The Joseph Banks Secondary College are a vital part of the college community.

The College Board acts to promote objectives and interests of the college community. They aim to promote and monitor the strategic vision of the college.

Governance for boards is based on seven principles:

  • 1. The roles and responsibilities are clear and understood.
  • 2 .The Board structure and compositions ensures relevant expertise and diversity.
  • 3. The Board has a strategic focus.
  • 4. Relevant risks are identified and managed.
  • 5. Control systems have integrity and support accountability.
  • 6. A culture of responsible and ethical decision making is promoted.
  • 7. The Board operates effectively.


The board has the following functions to take part in:

  • 1. Establishing and reviewing from time to time, the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions;
  • 2. The planning of financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions. [The principal submits the school’s budget to the Board for consideration, endorsement and inclusion in the school development plan.]
  • 3. Evaluating the schools performance in achieving them; and
  • 4. Formulating codes of conduct for students at the school.


Boards may also be involved in the selection of school staff; approval of charges determined by the principal for the provision of certain materials, services, or facilities; through consultation with students, parents and staff, development of a dress code for students when they are attending or representing the school; and promotion of the school in the community.

The board cannot intervene in the management of the school, or in the instruction of students. Boards cannot exercise authority over teaching staff or other person employed at the school and they cannot intervene in the management or operation of a school fund.

At Joseph Banks Secondary College, we undertake rigorous self-assessment and review throughout the school year. This self-assessment takes place at multiple levels: at the Professional Learning Community level; at the Domain level; and at the Classroom Teacher level. All levels review a range of data made available through the system and the college at different points in time during the school year.

The College Board plays an important governance role in ensuring the college staff are using the data to plan for improvement in student achievement and that the priorities as set out in our 2020 -2022 Business Plan are being realised.

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Liz Smith

Liz Smith

Associate Principal - Pathways, Partnerships and Professional Learning more

Joseph Banks Secondary College

Joseph Banks Secondary College