The St Flannan’s School Board operating within the Brisbane Archdiocese is a Board of pastoral governance. A model of discernment called 'sharing wisdom' has been adopted as the most appropriate form of school governance in the Archdiocese. The School Board listens to the wisdom of the members of the St Flannan’s community and their own Board membership in order to know how best to lead and serve them.
The purpose of the School Board is to build, strengthen and nourish the school as part of the parish. The School Board is a structure intended to facilitate members of the school and faith community to share responsibility for the well-being of the whole of the school within the beliefs and values, teachings and traditions of the Church. The role of the Board is one of stewardship, developing the school in all its facets 'in trust' for the faith community. As stewards, the Board is called, through the Spirit, to serve the faith community by caring for and developing its school community. In this role, members of the Board are called to servant leadership, collectively accepting accountability for the school's well-being.
The School Board is accountable to the Archbishop through the Executive Director of Catholic Education. Membership of the School Board is discerned by the local faith community and commissioned by the Executive Director. The authority of the Board is not so much dependent upon a legal definition but rather on its understanding and practice of leadership and ministry in the context of Shared Wisdom. However, all involved with school Boards need to develop an understanding of their fit within Archdiocesan and Parish structures, functions and aspirations.
Accepting membership of the School Board is an acceptance of a call to the ministry of service within and for the educational enterprise of the Church.
The St Flannan’s School Board meets 6 times a year on a Tuesday night for 1.5 hours. If you are interested in joining this group please contact the school office to speak to the Principal.