees commits to the application of the following documents:
- Handbook for the Board of Trustees of New Zealand Catholic Integrated Schools.
- National Collective teachers contract
- Catholic Teachers Council Code of Ethics.
The Board delegates all authority and accountability for the day to day operational organisation of the school to the Principal.
The Board emphasises that compliance to legal, industrial and policy requirements is essential to student achievement.
This policy is implemented through the application of all associated documents stated above.