School Advisory Council
St. Mary's School Advisory Council brings together, in a spirit of co-operation, the Parish Priest, Principal, representatives of parents, teachers and parish so that responsible informed advice can be given to the Parish Priest and Principal regarding the decision making process of the school.
It is principally a policy making and consultative body who represent the parent body concerns and needs for the future.
The School Advisory Council functions are to:
i. assist with the preservation and promotion of the school’s Catholic ethos and
ii. provide the opportunity for members of the school and parish communities to support the mission of Catholic Education in the school.
iii. assist in the development of policies and procedures to support the school and ensure
compliance with CEO policy requirements.
iv. be mindful that the Parish Priest, as pastor and administrator of the faith community, retains the right to make the final decision on policy
recommendations made by the Council.
v. be mindful of the role of the Principal and staff and their associated professional and legal responsibilities in regard to implementation of policy.
vi. The School Council has responsibility to provide advice in areas such as:
• Curriculum offerings
• Educational policies for the school, eg reporting,
• Student welfare policies, eg pastoral care, discipline, sun safe
• Parent support processes
• Other matters as requested by the Parish Priest or Principal.
Parents and Friends
The Parents and Friends Association provides the opportunity for parents and teachers to work side by side for the benefit of the children.
The goal of the Parents and Friends Association is to support the staff in the implementation of the education program and the everyday running of the
The P&F aims to promote the educational welfare of the children and to continue to assist in the provision of modern equipment and teaching aids that enables our school to be equipped to the high standard that it is. The P&F helps to develop close ties between parents and teachers and to continue the development of a community spirit in our school.
The Parents and Friends also co-ordinate the use of the Monivae canteen, uniform shop, Link Up program and Christmas Expo. Parent volunteers for these areas are vital and forms are sent home early in the year regarding assistance.
SELL(Supporting Early Literacy Learning)
SELL is a reading and writing intervention program designed for students in Grades 2 – 6 working in small groups. It is designed to focus students on reading accuracy, reading comprehension, spelling and writing skills. The groups are taken by a SELL trained teacher and are held five days a week for thirty minutes each day.
For those students who are deemed as needing
extra time and support with their literacy development, the Reading Recovery program is offered during Grade 1.
Research has shown Reading Recovery to be the most effective one-to-one acceleration program for early intervention in literacy.
The Reading Recovery program is offered to students selected under a strict set of criteria, through a thirty minute lesson with a Reading Recovery trained teacher, five days a week.