Ecumenical Schools Australia aims to actively improve access and equity in the co-educational experiences offered by member schools, and to promote excellence in the educational outcomes of their students.
Ecumenical Schools Australia is a registered public company limited by guarantee. The Board of Directors and Executive staff work together to establish goals, define policy, and establish working protocols.
The structure is unique in that the Company is controlled by its member schools. This allows for a co-operative management style, preserving the individuality and autonomy of members, while still providing the benefits of belonging to a group. As a result, independent and diverse member schools enjoy the benefits of being part of a collective without losing their autonomy through membership—a unique position of being ‘systemically independent’.
There are three main points of focus:
- Learning: supporting members in their provision of valuable educational opportunities and experiences for their students and communities;
- Financial: maximising and sustaining levels of government funding for member schools;
- Protection: mitigating risk and supporting member schools in meeting their compliance obligations.
‘Inspiring collaboration, growth and confidence through leadership in education’
Balcombe Grammar School
Ecumenical Schools Australia strives for excellence, equity and access of education through:
- Supporting member schools in developing innovative learning and wellbeing programs for students;
- Providing a range of networking and professional learning opportunities for staff of member schools that build their capacity as educators and leaders;
- Facilitating connections between member schools which foster collaboration, and understanding growth;
- Influencing government in the design of educational policy;
- Establishing robust systems, processes and structures to support member schools in executing their financial, operational and compliance obligations.
The Directors pledge to operate the company in accordance with civil law, fiduciary responsibilities, and principles of good governance.
Ecumenical Schools Australia members have clearly-stated commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children. They will not tolerate child abuse, and have procedures to protect children from maltreatment, and to respond consistently and compassionately to allegations in this area. Our schools are committed to promoting inclusivity and respect for cultural differences, and a safe and inclusive environment for indigenous children and children with disabilities.