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
The Reverend D Barrie
BSc, BD(Hons)
Elected by the Synod

A member of the School Council since 28 February 2017. Reverend Barrie worked as a Laser and Optics Engineer in the optical fibre industry before entering the Ministry. He was an Associate Minister prior to being appointed as the Rector of the local Parish. Reverend Barrie is a parent of the School. He also has considerable governance experience, serving on the executive of several not for profit organisations including a child care centre and scripture boards.

Honorary Secretary
Mrs C Rich (Chair of the Governance and Policy Monitoring Committee)
Elected by the Synod

A member of the School Council since August 2009 and Chair of the Corporate Governance and Policy Monitoring Committee since February 2011.  Mrs Rich is the Deputy Registrar of the Diocese of Sydney responsible for the administration of the Parishes and staff across the Dioceses.

Members of Council
Mr S Bywater
Cert IV (Workplace Training and Ass),
Dip.Mar, BMin
Appointed by the Council

A member of the School Council since 28 February 2017. Mr Bywater is a parent of the School who owns and operates a consultancy firm and people development business - specifically focussed on leadership and coaching as well as sales strategy development. Mr Bywater is also a regular keynote speaker in the fields of coaching and mentoring programs. Additionally, he consults, designs and deploys learning programs for organisations. These organisations include both large corporate and not for profit organisations. Mr Bywater is also an ordained Minister and Pastor at a Baptist Church in Moorebank.

Mrs C Dickinson
BCom, LLB (Hons), BPsyc (Hons), MAPS
Elected by Sydnod

A member of the School Council since 25 July 2017. Mrs Dickinson is both an Alumni of the School and a parent. Mrs Dickinson holds tertiary qualifications in Law, Commerce and Psychology and has held roles in each of those professions. She is a partner and financial controlled/legal controller of a land development business as well as currently working as a registered Psychologist.

Mr P Evans
Elected by Synod

A member of the School Council since 31 July 2017. Mr Evans  is a Chartered Accountant who was in public practice for over twenty years with predecessor firms of KPMG. He has specialised in the financial management of hospitals and has had extensive experience in the health care field for forty-five years. Mr Evans has been a member of an international health care company board since 1990 and has been Deputy Chairman since 2014. He is Chairman of both the Company’s Audit and Risk Management Committees and a member of the Remuneration Committee. Mr Evans is also the chair of a significant private foundation and has been actively involved with several other charitable organisations over many years.

Mr M Judge
BBus(Dist), MBusAdmin, FFSIA
Elected by the Synod

A member of the School Council since 27 February 2018. Mr Judge retired in 2014 from the position of Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Banking Solutions for a large global bank based in Australia. Prior to that, Mr Judge held a range of general management roles at the bank. Mr Judge’s governance experience includes chair and other director roles in banking, educational and mission organisations. He also serves as chair of an international christian ministry organisation providing support to the surfing community, is on the council of inner city Anglican independent school and is a founding panel member of a national governance accreditation program for Christian organisations.

The Reverend C Moroney
BA, DipEd, ThL(Hons), DipA(Hons), BD(Hons), ThScol
Appointed by the Archbishop

A member of the School Council since 28 April 2015. Mr Moroney trained as a teacher prior to entering the Ministry and has been the Rector of several Parishes in Sydney. He also spent some time as the Senior Assistant Minster at St Andrew's Cathedral.

Ms A Watson OAM (Chair of the Capital Development and Endowment Committee)
DipPhysio, FFIA, CFRM, MEdPlus, CFRE
Appointed by the Archbishop

A member of the School Council since 1 March 2008 and Chair of the Capital Development and Endowment Committee since 12 February 2010. Ms Watson is the owner and Managing Director of a consultancy firm. The company provides consultancy services in the areas of fundraising, public relations, volunteer management and development of governing bodies

In attendance
Dr D P Nockles
BA, DipEd, MEd(Hons), EdD

A Message from the then 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
Chair of Council
July 2013 - June 2018