The Ashdale Cluster Board and Ashdale Secondary College Board work together with the College to achieve the best outcomes for students. Their functions are covered by legislation, and the elected members include parents, staff, and students in secondary settings. Members of the community may be invited to join to add depth of knowledge to the Board. The principal of the College, along with the principals of the Cluster primary schools, are members of the Board.
The functions of Boards are prescribed by the School Education Act 1999 and the School Education Regulations 2000 as follows:
Take part in:
- establishing and reviewing the College’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions
- planning financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions
- evaluating the College’s performance in achieving those objectives, priorities and directions
- formulating codes of conduct for students at the College
the selection of, but not the appointment of, the school principal or any other member of the teaching staff if the Regional Executive Director gives prior approval
- a charge or contribution determined by the principal for the provision of materials, services and facilities
- the costs determined by the principal to be paid for participation in an extra cost optional component of the College’s educational program
- the items selected by the principal to be supplied by a student for the student’s personal use in the College’s educational program
The Ashdale Cluster of Schools has existed since 2009. The Cluster’s K-12 model of education is designed to enhance students’ educational opportunities by providing specialist facilities and collaboration across schools.
Ashdale Secondary College is a member of the Ashdale Cluster, formed as an Independent Public School Cluster with our four local primary schools; Landsdale Primary School, Ashdale Primary School, Madeley Primary School, Carnaby Rise Primary School and Landsdale Gardens Primary School.
The Ashdale Cluster of schools provides a seamless K-12 learning environment for all students and is overseen by the Ashdale Cluster Board.
Ashdale Cluster Board
Roles and Responsibilities of the Ashdale Cluster Board
The role of the Ashdale Cluster Board is outlined in the School Education Act 1999. In essence, the College Board’s role is to set the school’s long-term future and maintain oversight (not management) of the school’s operation. It is not about running the school – that is the Principal’s job. It is about providing additional expertise to help the school achieve the best outcomes for the students.
The responsibilities of an Independent Public School Board are to:
- work within the Department of Education’s relevant legislation and regulations;
- contribute to the School Delivery and Performance Agreement and the Business Plan. (These documents summarise what the school wants to achieve in the future and how it plans to get there; the agreement will be signed off by the chair of the Board, Principal and Director General);
- endorse and review the annual budget (the budget summarises the income received annually from the Department of Education and other sources; It also lists planned expenditure, including salaries);
- assist with the formulation of codes of conduct (guiding principles designed to influence decisions and actions that the school takes);
- review the performance of the school;
- create interest in the school within and across the community;
- assist with selection when a vacancy arises (the chair of the College Board will be a member of the selection panel);
- approve fees, charges, contributions and items of personal use (booklists);
- approve extra cost optional components of programs;
- approve arrangements for sponsorship and advertising.
- liaise with other committees within the school, e.g. the P&C;
- hold one open meeting each year to report to the College community; and
- provide advice to the principal on religious education and related activities.
The P&C Association is open to all parents and guardians of students attending the College and all citizens within the school community. We promote the interests of the school by bringing parents, citizens, students and teaching staff into close cooperation and by raising funds to provide facilities and equipment for the College. During the meetings, we discuss school programs and members are fully informed of what is happening at the school.
Meetings are usually held in the third week of each Term and are advertised on the website calendar and the College’s Facebook page. All parents, guardians and community members are welcome to attend the meetings. Please come along to support the school and help provide the best possible education for your child. P&C membership only costs $1 per year and entitles members to vote on P&C initiatives. One such initiative is the P&C Scholarship Program.
P&C SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Scholarship program will fund selected Year 12 ATAR students to attend external revision courses throughout the year. These courses offer valuable insights into important content and are regularly facilitated by ATAR exam markers, specialist ATAR teachers, ATAR textbooks, and study guide writers.
- All students that have achieved a predicted ATAR of 80+ are eligible to apply.
- Students can apply for funding to attend two revision courses per round. Round one occurs during the July holidays and round two during the October holidays. $5,000 will be available for each round.
- Applications are being ranked according to predicted ATAR.
- Each revision course will be selected in consultation with the Senior School Coordinator and Senior School Deputy.
- Any funds remaining for each round will be offered to students with a predicted ATAR of 70+.
Students can apply via email to:
- Mr Josh Popp (Senior School Deputy) Joshua.Popp@education.wa.edu.au or
- Mr Craig Shortland (Senior School Coordinator) Craig.Shortland@education.wa.edu.au
Applications must include the courses the individual wishes the P&C Scholarship Program to fund.
Best practice in current educational research demonstrates that productive responsive child-centred environments have high parental and community involvement and interaction levels. This strongly relates to improved outcomes for every child. Family involvement can significantly impact a child’s overall development, regardless of the social or cultural background of the family.
Developing collaborative partnerships with families and local communities is at the core of Ashdale Secondary College. Effective partnerships are being developed based on mutual trust, respect, and shared responsibility for the education and care of children and young people in all settings. The College has achieved this through developing links with:
- P&C and College Council Members
- Local community members
- Edith Cowan University
- Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation
- Perth Museum and Art Gallery
- WA Symphony Orchestra
- West Coast TAFE
- Polytechnic West