School Advisory Council

The key functions of the St Columba's School Advisory Council are to provide advice on education matters relating to whole of parish including the school. The purposes of the School Advisory Council are to:
 

  • act as an advisory body to the parish priest and principal, on matters concerning education in the parish
  • act as a forum for discussion on matters concerning education in the parish primary school
  • provide a link between the parish priest, principal, teachers and parishioners in relation to the provision of Catholic education in the parish community
  • promote community development by fostering a strong interrelationship between parish and the parish primary school, Catholic secondary colleges and pre-schools

Responsibilities include:

  • promote the Catholic ethos of the school and to support the Religious Education programs
  • provide advice on the development and review of school policies
  • plan for the future of the parish primary school and its ability to accommodate future enrolments
  • provide advice on budget planning and finance-related matters
  • contribute to the selection process for the school principal
  • ensure the appropriate provision of faith development and RE programs for children attending Government schools
  • foster adult education in faith

School Advisory Council Members 2024

Father John Petrulis

As Parish Priest serving the communities of Sacred Heart St Kilda and St Columba Elwood for the last ten years. Our school community is a special focus of my ministry. I strive to work collaboratively with our Parish Team to support our principal, staff, children and their families.  Fostering a living relationship to our wider Parish community which includes the wonderful ongoing education of service to those in most need with our Sacred Heart Mission is also another call of my heart with you.

Daniella Maddalena

Daniella became the principal of St Columba's at the beginning of 2015. She was previously the vice principal of St Joan of Arc.

Bern Bradley

Bern is the Deputy Principal of St Columba's and leads the St Columba's Student Wellbeing Services.

Chair: Andrew Catterall

Laura Hill

Imogen Lewis

Lucy McLean

Sam Mitchell

Emma Newitt

2024 Meeting Dates

Feb

Tuesday 20

March

Tuesday 12

April

Tuesday 23

June

Tuesday 4

July

Tuesday 23

August

Tuesday 27

October

Tuesday 22 (Finance)

December

Tuesday 3 (AGM)

  
If you would like to learn more or are interested in joining the School Advisory Council, please contact Daniella Maddalena.

What our parents & students say

"St Columba's offers so much more than just an excellent education program. When you enrol your child at St Columba's you join the vibrant supportive community. We couldn't be happier at St Columba's."

Parent of Year 2 and 3 Students