The Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees (BOT) at Long Bay College welcomes you to our school and community. We are very proud of our college, our dedicated staff and our amazing students.
Christy Allison – [email protected]
Kevin de Jong (Chairperson) – [email protected]
CJ Healey (Principal) – [email protected]
Vanessa Mitschak – [email protected]
Justin O’Sullivan – [email protected]
Steve Piner – [email protected]
Simon Tran – [email protected]
Denise Trent (Staff Trustee) – [email protected]
Josh Boshra (Student Trustee 2020/21) – [email protected]
Back row: Simon Tran, Denise Trent (Staff representative), Josh Boshra (Student representative), Vanessa Mitschak, Steve Piner.
Front row: CJ Healey (Principal), Kevin de Jong (Chairperson), Christy Allison. Absent from photo: Justin O’Sullivan
About the Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees role
The Board of Trustees has a governance role and is responsible for setting the school’s strategic direction and ensuring that the school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students. The Board is responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration.
The Chairperson’s role
The Chairperson is a Board member like all the other trustees however the role involves a greater level of commitment. The Chairperson is also the individual who will liaise with outside organisations, give the end of the year speeches and front any significant issues at the school. The Chairperson needs to lead the Board, chair the meetings and organise the annual Principal Appraisal.
Regular monthly Board meetings are generally held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.00pm.
Our meetings are open for public attendance, however they are not public meetings. Speaking rights must be requested from the Chairperson.
The Finance/Property Sub Committee generally meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 6.30pm (prior to the full Board meeting).
- Communication skills – At Board level you are required to communicate your thoughts and ideas to the Board. You need to have the ability to work within a group and to work with other individuals on the Board.
- Governance – A need to understand the difference between governance and management. The Board needs to be able to see the “bigger picture” and be forward thinking.
- Finance and Business – It is not essential that every Board member has these skills. The Board needs to have some members with these attributes however we also need to have members who have other life skills and expertise to bring to the Board. The school financial statements are managed and presented monthly by the Business Manager/Executive Officer.
Appointment of staff
The Board is required to appoint the Principal. All other appointments are the responsibility of the Principal.
The Board of Trustees must hold elections for parents and staff trustees every three years (triennial election). Within a Board’s term, casual vacancies can arise so if you wish to express your interest, should this arise, please do not hesitate to contact Kevin de Jong – [email protected]
Do I need to have a child at the school?
One does not need to have a child at the school to be a Board member. Community members are welcome on the Board.
Student Representative election
Year 9 to 12 students are eligible for the election to Student Representative for a one year term on the Board of Trustees.
Nomination forms are available from the Student Centre and students may nominate themselves. The election takes place in approximately the last week of Term Three.
The elected student will represent the student perspective in board meetings which take place once a month during term time. The candidate’s ideal skill set includes the ability to communicate well, think critically and work effectively in a team.