School Board

School Pastoral Board

School Pastoral Boards are established by Brisbane Catholic Education as a key expression of the importance of partnerships, in particular parent participation within Catholic school communities and provide invaluable support to principals in administration, policy issues and management of educational change .

The Our Lady of Dolours Pastoral School Board was formed in 2008.

While the responsibility for management of the school and all decision making rests with the Principal, the role of the Board is to support the Principal through a model of discernment, called ‘Shared Wisdom’. This involves the local community in the ‘bigger picture’ of school life by supporting the Principal and leadership team with the strategic planning of the School.

The Board is one of pastoral governance, concerned with sharing responsibility for the well-being of the whole of the school within the beliefs and values, teachings and traditions of the Church. Its responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. supporting the Vision and Mission Statement of the school.
  2. supporting the School Renewal Process within the school community.
  3. developing and reviewing school policies and procedures as required and doing so in consultation with the school community.
  4. offering support to the Principal.

Prospective Board members participate in an induction process as part of consideration for a position on the Board. Elected members are then commissioned by the Executive Director of Brisbane Catholic Education and serve for a term of three years.

The 2019 Board members are:

Ex-Officio members
Fr Nigel Sequeira, Parish Priest
Brett Kitchener, Principal

Elected members
Claire Bassingthwaighte – Chairperson & parent member
Dave Mason – Secretary & parent member
Paul Cavallaro – Parent member
Deanne Johnson, Faith Community member
Leeanne Taylor, Staff member

The Board generally meets on the last Monday of each month.

If you are interested finding out more about serving on the Our Lady of Dolours School Board, please feel free to contact the Principal via the school office. ​​

Family School Partnerships​

Model Constitution and Commentary for Catholic Education Boards​​

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