Northern Sydney Region
P&C Federation Council
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Reporting by Kos Psaltis,
P&C Northern Sydney Region’s Publicity Officer and P&C Federation Councillor.
Draft Report on NSW P&C Federation Council Meeting.
Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 September, 2007 at Granville.
Saturday 15 September, 2007
Notes by Kos Psaltis, P&C Northern Sydney Publicity Officer and P&C Federation Councillor
In the Saturday morning session, the external review into the operations of the NSW P&C Federation was presented by the reviewer Charles Dalgleish from Creighton Consultants.
His key findings covered a range of improvements as follows:
The recommendations included the appointment of a General Manager having greater responsibilities that the present role; the appointment of a research/policy officer; update of the IT system and telephone system; and improvements to communications including the introduction of an E-Newsletter.
The President indicated to Council that steps have already been taken to implement some of the recommendations. The positions of General Manager and Policy or Research Officer are already being advertised through an agency.
In the second part of the morning session the various sub-committees of Council met. Active sub-committees include Federation Structures; Annual Conference; Federal Issues; Social Context; Special Education; Publicity and Publications and Curriculum. There are a number of other groups working on specific issues.
During the afternoon session there was much debate and discussion as to Federation’s role within the Australian Council of State Schools Organisations and Council decided to insist on two voting delegates. A motion was also passed calling on a review of the functions and operations of ACSSO.
Sunday 16 September, 2007
Notes by Mary Anne Yedham
The morning Council session followed on from the review report which was delivered by Charles Dalgleish the previous day. Geoffrey de Lacy (Principal of Polaris Consulting) explained how the Council could commence the process that would develop a Strategic Plan. Mr. De Lacy is a highly experienced corporate governance and strategic planning specialist.
Council was divided into five groups to work on a strategic plan for P&C Federation NSW, covering three areas
1) Strategic Priorities,
2) Action Items,
3) Key Performance Indicators.
The five Groups were:-
a) Communication and Publicity
b) Government input, Policy Development and Research
c) Budgets and Expenditure Priorities
d) Governance structure and Succession
e) Database, surveys and Stakeholder Analyses and Membership Services
Each group had six minutes after the group work period was over to present their plan to the full Council. Questions were asked and all the data from the five groups will be collated and circulated to the Council for review and comment within the next 1-2 weeks. The members of each group will do further work during the period before next Council meeting in November 2007.
In the afternoon session Geoffrey de Lacy facilitated a session with the aim being to begin the development of a vision statement of up to nine words that encapsulated the role of The NSW P&C Federation. The Council was split into different groups who nominated a spokesperson to announce the vision phase that would encapsulate the goal of Federation. Again, the words produced by each group will be collated by Geoffrey de Lacy and he will inform Councillors of the suggested vision statements within the next 30 days. A period of review and comment will follow.
Eventually, the information will be disbursed to Regional, District P&C and affiliate P&C associations for their input.
In the later part of the afternoon Council dealt with reports and the recommendations made by the Councillors who had attended various meetings since Annual Conference. The meeting carried most recommendations proposed by representative Councillors.
Draft Report on NSW P&C Federation Council Meeting.
28-29 April, 2007 at Granville.
During the Saturday sessions a number of motions were passed which included the following:
During the Sunday sessions further Motions and Recommendations were put which included the following:
The final session of Council was a workshop format where Councillors were divided into 4 Groups: Homework, Performance Pay, Strategic Plan Key Result Area 3 and Strategic Plan Key Result Area 4 . The Convenors of these 4 groups are to compile a report.
Report on NSW P&C Federation Council Meeting.
10-11 February, 2007 at Granville.
On the Saturday, there were 60 Councillors present. The motions considered and passed included the following:
At the Federal Issues Sub-Committee Meeting the current Federal issues were identified to be: a) The Voucher System; b) National Standards; c) National Curriculum ; d) Moves to control the teaching profession by way of incentive payments and giving principals the right to hire and fire staff.
