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 - 2016 Speech Night Address

We certainly are blessed by the land of Macarthur Anglican School, its clean air, the open spaces and the beautiful vista which, as it changes, is an ever present reminder of the rapid progress of the area in which we live.  Our grounds are one of the distinguishing attributes of the School and provide the opportunity for so many of our programs from the agricultural to the equestrian and other sporting pursuits but also provide the potential for future growth and development. 

However, it is always the people which bring a school to life – from the commitment of the staff, the dedication of our volunteers, and the support of the families to the energy of its students. There are many who have been part of the Macarthur family in the student body, in service or in employment for a decade or more, a true sign of a united and successful community.

The School Council has particular responsibility for and influence over the strategic direction of Macarthur Anglican School.  This past year has seen a further strengthening in enrolment numbers and careful refinements to structures which allow for further growth in coming years.

I would like to particularly acknowledge and express gratitude to Dr Edward Bryant who has retired from Council this year after 9 years of service.  Dr Bryant brought constructive and insightful perspectives to our discussions from his extensive experience in the tertiary education sector.  Ted, we wish you all the very best.  You will be missed.  

Macarthur is blessed by staff who bring passion, skill and commitment to their teaching and non-teaching roles. So we arrive at another of the distinguishing attributes of Macarthur - the ability of teaching staff to pursue excellence by embracing innovation, not just in adopting new practices or teaching methods but to reassess approaches and fundamental beliefs about teaching and learning, and to seek out best practice and innovative thinking, thus forging new ground for the School and offering our students the opportunity to acquire skills which will serve them well in years to come. As teaching staff tonight breathe a collective sigh at the arrival of a welcome break, we take the opportunity to celebrate their achievements of the past year as seen in the achievements in Macarthur’s students.

Most importantly, however, it is the students of Macarthur who inhale and exhale and culture of the School as they absorb the implicit responsibility to hand on its values, traditions and understanding.  And what are these values?  Look and you will see them on display every day at Macarthur in different ways.  You will see them in the generosity of the response to the Toys n Tucker appeal, in the discipline of the sporting field or a musical item, in the service of the mentoring younger students, the excellence of students attaining their full potential and pushing on to the next challenge, the integrity of strong friendships which last many years, the responsibility of office bearers and the respect in taking the time to listen to another’s point of view.  

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