The work of the School Advisory Council takes place within the context of the mission of the Catholic Church educating its young people in the Catholic faith and preparing them for full participation in society. Key principles underpinning this work are Partnership and Service.
School Advisory Councils enable a spirit of partnership to be developed within the school community.
They are constituted in a way that allows the various bodies within the school community to participate in the development of the school. School Advisory Council meetings are times when the local Catholic education community meets and works together for the holistic development of students.
Through partnership and the coming together of various people with a range of gifts and talents, the school will become a stronger community and be more effective.
The Second Vatican Council articulated a vision of Church as the People of God. The Church is not simply an organisation to which members belong.
Through Baptism, members are called to be disciples of Christ, listening to His word and being active in a life of loving service for others. They are called, also, to bring the Good News to all people. Through Baptism, members are called to share the responsibility of the Church’s mission to show the face of Christ to the world. All share the responsibility for carrying on Christ’s work today.
This vision of Church, as the People of God, invites members to take an active role in Catholic schools. The School Advisory Council is one of the ways which allows parents the opportunity for greater involvement.
The School School Advisory Council member, by offering to be of service to the school community, enriches the school and contributes to building a Catholic culture which ensures the welfare of the community.