I was not in attendance on the 2nd day of the Council meeting (Sunday) but fellow Councillor, Phyl Morris supplied me with the details. Firstly, Sunday's attendance was a mere 46 which probably lends its support to an argument for reducing Council's workings to one day meetings. The motions considered and passed included the following:
The next P&C Council Meeting has now been rescheduled for 28 & 29 April 2007.
Report on NSW P&C Federation Council Meeting.
25-26 November, 2006 at Granville.
By Kos Psaltis
Northern Sydney Region Publicity Officer and P&C Federation Councillor
At the commencement of the two day conference the President, Diane Giblin, advised delegates that the Senior Vice-President, Mark Wilson, had tendered his resignation. Mark has been Senior Vice-President since Annual Conference in July.
There was a ballot to fill the vacancy which was won by the incumbent Treasurer, Steve Carpenter. Our Regional President, David Hope, stood for the position and came second. He received 17 votes of the little over 50 cast. Another 30 odd positions were filled by election for various committees. Diane Butland (Board Of Studies) and David Hope (Facilities Standards Committee including Investing In Our Schools) from our Region were successful candidates for the positions they contested.
Damien Anderson (Sydney Region) is the newly elected Treasurer. Janice Frape takes over the role of P&C Journal Editor from David Hope, who did not recontest his position. Jan Butland informed the Council that his wife and fellow Councillor, Dianne, had just had an operation but was doing well.
During the Saturday session, the various sub-committees met. The current sub-committees include Federation Structures, Social Context, Curriculum, Special Education and Federal Issues. The various sub-committees delivered their reports during the course of the Council Meeting.
The Federal Issues sub-committee, chaired by a Councillor from our Region, Jan Butland, intends to set up a Yahoo Group to continue its dialogue between council meetings. This sub-committee discussed a range of topical issues including School Chaplains, obesity and how initiatives such as daily gymnastics/exercise in the school curriculum could help with some Federal funding.
The Social Context sub-committee put forward a motion for there to be a Fresh Taste Food stand at the forthcoming Annual Conference which was carried. The same sub-committee also put up a motion that the Federal Issues committee seek information on the Back to Work legislation and its impact on our school communities. This motion was carried.
The Annual Conference Sub-Committee made certain recommendations which were largely ratified by Council. The next Annual Conference will be held in Penrith and the theme will be " Public Education...a Choice Act. "
During the Saturday afternoon session, Councillors were divided into smaller groups with a designated leader for the purpose of strategic planning. The results of the various groups will be collated and documented in due course.
A number of reports were presented during the Council Meeting, some of them with recommendations and others for information only. One councillor, Deborah Lloyd presented a report of interest to all Councillors on the roles, duties and obligations of Councillors when acting as a P& C representative on an external committee.
The report by David Hope on the "Investing in our Schools" project suggested that an announcement on the successful projects was imminent (schools are now, in fact, being informed of their result).
A much welcomed announcement was that every school P&C will have its own email address (via the DET’s IT system) and that should be up and running by Term 1 2007. A motion was also passed that the Chair in future will set the Agenda and that Council will then adhere to it. There is a strong expectation that this will reduce a some of the time wasted at Council due to the current practice of debating the merits or otherwise of changing the Agenda.
During General Business a motion was put and passed opposing the Federal Government's school chaplain initiative. Council Meetings also present schools, District and Regional Councils the opportunity to put forward a motion which may be of a particular concern to that affiliate. In this way The Hunter School of Performing Arts, put forward a motion concerning a dance studio which the Department deemed surplus in view of the fact that the school has recently got a new theatre. Council supported that particular school in their fight with the Department. Schools in our Region should always be mindful of this opportunity.
Kathy Greer from our Region alerted Council to a particular school land sale which ended up in the hands of a group setting up a private school. A Motion was put and passed aimed at preventing this sort of thing reoccurring.
The Web Editor gave a presentation of the system, which has been in place for almost two years, which allows Councillors to submit reports, diary entries etc via the web.
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