Some elements of the Stewardship of Resources are familiar to schools. Governance of Catholic schools in Sandhurst is ‘about the legal and moral responsibility for, and overall stewardship of, the school: deciding its mission, vision and values and determining the overarching policies about how it operates.’ It includes a set of educational, legal and financial accountabilities.

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Contemporary Australia

In Sandhurst we are aware of a much broader mandate in the stewardship of resources. Contemporary Australia is being shaped by a number of realities including:

  • increased sense of being a global citizen
  • pervasive use of technologies to share information
  • complex and competing environmental agenda
  • socio-political forces impact on our world
  • complexities of global resource management.

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Commitment to co-responsibility

Sandhurst seeks to create a context in which there is a deep sense of mission and commitment to co-responsibility for the Stewardship of Resources. This is achieved by:

  • considering the vision and mission of the school, along with the needs in the other CoSSI dimensions, to determine the allocation of resources within the school
  • exercising stewardship with an understanding of the school’s history, particularly the charism of the founding religious order (if applicable) and how this may be reflected in the allocation of resources
  • paying attention to current needs whilst also planning for future needs
  • ensuring appropriate stewardship of existing resources within the school
  • recognizing the uniqueness of each student and allocating facilities and resources to provide the best possible learning environment for all students
  • following the Gospel instruction to offer preferential respect to the poor and ensuring that no child is denied access to a Catholic school due to financial disadvantage
  • school leaders who understand and articulate the Catholic education system’s needs-based distribution of resources
  • the School Board/Council has access to all relevant information to support sound decision-making
  • shared understanding and recognition of the role and the delegated responsibilities of the Canonical Administrator.
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