St Aloysius’ College is a Jesuit school for boys devoted to the formation of young men of conscience, commitment, competence and compassion. In order to successfully fulfill this mission, the role of governance, leadership and staff is essential.
In October 2017, Fr Brian McCoy SJ, the Provincial of the Society of Jesus in Australia, announced significant changes to the governance of Jesuit-owned schools in Australia. Please click on the link below, to read this announcement.
Open Letter Regarding School Incorporation
From 20 November 2017, St Aloysius’ College, Milsons Point became an incorporated entity with a Board that is responsible for the local governance and management of the College. St Aloysius’ College Limited (Ltd) is the legal entity that conducts the College and is the employer of all of the staff at the College.
At the same time as announcing the move to incorporating the Jesuit-owned schools, the Provincial announced the establishment of a new incorporated entity called Jesuit Education Australia (JEA). JEA is the member of the entity that operates St Aloysius’ College, Milsons Point. In turn, the Society of Jesus in Victoria, which is a legal entity of the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus, is the member of JEA. The Principal reports to the College Board which in turn reports to the Province through its member, JEA.
The purpose of JEA is to:
• advance and provide leadership in Catholic education in the Jesuit tradition;
• ensure, support, and facilitate communication and collaboration between, the Jesuit Colleges, Jesuit Companion Schools and other entities that operate to advance Catholic education in the Jesuit tradition as specified by the Provincial;
• ensure that each of the Colleges is conducted as a Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition of such character as may from time to time be specified by the Province;
• carry on or assist in the carrying on and promotion of the charitable activities of the Province in connection with education;
• ensure that the Jesuit Colleges and Jesuit Companion schools give authentic witness to the Ignatian vision and Jesuit mission of education; and
• do all other things necessary for, or ancillary to, the fulfilment of the purposes listed above.
Under our governing constitution, the Chair, Deputy Chair and Directors of the College Board are appointed by JEA, taking into account nominations from the Chair of the College Board and/or the Provincial. The Boards are non-representative bodies but, in making appointments to the College Board, JEA must ensure that there are Directors with an appropriate range of skills, experience, and expertise including the ability to understand and competently deal with current and emerging issues in connection with Jesuit education. Before JEA appoints a Chair, Deputy Chair and/or Director, it must seek the prior approval of the Provincial. Directors are usually appointed for an initial three-year term.
The current Directors of the College Board can be found here.
The Principal and the Rector are not members of the College Board but report to the College Board and attend all College Board meetings. They have the ability to speak at meetings but not vote on any decisions. No member of staff can become a Director of the College Board. There will be a representative of JEA present at each College Board meeting. The JEA representative has the ability to speak at College Board meetings but cannot vote on any decision.
JEA is also the entity that approves the appointment of a Principal, the annual budget, and the College’s Strategic Plan and its Master Plan. As with the appointment of Directors, JEA must seek the prior approval of the Provincial for each of these matters.
The responsibility for day-to-day leadership, management and administration of the College is delegated to the Principal by the College Board. The Principal is the Chief Executive Officer of the College and he shares the day-to-day leadership of the College with the Rector. The Rector must be a member of the Society of Jesus and is appointed directly by the Provincial. The Rector has the overall responsibility for the preservation and promotion of the Ignatian ethos and Jesuit identity of the College. He also has a special care and responsibility for the faith formation of the College including leadership in the liturgical, spiritual and service life of the College.
The diagram below sets out the structure of incorporation governance:
A significant aspect of this governance change is the ongoing importance of Ignatian formation of the College Board and the staff of the College and the importance of the principle of subsidiarity, meaning that issues should be dealt with at the level that is most appropriate for their resolution. Consequently, the College Board is specifically responsible for the following:
• ensuring the College is conducted as an independent Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition;
• guiding the College’s strategic direction;
• participating in ongoing formation, including Ignatian formation;
• developing the annual budget and the Strategic Plan of the College which are then submitted to JEA for approval;
• appointing and/or removing the Principal, subject to the prior approval of JEA;
• supporting, encouraging and advising the Principal and Rector of the College;
• assessing and managing the Principal’s performance;
• ensuring the Rector complies with his responsibilities/obligations and providing regular reports to the Provincial including any concerns they may have regarding the Rector;
• monitoring the risks faced by the College and ensuring that they are appropriately dealt with, including to provide support to the Principal on the mitigation of risks;
• ensuring the infrastructure of the College is properly developed and maintained;
• making recommendations to JEA about future potential directors of the incorporated entity; and
• ensuring College Board Committees exist that oversee the Audit, Finance and Risk of the College as well as the property and buildings used by the College.
Since the late 1990s, Jesuit schools in Australia have operated with a dual leadership model. Each school has a lay Principal and a Jesuit Rector who are jointly responsible for the leadership of the College on a daily basis.
The Principal, as Head of School, is responsible for the management, good order and quality of performance of the College, as well as the educational and pastoral welfare of the students and staff. He is assisted by a Jesuit Rector who is responsible for the spiritual and religious health of the College community and all such programs to nourish its development.
St Aloysius’ College has a Senior School and a Junior School. The Head of Senior School and the Head of Junior School have delegated responsibility from the Principal for the day-to-day running of their respective campuses.
The College Executive is comprised of the Principal, the Rector, Director of Staff, Director of Teaching & Learning, Head of Senior School, Head of Junior School, Director of Finance, Director of Development, Director of ICT, Director of Faith & Justice and Director of Co-Curricula. The College Executive is the senior operational team of the College and is a decision-making body that also forms strategy and manages projects aligned to the College’s mission and strategic direction.