The PMSA understands that the community are looking for a greater degree of accountability and transparency in schools. We acknowledge and understand that parents have a committed long-term relationship with their children’s school and are concerned about the governance of that school which affect the quality of the educational outcomes for their children.
The PMSA has been operating and governing schools for 100 years. We have sound governance practices and have successfully built and continue to govern four outstanding independent schools. But we understand that practices change and community expectations change.
To respond to these changes and community concerns, the PMSA has engaged the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) to review our governance arrangements against standards of good governance practice. Specifically, the PMSA has requested the AICD to review the role and composition of the PMSA Council and the School Councils.
The governance review will take the form of an open consultation process in the form of written submissions which will allow the school community to participate and contribute thoughts on key issues. In addition, the PMSA will complement this formal review process with a series of open forums held at each school. At the end of the review process, the AICD and the PMSA will release a summary of the findings of the review.
We believe this review is one of the positive steps the PMSA is taking to improve our governance, increase our transparency and build confidence with our school community.
The PMSA is looking forward to involving interested members of our school community in the review. Below are documents relating to the AICD’s governance review.
You can be involved in this governance review process by:
Making a Submission
The AICD seek written submissions from the community in response to their Issues Paper. Submissions can be made anonymously, however, identifying yourself and your connection to a school will help the AICD in their analysis. Submissions can be made by emailing written comments in Microsoft Word or PDF format to email@example.com. Submissions will close at midnight on Monday 2 April 2018.
Registering for a Forum
The PMSA will complement the formal governance review process with a public forum at each of the PMSA schools. Each will open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.
Facilitated by an independent facilitator, these forums are open to the community and will be attended by PMSA Councillors, School Councillors, School Principals, and the PMSA corporate office. Refreshments will be provided. The forums are designed to:
- Discuss the current governance structure.
- Provide the opportunity for the community to ask questions.
- Provide clarity on governance change options available.
To ensure these forums are informative, constructive and fair for all involved, we ask participants to:
- Pre-register your attendance at least seven days before the forum date.
- Pre-register your questions relating to governance. The PMSA will endeavour to answer all questions, however, questions registered within seven days of forum unfortunately will not be considered.
- Not film or audio record the session. The PMSA will be taking notes.
In the week before the forum, you will receive an email confirming the venue at the school.