COLLEGE COUNCIL NEWS
At the recent College Council AGM a new Chair and Deputy Chair were appointed. Subsequently, I am pleased to report to the College community that Mr Todd Cole has assumed the position of Chair, with Mr Ryan Bowles as Deputy Chair. Todd joined College Council in early 2018 and also serves on the St Andrews Lutheran Church Council. Todd is married to Merissa and they have two young daughters, living at Robina. Todd began his working life as a tank driver in the Australian Army, before attaining degrees in Commerce and International Business, now practicing as a Private Wealth Advisor with Wilsons. Collectively, that sounds like a great mix to lead the governing body of a school! Mr Cole will be seen frequently at College events in the latter part of this year.
Ryan Bowles, College Council Deputy Chair, was the St Andrews Lutheran College Captain in the Class of 2006. Following a number of years on the international touring circuit with his very successful heavy metal band, Ryan has created and built online courses which help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Business, music and sport are amongst his passions, as is serving in the Ministry at Elevation Church on the Tweed Coast.
On a parallel note, I know you will join with me in acknowledging the tireless commitment of Mrs Cecile Ryan, who has served as a member of College Council since the school’s inception, including a remarkable 21 years as Chair. Cecile also served on the College’s Steering Committee prior to that. This year is her 30th in service to our College community. We will make further comments later in the year in acknowledging that service. Mrs Ryan will retire from Council this December.
The College Council serves many purposes, most notably the Governance of the College on behalf of our owners, the Lutheran Church of Australia – Queensland District. The ‘District’ appoints Council Members, who operate under a Constitution and By-Laws. The Council, commonly referred to as a Board in many entities, has an “eyes on, but hands off” oversight of all aspects of College operation. They are responsible for financial decisions such as the approval of the operating budget, as well as the management of a range of important policies covering critical matters such as Child Protection, Enrolments, Privacy, Risk Management, Major Capital Works Projects and the list goes on. The execution of policies and other expectations is delegated to the Principal and staff of the College. St Andrews Lutheran College is indeed extremely fortunate to have had such a stable and focussed governing body, committed to making decisions which authentically support an environment which is true to its Mission Statement …. Celebrating the Gospel, Nurturing the Individual, Empowering Lifelong Learners.
A WORTHWHILE THOUGHT
Here is something I came across this week. I think it is more than worthy of sharing. Our choice of phrase as parents in discussing learning and schooling with children is so vital in framing with and for them the value of their daily opportunity and outcomes…..
“… Izzy, did you ask a good question today?”
The question that the mother of 1944 Nobel physics laureate Isidor Rabi asked him every day when he got home from school – quite different from the query of most other mothers in his neighbourhood: “So? Did you learn anything today?” Rabi says that his mother’s daily prod made him a scientist.
Quoted in “The Role of Questioning and Deep Thinking in the Learner-Ready School Library” by Kathryn Roots Lewis in Knowledge Quest, January/February 2019