Ecumenical Schools Australia comprises a diverse group of member schools which share commitment and vision for their schools and the network. The key benefit to member schools is access to all the advantages of being part of a collective, without needing to adhere to any prescribed mould, beliefs or processes. As members schools are still able to retain their independence and individuality.
Ecumenical Schools Australia supports a smaller membership model in order to create a comfortable and collegial environment for the sharing of ideas at meetings and other events. As a result, the relationship between members is more cohesive and supportive than some larger networking groups.
Member schools have access range of shared learning opportunities. Principals and Business Managers and school Board Chairs are offered leadership and governance based professional learning. Teachers and student leaders have access to system-wide learning events, which are not just rich in learning content, but provide the unique opportunity to meet and collaborate with counterparts from other member schools. And the Learning Leaders Network (LLEN) provides a regular forum for group learning and evidence-based research to be conducted by the curriculum leaders within VESS schools, with the explicit aim of measurably improving student outcomes in chosen areas.
Not solely educationally focussed, the network also provides guidance, networking and professional learning opportunities to schools in areas of governance, financial viability, risk, pastoral care and Human Resources in order to promote strong school leadership and sustainability within members.
Ecumenical Schools Australia acts as a conduit between the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments, which means that members generally do not need to deal directly and individually with the education departments at both levels of government. Many of the reporting requirements for State and Commonwealth funding are done by the network on behalf of member schools.
Ecumenical Schools Australia acknowledges that many of its members are faced with specific challenges due to their location in regional centres, and seeks to provide an effective means of addressing these problems for schools and school leaders.
Collectively, Ecumenical Schools Australia’s members have a stronger voice than they do individually. The schools which belong to the network are able to take comfort in the knowledge that they are part of a group representing over 17,700 local students, over 3,000 staff, and many regions of Australia.
Membership of Ecumenical Schools Australia is growing and enquiries from schools regarding prospective membership are welcomed.
Collectively, Ecumenical Schools Australia members have a stronger voice than they do individually. Member schools are able to take comfort in the knowledge that they are part of a group representing over 17,700 local students, over 3,000 staff, and many regions of Australia.