Board of Trustees

Report from Board Chair of the Board of Trustees

On behalf of the Board of Trustees we would like to welcome you to St Michael’s Catholic School.

The Board of Trustees role is to provide strategic leadership to the school and our focus is the constant enhancement of student achievement. The Board work hard to support Ann McKeown and her staff to achieve the goals we have collectively set for our school. We actively encourage and financially support the continuous professional development of all staff so that they provide the best educational service to our children.

The Board have a very strong Catholic Character committee that provide excellent guidance and strategy for the Catholic Character dimension of St Michael’s. Father Tony Dunn plays a very active role within our school and mentors this committee and helps us all to promote, maintain and preserve the Special Character of the school.

We are very fortunate to have board members whose particular strengths enhance our finance and property committee. Our school is fiscally sound and is carefully monitored to ensure future financial security.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ann, Fr Tony, the staff, parents and our wider Parish community for their continued support and active participation in our school. Without this, St Michael’s would not be the special place it is.

Marija Batistich-Slavich
Presiding Member

Role of the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is entrusted to work on behalf of the stakeholders of the school. Governance emphasises strategic leadership rather than administrative details, and ensures that the Board complies with legal and policy requirements as set by the Ministry of Education. The Board’s focus is to ensure the needs of all students and their achievement is paramount. An important distinction is made in that the Board delegates all authority and accountability for the day to day operational organisation of St Michael’s Catholic School to the Principal.

Members of the Board of Trustees for 2022 – 2025 Term

Presiding Board Member

Marija Batistich-Slavich

Bishop’s Representatives 

Issa Cabiling
Michal Petrus
Joseph Strevens
Marcus Roberts


Ann McKeown (Principal)

Parent Representatives 

Justinn Valerio
Reuben Lamont
Aaron Kendrick
Marija Batistich-Slavich
Joseph Liava’a

Teacher Representatives

Lauren Brown

Sub Committees of the Board of Trustees

The Board roles are broken down into the following sub committees

  • Special Character
  • Finance and Property
  • Personnel

Election of New Board Members

The Board of Trustees is comprised of four Proprietors representatives, five elected parent representatives, the Principal and a teacher representative. The Proprietors applications are submitted to Bishop Pat Dunn for selection. Parent representatives must be nominated by a member of the school, and voted on by the school parent community. Re elections for the Parent representative positions are held every three years. The teacher representative is nominated and elected by the staff of the school.

Board Minutes

The Board Minutes will be uploaded to the website after they have been ratified at the next Board Meeting, so for example, the December 2018 Meeting was ratified at the February 2019 meeting and so will be loaded hence. Within the Board Minutes there may be Sections where the Board has gone ‘into Committee’; this means confidential information has been shared.