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School Board Terms of Reference


Harmony Primary School Board

Purpose of the School Board

The purpose of the Board is to enable Parents and Members of the wider community to engage in activities that are in the best interests of Students to support and enhance the education provided by the School.

Role and Responsibility of the School Board

The Board is responsible for all business required of it by the Department of Education or the Principal of the School, including but not limited to the following:

The Board is responsible for approving the following:

  • the Delivery and Performance Agreement;
  • the School’s Business Plan;
  • the Annual School Report;
  • appropriate spend through regular reviews of the one-line School budget;
  • charges and contributions as determined by the Principal for the:
    • provision of certain materials;
    • services and facilities;
    • participation in an extra cost optional component of the School’s Educational Programs; and
    • items to be supplied by a Student for their personal use in an Educational Program;
  • any agreements or arrangements for advertising or sponsorship in relation to the School.

The Board provides advice to the Principal of the School on:

  • a general policy concerning the use in School activities of prayers, songs and material based on religious, spiritual or moral values being used in a School activity as part of religious education and the implementation of special religious education;
  • allowing time for the special religious education of Students in the School, but the total number of hours so allowed in a School year is not to exceed 40.

The Board takes part in:

  • establishing and reviewing, from time to time, the School’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions, including participating in the development of the School’s Business Plan;
  • the planning of financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions;
  • evaluating the School’s performance in achieving them;
  • formulating codes of conduct for Students at the School;
  • Determining satisfaction levels of Parents, staff and Students, with results reported in the Annual School Report.
  • the selection of, but not the appointment of, the School Principal or any other Member of the teaching staff (with the approval of the Director General); and

The Board is responsible for:

  • promoting the School in the wider community;
  • determining, in consultation with Students, their Parents and staff, a dress code for Students when they are attending or representing the School.

The Board cannot:

  • intervene in the control or management of the School;
  • intervene in the educational instruction of Students;
  • exercise authority over teaching staff or other persons employed at the School; or
  • intervene in the management or operation of a School Fund.


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