School Council 

Governance structure

Macarthur Anglican School is governed by an independent School Council comprising ten members who volunteer their time and skills. The School Council is constituted in accordance with an ordinance of the Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia, Sydney Diocese. The Macarthur Anglican School Ordinance (1982) provides the structure in which governance takes place.

Macarthur Anglican School is a truly independent school with no other overarching organisational structure and is not part of any system of schools.  The School is a member of the Association of Independent Schools NSW (AIS) and the Headmaster is a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australian (AHISA) and the Heads of Independent Co-educational Schools (HICES).  While the ultimate owner of the School is the Sydney Anglican Diocese, the Macarthur Anglican School Council operates it in trust.  As such, the School does not fit within any bureaucratic framework and relates directly with the Diocesan organisation, governments; Local, State and Federal; and their relevant agencies.

The School Council is a policy setting and monitoring body and is not involved in the management of the School. The Headmaster is the School Council's Chief Executive Officer and is fully responsible for the day-to-day and strategic management of the School. The School Council therefore sets broad policy direction for the School and monitors its operations within the various legislative and regulatory frameworks.

The Archbishop of Sydney is the President of the School Council and may attend and Chair meetings from time to time. Ordinarily the School Council elects a Chair from its members to oversee the operation of the Council. The Council also elects an Honorary Secretary and has three standing committees; the Finance, Property and Marketing Monitoring Committee; the Governance and Policy Monitoring Committee; and the Capital Development and Endowment Committee.

Members of School Council are elected by the Synod for a three year term (six members in total, two elected each year), appointed by the Archbishop (two members, one an Anglican Clergy and one a lay member), or appointed by the School Council itself for a three year term (two members).

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Members of the School Council

President of the School Council
The Most Reverend Dr G N Davies
Archbishop of Sydney and Metropolitan of Province NSW
   *The President is entitled to attend any and all meetings of School Council and School Council’s
   various standing committees.  When the President is in attendance he Chairs the meeting.
Chair of Council
Mrs A Michie
BA in linguistics
Elected by the Synod
Honorary Secretary
Mrs C Rich (Chair of the Governance and Policy Monitoring Committee)
Elected by the Synod
Members of Council
The Reverend D Barrie
BSc, BD(Hons)
Elected by the Synod

Mr S Bywater
Cert IV (Workplace Training and Ass),
Dip.Mar, BMin
Appointed by the Council
Mrs C Dickinson
BCom, LLB (Hons), BPsyc (Hons), MAPS
Appointed by the Council
Mr P Evans
Elected by Synod

Mr T Mackie
Elected by the Synod
The Reverend C Moroney
BA, DipEd, ThL(Hons), DipA(Hons), BD(Hons), ThScol
Appointed by the Archbishop
Ms A Watson OAM (Chair of the Capital Development and Endowment Committee)
DipPhysio, FFIA, CFRM, MEdPlus, CFRE
Appointed by the Archbishop
In attendance
Dr D P Nockles
BA, DipEd, MEd(Hons), EdD

A Message from the Chair of Council - 2017 Speech Night Address

As we come together this evening I would like to pay a particular welcome to The Reverend Canon Alan Patrick.  Our foundation Chair of Council from 1984 until 1988, Rev Patrick was awarded an Order of Australia for service to youth, particularly through Mission Australia, and to Anglican education. At School, the Patrick rooms were opened in his honour in 2003.  Grandchildren from both his daughters, Allie Margin and Jill Stovell have attended the school over many years with Indigo entering Year 12 in 2018 rounding out his worthy and longstanding association with Macarthur. Would you join me in welcoming and recognising Reverend Patrick?

With 34 years of history now behind us, we note the hallmarks of Macarthur’s academic culture which contributes to the majority of its students matriculating to university.  Even the most casual assessment speaks also to the breadth of the School life at Macarthur with opportunities to experience agricultural, sporting and musical programs, to learn Indonesian, to travel and significantly, to grow in and express our Christian faith.

These opportunities are possible because of the efforts of our staff – teaching and non-teaching – and so we acknowledge their effort this year – the dedication, the marking, the above and beyond, the investment and the striving to see our students to achieve their best.   Credit is owed to our Heads of Faculties and in particular the School Executive whose leadership is marked by commitment and loyalty.

This evening we congratulate the graduating students of Macarthur.  Today marks your transition to becoming Alumni and we hope that you will return to Macarthur to give back to that community which grew you.  But as you head out into the world I hope that you take with you many things you collected along the way, the courage you found when you attacked that daunting assignment, the determination that got you through this past year, the grace and the humour that helped you build relationships and the compassion you found as you undertook outreach activities.  As you go out, be men and women marked by gratitude, empathy and the readiness to go the extra mile. Be ready when, and you will be asked this question many times, where did you go to school?

Because I believe that this is a critical time for Macarthur Anglican School.  As we adjust to this newfound phenomenon called neighbours, we will increasingly and distinctively become an oasis of space within our busy South West region of Sydney.  But we also have the opportunity to build on our history and grow those distinctive qualities which define us, and most notably among them that we rely on our Christian God for the blessings we enjoy. 

So this evening marks an opportunity to look back with gratitude, to pause as we reflect on our current year as it draws to a close and to look forward with hope and confidence to what lies ahead.  As School Council, our role is to consider how we do this as we plan for the future of Macarthur.  Among its functions, this year Council has monitored with excitement the progress of the Child care centre, and looks forward with anticipation to the opening of The Exploring Tree.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our present School Council.  This year saw a change in auditors and I would like to acknowledge the professional advice of Mr Richard Drinnan who served as the Chair of our Finance, Property Monitoring and Marketing Committee.  The Reverend Paul Davey stepped down from Council to take up a position with Compassion but we are delighted that he has continued as the President of the Parents & Friends.  School Council seeks to maintain at least 2 clergy among its members – Chris Moroney, senior minister of St James Menangle, Archbishop’s appointment and David Barrie, senior minister of St Paul’s Cobbitty, both of whom will be awarding prizes this evening.  

This year we have welcomed to Council Mr Peter Evans, Deputy Chair of Ramsay Healthcare and Mrs Christina Dickinson who, notably, is our first Alumni appointment and look forward to the contributions both will bring. 

School Council, and indeed the School, is blessed in our current Headmaster, Dr David Nockles. Under his leadership, Macarthur enjoys the stability of a steady and wise counsel and the guidance of a strategic and focused thinker.  Dr Nockles, we thank you for the countless hours you give to Macarthur and look forward to your contonues lesdershihp in 2018.

Even greater than all of these distinguishing attributes is the opportunity students of Macarthur have to learn in a Christian environment, to ask questions and explore their faith, to hear and understand the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ that God loves and wants to be in a relationship with each of us and made this possible by sending his Son.  Furthermore students are able to witness to one another and to express their faith openly. This is the foundation on which Macarthur Anglican School was built and remains.  We thank God for his mercies to Macarthur and as we reflect this evening on the year past, we thank him for the opportunities to be challenged, to grow and to achieve

Annabel Michie