Board and Committees 2018-06-15T19:05:54+00:00

The Board, 2018

Primary role of the board

The primary role of the board is to resource and sustain our children’s education by providing:
• good governance
• strong financial and risk management
• strategic planning
• effective curriculum and teaching practices, and
• a safe environment for the children, adults, and animals.

The board’s 2018 priorities

2018 priorities

  • to meet eight times during 2018
  • to advocate for and raise funding for programs, building and development
  • to develop and audit the 2018-2019 budgets
  • to employ educators and administrators
  • to review and develop the business plan with endorsement
  • to review and develop the strategic plan
  • to secure a permanent site for our campus by mid 2019
  • to register SoCE’s primary school with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority by November 2018
  • to manage, maintain, and develop Cockatoo’s food farm and farm animal environment, conservation zone and wilderness, integrating indigenous culture
  • to manage, resource, and further enable our learning community including the childrens’ programs of Farm School, The Tribe, and Circle Club, and adults’ programs including the creative education conference 2019, the arts-eco village camp 2018, Zentience, and
    professional and personal development in creative education and community development
  • to methodologically assess the Board’s effectiveness.

Board members

Chair: Jane Macdonald
(founder, educator, parent)
Vice-chair: Ian Parsons
(Aquila Acres owner, builder, and social worker)
Secretary: VACANT! please apply…
Treasurer: Daniel Mathers
(manager Bendigo Community Bank, visual artist)
Business Director: Terry Crane
(manager Harris Scarf, parent)
General Member: Dr Peter Cock
(co-founder Moora Moora, sociologist, environmentalist, retired lecturer)
General Member: Cr Tim Heenan
(councillor Yarra Ranges Council)

Board meeting dates

Monday 23rd April (combined board and committee)

Monday 14th May

Monday 25th June

Monday 6th August

Monday 17th September

Monday 29th October

Monday 10th December (combined board and committee)

Monday 28th January

Monday 11th March

Sunday 24th March… AGM

The Working Committee, 2018

Primary role of the working committee

The primary role of the working committee is to enhance our community’s programs and communications.

The working committee’s 2018 priorities

  • to be chaired by the CCD until the end of 2019
  • to participate in monthly meetings with agendas
  • to co-create the school with our local and broader community
  • to refine current administrative processes
  • to fulfill the communications plan
  • to fulfill aspects of the strategic plan
  • to fulfill the goals of individual committee roles
  • to report to the board

Committee members

Chair: Jane Macdonald
Secretaries: Amy Keysers (parent) and Deb Tunne (educator, parent)
Programs Coordinator: Cassandra Crane
(educator, parent)
Media and Communications Coordinator: Jacqui Holt
(artist, parent)
Website Developer: Phoenix Greythorne
(artist)
Farm and Ecology Coordinator: Sari-jane Larikka
(environmentalist)
Publicity and Marketing Coordinator: Con Vlahos
(business manager, parent)
Events Committee Chair: Beck Muzek
(artist, parent)

Committee meeting dates

Monday 23rd April (combined board and committee)

Monday 7th May

Monday 4th June

Monday 2nd July

Monday 30th July

Monday 27th August

Monday 24th September

Monday 22nd October

Monday 19th November

Monday 10th December (combined board and committee)

Monday 21st January

Monday 16th February

Monday 18th March

Sunday 24th March… AGM

The Events Committee, 2018

Primary role of the events committee

The primary role of the events committee is to enhance our community’s participation through creative and ecologically-focused fundraising events.

The events committee’s 2018 priorities

  • to be chaired by the Events Chair
  • to participate in 6 weekly meetings with agendas during 2018 during a combined meeting with the working committee (see dates above)
  • to co-create events with our local and broader community including a creative education conference 2019, the arts-eco village camp 2018, and Zentience
  • to raise funds for the organisation by selling sponsorships and tickets
  • to be at the center of an event fundraising network… to open up existing and new networks
  • to build our gratitude for our community and integrate the participation of new community members
  • to fulfill the communications plan
  • to fulfill aspects of the strategic plan
  • to fulfill the goals of individual committee roles
  • to report to the working committee and board when required

Committee members

Events Committee Chair: Beck Muzek
(artist, parent)
Publicity and Marketing Coordinator: Con Vlahos
(business manager, parent)
Events Production Coordinator: Kristen West
(community member)

Board and Committees Prospectus

Click on the PDF below to read about the key roles on our board and committees, including their functions, duties and responsibilities.

SoCC's board and committees prospectus 2018 - 2019

SoCE’s Constitution

Click on the PDF below to read SoCE’s constitution.

SoCC

SoCE’s Strategic Plan

Click on the PDF below to read SoCE’s strategic plan.

Key Functions

Four principles

The board and committees are founded upon four principles:

  1. collaboration
  2. response-ability
  3. accountability, and
  4. transparency.

“This entails doing business ethically and sustainably by having regard to SoCE’s economic,
social, environmental [and aesthetic] impact on the community”. Deloitte, 2013. Duties of Directors

Duties

  • Act in good faith and best interest of the project
  • Act for proper purposes
  • Act with due care and diligence
  • Act without misusing position and information
  • Act in compliance with laws, rules and standards
  • Act to avoid conflicts of interest and duty
  • Act to not fetter discretions
  • Act to mitigate risk

Organisational structure

Democratic environment

Our board and working committee will give its members the unique opportunity and challenge of working in a fully democratic environment… it’s a philosophy that is carried from our programs right down to our board and committees!

Democratic education compliments and enhances creative education. It teaches students to employ and further enable their creative practices in a community setting. Creative practices begin with the self. They include self-direction, self-regulation, self-governance, self-contemplation, self-evaluation, self-awareness. To offer them in a community setting means the group must also be self-directed, self-regulated, self-governed, self-contemplative, self-reflective, self-evaluative and self-aware… equaling a democratic learning environment.

Creative and democratic schools implement democracy in various ways. The ways in which they implement democracy are depended upon the nature (the experience and culture) of the school that the students, educators, committees and board are continuously building.

In effect, when members want to solve a whole school issue, come up with projects including new buildings and other facilities, or make changes to policy, they must be proposed at a democratic meeting. This model is challenging, however we are fortunate to be role modelling over 600 schools from around the world.

Being a democratic community, our organisation will imitate a flat democratic organisation, however from the point of view of the organisational structure, we should aim for an upside-down pyramid to ensure the board’s and committee’s primary roles of resourcing the children’s ideas is fulfilled.

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