A Member of Ecumenical Schools Australia must be a school, which, by joining the group, elects to have its government funding flow through the System. Each member’s Principal serves as a Director on the Board, while each school’s Business Manager belongs to the Finance Committee. Each of these bodies meets at least four times a year, for business and professional learning.
Associate Members may be either schools or organisations that seek to promote the aims and objectives of Ecumenical Schools Australia but are not ready or are ineligible for full membership status. They may participate in the collegial activities and shared learning opportunities offered by the System.
An Associate Member may be:
- A school which is interested in becoming a full member and wishes to gain experience in Ecumenical Schools Australia professional circles prior to possible application for full membership;
- A school wishing to share the professional and collegial life of Ecumenical Schools Australia, but for which (by determination of the school or the Board) full membership is not appropriate;
- An organisation, other than a school, wishing to be involved with or support Ecumenical Schools Australia.
Associate Members may not vote on company matters or be party to the distribution of funds.
ALL Members are entitled to:
- Have a representative attend Directors’ professional learning sessions;
- Have a representative attend Business Managers’ professional learning sessions;
- Have representatives attend the Annual General Meeting;
- Involve its Board Chair (or equivalent leader) in forums for School Board Chairs;
- Draw upon the support of Ecumenical Schools Australia’s Executive Staff;
- Share the protection offered by Ecumenical Schools Australia’s corporate strength.
For more information regarding VESS membership, please contact the System’s Executive General Manager, Mr Stephen Higgs.
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.